Describe what you do in a day?
In a normal day I see new patient consultations where the client and I discuss their needs in detail and I advise them on how we can achieve the best results.
I also have patients booked in for treatments, I particularly enjoy working on complex cases that require implants to replace missing teeth, treating gum recession and rebuilding teeth that are worn due to grinding and acid erosion.
I also enjoy constructing well-fitting natural appearing dentures as they can make a huge difference to a person’s quality of life.
What is the best thing about your job?
That’s easy – it’s about giving people their confidence back.
There are so many people who are so conscious about their smiles and for many it has been years since they smiled properly, there is nothing better than seeing someone leaving the surgery smiling from ear to ear after their treatment is finished.
What is the worst thing?
Dentistry is said to be one of the most stressful jobs around and there are a lot of different reasons given but to be honest I really enjoy my job and I am lucky not to see it as work.
What qualifications do you have?
I really enjoy learning new treatments and techniques and still spend at least 20 days a year on courses to ensure I stay at the cutting edge of dentistry.
I qualified in Dentistry from Queen’s and continued with my Masters in Restorative Dentistry from the University College London shortly after.
Last year I completed a five-day advanced implant course as well as a 10-day advanced occlusion course. My next big project will be a masters on implants – although I haven’t been brave enough to tell the other half yet.
Describe a normal week
I recently started working for Gentle Dental Care – a fantastic dental surgery in Belfast – and I am working there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The rest of my week is spent in my own practice Dental Solutions in Eglinton.
What advice would you give for someone considering a career in your profession?
Don’t do it just because you have good grades.
Yes, you need to be academic to complete the degree but it is far more important that you are good with people and have a good set of hands.
In dentistry we have to be able to connect with people to get them to trust us to do their treatment.
How do you like to relax outside work?
I have recently taken up woodwork under the supervision of my father-in-law. I also like to travel and particularly enjoy skiing. My favourite places to date have been Japan and the Galapagos islands.