At Truly you will find the most skilled and best trained dentists in the country. We only
recruit the very best dentists — because only the best have the ambition and skill to
revolutionise dental care — and that’s what our team are all about.
Dr Eavan DeithrickGeneral Dentist
Dr. Deithrick has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years, since she graduated with Honours from Trinity College Dublin in 2001.
Dr. Deithrick has always pushed herself to learn, develop, and do more for her patients every day of her professional practice, and she has accomplished an extraordinary amount in her career to date. After graduating she began working for the HSE, in Tallaght and then Loughlinstown, gaining invaluable experience providing both paediatric and adult comprehensive care. Her interest and aptitude for Special Care Dentistry led to her achieving a Senior post within Special Needs services in Wicklow.
Moving into private practice in 2008 was motivated by Dr. Deithrick's commitment to continuous learning, and the drive to provide more complex restorative treatments for her patients. Following one year in private practice in Wexford she led the opening of a new practice in Bray in 2009 to great success. Dr. Deithrick appreciates that as a General Dentist, you never know who or what is coming through the door, hence her dedication to lifelong education and expertise building, so she can consistently offer her patients more comprehensive care. She has a special interest in full mouth restoration, with both Orthodontic and Cosmetic Dentistry, and has been providing Cfast/SmileTru Ortho for the past 7 years and more recently Invisalign.
Dr. Deithrick's passion for her work and the connections she builds with her patients are apparent to everyone she meets. She gets as much satisfaction after 20 years in practice from being involved in her patients' dental journeys, in particular the rehabilitation of nervous or anxious patients, as she did when she first began her duty of care. What Dr. Deithrick finds most rewarding is being able to realize or renew her patients' perfect smile, through the use of Veneers, Crowns, and Bridgework.
Having grown up in Greystones, Eavan can’t remember a time when she wasn't a devoted sea swimmer. Today she's a member of Dublin Sea Club and trains competitively in Bray for long-distance swimming. Eavan has also recently branched out into surfing, and can regularly be found unwinding in her campervan on a wild Atlantic beach in Donegal.
Dr Mohammed ShirinDental Surgery
Dr Mo Shirin was the youngest student ever to be awarded an entrance exhibition scholarship to study Dentistry in Trinity College Dublin aged 17.
He graduated with a first class honours degree in Restorative Dentistry with a passion for oral surgery and implant dentistry. His drive to excel in this niche field lead to postgraduate surgical training in Miami Florida, USA where he spent time with the world’s preeminent authorities on bone biology, bone grafting and dental implant surgery. He was awarded a dual fellowship from the International Dental Implant Association and International Congress Of Oral Implantologists . Dr Shirin aims to provide long lasting solutions to his patients oral health needs with the latest and greatest in dental implant development and technology and enjoys using novel techniques in treating challenging cases where patients have been previously told “it can’t be done”.
When not performing surgery or studying up to date techniques Dr Shirin enjoys playing rugby having represented CBC Monkstown and Trinity College Dublin as well as spending time with family and friends.
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Dr. Ian Han Xiang KokCosmetic Dentist
Dr. Ian Kok graduated with honours from Trinity College Dublin’s Dentistry degree programme and since then he has gained additional qualification in Primary Care Dentistry by completing the diploma course and Membership exams of RCSI’s Faculty of Dentistry, as well as attaining a postgraduate diploma in advanced aesthetic and restorative dentistry through the Academy of Dental Excellence based in London.
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and having lived in China for over 15 years in his childhood, Dr. Ian speaks English and Chinese fluently, and has followed his passion for brilliance in dental care around the globe. Since moving to Ireland at 17 to study dentistry, he has been constantly adding to his expertise through hands-on training in treatments including Invisalign Go, composite veneers, and composite bonding with leading cosmetic dentists across the world.
Dr Michael O’HalloranDental Law
Dr Michael O'Halloran LLB LLM BA B.Dent.Sc. is a leading dental legal authority in Ireland, being the only dentist in the country with both a law degree and a doctorate of dental surgery.
He completed his undergraduate law degree in University College Dublin and was conferred with both honours and masters qualifications in commerce and law by the prestigious Sutherland School of Law. He subsequently received his Fe-1 Examinations to the Law Society Of Ireland.
His keen interest in Medical Law in combination with a desire to operate in a very hands on field of medicine led Michael to Dentistry. He was admitted to the renowned School of Dental Science in Trinity College Dublin on an entrance scholarship. Michael was awarded honours in Restorative Dentistry and now operates in private practice as well as consulting in the court of law.
