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.”
Ramona is our lead aesthetician who has trained at Carlow IT before gaining experience at the nationally renowned Dundrum Laser Clinic. She has extensive qualifications from the International Therapy Examination Council in:
Anatomy and physiology
Skincare and facial treatments
She is recognised as an aesthetician by CIDESCO (Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie)
and she has a Diploma for training with Candela Pro laser. Ramona has extensive knowledge and training in our renowned ZO range of cosmetic products.
” I went for a microdermabrasion treatment recently with Ramona and afterwards my skin felt great. Ramona explained everything before during and after the treatment. She is very good at her job and was very informative and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Ramona and Pembroke Dermal ” ( Via Facebook)
” My daughter won a competition and gave it to me for a treat, I have to say it was wonderful, I loved every minute, Ramona is a lovely skilled and very knowledgeable lady, fantastic treatments and loads of great advice, would I go back? 100% I would. So a massive thank you my face feels and looks younger firmer and fresher, I will be back.”
” Ramona was thorough and spent a lot of time talking me through different ways I could combat redness and the usual blemishes that I suffer with. She was very knowledgable and since taking her advice about using an SPF on my skin and the sorts of products I should be using, I have seen a noticeable difference. A lovely clinic which is based inside a health centre. Super professional and clean.” ( Via Google reviews)
1. Where did you start your facial aesthetics career?
I qualified as a dentist from UCC in 2009 and went to work in London for 7 years. There I gained great experience working as a dental associate in general practice and also as an SHO in the oral and maxillofacial departments of 3 busy London hospitals.
I first trained in facial aesthetics with an academy on Harley Street in 2012. In more recent years I have expanded my skillset and trained in more advanced procedures with Dr Bob Khanna, Dr Rikin Parekh and the OFAA academy.
I like to attend at least one course and conference every year where I keep up to date with new products and developments.
2. What would you say is your Facial aesthetics philosophy?
I aim to help my clients achieve results that are subtle and natural yet giving them a fresher and more revitalised appearance.
From talking with my patients ,I get to know their personality, their lifestyle and expectations and help them understand how we can achieve results in a way that complements and enhances their natural features but is individual to them also.
3. What do you enjoy most about Facial aesthetics?
I really enjoy carrying out the procedures and seeing the reaction of my clients afterwards. It is a very exciting and rewarding area as it evolves and develops so much every year. There is a wide range of treatments and products available now for our clients to help us resolve issues that were previously bothering them. I also love attending training courses and conferences where I get to meet other practitioners and learn new skills.
4. How would your co-workers describe you?
I think they would say that I am professional and hard-working, empathetic and kind. I like to be well prepared for all my clinics and so I’m constantly in touch with my team to ensure we are ready for the week ahead.
5. HHow do you spend your spare time?
I have recently started cooking and baking again. I enjoy getting out and about meeting friends and going on city breaks. After work I try to do some exercise and go to the gym.
6. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I regularly watch webinars given by training academies and expert practitioners in my spare time. My last training course was in February 2020 at the Dr Bob Khanna training institute in the UK. It was for a new skin product that I hope to introduce to the clinic. I read the monthly aesthetic journals to which I subscribe and find them really good for tips and information on new treatments and products.
Dr. Breandan O Niadh graduated from TCD in 2004 and worked in general practice until 2012, when he commenced an Implantology fellowship in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston. While working as a general dentist he completed an introductory course in implants in 2009 and 2010 and this is where his interest in this field arose. He commenced full time program in 2012 limited to two people which he completed in 2014.
Dr. O Niadh was an undergraduate clinical supervisor in the Harvard Dental School while he was training, teaching Implant dentistry in the dental clinics. He was also involved in clinical research as part of the Implantology program. His programme director and mentor, Dr. German Gallucci, is a world leader in Implant dentistry who has published extensively and contributed to many books on the subject. He represented Harvard Dental School at the EAO in Dublin in 2013 and at the North Eastern Implant Symposium in Boston in 2014. Dr. O Niadh is a member of the ITI-International Team for Implantology and has attended advanced training courses in implant dentistry in Switzerland and London.
Dr Maghnus O’Donnell, Orthodontist, aims to provide child, teenage and adult patients with specialist orthodontic treatment in a caring, friendly and comfortable environment. Dr O’Donnell continually updates his skills as new techniques emerge to deliver the best possible results for his patients. This means that patients benefit from the application of the most modern and aesthetically pleasing techniques available in orthodontics today.
Dr O’Donnell holds a Membership in Orthodontics with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Membership in Orthodontics with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr O’Donnell is a Member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland and is registered on the Orthodontic Specialist Register of the Dental Council of Ireland.
Dr O’Donnell qualified from Trinity College Dental School in 1987. During his time here, he was named the 1986 Winner of the Costello Medal for Undergraduate Dental Research. On completion of his undergraduate studies, Dr O’Donnell worked as both Junior and Senior House Surgeon at the Dublin Dental Hospital; rotating around orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, paedodontics, restorative dentistry and accident and emergency.
Following two years in general dentistry in the UK, Dr O’Donnell graduated in 1993 with a master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of London. On completion of these studies, Dr O’Donnell returned to Ireland where he immediately applied his skills and expertise to establish his specialist orthodontic clinic.
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.
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.
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