Much has been achieved since Dentaid was founded in 1996 and the charity’s impact providing resources and support for the relief of dental pain in a number of countries around the world has been considerable. There is a new vibrancy about the activities and recent initiatives in the UK too. The excellent team who work in Totton are well placed to ensure that Dentaid’s outreach and impact will spread and increase in the years ahead.
May I take this opportunity of thanking all our volunteers and supporters for the effort and enthusiasm that you have brought to Dentaid over the years and for all that you have helped us achieve.
My first experience of using my dental skills outside of a ‘Western’ environment was in 1999 when I went on my dental elective to Yap in Micronesia. I spent 4 weeks assisting the local dentist in providing emergency and simple restorative dental care to the local population. It was a steep learning curve for me as I was still a student, but it’s a time that will be forever etched in my memory as one a highlights of my life.
I am passionate about increasing awareness on the impact dental health can have on general health, and have published a book on this topic. I predict over the next 5-10 years we will see this aspect of dental care taking on more and more significance.
When I became aware of the dental need around the world through a friend who was a trustee at Dentaid, I was delighted to be able to offer my input in helping to evolve this amazing charity. It’s clear that the passion and commitment that volunteers and the team at Dentaid have towards improving the lives, dental health and general health of people they have never met is fulfilling and inspiring and I am humbled to be a part.
I work as an international business coach and trainer specialising in dentistry, working with practice owners and their teams, helping them make their good practices great. I am passionate about dentistry and its capacity to change lives. Since the age of eight I was determined to have a career in dentistry, assisting people improve their dental health, beauty and happiness. Before working as a dental business coach I ran my own successful practice in Buckinghamshire.
I am passionate about dentistry and I’m always keen to put on a pair of rubber gloves and pick up a mirror and probe. I currently offer dental care for the local out of hours emergency service, Crisis at Christmas and as a dental volunteer for Dentaid.
I recently transitioned from non-runner to marathon runner within nine months and completed the London Marathon to raise money for Dentaid.
I have been a supporter of Dentaid for 10 years. I am a practising NHS dentist and Vocational Trainer and have been on many Dentaid Overseas trips to carry out outreach dentistry in several developing countries.
I have seen the desperate need so many people have in countries where there is no access to dental services. This results in people having pain for months and years, sometimes with severe medical complications. Also I have seen how each country has different needs and there is no single cure. Dentaid seeks to discover and address these needs for the benefit of all our patients.
I am a partner in the real estate team of Fladgate LLP, a Top 100 UK law firm based in London. I deal with all aspects of commercial property work, acting for investors, banks, retailers and developers in relation to their property.
I became aware of Dentaid through its CEO, Andy Evans, who is a very old friend. He explained to me the amazing and vital work that the charity does and asked me if I wanted to become involved. I jumped at the chance! In my short time as a trustee, I have been so impressed by the dedication, commitment and sacrifice put in by the volunteers overseas and in the UK and am looking forward to helping Dentaid grow bigger and help more people around the world.
as a dental nurse in 2001, went on to gain further qualifications including oral health educator and became the practice manager of an NHS dental practice.
time I worked alongside a dentist who believed in the NHS and that it should
be accessible to all. This is where I discovered my love for dentistry and
decided I wanted to help others gain access to dental treatment.
In 2001, I researched
Dental charities and discovered Dentaid. I liked what they stood for, what
their aims were and the fact that every single penny that I raised went to
where it was supposed to go. So I started fundraising for them and have been ever
I first got
the opportunity to go to Kenya in 2010 to deliver a portable dental chair and
equipment and discovered the enormous need to provide education, training and improve access to routine and emergency
dental treatments. This is when I
decided I to further my career as a dental therapist so I could offer more to
those in need both abroad and in the UK. I graduated from Liverpool Dental School
in December 2014.
I became the
Kenyan team leader for Dentaid in 2016 and have been taking increasingly bigger
teams to expand our work in this area. Although Kenya is a big part of me, I
also have a keen interest in helping those in the UK, especially Wales and hope
to bring dentistry to more vulnerable people in need.
Fiona Ellwood BEM
I began my dental career in a
small lakeland town and moved to Manchester where I qualified. Over the years I
have held a number of fantastic posts and enjoyed every role I have had. I have
always had an interest in education and the link to improving health outcomes.
As a registered dental nurse I have progressed my career to incorporate public
and oral health, mentoring and coaching both in learning and in a broader
sense. I have undertaken various educational qualifications up to Masters level
and am currently a Phd student. I like to think of my self as a door opener
with a ‘can do approach’ with my ultimate goal of helping others to be the best
they can be.
As Patron of the Society of
British Dental Nurses I have embedded a charitable arm and work to ensure we
can give back as a team; two of our members recently returning from Uganda. At
work: I hold posts as an external examiner, honorary clinical teaching fellow,
an expert advisor and am heavily involved in quality assurance. Being part of
Dentaid is a huge honour and I am delighted to be part of their journey
to great things.