IV sedation for those who are the most anxious about dental treatment. The greatest testament to the success of our investment is the ongoing growth of the practice; since I took over as the owner five years ago, we have seen it double in size. We are family We are a family business and operate as such with my husband, Dan Punia, in his role as the business manager. The family feeling of our practice resonates with me, as I became a parent at around the same time as I took over the practice, so the whole period in my life was one of profound personal growth and development. I feel that there are a considerable number of parallels between parenting and running a business, which I’ve noticed increasingly as the years have gone by. We believe that respect and loyalty are a two-way street and that this is reflect in our relationship with staff and patients. Our CQC inspection remarked upon the practice’s excellent leadership, and I cannot imagine a higher compliment that I could have received. Our staff are fundamental to the way in which we operate, and the sense of rapport and camaraderie among us filters down to the way in which we treat our patients. We also believe in the importance of education, and our clinicians have learnt from one another. We have trained up a number of our staff and believe that through recognising their individual strengths we would like to see in our staff we can help them to fulfil their potential. We regularly invite other dentists to come and watch us in order to help them develop their own skills. We understand the importance of personal expertise in our practice and actively encourage our staff to expand their skills base beyond the
The use of digital colour impressions
conventional. Through investing in expanding the knowledge of our staff, we work in an environment where everyone is stimulated to work to the best of their abilities.
reduces both waste and discomfort for patients
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I am particularly passionate about championing the role of women within the dentistry sector. I am one of only a handful of female dentists in the UK to gain a diploma in implant dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. At an undergraduate level, dentistry is fairly evenly split. However, it is estimated that women only make up 14 per cent of practice owners in the UK, and that a mere five per cent of implant dentists are female. As a female dentist who fills both of these categories, employer of a predominantly female workforce, and as a mother to two young daughters, I am compelled to encourage women to get involved at all levels of the profession and smash the proverbial glass ceiling. I am involved in a number of initiatives which focus on doing just that. I feel that as a female leader I must be willing to champion the rights of my own team. Change is essential to the future of dentistry.
parallels between parenting and running a business, which I’ve noticed increasingly as the years have gone by