Having graduated from Leeds University in 2010 I stayed locally, working as both an NHS dentist in Bradford and a maxillofacial (head and neck) senior house officer at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
After 7 years in the North of England I decided enough was enough. I couldn’t take any more rain(!) and I headed south to London. I worked for two years as a community dental officer, providing treatment to those in society who found it most difficult to access care. During this time, I visited care homes and housebound patients, providing dentistry to people who otherwise would have had no means of receiving it. I was also in charge of providing a weekly service to homeless patients in Hackney alongside care for those with drink or drug habits via a mobile dental unit.
It was here I learned to provide treatment under both IV sedation and gas and air, for patients suffering from extreme dental phobia. Being given the time to build a strong rapport with a nervous patient, and then being able to successfully provide them with a new found confidence in dentists (and a great new smile) has to be one of the most rewarding roles I’ve had to date.
It was after these two years I began my specialty training as an orthodontist at the Eastman Dental Institute, London. I spent three years here, learning about all things brace related and successfully graduated (again!) in 2017. I had the chance to complete an MSc during my time at the Eastman, investigating Ethical Advertising in Orthodontics, and how the use of social media is affecting our speciality.
I now split my time working as a Specialist Orthodontist between two practices. I work on Mondays at Herts Orthodontics in Ware, Hertfordshire and Tuesday - Friday at The Nightingale Clinic, London.