Our Team

A professional and friendly service

Dr. Tim McDonogh

Practice owner

GDC No. 67686

BDS MSc, Morth, FDS, LDS,

Specialist in Orthodontics


Dr Tim McDonogh is the Principal Orthodontist of practices in Purley, Redhill and Croydon. He graduated from Guys Hospital in 1992 and undertook Hospital Positions in Head and Neck Surgery in the UK and Australia for 5 years.


He gained a Fellowship in Dental Surgery before commencing a post-graduate Orthodontic qualification at the University of Manchester. He obtained a certificate in specialist orthodontic training and the membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000.


He is registered as a Specialist Orthodontist with the General Dental Council. He is a member of the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society, and a fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He is also a member of the British Orthodontic Society, the British Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.


He lives in London and in his spare time he enjoys watching and playing as much football, cricket and rugby as possible although this is becoming less so with the needs of his three wonderful active children.

Emmett Hegarty

GDC No. 115427 

BDS, MSc Orth (Lond), MFDS RCS (Edin), MOrth RCS (Edin)

Specialist in Orthodontics


Dr Hegarty is a specialist orthodontist, he received his postgraduate Masters in Orthodontics from King’s College London and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


He is a certified and experienced user of Invisalign, lingual braces as well as Damon braces. Dr Hegarty enjoys treating children and adult patients offering a variety of innovative approaches to achieving great results.

Ben Cobau

GDC No: 244934


General Dental Practitioner


Ben Cobau is the general dentist for Elegant Smile Dental Studio. Ben qualified from King’s College London in 2013 and completed his vocational training in the Woolwich London Deanery and since then has been working as a General Dentist. Ben joined Elegant Smiles in April 2019. Initially Ben was drawn to dentistry because of the combination of artistry and science the discipline provides.


He chose to concentrate on general dentistry as he enjoys the broad spectrum of disciplines it offers. Ben helps patients improve both their confidence and wellbeing by working with everything from oral hygiene, aesthetic restorative work, crowns and bridges, through to dealing with emergencies where surgery can resolve a troubling issue for a patient. No two days or patients are ever the same and that variety motivates him. Recently, Ben has been developing his expertise in using technology to improve the dental workflow. Specifically, Digital scanning, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Modelling (CAM). Ben lives in London with his girlfriend and is currently doing up their home. In his spare time, Ben regularly plays both 5 and 11-a-side football.

Kym James

GDC No. 2130

Hygienist – CEB Cert in Dental Hygiene


Kym qualified as a DSA in 1977 from UCH London and worked for Dr Patrick McDonogh when he first opened his orthodontic practice in South Croydon. In 1980 Kym went on to qualify as a dental hygienist at RAF Halton and has since worked in both NHS and Private practices including Harley Street.


Kym has numerous years of experience working with patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, who have had dental surgery including implants and works closely with periodontists. Kym has previously worked with the local area teams treating both adults and children with learning disabilities. Kym qualified to undertake teeth whitening procedures. In her spare time Kym enjoys salsa dancing, interior design, reading and spending time with friends and family.

General Enquiries

Contact Information

45 Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey, CR8 3EH

020 8660 4365

Monday - Friday
Evenings upon request