My practicing career has been in general practice. I have owed multiple practices, converted from NHS to private and was able to build my ideal award-winning practice and team, before eventually selling to a like-minded person. Recently I have gained qualifications in coaching and mentoring, been a business mentor in different sectors and trained as a helpline volunteer.
I fully understand the pressures of a career in dentistry, how lonely and overwhelming running a dental practice can be at times. Shouldering the responsibility for staff, associates, patient care and family, coupled with the need to make a profit and meet all the regulatory standards, can inflict tremendous mental and physical strain.
I certainly benefitted from working with different mentors during my career development and appreciate the opportunity to help my clients avoid or learn from any mistakes. I aim to provide support and empathy - it is so important at the end of a career to feel that it was worthwhile and satisfying.
Performing as a coach/mentor is a lifestyle choice that is sure to bring many rewards.
Working to build trust with staff and patients helps to maximize the benefits of these skills. During these challenging times I have found using coaching/mentoring principles invaluable for patients and staff. From phone triage with patients to new ways of working with staff, coaching has evolved to become a way to engage with the world.
My skills have now helped patients to explore resources available to them to self-manage symptoms and avoid unnecessary surgery visit(s) during the pandemic.
To summarize, coaching and mentoring benefits are immense and I must mention the value of using them at home during the lockdown.
Look forward to helping you when you feel stuck, overwhelmed or just want someone to listen.
I have been working as a GDP for last 20 years.
However, what I am passionate about is a bit more than just teeth!
I love making a difference to people’s lives. This includes my patients, peers and team members.
We find most dentists struggle to ask for help! We often don't realise that the struggles we all face are similar to some extent.
I feel I can connect to people easily and help them when they find themselves in a tricky situation.
I guide them to see the bigger picture and help overcome stress.
I am confident mentoring will be my way to give back to my community and dental fraternity.
I am “Here to Ear” - A lot of times it's a patient ear which can help sort out the most complicated situations.
I am here to help.
Do you see things as a problem or a challenge? Do you find yourself stuck and unable to make a decision or move on? The answer to these may lie in your mindsets and paradigms. These have a major effect on how we live our lives, deal with challenges and problems along the way. Steven R Covey in his book ‘The seven habits of highly effective people’ suggests that ‘the way we see the problem is the problem’. He is highlighting that our view of an issue shapes how we interact with others and these have consequences. By changing our view/paradigm or mindset we can reach a different outcome, overcome challenges and problems that are within our control or those we can influence. This allows us to achieve our potential and live a more enjoyable life with lower stress.
I have spent the past twenty years working with people within the dental profession and the corporate world helping them develop mindsets that help overcome challenges and problems, by using mentoring and coaching. Along the way I have been fortunate to have worked in general dental practice, hospitals, universities, including at senior management positions, as well as board level and so understand some of the issues of working in these places. It has given me the chance to learn from some very talented people, understand successful mindsets, all of which I can draw on as a mentor. I have found creating a relaxed fun environment for coaching and mentoring leads to some amazing results.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more. Click here for contact details
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