Dr. Maghnus O’Donnell

Dr. Maghnus O’Donnell

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.

Jennifer O’Neill

BSc(Hons) PodMed, MSCh (Ire & UK)

Podiatrist

Jennifer graduated from the University of Ulster in 2002 with an honours degree in Podiatry. She has worked in successful private practices in Galway and Dublin where she gained valuable experience in examining, diagnosing and treating foot and lower limb conditions.

In addition to her work in private practice, Jennifer has provided high standard foot care as part of multidisciplinary teams to patients in day care centres, nursing homes, Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

Jennifer is appreciated by both staff and patients for her friendly professionalism. She enjoys regularly attending training courses and conferences as part of her continuing professional development.

Dr. Breandán O Niadh

Implant Dentistry, Placement and Restoration

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. Philip Christie

Specialist in Periodontics

Dr. Christie has been a practicing dentist for the past 36 years. Along with his primary dental degree, he holds a Master’s Degree in Periodontology (treatment of periodontal or gum disease). He also holds a Master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a particular psychotherapeutic approach to Human Behavioural Science. He is a trained Mindfulness teacher (Harvard Medical School) and has studied Hypnosis, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and is trained as a Reiki master.

His approach to Dental Science and gum disease is different. which he likes to call ‘the whole person approach’ as he believes that dental health is closely connected to a person’s overall health and well being. His journey has brought him through all the disciplines allowing him to take a more rounded approach to his patient’s overall wellbeing.

Dr. Darrelle Power

Specialist in Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Darrelle Power graduated from the Trinity College Dublin dental school in 2001 and went on to undertake further training in Prosthodontics. After she gained her specialist qualification, Dr Power moved to the United States to under take additional qualifications in Aesthetic Dentistry from New York University. Prior to returning to Ireland, she lectured and taught as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Prosthodontics at New York University. Dr. Power attends at The Granby Clinic and Pembroke Dental Kilkenny and provides specialist treatment in the advanced replacement and restoration of missing, broken, worn teeth or heavily restored teeth as well as high-end cosmetic work such as dental veneers and smile rehabilitations. She collaborates closely with other dental specialists and dentists to attain the best outcome for her patients, leading a multi-disciplinary team.

Dr. Justin Moloney

Specialist in Oral Surgery

Dr. Moloney is an Oral Surgeon with greater than 20 years’ experience in the dental profession in Ireland, the UK and further afield. He has taught for over ten years in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and holds a three-year postgraduate qualification in Oral Surgery that has led to registration as a specialist with the Dental Council of Ireland. He has written a number of scientific papers that have been published in the Journal of the Irish Dental Association.

Dr. Kate Farrell

Specialist in Oral Surgery

Kate graduated with honours in Dental Science from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. The following two years were spent in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, the first as a Junior House Officer and the latter as Senior House Officer in Oral Surgery. During this time, she obtained her MFD from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Kate then worked for a further two years as a Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in St. James’ Hospital Dublin and during this time was awarded an FFD in Oral Surgery/ Oral Medicine by the RCSI.

She then returned to the Dublin Dental University Hospital to complete a three-year clinical doctorate in Oral Surgery and graduated with first class honours in 2015. She completed the Fellowship in Oral Surgery and is registered as an oral surgeon specialist with the Irish Dental Council. Kate currently works as a Fellow in Maxillofacial Pediatric Surgery in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin as well as in private practice.

Julie Rothwell

Five Minutes with Julie Rothwell, RDH. Dental Hygienist

 

1. Where did you start your Hygienist Career?

My Dental journey began in 2013 when I moved from my homeplace in Clonegal to Cork City to train as Dental Nurse in Cork University Dental School and Hospital.

In my years in CUDSH I worked in all areas of dentistry including: the Central Sterile Services Department, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Restorative, Paediatrics, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Dental Theatre. I was lucky enough to work there as both a student and staff member.

From my first year as a Dental Nurse I knew that becoming a Dental Hygienist was the next career step I wished to take. I was eager to become more ‘hands on’ in my career as I love interacting and caring for patients. I worked hard to gain a place in the Dental Hygiene course in University College Cork and thankfully, I was successful.

 

2. What do you enjoy most about Dental Hygiene?

My favourite part of being a Hygienist is educating my patients on how to care for their teeth in a way that they can incorporate into their lifestyle. Seeing how little alterations in their oral hygiene regime can really change their smile and oral health is a great pleasure for me.

I love the ‘hands on’ side of this career but my job isn’t just about cleaning teeth. This is just one small part. Being able to make patients feel at ease and working together to accomplish their oral health goals is what I always aim to achieve.

