Victoria had found her passion in life and eagerly started dental school to study to become a dental therapist for just over two years at The Eastman. After qualifying in 2003, Victoria went to work in an NHS practice for a while before transferring privately to Bow Lane Dental and Dawood & Tanner, both in London.
A stint as an in-house dental hygienist with the BBC was an interesting role that saw Victoria looking after the teeth of some of the radio presenters. She laughs, “It was really fun, I would hear them on the radio then they would come up for their treatment and go back down to the studio!”
It was at this point that Victoria started to be very proactive in the promotion of good oral health, attending conferences with hygienists and therapists and co-organising launching a study club with a colleague.
She recalls, “I was always intrigued to do things slightly differently and do a bit more than was the traditional norm. I was very much inspired by the principal at Bow Lane Dental, James Goolnik, who was always driving things forward, pushing us to do more and encouraging us to do things differently.
He’s still a huge mentor for me to this day.” She feels particularly lucky to have worked with some interesting and progressive clinics during her career that has had a huge impact on the way she works today.