My first dental experience took place at the age of four. A guava pip lodged itself in a cavity in one of my baby molars and my dentist extracted my tooth. He gave me a toothpaste sample and a balloon and that experience molded my destiny. I wanted to become a dentist from that day onward.
At age eight I wore a removable orthodontic appliance and that was when I realised that I wasn't normal. Everyone hated going to the dentist. I used to beg my parents to take me there!
It was difficult to gain acceptance into a South African Dental School, as I was a foreign student and places were limited for us. I therefore took a circuitous route , which took me through a few extra years studying dental technology and qualifying first as a dental technician at Technikon Pretoria. This has given me a unique perspective and training that has proved invaluable in my dental career.
Whilst completing my one year practical training as a dental technician trainee at the University of Stellenbosch I was privileged to meet many dental students and dentists. This made me more determined than ever to persevere and to reapply to the School of Dentistry at the University of the Witwatersrand. My application was accepted and that was the beginning of the realisation of my dream.
I feel honoured and privileged in being able to serve you. It's not about changing your smile, but about changing your life and well-being. By changing your attitude and behaviour towards your oral and dental needs I can be a positive influence in your life. It is only through the power of regular contact and association with first class mentors and colleagues and hours and hours of continuing education, that I continually strive for truth and excellence in my daily practice. It is through the desire to continually learn and grow, to be teachable, have an enquiring mind and passion to discover the truths and then to deliver this package that I have kept my dream alive and love my life and dentistry. It is with this background that you come to me and can feel confident that your best interests will always come first in my quest to serve you.
To strive for excellence in educating, communicating, informing and performing the science and art of dentistry. To nurture the young into becoming compliant adult patients with beautiful healthy smiles. To educate and help them manage their dental fears and insecurities and guide them through their journey from childhood into maturity as happy dental patients.