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Ikigai Educators

Siobhan Kelleher

Siobhan Kelleher

MSc, Dip DH

MSc, Dip DH

Siobhan Kelleher is a multi-award winning dental care professional.

She is an opinion leader and clinical support specialist with many of the leading dental companies. She presents nationally and internationally in the dental world and regularly contributes articles to a range of industry-leading magazines and newspapers. She is part of the editorial board for Irish dentistry. She was the co-owner of www.Dentalcpd.expert and ran hands-on training events for five years. Siobhan’s passion is working as a coach and mentor; she supports teams in implementing systems and protocols to overcome everyday practice challenges.

Siobhan is one of the co-creators and coordinates the NSK Ikigai Oral Hygiene Program. She coaches clinicians on a one-to-one basis to identify and support them with desired goals and changes they seek in their lives.

  • Adult teaching qualification
  • Personal & Management Coaching PGD (Hons)-UCC
  • Group Facilitation: QQI Level 6 Group Work Theory & Practice 6N3669 (Distinction)
  • Completed a Masters degree in Personal & Management Coaching- UCC.
  • Currently studying for a postgraduate professional diploma in Positive health at the RSCI.
Judy Caesley

Judy Caesley

Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Hygiene 1990

Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Hygiene 1990

Judy qualified as a Dental Hygienist in the Royal Air Force in 1990. She currently shares her time as a tutor Dental Hygienist at the University of Bristol, a clinical educator for Young Innovations and works clinically for Homeless Health Services, carrying out oral health assessments, education and cancer screening with the homeless, street workers and drug addicts.

Judy completed 20 years’ service in the RAF with tours in the UK and overseas working in an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department including cancer care and treating servicemen and families. Since leaving the RAF in 2007, educationally she spent 5 years working as a Curriculum Developer on the Undergraduate BDS programme, 14 years as a Tutor Dental Hygienist at Bristol University and an Education & Clinical Support Specialist for TePe Oral Hygiene Products Ltd for just under 10 years between 2013 – 2023.

Fun Fact:
I grew up on a dairy farm and could plough a field by the time I was 12. I had to stand up on the clutch pedal to engage and in the days when there was no such thing as sat nav! If the lines were not straight, I would have to do it again. Hence my compulsion for straight lines and everything in an ordered fashion!

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
I love the fact that whilst we are all very different people, we have one common purpose when it comes to looking after our patients and sharing our knowledge with a wider audience for the greater good of the team, profession and our patients. This group helped me survive living with myself during the pandemic.

Vera Deacy

Vera Deacy

DipDH

Vera qualified as a Dental Hygienist in Cork Dental Hospital in 2002. She worked in private practice in Jersey, Channel Islands for two years then came back to Ireland where she has continued working in private practice. Vera joined the NSK Ikigai team in 2021.

Fun Fact:
I love cooking and reading cookbooks. I have a collection of about 50 cooking magazines and 20 cookbooks.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
When I first joined Ikigai I was aware of the other people in the group and all the extra qualifications they had. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to carry out the work that the other educators do. I quickly learned that even though we are educating and enabling other hygienists, we are also on a constant learning curve of our own. I am honoured to be part of this group.

Tracy Doole

Tracy Doole

DipDH

DipDH

Tracy has worked in Dentistry for over 15 years, initially starting out as a Dental Nurse and then qualifying as a Dental Hygienist from Queens University, Belfast in 2011. Tracy is extremely passionate about providing and delivering oral health care to the highest standard via direct access. In May 2018, she completed her postgraduate qualification in Prescribing radiographs for dental hygienists and therapists, at UCL Eastman, to help reduce barriers and obstacles to oral healthcare.

She also volunteers in her community and local primary schools to promote good oral health. Tracy also sits on the committee of the BSDHT Northern Ireland regional group as Chairperson which provides bi-annual scientific conferences. Tracy is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about sustainability at home and work and is always looking at ways to reduce our impact on the planet and improve oral health. Tracy also works as a clinical educator for NSK and as a Clinical Representative for Young Innovations.