 

3. What have you done to improve your skills and knowledge?

I have completed a Dental Nursing and Dental Radiography course. Attended professional development seminars for Dental Nurses & Dental Hygienists. I have my BLS (basic life support) up to date. Certificates in various dental related courses.

 

4. Can you explain some more about Oral Hygiene information?

Oral hygiene information consists of:

    • Explanations of the causes of dental decay and gum disease and how to prevent these health problems occurring.
    • Toothbrush and interdental aid recommendations.
    • Brushing techniques demonstrations.
    • Toothpaste and mouth rinse advice.

 

5. Why should I use interdental aids?

As most people are aware, dental plaque is the fundamental cause of both dental decay and gum disease. But only 60% of dental plaque is removed from tooth brushing alone! So, to remove the other 40% we need to use interdental aids. Depending on your teeth there is a variety of products you can use to remove plaque from between your teeth. If the plaque is left to accumulate there it will harden into harmful tartar. This can lead to decay, gum inflammation and eventual tooth loss.

 

6. What is your Top Tip for oral health?

My Top Tip!

Keep your interdental aids always somewhere handy and nearby. Doesn’t have to be done in a bathroom! I find keeping flossers in the kitchen handy for cleaning after meals.

 

7. What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work my hobbies consist of makeup artistry, arts & crafts, gardening and travel. I have even completed an ITEC level certificate in Makeup in 2016 in Cork College of Commerce. Whenever I get the opportunity, I love exploring new places. Whether it’s in Ireland or abroad I’m always adding to my bucket list of places to visit.

Dr. Raksha Batajoo

Five Minutes with Dr. Raksha Batajoo D.M.D., Dentist with Special Interest in Orthodontics

If you look up the word ‘passionate’ in the dictionary, you’ll probably see a picture of Dr. Raksha. She is passionate about everything she does from cooking to yoga and reading; but most of all, she is passionate about what she does here at Pembroke Orthodontics. Helping our patients and researching new solutions to dental problems are top priorities for Dr. Raksha.

 

When not engaged in orthodontic pursuits, Dr. Raksha enjoys her spare time with her family and friends.In addition, she is very involved with her Nepali ex patriot community in Ireland .She is an avid fan of movies and the cinema. Travelling and exploring the Irish countryside is also a keen pastime.

 

A little-known fact about Dr. Raksha? Her first concert ever was Kutumba, a Nepali folk band ! Not sure who they are? Or are you a fan of their music yourself? Ask her about it the next time you are in!

 

What Dr. Raksha likes best about her job here in Pembroke Dental? All of the great people she gets to meet and work with; parents, patients, co-workers and the nursing team as well as the wider dental community.

 

Let’s hear from Raksha herself:

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

My dentistry career started as I took my first step inside the University in Romania as a Dental student in 2010. I graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, DMD. After completion I returned to my home city of Kathmandu in Nepal and practiced as a general dentist for about a year. My particular area of interest in dentistry has always been orthodontics so I followed my dream and completed my 3-year post graduation training on Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.

 

2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?

 

I particularly enjoy meeting new people, communicating with them and getting to know their dental and health problems and helping to solve them if I can. I thrive on difficult cases and getting entangled with new methods and technologies.

 

I spend my spare time mostly travelling and watching movies. Some days I totally relax and I do nothing at all-I need time to totally unwind. I do always make sure to have time for my family.

 

3. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

 

The last thing that I have done to improve my skills/ knowledge is to attend as many Invisalign seminars and webinars that I could possibly get my hands on-they are really educational and informative. I am also attending some online training programs. I have worked and assisted many renowned dentists and grabbed many helpful tips and knowledge from their experience. I am an avid reader and study as many scientific articles as I can related to dentistry and new innovative practice methods.

 

4. How do you suggest for nervous patients who needs to see a dentist but are too nervous?

 

For every patient we need to gain their trust first. To do so, we must ensure we acknowledge their problems and the history of their nervousness. A smile and an open friendly nature never hurt. Discussing our problems in a calm and open forum can help lessen fears which I welcome and can help in easing nervousness and make my patients feel relaxed.

 

5. What is your top tip for oral health?

 

First and foremost, attaining and maintaining dental health is our top priority. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Dental health is also interlinked with general health -so some simple tips are as follows. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque. Visit your Dentist at least twice a year for a dental health check. Cut down on the frequency of sweet acidic drinks and sweet foods to help both your dental and general health overall.

