Member of the Month: November 2012
A dental hygienist and therapist, Amy’s skills in the surgery are rivalled only by her cake-baking ability! She has a taste for adventure and recently returned from a spell in Morocco helping disadvantaged young children with dental problems. Read on to find out more about Amy and her amazing experiences!
What did you study at university?
I studied Dental Hygiene and Therapy at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
What do you do now?
I currently work between two dental practices – Millersneuk Dental Practice in Lenzie and Dentistry on the Square in the south side of Glasgow. On a day to day basis I undertake aspects of routine dental care (filling etc), tooth whitening, Botox, sedation and have a real passion for paediatric dentistry.
I recently returned from a charitable aid trip with Dental Mavericks to remote Morocco where we provided treatment for children in dental pain. It mostly involved extracting teeth and providing oral health education to children and their school teachers.
We are also aiming to buy and equip a dental ambulance so they can reach the even more rural communities. We have long term plans to go to Senegal to treat the street children there, and I’m hoping to be part of that too. Consequently I am involved in fundraising for both projects, recently doing a sky dive (I’m afraid of flying!).
As professionals working in Scotland, it is often easy to forget how privileged we are in terms of equipment, materials etc that are readily available: I feel honoured to have the opportunity to give back in this small way.
I am a regular contributor to FMC Dental Publications and recently was Dentistry Scotland’s Leading Face for October. Also, I have been recently been shortlisted for Dental Hygienist/Therapist of the Year at the Scottish Dental Awards, The Dentistry Awards and Young Therapist of the Year at the DH&T awards.
If money & time were no object, what would you do?
Live in a castle with my best friend with Bradley Cooper as our stable boy. In reality it would probably be more aid work: I felt so privileged to be there and help those who are less fortunate.
When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?
I love baking, horse riding, waterskiing, actual skiing, yoga and will regularly be found throwing more than a few shapes in Viper on weekends. Basically I am a bit of an adventure junkie! In May I am hoping to complete part of the Dakar Rally on a bike (pedal not motor) which should be spectacular!
Coffee: Kember & Jones on Byres Road, best cake outwith our kitchen!
Quiet drink: Booly Mardy’s for Emily Emily’s
Night out: I am aware I am too old to be there but living within walking distance of Viper makes it a regular haunt!
What has been your favourite GYP event & why?
The first BBQ at Loch Lomond where Amanda and I squarely won at Giant Jenga.
Which upcoming GYP event are you most looking forward to and why?
The Burns Supper as I hear some of the proposed speakers are a little on the wild side!!
You can get your tickets for the Burns Supper & Ceilidh here.