Dr. Grigorios Plemmonos

Dr. Grigorios Plemmonos

Five Minutes with Dr. Grigorios Plemmenos, General Dentist

Dr Greg is a General Dentist working full time in our Bagenalstown and Kilkenny Clinics. He  is a skilled Dentist, who was born and raised in Greece.

Dr. Greg’s patients will love his work hard and commitment, his dedication to patient care, his meticulous approach towards the clinical procedures and the great pride he takes in his work.

 

Let’s hear from Greg himself:

 

  1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

I started my career in dentistry in Athens in Greece where I received my Bachelors in Dentistry from the National and Kaporistrian University of Athens. From November 2022 – August 2023 I worked as a soldier dentist in the Greek Army Forces. 

 

  1.  How do you spend your spare time?

 

In my spare time I am a basketball coach so I enjoy coaching and playing basketball. Since I moved to Ireland I have taken up cycling as there are many beautiful cycling routes around Kilkenny and Carlow.

 

  1. Why did you want to pursue dentistry as a career?

 

When I first entered dental school, I wasn’t absolutely sure that this was the career path I would like to follow. However, my engagement with the dental courses made me change my mind and now I am keen on providing oral health care to my patients.

 

  1. What is your top tip for Oral Health?

 

My top tip for Oral Health is to flossing, I don’t think it is a widely practiced by people as it should be. While everyone knows to brush their teeth, not as many people have flossing in their oral health routines.

Dr. Chinonso Nwachukwu

Five Minutes with Dr. Chinonso Nwachukwu, General Dentist & Hygienist

Dr. Chinonso is a gentle, experienced dentist based in the original Pembroke premises in Carlow town. She also spends one day a week treating patients in our Bagenalstown clinic. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of dentistry, especially oral hygiene. She has recently moved from Hungary, where she worked for 6.5 months, to join the team here at Pembroke Dental. Dr. Chinonso ensures that all of her patients are 100% satisfied following their treatment.

 

When she is not working, Dr. Chinonso regularly keeps in contact with her friends and family back home in Aboh Mbaise and Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

Dr. Chinonso’s favourite thing about her job at Pembroke Dental is interacting with patients day-to-day and providing them with good oral hygiene tips and advice. Nothing makes her happier than seeing patients pleased with their dental treatment after their visit to Pembroke Dental.

 

Let’s hear from Chinonso herself:

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

I began studying dentistry in the University of Pécs in Hungary, where I studied there for 6 years. After I graduated from University, I began practicing as a General Dentist for 6.5 months in a village called Dunaszentbenedek in Hungary. Moving to Ireland was a big change for me, but I was very excited about it!

 

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

 

I truly enjoy meeting and interacting each day with patients, new and existing. I prioritise patient satisfaction and try to make their experience as comfortable as possible.

 

In my spare time, I like to relax and practice self-care. I have a skincare routine that I like to follow to keep my skin looking healthy. I also enjoy a shopping spree every now and then!

 

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

 

I am always striving to improve my dental skills and knowledge. Since moving to Ireland, I have been regularly studying the HSE website. Watching YouTube videos is also a fantastic, free & fun way to access educational content about dentistry.

 

4. What would you say to patients who are nervous about attending the dentist?

 

I approach all of my patients in a calm & friendly manner. It is crucial that patients are relaxed and understand each process of their treatment. Using a calm voice to check-in with patients throughout their appointment is a priority of mine.

 

5. What is your top tip for oral health?

 

My top tip for oral health is to brush gently with a soft bristled toothbrush. I also recommend flossing regularly to help remove bacteria and improve your oral health.

Dr Brenda Barrett

Five Minutes with Dr Brenda Barrett, Clinical Director

 

1.Where did you start your dentistry career?

I started my dental career at the tender age of seventeen in the Dublin Dental University Hospital in Trinity College, way back in the last century! After graduating as a dentist in 1988, I worked in the UK for a few years and also attended the world-renowned Eastman Dental Hospital to do a post-graduate diploma in General Dentistry.

I acquired Pembroke Dental in 1993, which had an excellent reputation in Carlow Town and I have been trying to build on that reputation since!

 

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

I enjoy meeting my patients on a daily basis-many of whom I now consider friends. I am humbled by their trust in my skills and in Pembroke Dental as a team. I also like the buzz of building a great specialist and general dental team around me and enjoy the camaraderie of a positive group of dental professionals.

One of the drawbacks of dentistry as a career is the sedentary nature of the job, so in my spare time, I like activity-walking my lovely dogs, horse riding, cycling and dancing. I have recently joined a choir and warble as best I can amongst friends.

 

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

To prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks, I returned to Trinity College Dublin to complete a Masters in Clinical Dentistry in the Dublin Dental University Hospital in 2018. I am really proud of that achievement as it encompassed all the skills and knowledge I had slowly gathered over the years as a general dental practitioner.

 

4. You have won the Best Practice Irish Dentistry Awards won numerous occasions, explain as a winner what it took to win this award?

In a few words-Lots of hard work and dedication to our patients! We have worked hard over the years to build a great and dedicated team of dental professionals in Pembroke Dental who can offer the highest quality dentistry to our patients. We believe in giving the very best care, and attention to all who come to us and each member of the team is encouraged to give their utmost. That’s our motto- The patient’s best interest comes first!

 

5. How would you describe your team in Pembroke Dental?

The Pembroke Dental Team are special is so many ways- talented, dedicated to their patients, positive in their thinking and totally professional while being compassionate towards our patients. They really put the care of our patients first, and I am very proud to be part of this great team.