I have worked for over 20 years in general dental practice. In that time, a great deal of knowledge and experience was gained by encountering the vast majority of situations dentists will meet working in this discipline. In addition to this, I have experience as a Dental Practice Inspector with NHS Forth Valley,
For a number of years now, I have also been working as an expert witness.
Since qualification in 1996, I have worked very hard to ensure that my clinical practice has been patient centered with the patients’ needs, well-being and comfort put far and away above any other consideration. I believe that is why I enjoyed a successful, busy, enduring practice with a loyal patient base.
BDS U. Birm 1978 GDC 52510
I am a mentor and coach for dental practitioners who wish to grow their practices, and are looking for a practicing dentist with over 30 years’ experience of practice ownership, who can effectively guide them towards their business, clinical and personal goals. I enjoy helping people be the best they can be, and I provide the safe space for dentists to be able to plan and envision their growth and explore solutions to their challenges.
My experience comes from being a business owner, leading my own team and winning many national awards, including the first practice to achieve Investors in People, and Private Dentistry Team of the Year. I am passionate about collaborative teamwork and developing DCP led preventive care pathways for patients.
I worked as a General Dental Practitioner, both as an Associate and Practice Owner, latterly for a Private Corporate Chain prior to my recent retirement from clinical dentistry. Throughout my career I have had many positive mentoring opportunities such as being a vocational trainer and founding Women in Dentistry to help empower female dentists to achieve their potential.
My training included being a part of the Mentoring Development Team, including tutoring, on the Certificate Course of the FGDP(UK).
My interest in supporting colleagues to ‘reach their full potential ‘was sparked many years ago listening to my mum speaking to a colleague about a training programme they were organising for counsellors working for Marriage Care, a charitable organisation that offered Couples therapy. They were discussing Egan’s “Skilled Helper” model and as they explained it to me I realised that despite my mum’s background being not in dentistry, but in education she had used her listening and questioning skills when I was struggling in my first year in practice, to help me find my own solutions to get the support I needed at a potentially precarious time in my career.