Michael's vast knowledge and experience in consulting on medicolegal issues within the profession and immense clinical skill ensure the most ethical gold-standard treatment for all of his patients. He provides specialist medicolegal reports and advise on request.
Dr Enea NastriProsthodontics
Dr Nastri graduated from Dublin’s renowned Trinity College Dental School, achieving honours in restorative dentistry and various distinctions from his colleagues. Upon qualification, he immediately entered private dental practice where he has gained extensive experience in restorative dental procedures.
Dr Nastri stays at the top of his field through dedicated work as a practitioner, instructor, and ongoing student of aesthetic dentistry. He is completing his Master of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry at the prestigious King’s College London School of Dental Medicine. He also attends various courses throughout the year, having completed more than 300 hours of continuing professional education.
He has studied with some of the biggest names in international dentistry such as Maxim Belograd and Dr Monik Vasant. He is a member of the Irish Dental Council and is an affiliate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, having achieved his Diploma in Primary Care Dentistry. He also plays an important role as an educator, being part of the panel of clinical supervisors at the Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Dr Nastri is passionate about providing the most cutting edge dental solutions and has been doing so using the most advanced technology available in the dental field, ensuring that each of his patients gets the best that modern dentistry has to offer. He is highly skilled at “microscope dentistry”, using high magnification to achieve optimum results for root canal procedures as well as restorative cases, making him one of the only cosmetic dentists to be able to provide this service in general practice.
As a cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr Nastri is highly skilled in provision of veneers, crowns, cosmetic bonding, and tooth whitening. He is trained in Invisalign, the invisible braces system and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in advanced facial aesthetics, giving him the ability to create beautiful cosmetic results using a holistic approach that focuses on helping his clients achieve the best oral health, restored youthfulness and confidence in their smiles.
Dr Lisa BolandImplant Dentistry
Dr Lisa Boland is an honours graduate in dentistry from the prestigious Trinity College Dublin, the premier clinical dental teaching institute in Europe. She holds further qualifications in cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry having completed a year in London with the world renowned Dr Chris Orr, making her one of the most up to date and minimally invasive cosmetic dentists in the country.
Dr Boland is skilled in the provision of crowns, veneers and cosmetic bonding and creates beautiful smiles for all of her patients using the most modern and transformative techniques. She is registered with the Dental Council of Ireland and a member of the Irish Dental Association and Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care. She is also a Faculty member of Dentistry in The Royal College Of Surgeons having completed her membership exams in 2011.
During the year she devotes a significant amount of time attending advanced clinical courses & education programmes to keep up to date with the most recent techniques and materials. Lisa also won the Junior Hatton Award for her research in composite material and went on to the Dental Materials Conference in Seattle to present her findings.
Lisa believes that there is nothing more beautiful than natural beauty itself - and she aims to provide her patients with a smile they take pride in and love to show off!
Dr Ksenija ZaporozcevaGeneral Dentistry
Dr. Ksenija Zaporozceva excels at providing comprehensive advanced dental care whilst creating a relaxed and comfortable environment for her patients. She prides herself on being very thorough, gentle and compassionate in her treatment approach, focusing on preventative and conservative dentistry. She works closely with her patients and leads the dental team to customise a detailed dental care plan that focuses on promotion of lifelong dental health.
Ksenija attended secondary school in Waterford and became a recipient of the All-Ireland Scholarship for her academic achievements. She earned her Dental Science degree from the prestigious Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's leading University with a reputation for excellence in education, innovation and cutting edge research. After graduation she moved to the United Kingdom, where she completed her Foundation Training and worked in the National Health Service as well as general dental practice in Cambridge. Dr. Ksenija then returned home to Ireland and joined our team at Truly Dental.
With a commitment to continual professional development within dentistry Dr. Ksenija trained with the most influential celebrity cosmetic dentist in the world, Dr. Michael Apa and also perfected her restorative skills with leading clinicians in the field of cosmetic dentistry and “Style Italiano”, Professor Louis Hardan and Dr. Walter Devoto. Dr. Ksenija is passionate, driven, and motivated to continue her professional development and stay on top of the most advanced dental techniques.
Outside of dentistry Ksenija enjoys travelling, hiking, and learning languages, and is fluent in English, German, and Russian.
