The Women of Corinna Dental Group

The Women of Corinna Dental Group

On March 8th we will be celebrating the International Day of Women. To mark the occasion, we’re sharing with you a brief interview with the women of Corinna Dental Group, starting with our dentists, Dr Geraldine and Dr Caroline. 

geraldineDr Geraldine Ash

When did you decide to be a dentist?

I decided to apply for dentistry in my final year of school… to be quite honest I had no great vocation but it seemed to be a good fit.

How many women were in your graduating class at Uni?

There were about 120 all up in my graduating class, about 40% of whom were women.

Do you think that women bring anything to dentistry that men don’t?

Using generalisations, I think that women bring a certain amount of empathy to dentistry, that often men do not. Of course, as we become more experienced we all (men and women) learn to channel that empathy and to be more effective operators. We also have the advantage of having smaller hands!!

What do you love most about being a dentist?

There are lots of things I love about being a dentist. I really enjoy doing something clinically challenging and succeeding. It is not necessarily the expensive work, but the fiddly, fine detailed stuff that requires a bit of lateral thinking that I enjoy.

I also really enjoy the relationships I develop with my patients. They come from all segments of society, and I have learnt heaps from them. Everyone has a story, and everyone is interesting.

Because I have worked at Corinna Dental for 12 years, I have tailored the dentistry to suit me, so the staff know my skill set.

Which of the three Corinna Dental Group locations do you enjoy being at the most, and why?

I enjoy working at Woden the most, partly because I have been there the longest, and partly because I am busiest there. it also has a pretty good shopping centre, with movies, ice skating and health clubs nearby.

I haven’t worked at Deakin, so can’t really compare. The airport is good as well. I actually enjoy the luxury of working in two places as I get to know more staff members.

It sounds cliched, but it really is all about the people: patients and workmates alike.

What do you enjoy most about living in Canberra?

Canberra is a great place to live, with its easy access to education, nightlife (theatre, restaurants) as well as the outdoor healthy lifestyle that is so accessible.

It doesn’t have a big city feel ( not much traffic) and it is very easy to get around. It is a great place to raise a family

Lake Burleigh Griffin is such a beautiful landmark, with the water sports, the cycling and walking, as well as the proximity to the National Gallery, Questacom, the National Library. It doesn’t take long to get from work to the lake to go for a rejuvenating walk in the evening.

Canberra is also great from a professional viewpoint.The collegiate attitude of other dentists is fantastic. We are lucky to be supported by excellent specialists who are only too happy to help. Unlike other cities, we all try to support each other, with no professional jealousies getting in the way. We are really lucky here!!

carolineDr Caroline Madsen

When did you decide you wanted to be a dentist?

My mother is a dentist and I was always fascinated by it, having grown up with that occupation in my life. I decided to pursue my dental studies after I completed my first year of University, studying Medical Science, as I had quickly realised that medicine wasn’t right for me. I got in and I haven’t looked back since!

How many women were in your graduating class at Uni?

Approximately 50% of the class were female, and in successive years, this percentage was closer to 60%. 

Do you think women bring anything to dentistry that men don’t?

Yes! I believe we are more sensitive and gentle and are able to connect and really listen to our patients.

What do you love most about being a dentist?

I love that dentistry can be flexible in its hours, being appointment based – such a boon for working mothers. And I also love how this field demands not just technical skill, but also interpersonal skills and education of our patients of optimal care for our mouths.

Which of the three Corinna Dental Group locations do you enjoy being at the most, and why?

I have been practising at the Woden location and I love it. The staff are very friendly and Dr Hardwicke who works the day I’m there, is very supportive.

What do you enjoy most about Canberra?

I really enjoy the outdoor activities Canberra has to offer, such as the walking and cycling trails around Lake Burley Griffin, Mt Ainslie and Mt Taylor, pretty parks and playgrounds for children, such as the Boundless Playground and the National Arboretum, and not to mention the ski fields like Thredbo and Perisher, less than 3 hours drive away!

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