My name is Carlos Castillo and I have moved to Ireland after over 8 years working as a specialist dentist in Spain.
I have practiced implant and periodontal dentistry for many years following my postgraduate education. I have attained postgraduate Masters degrees in Periodontics and Mucogingival Surgery from San Pablo CEU University, Madrid-Spain  and Masters in Advanced Oral Surgery and Implantology, University of Lleida, Lérida-Spain .
I am delighted to join Pembroke Dental as part of the specialist dentist team. Together with my colleagues who specialise in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery, we can combine our specialist therapies to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care to our patients under one roof.
I am limiting my practice to Periodontal [Gum] and implant dentistry as I have years’ experience in this area. I undertake all aspects of specialist periodontal therapy. I offer a broad range of periodontal treatments such as
Treatment of Periodontal [Gum] disease
Gum and Bone grafting
Guided bone and tissue regeneration
Cosmetic gum surgery
I also undertake dental implant placement and rebuilding. I am currently placing Nobel Biocare dental implants-one of the most respected and well researched brand of dental implant worldwide. Dental implants are the way of the future for many patients in my opinion, offering a really good alternative to dentures for missing teeth if placed correctly and with care.
All my patients shall be treated to the highest level that I can achieve with patient satisfaction being my highest priority.
My passion for dentistry can be traced back to a childhood interest in all things minute and detailed-so I am very suited to my chosen profession !
I like getting people excited about their dental health and how we ,as dentists,can influence dental and overall health.
I was awarded my primary degree in dentistry in 2019 from the University of Grenada in Southern Spain and then gained valuable experience working in general practice in Malaga before joining Pembroke Dental in 2021.I love my job as a general dentist with the wide variety of skills involved in the provision of high quality dentistry.
Outside of my surgery hours,I am currently studying for my Masters Thesis in Dentistry.I am dedicated to my patients and studies and aim to provide a modern attitude to dental treatment coupled with best practice and a cheery outlook.
I lived in Ireland as a child and have returned to live the Irish way of life-the sea,the countryside and the people.
I love languages and different cultures and enjoy the everyday interactions with my patients.
My belief is that dentists should be approachable,inclusive and (yes) fun-and I put this into practice every day!
Five Minutes with Dr. Akram Jasim, Specialist Orthodontist
Selecting the right orthodontist is important. My name is Akram Jasim and I am an orthodontist since 2005. I offer a wide variety of treatment options for adults and children ranging from modern cosmetic and near invisible orthodontic braces, Invisalign and lingual braces.
We ,together ,will discuss the options to determine which treatment solution is best suited for your specific life and orthodontic needs to attain your ideal result. Orthodontics can improve the smile of people of all ages and I treat children, teenagers and adults in a sympathetic and caring manner.
Where did you start your dentistry career?
I started my dental career in my home country of Iraq over 25 years ago now, working as a general dentist in the Ministry of Health. After a few years I moved into the educational field where I worked as a Clinical Instructor and lecturer to students studying Dentistry.
During this period, I followed my keen interest in the field of orthodontics by entering an orthodontic training programme and graduated with a master’s degree in Orthodontics three years later. My career continued in education, moving into lecturing orthodontics while gaining practical experience in private practice.
After many years teaching, I fulfilled my ambition to open my own private practice in General Dentistry and eventually Orthodontics alone. I moved to Ireland in 2016 with my family to work in Pembroke Dental as a specialist Orthodontist.
2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
The most enjoyable thing about dentistry is the creation of a beautiful smile, bringing people’s dreams to reality. Many of my patients have told me that they avoid smiling and if they do smile, they try to cover and hide their teeth. I can often help with this embarrassment. After orthodontic treatment I can see patients smiling with confidence, some for the first time which is hugely rewarding for me, each and every time.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family playing table tennis and I am keen swimmer.
3. What is that last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I attend orthodontic conferences and courses regularly. I have just returned from the Orthodontic Society of Ireland (OSI) Annual Meeting which I attend annually to share knowledge and experience with my orthodontic colleagues. My most recent attendance at an educational course was Carrierre Motion Applications “Carrierre in Practice, the way forward”-I found it very useful and now use these appliances in my practice.
4. Do you think you’ll still be interested in dentistry in ten years, Why?
Yes, I do. I enjoy dentistry and especially my area of expertise, Orthodontics. I am over 25 years working in dentistry and I am still curious about the latest dental developments. My dental career has also brought me to many different parts of the world-not many careers offer this opportunity. I could not imagine doing any other type of work and I expect to be doing this job until I retire. It is a very special career, getting to meet people from all walks of life and making their dreams come true. I work with my patients for a long time so lasting relationships are built.
5. What are the changes you have seen in dentistry in the last 10 years?
There have been major changes in Dentistry in the last 10 years. A digital revolution has occurred and thankfully, Pembroke Dental is at the forefront of this. There are so many dental treatments now entering the digital age from crowns and bridges, implants and even in my field of orthodontics.
I am a Specialist Invisalign provider -these appliances are completely made digitally, from design to manufacture. We can now even show our patients the outcome of their treatment digitally before commencing treatment so patients can see what they will look like with straightened teeth before they start wearing their braces or appliances! That is a terrific move forward in my opinion. Digital dentistry is developing so fast that I expect it will be involved in most dental treatments soon.
Sumbal is our dental hygienist and has over 7 years’ experience both as a dentist and a hygienist. Sumbal is qualified as a hygienist and as a dentist and has worked in Galway and Carlow, in both general and specialist practices.She currently works in our Carlow,Bagenalstown and Kilkenny practices.
Sumbal’s aim is to help her patients prevent or control dental caries and periodontal/gum disease and she provides oral healthcare advice and procedures such as scaling, polishing, placement of fissure sealants, taking of xrays and administering of local anaesthesia. She works tirelessly and passionately for her patients. She also works closely in conjunction with our periodontist gum health specialist to treat severe gum disease issues.
