Hi Karim, thanks for speaking with us! Why don’t you tell everyone a little bit…
G’day Ashleigh, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a bit of a mix bag, I love the fast pace of city life – trying out new restaurants, going to the ballet and theatre and dressing up. However, at the same time, there is nothing better than going “off the grid” and camping with my partner, friends and dogs. I love getting away to see some of the beauty Australia has to offer and if I must rough it – No problem! North Stradbroke Island is my favourite place to visit.
You have previously worked in the dental field, tell us a bit about your background
I’ve been in the dental industry for the last 10+ years and in that time, I have been able to experience a lot of different aspects of a dental practice. I’ve been a dental assistant, sterilisation nurse, receptionist and more recently spent the last 5 years as practice manager. A lot of my clinical experience and knowledge is in general dentistry, however, I do have training in orthodontics and was given the opportunity to work alongside an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon for several years.
What brought you to work for Single Use Dental?
I was working at a dental practice that I absolutely loved for 10 years, but I just needed a change of scenario. When the opportunity to work for Single Use Dental Instruments came up, I thought it was the perfect chance for me to still work in an industry I love while being able to challenge myself in the new role. I really do believe in what Single Use Dental is trying to do for the industry, which made my decision to transition so much easier.
So, what you will be doing in this new role?
The focus for my new role is creating brand awareness for Single Use Dental. I know I personally hadn’t had much exposure to disposable dental instruments when I was in the practice, so I think it’s important to show practices a different option to your traditional reusable instruments. Knowledge is key! Day to day my main role will be meeting with people, developing relationships and just being available for any questions or assistance that they might need.
What have you found to be the most interesting part of the job so far?
It would be the variety within the role – no one day is the same. I really enjoy speaking to different people about our instruments and I find hearing the different reasons behind why practices use them interesting as well.
Having worked within clinics for so many years, had you come across disposable dental instruments before? If so, what did you think of them?
I hadn’t really no – we had the odd few come up, but the quality was never comparable to the reusable instruments we were using. That’s why it’s so exciting to be able to show practices the Single Use versions because the quality is amazing! They truly emulate the traditional reusable instruments but have all the other great benefits on top that reusable instruments can’t offer.
What would you say to clinicians that are considering making the switch to Single Use instruments?
To get the instruments in your hands and try them. They really do speak for themselves – people are often surprised by their quality and how well they perform clinically. Single Use instruments are the way forward for the dental industry and with our Waste to Energy programme, we are also able to make a positive contribution to the environment and our future.
What’s your favourite instrument and why?
The London College tweezers. It’s my favourite instrument from our product range, just because I still can’t believe they are single use – the quality is that good. Plus, when I was dental assisting the amount of times tweezers saved me from having to de-glove every time I needed to get something new from the draw mid-procedure, it has earnt its place as my number one!
What are you most excited for on a Friday arvo?
Sounds so obvious, but I get excited for the Friday “feels”. The weekend has arrived and you can enjoy everything it has to offer. I love spending them with my friends and family with good food and good wine! I live near the water, so my partner and I try and take our two dogs Angus and Lola out there as much as possible. If I find time on the weekend to also see a movie or do a jigsaw puzzle, that’s an absolute bonus!
How can our customers and interested clinics get in touch with you?
I’m always available via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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