Anne Budenberg

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My background as a dentist for over 30 years is in mixed private / NHS dental practice as an associate, practice owner, as an expense sharing partner for 24 years, providing general dentistry, orthodontics, IV sedation and TMD management, until 2017. To date my career has been rewarding and fulfilling combining practice, with hospital and educational & training positions. The practice became a training practice in 1994, just after Foundation Training became mandatory in 1993. We developed the practice and grew professionally as Dental Foundation Training evolved. I was an Educational Supervisor for 4 years before taking on the role of Training Programme Director in 2004.

I converted to private practice in 2006 when the UDA contract was introduced, so understand both the challenges and rewards of Practice life.  I worked with Educational Services, Medical Protection Society (MPS), for 10 years until 2021, developing their e-learning platform, creating risk management material in most formats, including webinars, videos, and developing Record Keeping, and Resilience & Burnout workshops. I still work as a Specialty Dentist, TMD Clinic, Manchester Dental Hospital, and as Training Programme Director role for NHSE NW.

I spent 10 years (until 2019) working freelance with {my}dentist running their 2-day Mentoring Programme for overseas dentists (now PLVE), which is ongoing with London HEE, for PLVE mentors, so I understand the difficult transition for overseas dentists coming to work in the UK.

I have mentored new graduates for many years, and now dentists facing professional challenges, those feeling stuck in their career, and dentists in difficulty, with GDC conditions. I completed a PGCert in Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, and also trained in Health Coaching, combining this with treating patients suffering with TMDs and chronic pain. I am accredited as a Myers-Briggs Practitioner. This assesses personality preferences; explaining patterns in how different people take in information and make decisions. The Myers Briggs profiling is a useful tool to raise your self-awareness, and understand differences within your dental team, which can be a source of misunderstanding, frustration and conflict.

Dentistry is rich and varied, and offers a niche for everyone to work to their strengths. There are often hard decisions to make, with personal circumstances often dictating the best decisions at the time. From where you stand it can often be hard to see your choices. But as David Clutterbuck said, “everyone needs a mentor”. Mentoring can help you see the bigger picture, bringing perspective to those ‘sliding doors’ moments throughout your career, where there is uncertainty about the best way forward.

I truly believe this sentiment, whether mentoring is formal, informal, or a light -touch approach, this really helps at critical points in your professional / personal life, as the two are difficult to separate. This sits strongly with my passion for sport, which mirrors much of professional life - its triumphs and tribulations. Believing anything is possible with a vision, support, focus and effort, means that mentoring and coaching can take you to places you felt were never possible alone.

My mentoring strengths lie in career mentor/coaching for all ages, including DCPs, PDP development, diversifying your career, developing your practice and your team, facing professional challenges, including the GDC, and supporting overseas dentists in the UK.

I can offer flexible mentoring at times to suit your work schedule, within the normal working day, or evenings. Mostly online, but face- to- face is also possible, including observed working, and work-based assessments.

With an understanding of the challenges of running a practice, plus balancing professional and personal life, as a mentor/coach I can offer support for you to develop both personally and professionally.

Anne Budenberg BDS, DGDP(UK), PGCTLCP, C. Practice Appraisal, DipMedEd,  MDTFEd, PGC Leadership Coaching Mentoring, FCGDent


Let’s Chat Dental (2023)
Let’s Chat Health (2022)

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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.

Sukhbir Hothi

Sukhbir Hothi

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.

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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.

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Dental Mentors UK is run by two experienced dental mentors.
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We believe that all dental professionals would benefit from regularly working with a mentor from a personal as well as a professional point of view. Mentors are experienced dental professionals who can guide and support you throughout your career.

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