Julie Rothwell

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. 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. 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. Hadeel Omer

Five Minutes with Dr. Hadeel Omer, General Dentist with Special Interest in Oral Surgery

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

I qualified in 2009 as a Dentist with BDS (Honours) from my home country, Sudan. I started my career as a general dentist at the Military hospital in Sudan and a private clinic simultaneously. Following this, I undertook Senior House Officer post in Maxillofacial Surgery at a tertiary hospital in Saudi Arabia. After a few years as a general dentist, I developed a keen interest in Oral Surgery, which led me to pursue postgraduate training at the University of Manchester, UK. I gained valuable surgical experience and awarded a master’s degree in Oral maxillofacial Surgery. Along with this, I achieved the Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

After gaining experience in many fields of dentistry, I decided to move to Ireland, and I am very proud to be part of one of the best clinics in Ireland, Pembroke dental . I aim to provide the same professional, high-quality service with a gentle and caring approach to the patients.

 

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

 

Dentistry is a personally fulfilling career. I enjoy building up a rapport with my patients. Making them feel the ease, and smile with confidence, is truly rewarding!

 

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with local communities and using my dental skills to reach out to the less fortunate people. Back in my home country, I worked for a non-governmental health organization offering treatment for the less fortunate and, I have joined many medical convoys. While studying in the UK, I volunteered with a homeless charity to promote oral health care and preventive dentistry.

 

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

 

I recently achieved a master’s degree from the prestigious University of Manchester, in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, it has been a rewarding experience and has improved my clinical and research skills.

 

I regularly watch online webinars, and I have also attended many dental and surgical courses in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Middle East. I believe that continuous postgraduate education never ends, and it is fundamental to update dental knowledge and skills.

 

4. You particularly enjoy Surgical Exposure of Impacted Canine, can you explain some more about this treatment?

 

Some adult teeth do not erupt in the mouth as they should. Commonly, the canine or eye tooth in the upper jaw, which normally erupts at 13 years of age. It can fail to erupt or develop in the wrong position. When the circumstances are potentially favourable, a relatively minor surgical procedure is done to uncover the tooth and slowly move it into alignment with a chain attached to braces. This procedure has a high success rate and boosts patients’ self-esteem due to an enhanced smile and function.

 

5. What should I do if I knock my tooth out?

 

If your adult tooth is knocked out due to an injury or accident, it does not necessarily mean it is lost for good. Proper emergency action can save the tooth. We advise the patient to pick up the tooth by the broad chewing surface (the crown) only. Rinse it in cold tap water, try either: putting the tooth back in its place and gently bite down on it, or keep the tooth moist by placing it in a cup of milk or inside your mouth, next to your cheek. The patient should see the dentist within 30 minutes for further management and follow-ups. Time is of the essence in this situation so don’t delay in contacting your dentist.

Dr. Mary Ward

Five Minutes with Mary Ward, Facial Aesthetics

 

1. Where did you start your facial aesthetics career?

I qualified as a dentist from UCC in 2009 and went to work in London for 7 years. There I gained great experience working as a dental associate in general practice and also as an SHO in the oral and maxillofacial departments of 3 busy London hospitals.

I first trained in facial aesthetics with an academy on Harley Street in 2012. In more recent years I have expanded my skillset and trained in more advanced procedures with Dr Bob Khanna, Dr Rikin Parekh and the OFAA academy.

I like to attend at least one course and conference every year where I keep up to date with new products and developments.

 

2. What would you say is your Facial aesthetics philosophy?

 

I aim to help my clients achieve results that are subtle and natural yet giving them a fresher and more revitalised appearance.

 

From talking with my patients ,I get to know their personality, their lifestyle and expectations and help them understand how we can achieve results in a way that complements and enhances their natural features but is individual to them also.

 

3. What do you enjoy most about Facial aesthetics?

 

I really enjoy carrying out the procedures and seeing the reaction of my clients afterwards. It is a very exciting and rewarding area as it evolves and develops so much every year. There is a wide range of treatments and products available now for our clients to help us resolve issues that were previously bothering them. I also love attending training courses and conferences where I get to meet other practitioners and learn new skills.

 

4. How would your co-workers describe you?

 

I think they would say that I am professional and hard-working, empathetic and kind. I like to be well prepared for all my clinics and so I’m constantly in touch with my team to ensure we are ready for the week ahead.

 

5. HHow do you spend your spare time?

 

I have recently started cooking and baking again. I enjoy getting out and about meeting friends and going on city breaks. After work I try to do some exercise and go to the gym.

 

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

 

I regularly watch webinars given by training academies and expert practitioners in my spare time. My last training course was in February 2020 at the Dr Bob Khanna training institute in the UK. It was for a new skin product that I hope to introduce to the clinic. I read the monthly aesthetic journals to which I subscribe and find them really good for tips and information on new treatments and products.

Dr. Akram Jasim

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.

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.