Former Periocare employee Emma Bowtell is kicking goals, soaring through her Bachelor of Oral Health degree at The University of Queensland. She was recently acknowledged for her academic achievement and was awarded The Vardiman Dental Study Association Oral Health Prize. The Vardiman Prize was established in 2001 and is maintained by an annual gift from the Vardiman Dental Association. Peter Clark Ryan has been a member of the Vardiman Dental Study Association since 1983.
The Periocare team is very proud of Emma’s achievements. Emma is the second Periocare dental assistant to pursue a tertiary education in oral health therapy. The prize is awarded to the highest grade in first year Oral Health practical-based modules. The prize is awarded on the condition that the recipient enrols in year 2 of the BOralH program. In recognition of her practical efforts, Emma received a monetary gift towards her degree.
Emma commenced her career in the dental industry in 2006 following high school. Emma gained general dental experience before joining the Periocare team in 2008. During her employment, Emma assisted Dr Richard Grant-Thomson chair-side. At the time, she was only 19 years old, making her the youngest staff member at the Chermside practice. Emma recalls “I remember being very nervous working alongside a specialist, only having background knowledge in general dentistry. It was quite daunting to begin with however Richard always explained each procedure in-depth from dental implants to periodontal surgery, making the experience both educational and enjoyable”.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working in the oral health industry as a dental nurse but I have always had a passion to do more” says Emma. Emma studied very hard to gain entry into the University of Qld before applying to crossover to the Bachelor of Oral Health program, which only takes 20 students per year. Now nearing the end of her second year, Emma is excited about what the future holds. “I am most passionate about improving patient’s quality of life by providing oral health education and ongoing dental care. I am very thankful for the overwhelming support from the team at Periocare, who always have expert advice on hand and have guided me along the way. I hope that on completion of the degree, I can return to Periocare as a fully qualified hygienist”.