Dr Beatriz LaraOrthodontics
Dr. Lara obtained her Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1990 from the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Her early focus was in endodontics (Root Canal treatment) as this specialization allowed her to help and relieve patients in acute pain. After achieving the title 'Chair of Endodontics' and training hundreds of postgraduate Endo residents in the University Dental Hospital, Dr. Lara wished to further specialise and expand her skills and offering to her patients.
A firm believer in preventative dentistry, Dr. Lara's experience in caring for nervous patients of all ages, with a gentle approach that includes the patient in their own care decisions at every step, drew her to the field of Orthodontics. Having now been providing fixed braces for adults and children for over 20 years, Dr. Lara completed her Ortho postgraduate training in 1998 in Spain. The following year she entered a competitive Ortho programme in Canada, performing intensive Clinical Orthodontic training. Dr. Lara continuously seeks to learn from the best practitioners the world over, advancing her professional and technical knowledge by frequently participating in Orthodontic conferences, conventions and training seminars including many advanced hands-on Clinical Orthodontic courses with live patients.
Dr. Lara whole-heartedly shares Dame Street Dental's commitment to continuous learning, so that we can always offer our patients state-of-the-art, minimally invasive but maximally impactful solutions. She has completed three courses in occlusal adjustment (corrective or pre-restorative Orthodontics), and continues to be driven to achieve true expertise and reach the top of her field. Since moving to Dublin in 2018, Dr. Lara has to that end completed numerous additional advanced training programmes and specialist courses in both the USA and Europe. Dr. Lara is a certified platinum provider of the ground-breaking, patient popular Invisalign Clear Aligners system of straightening teeth for fully functional, highly natural aesthetic results. She has completed a 3-year intensive postgraduate Diploma in Clear Aligner Therapy with the City of London Dental School, and further advanced and multidisciplinary case study through the Masters in Advanced Biomechanics with Aligners programme with the internationally renowned Aligners Academy in Madrid. Following which she completed a further Masters in Biological Dentistry RMR and RNO, also in Madrid. All to ensure that Dr. Lara has the most current and evidence-based clinical knowledge and experience to expertly take care of Dame Street Dental’s Invisalign patient needs.
Beatriz never gets far from dentistry even in her free time. A dedicated foster home for rescued animals, Beatriz has been volunteering in rescue groups since she was 14 - and has even carried out dental treatments for dogs and cats in a veterinary hospital in Spain! Beatriz's favourite evenings are spent with her two dogs and three cats, baking one of the delicious treats she's picked up on her many travels - her dulce de leche chocolate-walnut cake and baked apple muffins are famous in the clinic kitchen!
Dr Jimmy ButtSI Oral Surgery
Dr. Jimmy Butt grew up in Lucan, Dublin and graduated from Trinity College magna cum laude with a first class degree in restorative dentistry. He immediately began his professional career by being accepted onto the coveted Dublin Dental House Officer post. Here he gained valuable experience across all facets of dentistry. From oral surgery to paedodontics, endodontics and prosthodontics.
A passion for oral maxillofacial surgery culminated in a transition to St Richards Hospital Chichester UK. Dr. Butt worked as a full time hospital doctor managing facial skin cancers and oral surgery lists including wisdom teeth, facial fractures, and more. Whilst in Chichester he sat the Royal College Surgeons Ireland membership exams, acquiring the MFD RCSI.
In order to gain exposure to complex oral cancer reconstructions Dr Butt moved to Wales and to the Cardiff University Hospital, a national trauma and referral centre. Here he acquired experience in soft tissue biopsies, bone grafts, and dental implant surgery as well as management of facial fractures.
Dr. Butt is currently studying medicine in Trinity College Dublin and will be one of few dual Trinity Medicine and Dentistry graduates as part of his specialist training pathway for oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has a keen interest in teaching and holds a clinical supervisor post for extraction clinics with undergraduate students in the Dublin Dental Hospital.
His belief is that all patients deserve to have optimal oral health in a calm, painless, and judgement free environment. He aims to provide this quality care using the most modern and evidence based techniques.
Dr Ashwini GhogareGeneral Dentist & Endodontist
Dr. Ashwini Ghogare graduated in 2012 with her Bachelors in dental surgery, and with a passion for protecting holistic oral health through restorative dentistry. Never one to rest on her laurels, she immediately applied for and was selected for a further Masters degree. Dr. Ashwini completed her MDS in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) and Conservative Dentistry in 2015, all while working and gaining hands-on experience in all walks of general dentistry in Pune, one of the largest metropolitan cities in India.
