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.”
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.
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)
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.
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. 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.
What to expect from a Prosthodontist?
A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who has completed a five year degree in general dentistry plus at least three additional years of training and education in a postgraduate Prosthodontics program. Prosthodontists specialise in treating and handling dentofacial problems that involve restoring missing and damaged tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is highly trained in aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and much more. They strive to carry out all treatment to the highest standards possible.
Darrelle’s approach to her Patients.
Darrelle describes her approach to dentistry as conscientious and caring whilst paying a high attention to detail. Patients will go through a detailed consultative process at the outset of treatment to create a pathway to their ideal outcome. Darrelle works closely with our inhouse specialists to optimise clinical success. Following the detailed understanding of a patients goals, current condition, budget and timeframe, Darrelle will create a detailed bespoke treatment plan and discuss with each patient ,exploring all suitable treatment avenues, before embarking on their treatment.
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.
Where did you start your dentistry career, Bishoy?
I started my dental career in New Zealand as an Oral Health Therapist (Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist). I worked as a therapist for just over 3 years, and that clinical experience in dentistry is what made me realise that my true passion does lie within this field and made me pursue further studies to become a dentist.
What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
What I love about dentistry is how life changing the best quality dental care can make to my patients lives and confidence, especially if I have provided their care! The biggest reward for me is the smile of a satisfied patient leaving the clinic happy!
When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy playing video games, working out at the gym, reading a bit of dental literature, and having some social drinks with friends.
What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
In this field it’s very important to keep up to date with the literature as technology and treatment modalities are constantly changing and updating. I attend online webinars regularly and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic I have had a great opportunity to attend several online webinars and conferences. In 2019, I also attended a course (both theoretical as well as practical) on advanced prosthodontic treatment planning for crowns, bridges, and veneers.
Why is the routine dental health check so important?
There is a saying that goes “the oral cavity is the window to a person’s health” which I believe is very true, as several systemic diseases can manifest in the mouth (cancers, Diabetes Mellitus, even heart issues). Good maintenance of overall health and having regular dental health checks can be a turning point for any individual suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes Mellitus and help them have more control over these health issues. Certain conditions can be diagnosed early during the routine screening that your dentist performs during a dental health check who will refer you to your doctor for further investigating if necessary. So, we don’t just check the health of your teeth and gums, but we also want to make sure you are enjoying a healthy+++ quality of life!
Why are my gums bleeding?
Many people suffer from bleeding gums for a very common reason: Gingivitis caused by dental plaque bacteria accumulating on teeth and gums. Almost anyone and everyone suffers from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) at some stage in their life, and although it does not cause any pain to the point where seeking dental care becomes urgent, it can slowly make the gums weaker and erode the bone holding teeth firm (advanced gum inflammation, aka Periodontitis) and that can affect how long the teeth remain in the mouth as well. This is why it is very important to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque deposits in order to ensure that we not only maintain good health of our teeth from decay, but also from gum disease!
What is your top tip for oral health?
Brush and floss your teeth daily! It can make a huge difference in your daily life having a fresh breath, a healthy smile, and definitely need some good back teeth if you enjoy having a good steak every now and then like myself!
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.
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