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a blog by Chris Barrow

Looking for a superb hygienist?

I am a dental hygienist with 15 years experience. I am an extremely dedicated clinician, a true believer in team work and have a great understanding of the business aspects within a modern, dynamic dental practice. With my experiences in all aspects of the profession I feel that I would be a great asset to a forward thinking practice which offers the highest standards of care. I love people, which I hope is an attribute that makes me likeable and trustworthy to my team and patients alike. I am hard working, reliable and a positive thinker. I relish new challenges and enjoy perfecting the skills taught to me in the past. Please find my professional history below. Dental Nurse Training: I trained at IDHT at RAF Halton. During my service I was based in the UK and Cyprus. Dental Hygienist Training and Employment History: My home town of Liverpool is where I did my undergraduate studying for my Dip Dent Hyg in 1995. From here I joined Whitby Dental Practice and was with them for 2 years before taking time off to have my daughter, Ellie. After relocating to Scotland, I joined the team at the CDS in Morayshire. My role here was very different from that which I had been used to in practice. I also worked part time at Trinity Dental Practice during my time in Scotland. I moved to Stafford in 2004 and joined The Priors Dental Practice, Penkridge. It was here that I developed an interest in dental implants, their placement and maintenance requirements. The team at The Priors grew and became a specialist referral practice. I was part of the referral service which I developed throughout the county and beyond. In 2007 I left The Priors to join The Stafford Dental Practice. I took on a dual role here, part time clinician, part time business manager. The success of the practice was down to many things including offering a range of new services, a re-branding process and very hard work! I left the Stafford Dental Practice in September 2010 and am now ready to take on a new challenge. Professional Roles/Positions: In 2007 I was asked to be a key speaker at the ADI’s 20th anniversary congress at the NIA, Birmingham. My presentation was titled “The Role of the Dental Hygienist in Implant Care” and has since been presented many times throughout the UK. The content was also published in Dental Health. I have also spoken at the WAC where I presented a lecture looking at the Restorative/Periodontal Interface. I was the chairman at this year’s Dentistry Show and have already been asked to speak next year. I am an active member of the BSDHT and have given presentations to many of the regional groups throughout the UK. I have had several articles published in the dental press including The Probe, Dental Health and Dentistry. I have recently accepted a position on the Editorial Board of Dentistry and will have a monthly column in this publication from early 2011. Since 2006 I have been a Key Opinion Leader for Philips Oral Healthcare, supporting them with lectures and research. In 2007 I began working with Premier, a dental manufacturer based in Philadelphia. I am now their Product Expert for their instrument range and Enamel Pro Varnish and Paste. In May 2010 I became a key trainer for Curaprox UK as part of their iTOP program. I am a member of the BSDHT, ADI and FGDP(UK). I am a moderator on, an online forum for dental hygienists and therapists where I have earned my nickname, The Toothfairy! Thank you for taking the time to look at my CV, please find my contact details below. Ann Gilbert RDH Tel: 01785 245692 Mobile: 07740873073 Email:

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