Ms Purnima Chhabra is a Specialist Orthodontist and a Consultant Orthodontist at Southend University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2014. She also works at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, where she started in 2017.
Purnima graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King George’s Medical College, India in 1997 and worked in general dental practice providing the full range of dental treatments for her patients. After moving to the UK in 1999, Purnima gained experience in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry and Prosthodontics.
Purnima was successful in achieving the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2001 as well as the International Qualifying Examination in 2003.
Purnima started her Specialist Orthodontic training at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 2004 and attained the Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, successfully gaining entry to the Specialist Orthodontist Register of the General Dental Council in 2007. During this time she undertook a Masters in Philosophy research degree at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation in “Alveolar Bone-grafting in patients with Unilateral Cleft lip and Palate”.
Purnima went on to undertake higher training in Orthodontics to gain more experience in the management of the most complex malocclusions as well as those requiring multi-disciplinary treatments at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield and Queen’s University Hospital, Nottingham before transferring her training to Birmingham Dental Hospital to be with her young family. She gained the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship in Orthodontics of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010 to gain Consultant status. Purnima was a Consultant in Orthodontics at Worcester Royal Hospital NHS Trust before becoming a Consultant at Southend Hospital.
Purnima has many years of experience in managing both simple and complex malocclusions for adults and children. She is an examiner for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculty (MJDF) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a trainer for postgraduate dentists undertaking specialist training in Orthodontics. Purnima has also published research articles, presented papers and posters at a number of regional, national and international meetings.
In her free time, Purnima loves baking and she is a keen skier. She lives in Essex with her husband and young children.