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.
Aditya is an experienced and skillful dentist, hailing originally from India. He has worked in Ireland and the UK for over 15 years with particular emphasis in Oral Surgery procedures. He enjoys general dental practice, but his main area of interest is in Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. His interest in surgery and dental implants led him to do courses in Switzerland for Implant dentistry.
Dental Implants are the efficient and modern way to replace teeth which have been removed/lost for various reasons like decay, trauma and also for patients who have difficulty wearing dentures etc. The success rate of Dental Implants is now known to be 98% over 25 to 30 years so they are recognised as the ideal solution for missing teeth.
Aditya enjoys delivering high quality personalised treatment plans for patients which needs meticulous planning and time. He is continually involved in professional development by attending seminars and conferences.
He is a calm and kind dentist with a good sense of humour. His hobbies include hiking, surfing travelling and …dentistry!
Why did you join Pembroke Dental, Adi?
I joined Pembroke Dental as it is a very modern practice with the latest technology and equipment available which helps the dental practitioners to provide best quality care to patients. It has also an excellent support system for both patients and staff members which I admire.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Lombard is a highly experienced dentist with a special interest in aesthetic and implant dentistry, as well as facial aesthetics.
Derek has a holistic minimally invasive approach to dentistry, favouring aligning, bleaching and bonding to achieve results gently.
A large focus of his work is to help people overcome their fear of dentistry. Derek is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and enjoys helping patients with dental anxiety and phobia, as well as those with a severe gag reflex, by using relaxation techniques.
He graduated from the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital with Commendation in 2007 and was honoured to receive the James Rankin Brownlie Prize upon graduation, awarded to “the best student in the Dental Surgery class.” Subsequently he gained the postgraduate diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.
Dr. Lombard has undergone extensive training in advanced implant dentistry in Ireland, the UK, Australia, Portugal and Italy; including a postgraduate one year Nobel Biocare Implant Course in London.
He completed his training in Advanced Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Harley Street and has trained in cosmetic Six Month Braces in California, advanced short-term orthodontics in London and is an Invisalign Go provider.
He is delighted to offer anti-wrinkle injections here in Pembroke Dental to achieve natural and refreshed results for his clients.
After graduating from the Faculty of Dentistry in Egypt in 2011, I spent one year of postgraduate training in the University Hospital to further enhance my dental skills and knowledge. After that valuable year, I worked as a general dentist for 2 years in general practice .During this period I finished my Membership of the Royal College of Ireland [MFD] and decided that I would like to follow my interest in oral surgery.
I joined the oral and maxillofacial surgery team in the Ministry of Health hospital in KSA[Kingdom of Saudi Arabia]. I gained a lot of specific experience in oral surgery and was awarded my postgraduate oral surgery diploma in 2017.
I was then accepted to join the Master of oral and maxillofacial surgery training program back in Egypt and I continued to work in a private practice doing general dentistry as well as my hospital position until I got the opportunity to work for Pembroke Dental.
What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
I enjoy helping anxious patients to have their dental treatment without fear and try to meet their expectations of a healthy attractive smile. I get great satisfaction in fulfilling my patients expectations, be it providing the simplest or the most complex treatments-I do value feedback and continually try to improve my interactions with my patients to make their dental treatment comfortable and a pleasant experience.
In my spare time I like going out for a walk & exercising, also I like cooking and listening to different kinds of music.
What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I regularly attend courses and workshops to keep up to date and to improve my knowledge and skills. I am continuing my Masters training program in Oral Surgery and I read the latest research in different fields of dentistry.
What do you suggest for nervous patients who needs to see a dentist but are too nervous?
Talk to your dentist, the right dentist will know that your nervousness can be an important barrier to confidence and health. Morning appointments will be better to help handle stress-we are all less tired. Limit all caffeine before your appointment because it can increase anxiousness. Do not worry, we now have many solutions to calm nervousness -from the simple, such as helpful supportive dental teams to full sedation options. We need to take the time to talk to you about your needs and assess what is the right approach for you as an individual.
What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?
Tooth sensitivity is pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to certain stimulations such as variations in temperature, hot or cold foodstuffs/drinks and sometimes sweet substances. It can be temporary or lingering, severe or mild in nature and can affect one tooth or several teeth-but one thing is certain, it can be very uncomfortable.
The most common causes can be gum recession or loss/thinning of the enamel outer layer of teeth which are typically due to either brushing too hard or grinding your teeth. But it can also be due to dental caries and cavities which needs immediate treatment so it is best to come in and visit your dentist for a dental health check to exclude any serious dental issues before trying any home remedies.
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