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13th October 2017

Leanne Branton gives us a glimpse inside the life of a three-time Dentistry Scotland Awards winner.

Leanne Branton graduated from Glasgow in 2003 and went on to gain experience in both NHS and cosmetic dentistry. In 2008, she opened a squat NHS practice called Southside Dental Care in Edinburgh. This busy practice has now developed to provide a wide range of treatments including implants, short-term orthodontics and facial aesthetics. This is provided by a highly skilled team of five dentists and visiting clinicians. Leanne herself has developed special interests in implants and dental sedation. She has also been involved, along with one of her associates, in vocational training for a number of years and loves encouraging the development of new graduate dentists.

The Dentistry Scotland Awards is the biggest celebration to recognise the highest levels of excellence in Scottish Dentistry. Leanne won Best Team, Best NHS practice and Practice of the year in 2016 with her outstanding entries. Previously we caught up with Leanne Branton, to find out what makes her practice so successful (click here to read the article). So this time we wanted an insight into the life of a three-time Dentistry Scotland Awards winner.

What got you into dentistry?

To be honest I kind of fell into dentistry and I’m very glad I did! I always liked the science subjects at school and knew I wanted to work helping people, so dentistry just felt like a natural progression.

What do you like most about it?

The patient contact is still my favourite part. I love building bonds with my patients and watching them and their families grow.

How do you see the future of dentistry in Scotland evolving?

Like most dentists I am a little unsure. I hope the NHS will continue to play a part in providing vital healthcare for our patients. I also hope we remain with fee per item, although I think we would benefit widely from streamlining the treatment options available.

Have you had any unusual experiences in dentistry?

I was extremely lucky to visit Peru with Vine Trust a few years ago, and I suppose providing dentistry on the Amazon could certainly be classed as unusual.

How do you unwind outside of dentistry?

I have two small boys – I come to work to unwind!

Where’s your favourite holiday destination?

I love Italy – I think it is a beautiful country and the food can’t be beaten.

What’s your favourite film and TV programme?

My favourite film has to be Some Like it Hot; I know it’s an oldie but it always makes me smile.

At the moment, I am loving the TV series Billions with Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

What’s your favourite meal?

One that’s cooked for me!

What’s your favourite book?

My guilty pressure is trashy chick lit novels.

For more on this article and for similar articles visit the Dentistry Scotland website.

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