Member of the Month: May 2012


What’s your background (hometown, university, etc)?

I am from Cork (Ireland’s REAL capital!). In 2005, I graduated from dentistry in University College Cork and from there decided to move to Edinburgh where I obtained a vocational training post for a year. After just over a year in Edinburgh, I yearned for some sunshine so travelled to Australia where I worked in private practice in Perth for almost a year. Returning from my travels, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in orthodontics so took a post as a senior house officer in Glasgow Dental Hospital. Over the last four and a half years, I have worked in a broad range of dental specialties and am currently in my second year of an orthodontic training course. After I complete the course in 2013 I intend to train for two further years to become a consultant. This would give me the opportunity to take part in the management of multi-disciplinary complex malocclusions and hopefully allow me to teach undergraduates and post-graduates.

Tell us about your job – why did you choose it, what does it involve, what’s the best thing about it?

Glasgow Dental Hospital is on Sauchiehall Street and has nine floors, each housing a different dental speciality – hopefully none of you will require a visit to level four anytime soon – oral surgery – ouch!!

The best thing about my job is the variety. My week is a mix of treating patients, presenting at seminars and journal clubs and working on my research on 4-dimensional imaging.

If money & time were no object, what would you do?

I would buy a massive log cabin in Aspen and spend a few seasons out there. Went on my first ski holiday this year and had an amazing time. It would be fabulous to be able to wake up in the morning and take to the slopes everyday. Apres ski not so bad either!

When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?

Anything active outdoors:

Running: Completed my first marathon last year, which was something I’ve always wanted to achieve.

Touch rugby: play twice a week with Glasgow Lions and partaking in the Glasgow Touch Association league at the moment on Thursday evenings.

Hill-walking: only on nice days!

Baking chocolate cakes, socialising, table quizzes (preferably in a pub and with a team of quiz whizzes to make up for my lacking!), GFT for a good movie.

Why did you join GYP? Any advice for new members or those thinking about coming to their first event?

I joined GYP to meet like-minded people working in various professional disciplines with a broad range of hobbies.

What has been your favourite GYP event & why?

The first event I attended was end of the month drinks in bar Soba. It was really nice to meet such a friendly, interesting bunch of people. The best thing about GYP is that everyone makes you feel very welcome. The organisers are so good at remembering names too – sorry I’m not as good guys!

Which upcoming GYP event are you most looking forward to & why? Are there any events you would like to see us run?

I think the Summer BBQ sounds like great fun so hopefully see you all there 🙂

Sports event: can anyone play touch rugby?!

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