My name is Carlos Castillo and I have moved to Ireland after over 8 years working as a specialist dentist in Spain.
I have practiced implant and periodontal dentistry for many years following my postgraduate education. I have attained postgraduate Masters degrees in Periodontics and Mucogingival Surgery from San Pablo CEU University, Madrid-Spain  and Masters in Advanced Oral Surgery and Implantology, University of Lleida, Lérida-Spain .
I am delighted to join Pembroke Dental as part of the specialist dentist team. Together with my colleagues who specialise in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery, we can combine our specialist therapies to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care to our patients under one roof.
I am limiting my practice to Periodontal [Gum] and implant dentistry as I have years’ experience in this area. I undertake all aspects of specialist periodontal therapy. I offer a broad range of periodontal treatments such as
Treatment of Periodontal [Gum] disease
Gum and Bone grafting
Guided bone and tissue regeneration
Cosmetic gum surgery
I also undertake dental implant placement and rebuilding. I am currently placing Nobel Biocare dental implants-one of the most respected and well researched brand of dental implant worldwide. Dental implants are the way of the future for many patients in my opinion, offering a really good alternative to dentures for missing teeth if placed correctly and with care.
All my patients shall be treated to the highest level that I can achieve with patient satisfaction being my highest priority.
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.
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.
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.”
Dr Khalily graduated from Khyber college of Dentistry, Pakistan in 2008. Following his graduation he completed 2 years post graduate training for his Membership with College Of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan in the specialty of Periodontology.
In Dec 2012 he was awarded Membership from Faculty of Dentistry Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (MFD-RCSI).
He has worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Pakistan at The Clinic of Esthetic Dentistry for several years. In July 2015 he passed the exam for registration with The Dental council of Ireland with the intention of moving to Ireland.
In order to pursue his career in Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, in January 2017 he enrolled in a four year Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) program in the specialty of operative dentistry from Islamabad Pakistan.
Dr Khalily’s objective is to learn and acquire valuable insight into latest clinical procedures. He attended numerous courses with special interest in the field of Restorative dentistry.
With his ability to learn fast, work hard with commitment, dedication to his patients and meticulous approach towards the clinical procedures and past experience, he joins our Pembroke Dental Team to embark on his professional career here in Ireland. We are delighted to welcome him.
Nebil is a Specialist Orthodontist who is passionate about providing the best and most technologically advanced orthodontic care for his patients. He creates a relaxed and calm environment in his surgery to put both his adult and child patients at ease. He prides himself on attention to finer details which results in exceptional orthodontic results.
Nebil graduated from Cluj-Napoca University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Romania in 2014. Following his graduation he remained at the University Hospital to undertake postgraduate studies ,initially working in Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery. The same year, he started an Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics specialty training program.
In 2016, he attained a diploma in Differential Diagnosis and Directional Force Systems, Edgewise Mechanotherapy from The Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for orthodontic research & education in Arizona, USA. He became a member of The Charles H. Tweed Foundation.
The same year, he also gained a diploma in Lingual Orthodontics, in Naples, Italy and also specialist Invisalign certification. Lingual braces have the advantage of being placed on the inside of the teeth and so being practically invisible. Invisalign aligners are a clear brace system, again practically invisible.
In 2018, Nebil was awarded the Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics. He is a Member of The Orthodontic Society of Ireland and joined the Specialist Orthodontist list of Ireland in 2019.
Five Minutes with Dr. Waseem Gohar, General Dentist
Where did you start your dentistry career?
I started my formal dentistry career in The University Dental Hospital in sunny Dubai after graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Hungary. Having been away from my family during undergraduate years, I wanted to spend some time with them in Dubai before I embarked on my journey to work in Ireland.
I spent the following months as a dental intern in different departments of dentistry gaining indispensable skills from the specialists in the hospital. During this time, I also completed Part 1 of Membership of Faculty of Dentistry postgraduate examination from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFD RCSI). I intend to take Part 2 of this examination imminently.
Dubai is a home to over 200 nationalities, so meeting new people and understanding different culture has strengthened my communication skills, which is an important aspect of dentistry.
What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?
The beauty of being a dentist is this- every day is different, each patient presents a unique challenge, keeping you motivated. You never get bored or have a mundane day at work. I enjoy all things dentistry, from meeting and greeting my patients to the treatment procedure itself but my particular interest lies in Endodontics or root canal treatment.
I am an avid reader and gym enthusiast; I spend my spare time reading psychological thrillers, weightlifting, and occasionally dabbling in cardiovascular exercise.
What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?
I keep myself up to date with contemporary literature, reading scientific articles, attend courses and live webinars to provide the best possible treatment to my patients. I recently attended a webinar hosted by an endodontist from the UK titled ‘Introduction to a Perfect Root Canal Treatment’ which was excellent as I can apply those skills into my daily practice. I follow dentists from all over the world on social media to learn different tips and tricks. As a healthcare professional, simply put, the learning never stops.
Why is the routine dental health check so important?
Changes to teeth happen on both macro and microscopic levels. As dentists we are trained to detect both during a routine dental health check. There are tests and tools at our disposal such as X-rays which can aid our diagnosis. During regular visits, the changes can be detected early and treated in the initial stages before they have had the chance to deteriorate. For example, the presence of tartar or calculus, a tenacious hard plaque deposit which develops slowly over time and is adhered strongly to the teeth which can cause gum disease cannot be removed at home with toothbrushing. It requires cleaning with our ultrasonic scaler performed at a dental clinic. Dentist can further evaluate your overall oral health and guide on how to improve it, if needed. In the long run, regular visits are more cost-effective and contribute to your overall general wellbeing.
Should I use mouthwash regularly?
The one thing that should not be regularly used in an oral care regime is Mouthwash. In simple terms, our mouth or oral cavity has both friendly and harmful bacteria -we want to lessen the harmful bacteria while encouraging the friendly bacteria. Unfortunately, mouthwash is 100% antibacterial and cannot distinguish between the two. Recent studies have shown that people who use mouthwash twice a day for a certain period are at 55% higher risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes. No concrete reason for this has been found yet.
The American Dental Association suggests the use of mouthwash for therapeutic use or symptomatic relief, for instance, in the treatment of bleeding gums under the prescription of a dentist. Toothbrushing, manual or electrical for 2 minutes twice a day and daily flossing is absolutely sufficient for maintenance of good oral hygiene without the use of any mouthwash.
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.
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