Q1 Did you always want to be a dentist? If not, how did it happen?
A. When I was at school I had a Saturday job helping my father’s friend out. He had a busy practice. He really enjoyed his job which had a real impact on this surly teenager!
Q2. Where did you train and what have you done since you qualified?
A. I trained at Glasgow Uni, I can’t believe that was nearly 26 yrs ago.
I worked in a busy southside practice for many years. I gained a huge amount of experience there. I then went on to buy my own practice and loved it.
Two children later I’m here working in Bearsden, not far from where I studied all those years ago.
Q3. What do you find most challenging in dentistry today?
A. Dentistry today is really fast moving and exciting.
It’s not just about the patient’s oral health but about treating the patient in a much more holistic way.
Q4. What type of dentistry do you enjoy doing best and why?
A. What I love about dentistry is that it’s so varied as no two patients are ever the same. This makes every day different and enjoyable. Having a healthy mouth makes a massive difference to the patient not only from a physical way but also psychological difference.
Q5. What advice would you give to a nervous patient?
A. I vividly remember my frightening experiences with my school dentist growing up and I’m very aware of how my patients must feel if they’ve had similar experiences. Dentistry has come a long way and patients should feel safe and confident knowing that we’re here to look after them.
Q6. What do you like to do outside of dentistry?
A. Snowboarding and scuba diving are my two obsessions outside of work.
I’m currently learning to fly fish badly!!
Q7. What have you found most rewarding
A. The most rewarding thing about my job is being part of a patient’s journey from them not being confident enough to even smile and then to see them leaving my surgery happy and smiling!