Fun Fact:
Tracy loves to spend her free time travelling and being in nature!

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
Being a part of the Ikigai community has been an invaluable support system and very fulfilling in my professional and personal life.

Éilish Duffy

MSc BSc PGCert

MSc BSc PGCert

Éilish is a dual qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist but her primary practice is as a Dental Hygienist in the Republic of Ireland. Her primary interests focus on oral systemic health of patients and the whole patient journey, and indeed, this is an area of research she continues to work in to improve patient care. Currently she works as a Lecturer in Dental Studies and enjoys teaching nationally and internationally, especially as part of the Ikigai education team.

Fun Fact:
Éilish, although an Irish name, is a derivative of Elizabeth

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
The Ikigai education team is a diverse group of individuals from within our profession. I have found the support of the team powerful and empowering to help me reach heights I didn’t know I was capable of. I believe the education team has something to offer everyone.

Cat Edney - Dental Hygienist

Cat Edney

DH DT PgDip (Dist)

DH DT PgDip (Dist)

Multi-award-winning Dental Therapist Cat Edney has over fifteen years’ experience working in specialist and private practice. In this time she has developed a passion for multidisciplinary team working in a dental setting. Cat lectures nationally as a clinical educator for NSK, is part of the Smile Dental Academy faculty and has developed hands-on dental courses under her training brand ‘The Modern Therapist’. She aims to educate the dental profession about the role and integration of Dental Therapy, alongside focusing on providing gold standard hands-on training and ongoing support to dental teams.

Fun Fact:
I have a banana phobia

Testimonial:
Minimally invasive diamond ultrasonic tips give me the confidence that I am creating excellent conditions for restoring patients teeth without taking away excessive healthy tissue.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
Being part of the Ikigai Educator team means being encouraged and supported in a shared goal of bringing high quality and holistic learning to our profession.

Nina Farmer

Nina Farmer

Grad Dip DH Dip TH, Dip NT, mBANT, CNCH

Nina has been working in Dentistry for over 20 years. Nina started her career as a Dental Nurse and then went on to study Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at Sheffield Dental School and graduated in 2013. Nina is passionate about wellbeing and taking a more holistic approach in the treatment of her patients, so Nina graduated as a Nutritional Therapist in 2019.

Nina works in clinic in a mixed NHS and private dental practice. She works to her full scope of practice, incorporating nutrition into her daily conversations and treatments with her patients. Nina is a clinical educator for the Ikigai Oral Hygiene Community, TePe and Acteon. Nina has provided webinars and articles to empower other dental professionals to feel confident with using nutrition in their daily practice and also to use this information for their own health and wellbeing. Nina is the Midlands rep for the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

Fun Fact:
Nina lives a simple and happy life in the countryside, half off-grid on a horse lorry called Rosemary, which she is in the process of renovating.

Testimonial:
I use the Varios Combi Pro for all of my periodontal and maintenance patients. My favourite tips to use are the G8, G16 and P20 for my maintenance/hygiene patients and P26L and P26R for my periodontal patients. I place a lot of composites in my daily practice and I love to use air polishing with the glycine-based Perio-Mate Powder for gentle and effective maintenance (Remarkable smiles in Derby).

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
I love working as an Ikigai educator because I believe that being part of a community is really important. All of the educators have different skill sets and passions, so despite having my own, I learn so much from them too. It’s a really exciting time to be in our profession and I really love helping others grow and to feel confident in bringing their own passions, skills and a bit of ‘them’ to their role and of course our wonderful community.

Imogen Fox

Imogen Fox

BSc

BSc

With a clinical background in head and neck cancer care as a Dental Therapist at the Oxford University Hospitals, Imogen now works for King’s College Hospital as both a Community Special Care Dental Therapist and as a Clinical Tutor within the Dental Hygiene and Therapy School.

