The annual Dentistry Awards is to be held on November 23rd in Leicester. At London City Smiles we love to get involved with anything that celebrates the dental industry. Recognising the hard work and dedication of all dental professionals is important for us as well as for you, our clients!
With over a decade of successful events at The Athena in Leicester, this year looks to be a great occasion once again.
The Dentistry Awards 2018
The annual awards invites over 700 dental professionals from across the country to compete in their different regional categories for a number of different awards. From best team and best practice, to best young dentist and best patient care, the ceremony celebrates dentistry throughout the UK.
This year the 9 different judges are now deliberating on who should win each award from each region and we are delighted to announce that this year, our very own Dr Meera Vekaria has been shortlisted as a finalist for the third year in a row for the young dentist of the year award.
Who is Dr Meera Vekaria?
As one of the clinics co-owners, Meera is dedicated to not only being a great dentist but also managing patient anxieties in both child and adult patients.
Meera has been nominated for the young dentist of the year award in the London region which is exciting not only for her but for the clinic as well.
We caught up with Meera during her usual busy day at the practise to find out more about her:
What has been your biggest achievement in a working capacity (other than being shortlisted for this award)
Being asked to work jointly with colleagues on cases with is a great honour. Having tried to do my best to improve myself and subsequently being recognised as being able to share my skills is a huge undeserved compliment as there is always more to learn.
Are you able to enlighten us to your greatest achievement with a patient in your care?
Seeing a very nervous patient who would shake profusely through her first few examinations and taking her through comprehensive dental rehabilitation. She has now reached the point where she will only see me for her treatment which is a testament to how well my nurse Sheryl and I work together.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your career or on a day to day basis?
Balancing practical dentistry with practice management. This is a perennial challenge as I always feel like I am behind but it is a challenge to stay behind in everything by the same amount!
Are there any other projects you are working towards completing?
The year I have completed my diploma in implant dentistry from the Eastman Dental Hospital which has freed up more time to look into training for non-surgical face lifts and other aspects of facial aesthetics to complement practical dentistry. I am really looking forwards to being able to offer all of these skills together and seeing the results on my patients.
Lastly, how does it feel to be shortlisted for this prestigious award?
I am totally shocked and humbled. To be honest I only apply because of being nagged until I do. It is lovely knowing that all of the effort I put in every day is appreciated by others in the profession.
From all of us here at London City Smiles, we wish her the best of luck!