Dr Mehwish Mansoor

Five Minutes with Dr Mehwish Mansoor, Dentist

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

My journey as a dentist started when I graduated in the city of Lahore in Pakistan from the oldest and most prestigious dental school there. We had a wide variety of patients coming in from all parts of the country. I did my first clinical internship in the public hospital associated with our dental school. It was a very exciting opportunity for a young graduate like me, albeit one that carried an enormous responsibility. After twelve months of working in all the different disciples of dentistry, I started working in a private clinic that was owned by one of our teachers.

Fast forward many years and I moved to Ireland where a whole new world opened to me, regarding not only dentistry but also in the form of a very inviting and inclusive culture and people. It has been a very happening journey and sometimes I am surprised myself when I think of the young and clueless teenage girl roaming in huge corridors of the age old building of Demontmorency Institute of Dental Sciences after clearing all the requisite exams to be there.

 

2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy all aspects of general routine dentistry but there are certainly a few things about my profession that I particularly enjoy. There is a sense of accomplishment in helping people and I am very fortunate that dentistry is one of the few professions where rewards go beyond monetary, you get to connect with people on their level and help remove their pain or discomfort. At the end of each day, nothing satisfies you more completely than being of use to another human being.

Secondly, I particularly enjoy the emphasis on prevention and disease control that has been put on oral health in the recent years. In the 80s and 90s, dentistry was more about treating the disease after it has occurred. Now we have evolved into professionals who can prevent a vast majority of oral and dental health issues by preventative measures. This saves a huge amount of time, money and discomfort in the later years. I love educating people about their oral health so they can see dentists as allies who will work with them to avoid most of the dental health problems, and treat the ones that are remaining in the most minimally invasive manner possible.

Regarding my spare time, I have been an avid reader all my life. Nothing is as relaxing at the end of a long day as a book. I also have two young boys and most of my time is spent tearing them away from their gadgets so we can read, draw, play, walk and cook together. Growing up, my favorite sport was badminton and I still love any chance I can get to take the rackets out, weather permitting, of course.

 

3. What is that last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

Like all professional fields, it is vital that we keep learning in dentistry too so our knowledge and skills are up to date. I very regularly attend Royal College Intensive Revision Courses that gathers all the professors and masters in the different fields of dentistry to get on one forum and teach the current best practices in their field of expertise.

I have also attended hands on refresher courses in the Dublin Dental Hospital to improve my clinical skills. The feedback that you get from the teachers and seniors there plays a big role in improving your work.

 

4. How do you suggest for a nervous patent who needs to see a dentist but is too nervous?

I understand that a lot of people have the nagging feeling that they need to see a dentist but they may have some fears, for example of pain, judgement or a horrible diagnosis. What I would suggest them firstly is that there is nothing unusual about it. It is perfectly normal to be afraid of dentists, sometimes our previous experiences also factor in to our fears. However, you need to visualise your first appointment as just the knowing process, both of the dentist and and his opinion about your teeth and discussion and planning of all the available treatment options.

Dentistry has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years and patients are explained each and every step of their treatment plan. We want your treatment to be as painless as possible and for you to be as comfortable as possible so your appointments are happy, pleasant and productive for both of us. We also prefer minimally invasive treatments and maximum preservation of your teeth and supporting structures. There is no judgement in a dental clinic, just friendly professionals who would love to see you and your family smile their best.

 

5. What makes Pembroke dental a great place to work?

Pembroke Dental has to be one of the best dental practices in this country to work in. The sense of camaraderie and teamwork makes everything easier. Everyone looks out for their colleagues and take pride and joy in each other’s accomplishments. Dentistry itself can be somewhat of a lonely experience in some workplaces, but not Pembroke. This place is bustling with life and activity and there is always a friendly ear around if you need it. Also, the presence of so many specialists and general dental practitioners under one roof makes the brain storming of ideas and continual learning a daily part of our professional lives.

 

6. How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?

As a mother I can fully appreciate how hard it can be to get our children into these small daily habits. There is a lot of patience and consistency needed to get them to brush their teeth thoroughly and regularly. Up until the age of 7 years, you need to be helping them do it properly, especially regarding cleaning the back teeth well. Kids don’t really have enough manual dexterity to reach all the nook and crannies of their mouth where most of the sweet and sticky stuff is quite possibly lurking around.

From seven, you can gradually hand them over the responsibility of brushing their teeth, and you can invest in their favorite cartoon character brush, a timer and pleasant tasting toothpaste to make the process more fun of them. However, you may still need to remind them or ask if they have done it. You can also round them up and do your own flossing and brushing in their presence so you can keep an eye on the way they are doing it. And very importantly, keep on bringing them to the dental clinic every 6 or 12 months as advised by the dentist according to your child’s dental health. Being reminded by the dentist and shown proper brushing technique in the clinic can really help them understand and form good dental hygiene habits.