I came into dentistry by accident and fortunately found a home. For 16 years I managed the practice for my Dad who was a single handed GDP. For the last 10 years I have co-owned the practice with my sister Lucy who is the Principal. I enjoy working within a bigger team that has grown steadily. I love the patient facing part of my role especially working with phobic patients.
Over the years we have developed links within the profession. We run a calendar of training events each year which we deliver or host. That project has lead to lots of interesting conversations with dental professionals about their interests and professional development. I am on the Committee for the Irish Academy for Aesthetic Dentistry which has been a great experience. I have also worked with dentists 1-1 on their practices, teams and individual needs.
I believe that dentistry can be a challenging and joyful profession to work in and also understand that sometimes the stresses and strains can be hidden. I believe that each of us deserves to have a happy and fruitful career on our own terms and that this is not always easy to achieve or maintain. I have always thought that the profession would benefit from slightly more openness about difficulties and a more dynamic culture of peer support.
My training background includes a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. More recently I have been part of a Balint Group which is a semi therapeutic peer support group. It helps improve patient communication and manage stress. This has been wonderful as I have got to meet others from different health care professions all grappling with the same issues we find in dentistry. There has been a lovely solidarity in our shared mission to care for patients.
Dental Mentors UK is run by two experienced dental mentors.
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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