Mercé Roig

Mercé Roig

Five Minutes with Mercé Roig, Podiatrist

 

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Alginet, a little village near Valencia in Spain.

 

 

Where did you start your career in Podiatry?

I studied Podiatry at the University of Valencia and I did a one-year postgraduate degree in biomechanical assessment at the University Miguel Hernández in Alicante, Spain. I also did the nourishing Erasmus project in Brussels for 10 months.

 

I have been working as a Podiatrist for 3 years now. As a healthcare professional, I aim to provide the best possible treatment to my patients.

 

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I really enjoy swimming, walking by the beach, travelling, playing the guitar, listening to music, eating in new places, spending time with animals and learning new languages. I have many hobbies!

 

 

When should a patient consider visiting a Podiatrist?

 

Sometimes, patients will delay booking a podiatry appointment until they are experiencing a lot of discomfort and pain. This can often cause further damage. Even if patients have slight pain or minor concerns, I encourage them to see me for a routine check.

Dr. Sinead Allis

Sinead Allis qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 2002 and then moved to the UK and worked in a general dental practice in Essex for seven years. During this time, her postgraduate studies included a Certificate in Endodontics and following this over the course of one year, she completed Dr. Christopher Orr’s ‘Cosmetic and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry’ course.

In 2010 Sinead completed a full-time Master’s Degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital (UCL) London. This area of dentistry focuses on restoring and replacing missing teeth in a conservative manner. Since 2010, Sinead has been a visiting lecturer for the ‘Hands On’ courses run at the Eastman Postgraduate Centre for Dentists preparing for their ORE examinations. This is an aspect of Dentistry that gives her great satisfaction. In 2013 she successfully gained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Joint Dental Faculties. ‘Keeping up to date with new aspects of dentistry is very important to me and whilst I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry on a daily basis, implant dentistry is where my passion lies.’

Dr. Juan Carlos Alvarez

I studied dentistry and started my career as a general practitioner dentist in Madrid and my hometown, Valladolid being part of the team in a renowned well-established clinic. My daily activity is focused on Prosthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. I focus my work on being as conservative as possible, frequently using overlays and onlays. Aesthetic dentistry is an area of interest for me as well. I usually carry out ceramic and composite veneers and most recently I started to work with injected composites with very good results. In order to provide a large range of treatments, I have also undertaken post graduate education in Endodontics[root canal therapy].

I enjoy the outdoor life and am enjoying life in Kilkenny although the weather is very different to what I am used to in my home country of Spain!

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.

 

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.

Dr. Bishoy Wanis

 

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!

 

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.

Dr. Carlos Castillo

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 [2015] and Masters in Advanced Oral Surgery and Implantology, University of Lleida, Lérida-Spain [2107].

 

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.

Dr. Raksha Batajoo

Five Minutes with Dr. Raksha Batajoo, Specialist Orthodontist

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. She joined the Specialist Orthodontist list of Ireland in 2022.

 

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.I am now on the Specialist Orthodontist Register in Ireland.

 

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. Shah Nawaz

 

Dr. Nawaz graduated from Riphah International University, Pakistan in 2009. After graduation he continued his dental education initially as a dental house officer followed by four years as a post graduate resident dental surgeon to gain postgraduate experience in a variety of dental specialties including Oral Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

 

He lectured and taught undergraduate dental students while following a year-long postgraduate certificate course in Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry. He attended numerous hands-on endodontic courses which engendered his special interest in the field of Endodontics. He has worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Ireland with Pembroke Dental for several years, during which he decided to pursue Endodontics fulltime as a career.

 

He recently completed a Masters degree programme studying Endodontics in Italy while concentrating on endodontics and implant dentistry in general practice. He is now limiting his practice fully to endodontics and undertakes all aspects of advanced endodontic procedures including molar endodontics, retreatments, removal of broken instruments and surgical endodontics with the aid of our surgical Microscope.

 

Shah focusses on attention to detail and pain management during his work. He enjoys marrying the science of dentistry with extraordinary skill and dedication.