Alongside this, Imogen works in private practice and is passionate about delivering a positive patient experience and professional education. Imogen has had an array of articles published and has spoken at dental events such as The Dentistry Show, Dentinal Tubules, BSDHT study sessions and Oral B-run webinars. Imogen aspires to reignite fellow professionals’ love for their work and inspire growth and personal development to bring work-life fulfillment. At home, Imogen has two little boys. As well as time with her young family, she enjoys good food, live music and travel.

Fun Fact:
I grew up in Cornwall and love a sailing adventure (when the sun shines!). I am also a certified coastal yacht master.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
The Ikigai team spirit is unrivalled. It is a warm hug when the going gets tough and a clap and whoop when you achieve something great.

Amanda Harbrow-Harris

Amanda Harbrow-Harris

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Amanda graduated in 2014 from the  University of Essex with a Distinction in Oral Health Sciences. Having previously worked as a Dental Nurse she wanted to further her clinical skills and patient management into Dental Hygiene.

She has excelled in her career by winning the National Hygienist of the Year award in 2019 and coming in second place in 2021. Since this time she’s gone from strength to strength by becoming a clinical educator for both the University of Essex and a very prestigious dental hygiene and therapy training group working with the cream of the crop of her profession.

Amanda also has published papers in circulation and regularly does presentations to her peers on how to undertake dental procedures and how to use the latest equipment.  She is always up to date with her continuing professional development and strives to always know the latest studies and techniques.

Sustainability is Amanda’s biggest passion. She has undertaken listing her practice as a TerraCycle centre in order for patients and the general public to be able to recycle their used dental products.

Lauren Long

Lauren Long

BSc PGDip (Dist)

BSc PGDip (Dist)

Lauren Long is a Dental Therapist with over 15 years’ experience, working exclusively in private practice in Edinburgh. She is a Clinical Educator and KOL for NSK, Smile Dental Academy and LM Instruments as well as writing regular articles for professional publications.

Lauren sits on the editorial board for Dentistry Scotland Magazine and founded ‘Scottish Dental Therapist Network’ – bringing increased education for Dental Therapists and Hygienists to Scotland.

Lauren was awarded ‘Dental Therapist of the Year’ at The Dental Awards 2022, as well as ‘Best Therapist’ at the Dentistry Scotland Awards 2022.

Alongside her clinical work, Lauren currently holds the position of the Therapist Clinical Director for Pain Free Dentistry Group, allowing her to support other Hygienists and Therapists to achieve the best possible working environment, whilst utilising their skills to create a career they love.

Fun Fact:
In my spare time I am a bit of a foodie and love trying out new recipes.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
When I attended the launch of the Ikigai Oral Hygiene Programme in 2019, I immediately felt the warmth from the group. I could tell that there were no egos and that everyone genuinely wanted to deliver quality, evidence-based education to the profession. We always go the extra mile to support and cheer each other on when needed and I can genuinely say I have made real friends for life since being involved.

Kathryn Mayo DH FAETC

Kathryn Mayo

DipDH, FAETC

DipDH, FAETC

Kathryn graduated from Leeds Dental Institute in 1993 and soon after returned there to take a teaching post, completing the Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate. She has worked for the last 30 years in various dental settings and currently works in private practice and is a clinical supervisor running an implant maintenance clinic for the Manchester University BSc in Oral Health Sciences undergraduate students at ICE postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital.

Kathryn has presented around the UK on the subject of implant supportive care, both individually and with her colleague Jenny Walker. Together they have devised an implant supportive care course aimed at hygienists and therapists, and written and had published articles on the same subject. Kathryn was included in one of the S3 clinical practice guidelines Stage IV working groups, held by the British Society of Periodontal and Implant Dentistry.

Fun Fact:
Kathryn used to be a gymnast and can still do the splits!

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
I feel the Ikigai educators are a group which boost each other, with encouragement and support both professionally and personally. It’s a work family that allows your individuality to shine, with the reassurance of a team.

Gulab Singh DipDH DipDT

Gulab Singh

DipDH DipDT

DipDH DipDT

Gulab dually qualified as Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist from GKT London in 2009. He has been working in a private practice in Huntingdon since then. Over the years he has gained experience and flourished in many techniques to achieve good results in difficult perio cases. He has received multiple Best Hygienist and Therapist awards.

