My working career began in 1990, when I was appointed House Officer in Prosthodontics at Guy’s Hospital. From that point onwards, I began to develop my skills in dental surgery at a range of hospitals across England. In 1993, I passed the primary fellowship examination at the Royal College of Surgeons and then moved to Texas. I obtained a Masters in Science and a Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics from the University of Texas, where I also spent three years as a resident and part-time teacher. During this time, I was granted a Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons and I was also admitted to the Specialist Register (UK) as a Prosthodontist.
Three years later, I returned to Blighty and started working for Guy’s Hospital again – this time as a Clinical Demonstrator. I then started working for a Harley Street practice (where I still work to this day), before co-founding Specialist Dental Partners in 2004.
I chose dentistry for three main reasons: I wanted to work as a clinician in healthcare, I wanted to help people, and I was interested in engineering. Although I’ve continued to work, lecture, present and teach at an international level, my commitment has always been to making a real difference to an individual’s sense of well-being. It’s incredibly satisfying to see a patient’s whole demeanour improve as a result of having healthy, beautiful teeth.
Over the last two years, I’ve been working hard on a technology project focusing on enhancing wound healing after trauma and surgery.
Life beyond work? I love to swim regularly… and surf when I get the chance. I feel very much at home in the ocean having grown up in Southern California. I also love to ride my motorbike (currently a BMW R1150 GS). I have three wonderful children, who are just great (and I promised not to embarrass them – so that’s it!).
I love food. I love life. I love my family. I love my work (not necessarily in that order!).