What initially sparked your interest in a career in dentistry?
I genuinely feel that dentistry is a great career option for work/home balance. I really enjoy the hours I work and it was the right fit for me as I always wanted a family.
I have two children, Sophie and Chloe who are 13 and 15 and I can participate so much in their day-to-day life (pre-Covid anyway!) and still enjoy a full working week.
I studied at Trinity College and I suppose I was lucky in the sense that dentistry was always my first option.
Describe your career journey so far, and what has been your favourite thing about working as a dentist?
I obtained a job in the HSE straight after I graduated and I worked there for 7 years with Special Needs Patients and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I then progressed to a job with Smiles in Wexford and then eventually to Bray, where I’ve been for the last 10 years!
I absolutely love working with my patients to restore their confidence. I love the creative side of dentistry and I adore being part of a team – I love the camaraderie and the craic and I really feel we have a special little team in Bray.
“I advise you to try and work somewhere local – it really helps to build a patient base – word of mouth is my best referral. I would also advise working for a large company like Bupa as the career progression opportunities are amazing and as I mentioned the support is fabulous.”
What attracted you to working at Smiles Dental?
Obviously being from Bray and the proximity to my home was the biggest draw for me – it suits me infinitely and I love encouraging all my friends to become my patients!
The main draw to working with Smiles, which is part of Bupa was the support – it’s so nice to have a big team behind you and endless advice, support and encouragement.
What advice or words of encouragement would you give to other aspiring dentists?
I advise you to try and work somewhere local – it really helps to build a patient base – word of mouth is my best referral. I would also advise working for a large company like Bupa as the career progression opportunities are amazing and as I mentioned the support is fabulous.
I always have another specialist or colleague that I can bounce ideas off and we can collaborate so easily.
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