A career in dentistry appealed to me as a varied and interesting role involving caring for people by providing practical solutions. I was fortunate to work as a house officer in the maxillofacial, children's and radiology departments following qualification.
I carried out vocational training in a supportive practice in Hampshire before entering into general practice in Kent. Due to the rapidly advancing techniques involved in dentistry, I recently completed an MSc in Aesthetic Dentistry at King's which provided hands-on training and study in modern conservative restorative dentistry.
The combination of practice allows me to maintain my clinical skills, but also to approach my role as a dento-legal adviser with first-hand experience of the demands of day-to-day practice. My experiences in dentistry have helped to give me a good understanding of the pressures we are all subject to, and therefore a compassionate approach to providing dento-legal advice.
I was inspired to join the team at the DDU by a presentation given by Leo Briggs. His approachable style made the topic both interesting and informative, and it's this human aspect of my role at the DDU in dealing with members that gives me the most satisfaction. Helping members through a difficult time and subsequently helping them to achieve a satisfactory resolution can be very rewarding.
Any free time is spent with my family and enjoying their musical and sporting activities.
My initial interest in dentistry started during work experience at both a local dental surgery and at King's College Dental Hospital. I thoroughly enjoyed my student years at Guy's Hospital Dental School, where the teaching was excellent, and I was fortunate enough to go to the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka for my dental elective in my final year.
I qualified in 1986 and worked immediately afterwards back at Guy's Dental Hospital as a House Officer. I then worked for many years as a general dental practitioner in Surrey - I've attended the Mid-Surrey BDA lectures for a number of years and am currently an active Mid-Surrey BDA committee member.
I've always enjoyed attending postgraduate dental courses and have found the dento-legal aspects of dentistry particularly interesting. I joined the DDU in April 2014, where my initial role was to provide advice to members who called in with their dento-legal queries and concerns.