Fun Fact:
My friends say I talk too much when I have a couple of drinks!

Testimonial:
I have been using the NSK Varios Combi Pro for last 3 years and it has been a game changer. The air polisher is so easy to use and my patients love it as a minimally invasive treatment for hygiene maintenance.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
Being an Ikigai educator means that whilst teaching I am always learning too. Being part of the Ikigai team, we support each other and we as a team believe in evidence-based dentistry.

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

BSc DipDH Dip

BSc DipDH Dip Nutritional Science and Practice Dip Massage Therapy

Caroline is Dental Hygienist and Therapist working in North East England. She is passionate about incorporating evidence-based lifestyle medicine into her periodontal care and offers bespoke complementary packages in her private clinic outside of Dentistry. She loves educating on the importance of whole body wellness and has started to delve into the areas of functional testing including saliva, blood and genetics. She also supports patients with musculoskeletal TMD presentations using a blend of manual therapy and lifestyle interventions.

Clinically she works from Durham Family Dental in Gateshead (www.durhamfamilydental.co.uk). Her complementary clinic is The Functional Hygienist (www.thefunctionalhygienist.com).

Fun Fact:
I love dipping in the sea and have the nickname ‘Dolphin Girl’ as I have so much fun splashing around pretending to be a dolphin.

Testimonial:
I’ve only been using the Varios 970 ultrasonic scaler for a few weeks but already the quality of craftsmanship is obvious. I particularly like the flexibility of the unit as I work in different surgeries across two sites. I can set up and pack away within minutes and my nurse finds it a dream. The perio specific tips and settings allow me to finely adapt to the surfaces of the teeth, removing more tenacious calculus and it’s a joy to do perio work.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
Being asked to become an Ikigai educator came at a time when I felt a little lost in the world of Dentistry. Creating my own pathway outside of the conventional system has been daunting but meeting the other inspiring educators made me believe in myself and have the self confidence to move forward. Every single one of them puts their own twist on the profession and makes me feel excited about the future of our ever-evolving profession.

Jenny Walker

Jenny Walker

Dip DH/DT

Graduate Diploma in Hygiene and Therapy

Jenny qualified as a Dental Therapist from Leeds Dental Institute in 2015. She has worked across various clinical settings, both NHS and private, where she was involved in the innovative pilot study by Bangor University in the utilisation of dental therapists using full scope of practice in NHS settings.

Jenny’s experience working at a peri-implant disease referral centre in the North West led her to develop a special interest in both the management of peri-implant disease and periodontitis. She is a past BSP Early Career Group Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist Representative (2019-2020) and has sat on the working group panels for the S3 Guidelines Stage III and IV Adolopment Process for the UK healthcare system. Her subject of interest has led her to present around the UK on implant supportive care and periodontitis. Jenny is also co-author of published journal articles relating to implant supportive care and World Workshop periodontal classification for The Probe, BSDHT Dental Health and Implant Dentistry Today.

Fun Fact:
Prior to studying and entering the world of Dentistry, I was international cabin crew for 7 years, giving me the opportunity to travel around the world.

Testimonial:
I have previously used the NSK Varios Combi Pro unit and found it to be one of the most effective I have worked with. The extensive tip selection with guided power use helps the clinician deliver tailored treatment to each case.

What does it mean to you to be an Ikigai Educator?
I am proud to be an Ikigai Educator and part of a team consisting of knowledgeable and forward thinking clinicians. My experience so far has been one of reward. I thoroughly enjoy contributing to the education which is delivered by the group to dental peers. I feel the collaboration of multiple skill sets can help empower the dental team in delivering the best treatment outcomes for patients and help dental professionals feel valued and fulfilled in their roles. The whole team actively encourage and support each other through various projects. As a group, the educators are always there to offer advice and guidance to each other, helping to bring varied perspectives and experience to the table, which I feel sets them apart as a team.

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TePe
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