Get To Know Our Dentists – Part 5 of 5
After a strong desire to become a dentist from the age of ten, I got my first taste of working in a dental practice during my transition year in secondary school.
After completing my Leaving Certificate, I went straight to Trinity College Dublin and studied in the dental hospital. After graduating, I worked in the hospital as a house officer. During this time, I received great experience treating patients of all ages. Many of these patients required complicated treatment due to their medical histories. I also worked in the Mater Hospital as part of the surgical team where we treated patients in day theatre.
I have worked in Cambodia, where our team provided oral health care and dental treatment to several orphanages. Providing health care to those in need was one of the highlights of my dental career and I hope to return soon. I have also provided treatment for members of Ireland’s prison system in Mountjoy.
In 2015, I moved to Canada with my fiancée and began working in a Canadian City called Thunder bay. Due to the nature of Canadian dental training, I was the youngest dentist in Canada at one point. This was a fantastic experience in many ways. I learned a lot about cosmetic dentistry and helping anxious patients during my time there.
I have completed a diploma in primary dental care with RCSI and trained in Nitrous Oxide (laughing Gas) and IV sedation in both Toronto and England. I now provide both of these treatments in Portobello Dental Clinic and there is such job satisfaction in helping nervous patients through their treatment plans. I also regularly attend hands on courses to continue to up skill in both functional and aesthetic dentistry.
After two years in Canada and plenty of sad goodbyes; we decided some travelling was in order before returning home to Ireland.
In 2017, I joined the Portobello Dental team and have never been happier in a practice. We have a multidisciplinary approach to all treatment plans. This, combined with our friendly and knowledgeable staff means there is no other dental practice I would recommend for my friends and family to go to.
As my colleagues have mentioned in their blogs, we have regular clinical team meetings in Portobello Dental to discuss cases and new developments in various aspects of dentistry. We also have bi-annual staff meetings where all the team come together to catch up and discuss how we can continue to maintain and improve the excellent service we aim to provide to our patients.
Outside of the dental world, I like to play guitar and ukulele. I love to travel to new cities and experience new cultures.
As a big fan of Tv series and movies, I often find myself chatting to patients about non dental related topics too!