My introduction into dental technology started at a very early age growing up with my grandad, who worked as a prosthetic technician all his life, it was these early experiences that put me on the path to this career.
After finishing my A-levels I started my formal training at Southampton City College where I trained for 3 years. I achieved my BTEC national diploma in science (dental technology) with distinction, and in my final year was awarded the British Dental Association (Wessex branch) award for student technician of the year 2002.
Within my training at Southampton I was lucky enough to get two work experience training posts, one at Dorchester County Hospital working alongside the chief technician and one at Casterbridge Dental Studio. Over the two years I was involved with these posts I gained invaluable practical experience which you just don't get in the college environment.
It was through this work experience that David offered me my job at Casterbridge, so in 2002 I started working full time alongside James to expand the prosthetics department. Through out my eleven years with the company I have continued my training to keep up to date with current materials and processes, both in house and with external courses, for example working with the Colour Tone system to achieve life like tissue colouring.
My training has taken me far afield in 2007 I travelled to New York to work with the Valplast system where I successfully completed their course and have since held the position of a certified Valplast technician for six years. Since my time at Casterbridge the prosthetics department has grown and we are now seven strong, where I enjoy working and striving for the highest quality denture work.