She treats her patients with huge energy and enthusiasm and is a real champion for oral health and overall health. Patients who sometimes put off hygiene visits because of bad experiences in the past are always pleasantly surprised with their visit to Sumbal. She is gentle but effective and designs home care programmes for her patients to improve dental and oral health. We have introduced the pain free EMS airflow and piezon scaling system which makes the experience even better!
Sumbal also has a passion for facial aesthetics and is a certified provider of anti-wrinkle botox injections and dermal fillers. She has a real artistic eye for these procedures which she carries out at our location in Provincial House Kilkenny at Pembroke Dermal.
In 2018 Dr Halley was awarded a clinical doctorate in oral surgery from the Dublin Dental University Hospital achieving first class honours and the Dean’s prize. During her 3 years of training Dr Halley’s research focused on the surgical management of patients with antiresorptive osteonecrosis of the jaws. Dr Halley has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland completing my FFD in oral surgery, and is registered as a Specialist Oral Surgeon with the Irish Dental Council. Dr Halley currently holds a position on the Irish Oral Surgery Advisory Committee, and a teaching post at the Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Prior to this, Dr Halley has worked in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery units in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, St James’s Hospital, Bristol Dental Hospital and Cardiff giving a strong foundation in the management and treatment of patients undergoing dentoalveolar surgery. Additionally, Dr Halley worked in practice for a year after completing her undergraduate studies in Dentistry at Cardiff University.
Maria studied Orthodontic Therapy at Trinity College Dublin in 2017-2018 and completed her practical training here in Pembroke Dental. She has gained a vast amount of experience across all procedures throughout her years in orthodontics, initially as an orthodontic nurse, then as an orthodontic therapist. Maria enjoys carrying out continuous training and keeping up to date with current courses and new methods.
She is a member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland and a registered Orthodontic Therapist with the Dental Council of Ireland Reg No. 80TR2019. Maria is also a qualified Dental Nurse studying in Trinity College Dublin (2013-2014) and is qualified in Dental Radiography Trinity College Dublin (2016-2017).
She ably assists our orthodontists in the care of our orthodontic patients and has a gentle and kind perspective for all.
Raquel Fernandez is our experienced podiatrist who treats patients in both our Carlow and Kilkenny clinics. She takes great pride in all her work and provides a friendly ,professional and efficient service to her patients. Podiatry treatments include all those for common foot problems such as nails, corns, callus, verrucae and ingrowing toenails.
Raquel also provides specific treatment for diabetic patients taking especial care of the foot complications that these patients may have. She is trained and experienced in the casting and provision of orthotics. She is a dedicated and skilled professional ,best summed up in her own words below-
“I am a young and vibrant podiatrist at Pembroke Dental, currently pursuing my masters degree in Podiatry and qualified with a BSc Hons in Podiatry from Complutense University of Madrid.
As a podiatrist I have special interest in diabetic foot and treatment of ulcers. At the moment I am specialising in musculoskeletal podiatry and lower limb biomechanics. I am fascinated by new developments in these areas.
I love my profession and I believe in keeping up to date with all aspects of Podiatry from wound care to the management of Sports Injury.
Giving a patient centred approach by putting the patient’s needs at the center of everything i do helps me provide the best care towards my patients.”
I studied dentistry and started my career as a general practitioner dentist in Madrid and my hometown, Valladolid being part of the team in a renowned well-established clinic. My daily activity is focused on Prosthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. I focus my work on being as conservative as possible, frequently using overlays and onlays. Aesthetic dentistry is an area of interest for me as well. I usually carry out ceramic and composite veneers and most recently I started to work with injected composites with very good results. In order to provide a large range of treatments, I have also undertaken post graduate education in Endodontics[root canal therapy].
I enjoy the outdoor life and am enjoying life in Kilkenny although the weather is very different to what I am used to in my home country of Spain!
Dr Khalily graduated from Khyber college of Dentistry, Pakistan in 2008. Following his graduation he completed 2 years post graduate training for his Membership with College Of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan in the specialty of Periodontology.
In Dec 2012 he was awarded Membership from Faculty of Dentistry Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (MFD-RCSI).
He has worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Pakistan at The Clinic of Esthetic Dentistry for several years. In July 2015 he passed the exam for registration with The Dental council of Ireland with the intention of moving to Ireland.
In order to pursue his career in Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, in January 2017 he enrolled in a four year Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) program in the specialty of operative dentistry from Islamabad Pakistan.
Dr Khalily’s objective is to learn and acquire valuable insight into latest clinical procedures. He attended numerous courses with special interest in the field of Restorative dentistry.
With his ability to learn fast, work hard with commitment, dedication to his patients and meticulous approach towards the clinical procedures and past experience, he joins our Pembroke Dental Team to embark on his professional career here in Ireland. We are delighted to welcome him.
Sinead Allis qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 2002 and then moved to the UK and worked in a general dental practice in Essex for seven years. During this time, her postgraduate studies included a Certificate in Endodontics and following this over the course of one year, she completed Dr. Christopher Orr’s ‘Cosmetic and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry’ course.
In 2010 Sinead completed a full-time Master’s Degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital (UCL) London. This area of dentistry focuses on restoring and replacing missing teeth in a conservative manner. Since 2010, Sinead has been a visiting lecturer for the ‘Hands On’ courses run at the Eastman Postgraduate Centre for Dentists preparing for their ORE examinations. This is an aspect of Dentistry that gives her great satisfaction. In 2013 she successfully gained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Joint Dental Faculties. ‘Keeping up to date with new aspects of dentistry is very important to me and whilst I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry on a daily basis, implant dentistry is where my passion lies.’
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