Prior to qualifying as a dental hygienist I enjoyed a varied career, working as cabin crew for British Airways and in Management within the entertainment industry, before starting work in mixed NHS and Private dentistry in 2008 as a dental nurse. I gained my dental nursing qualification by attending night school with the National Association of Dental Nurses and was subsequently promoted through the ranks to head nurse and then practice manager, due to my background in management.
I left in 2016 for a short period of 6 months to have children and then decided to further my career, returning to university to retrain as a dental hygienist in 2019. I qualified from the University of Essex with distinction in 2021 and particularly relished the fact that 50% of our undergraduate curriculum was spent undertaking practical treatment on patients.
I have been working full-time as a dental hygienist in Suffolk since and particularly love being able to assist my patients with any questions they may have and to help further educate them in new techniques for their home routine. As a result, I am always reading new scientific papers and researching products to ensure that I have the best evidence-based knowledge to aid this.
Within my scope of practice, I am able to perform hygienist treatments, from maintenance to periodontal treatments using radiographic equipment and evidence to do so, as well as taking impressions, aiding with whitening treatments and temporarily replacing crowns or fillings.
My hobbies are spending time with my family exploring new sights and days on the river with paddle boards or boats.
I graduated from Birmingham University in 2010. Upon qualifying I moved to Ipswich to complete a postgraduate training year and fell in love with Suffolk. Since then, I have had a varied career, providing both private and NHS dental services, primarily in East Suffolk. I spent several years with the Community Dental Service (CDS) working with anxious and additional needs patients, in schools, prisons and dental clinics. Through this work I undertook a clinical fellowship in Minor Oral Surgery with Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and used these surgical skills when providing inhalation and intravenous sedation, ultimately managing the sedation service for CDS East Suffolk.
I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry, including restoring implants, and pride myself on treating patients holistically. I feel it is important to work with patients to meet their individual needs and create an appropriate management plan, whether this is simple or more complex. Outside of the dental surgery, I work with the General Dental Council on their Fitness to Practice Committee.
Besides dentistry, I have three young children. Most days I try to carve out some quiet time to practice yoga and read. I also enjoy playing the violin, and when I get the chance, I play with Trianon Music Group; a semi-professional symphony orchestra and choir. In any other spare time I can muster, I also enjoy dancing, travelling and photography.
Following graduation from the University of Health Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan in 2011, I subsequently completed a postgraduate diploma in Dental Clinical Science from Queen Mary University, London in 2014. I have been working in general practice since 2016 and strive to deliver an excellent standard of care utilising the most up-to-date techniques and without compromise. Whilst I enjoy all aspects of dentistry, I have a particular passion for prevention of disease, the importance of promoting a good diet and maintaining good oral health. My ambition is to undertake further training to provide Invisalign so that I can provide patients with a smile they are confident in.
Outside of dentistry, I am a mother to two young children, which has made me all the more focused on promoting the virtues of oral health and diet. I am an avid sportswoman and regularly participate in more than ten different sports. Football is my real passion; I was lucky enough to be selected to play for the first ever national female team for Pakistan and am now a member of a local Ipswich team, who participate in the premiership.
I also have a passion for music and learning music and particularly enjoy playing the drums and guitar.
I graduated from Aarhus University in Denmark in 1998, and spent two years practicing in Denmark prior to relocating to Colchester, where I have been working since. All aspects of dentistry retain appeal to me, but I am particularly interested in cosmetic dentistry (providing crowns, veneers and composite bonding) and root canal treatment. I am also experienced in the placement of Invisalign orthodontic aligners, and have been involved with the Invisalign programme since 2015, treating many cases successfully.
Facial aesthetics and Botox became an additional area of interest and expertise in 2008, following successful completion of courses provided at a Harley Street clinic in London. As I became more experienced and the demand for treatment grew, I completed an advanced certificate in Botox and dermal fillers in 2018, also on Harley Street. I am delighted to be able to offer this service for patients of this practice.
Outside of work, I am a keen badminton player and attend the gym regularly to keep fit. I am a keen traveller and enjoy exploring new destinations and eating fine food, hence my regular gym attendance.
I am not native to Suffolk but chose this part of the country to settle as it is simply stunning and easily my favourite region of England. I have most recently worked in private practice at Aldeburgh Dental Practice (2020- 2022) and BUPA Harleston (2017 – 2021). Prior to that I spent five gloriously sunny years working in Perth, Western Australia.
Work Interests: I still absolutely love the variety of general practice, even after nearly twenty years practicing, and particularly enjoy placing aesthetically pleasing white fillings and providing dentures that greatly improve function and appearance. I am a keen believer in prevention and take great pleasure in getting patients dentally fit and keeping them that way. There is no substitute for your healthy, natural teeth and gums - and they are free!
Non-Work Interests: I have two wonderful but playful young children, so spend most of my free time running after them, keeping them out of A&E or destroying our house. Prior to having children, when free time existed, I particularly enjoyed attending music festivals and concerts, the highlights being Glastonbury, Muse and watching Roger Waters perform "Dark Side Of The Moon" - quite possibly the greatest album ever made. My biggest regrets are never getting to see David Bowie or Queen perform or fly on Concorde and my greatest hero, other than my Dad, is Muhammad Ali.