What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?
I really wanted a career in which would have a direct and immediate effect on my patient's health outcomes. I knew that I wanted to work in the realm of healthcare and I really enjoyed the dental work environment as oppose to working in a hospital setting, including not having to work night shifts. Working as an Oral Health Therapist ticked all my boxes and I am proud to be positively contributing and advancing the oral health education of my patients.
How long have you been practicing dentistry?
I graduated in 2018 from the University of otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health.
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Tell us about your career background?
Although very short in duration, my four years as an Oral Health Therapist have been relatively full on. I secured my new graduate role in lnvercargill and worked there for a few months before being transferred to Dunedin through the SDHB. I was primarily working in my therapy scope of practice at this point. I was fortunate enough to work in and around Otago including Palmerston, Waikouaiti Ranfurley and Wanaka. In July of 20211 made the move to Christchurch and started with Ferrymead Dental.
What is my most memorable case to date?
My most memorable case to date would have to be one of my patients who had been so anxious about coming in for a hygiene appointment and when we were finished, she was so happy with the results and how clean and white her teeth appeared that she burst into tears. It was very memorable being able to make someone feel so good about themselves.
What do I love most about my job?
My patients and colleagues! I also love the structure of my job. I love that I know exactly what I am doing each day, and although the complexity of the patients changes, the routine is the same. I am a creature of habit, consistency and routine and so this plays well into this characteristic.
What are my special interests in dentistry?
I really enjoy focusing on pain free hygiene. I love working with dentally anxious patients and coaching them through the appointment.
My one piece of advice for a patient?
Brush twice a day and aim to floss once a day. We now know too much about the relationship between the health of your mouth and the health of your body to ignore the simple advice of brushing and flossing.
Where would we find you outside of the practice?
You'd find me doing pottery, gardening, hiking or baking.
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