1. Where did you start your dentistry career?
I entered Trinity College Dublin in 2000 initially to study European Studies with French and Russian, I transferred to study Dentistry at the Dublin Dental Hospital in 2001 graduating in 2006. I began my first job working in private practice in Castlebar, Co Mayo. I gained invaluable experience working with older colleagues over 2 years. I developed a particular interested in root canal treatment and the treatment of nervous and anxious patients many of whom were referred to this practice. I have subsequently worked in both Dublin and Galway before moving to Carlow and Pembroke Dental in 2020.
2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
Dentistry allows me to carry out very detailed hands-on work while learning about the most up to date materials, techniques, and technology. I love the variety of different work I do and people I meet in an average day. There’s never a boring day in dentistry. It can be a very rewarding job when I see a nervous patient overcome their anxiety or deliver a cosmetic outcome that exceeds a patients expectations.
I spend my spare time cooking (and eating), I also go to the gym regularly. Relaxing is very important in my spare time and I have been practicing Tai Chi and meditation for the last 10 years ago.
3. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I have a commitment to ongoing education and love learning about new materials and techniques that can help my patients. I have attended courses on root canal treatment, composite artistry, and facial aesthetics. In 2018 I completed a 1 year postgraduate programme at the University of Manchester in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. I attended numerous conferences to keep up to date with the latest developments in dentistry.
4. What would you say is your dental philosophy?
My experience in dentistry has thought me that listening to patients is the most reliable way of providing the most appropriate dental treatment. There is no on-size-fits-all treatment in dentistry but I have found that listening to my patients describe their problems, their preferences, and their expectations is the easiest way to arrive at the best treatment for each individual case. I am also a fan of the axiom “Do it once and do it right”. By taking the time needed for each patient and not cutting corners you achieve the best long term solutions for each case.
5. What are the dangerous of oral piercing?
Piercings of the lip, tongue, or cheek are becoming an increasingly common type of piercing especially among younger people. Unfortunately there are a number a damaging side effects to these piercing which people are generally not warned about prior to getting them
Most commonly I see chipped teeth associated with tongue and lip piercings and recession of the gum associated with lip or cheek piercings. There can be more unusual side effects such as a tongue abscess or rupturing of blood vessels. Generally dentists would not advise getting any oral piercings.