Following this graduation, Dr. Ashwini began prolific work as a consultant Endodontist with a number of prominent dental practices in Pune, at the same time as holding an Associate Professor position at a Dental Hospital and Research Centre. Dr. Ashwini’s dedication to furthering research excellence as well as continuous professional development and experiential training saw her in this educational role for 3 years, before a drive for greater challenges and new horizons brought her to Ireland in 2018.
Since moving to Dublin, Dr. Ashwini has successfully taken on a host of professional memberships, completing the examination to the Irish Royal College of Surgeons' Faculty of Dentistry in 2020, followed by attaining final clinical exams in October 2021 to register as a full Member with the Irish Dental Council. With a wealth of knowledge and experience from her years as an Endodontics special practitioner, which resulted in two published research papers in the field, Dr. Ashwini is also delighted to bring her expertise from a variety of additional hands-on training courses to the clinical team at Truly Dental. It always comes back to the patient in front of her and the ongoing healthcare relationship, and while Dr. Ashwini is committed to maintaining exceptional restorative results, particularly in patients requiring root canal treatment, she is also keen to continue expanding her skills to be able to offer pain-free complex surgical extractions and high-tech cosmetic procedures to her patients.
When not at the clinic guiding patients through advanced dental care with a smile, Ashwini enjoys keeping body and mind active while unwinding, being a trained Indian classical dancer and enthusiast of yoga and painting in her spare time.
Dr Rachel O’HaganCosmetic and Restorative Dentist
Dr. O’Hagan studied atTrinity College Dublin’s Dental Science B.Dent.Sc programme - graduating with honours - and also won the Royal Academy of Medicines Ireland Odontology Bronze Medal Prize for her final year dissertation.
While working in Dublin in both private practice and part-time within the HSE, Dr. O’Hagan completed her diploma in Primary Care and RCSI’s fellowship examinations to become a Member of their Faculty of Dentistry in 2015. She further specialised in the provision of Invisalign treatment around that time, solidifying her ongoing passion for minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry that is maximally impactful for her patients’ smiles, comfort, and confidence.
Swapping Sandycove for Sydney in 2017, Dr. O’Hagan continued to pursue continuous experience and advanced study in cosmetic dentistry, training under Dr. Bharat Agarawal and Dr. Yohan Choi, two of Australia’s leading dentists working in composites. While continuing to work in private practice, this training allowed Dr. O’Hagan to expand her skills and artistic flair with composite bonding and veneer treatments, enabling her to give her patients aesthetically beautiful and natural-looking results in a reliable and relaxing environment.
Nothing motivates Dr. O’Hagan more than seeing delighted, satisfied smiles on her patients’ faces, and her commitment to staying at the cutting-edge of advanced techniques and materials led to her undertaking her MSc in Restorative Dentistry with the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2022. On her return to Ireland, Dr. O’Hagan wanted to join a practice that shared her focus on the patient experience and building informed, trusting relationships of care. We were thrilled to welcome her to the Truly Dental clinical team, where she offers a wide range of restorative dental procedures, with persisting special interests in Invisalign, Cosmetic and Endodontic (Root Canal) treatments.
Rachel has enjoyed being able to combine her passion for dentistry with her love of travel and seeing the world. Outside of the clinic, she lives for all things active – a regular swimmer, hockey player, and triathlon enthusiast.
Dr Estefania ContrerasGeneral Dentistry
Dr. Contreras graduated with an honours degree in Dental Surgery in Mexico over 10 years ago. At that time, she began furthering her experience in both general and restorative dentistry within emergency and acute care as part of the Dental Hospital system. Following this experience Dr. Contreras has worked exclusively in private practice, both in Mexico and here in Ireland.
This highly varied and dynamic experience is where Dr. Contreras's values as a practitioner crystallised - she is committed to always treating each patient as an individual first, with individual care requirements and personal need, preferences and comfort levels. Having worked in acute care, Dr. Contreras strives to keep finding new and better ways to provide quality dental healthcare, in such a way that a visit to her will also be a pleasant, welcoming, and joyful experience, with the added outcome for her patients of a much more positive attitude to taking care of their oral health.
On first moving to Dublin, Dr. Contreras spent some time working as a Dental Nurse, while also studying full time to undertake the Irish healthcare system's highly competitive professional exams into general Dental practice. She took to the dental nursing role with enthusiasm, as it allowed her valuable insight into the complete patient experience from a new perspective, in particular allowing her to focus in even more in the patient journey for more nervous or anxious patients. Her time as a dental nurse with Dame Street Dental allowed her to strengthen her skills in working with phobic patients as individuals, to overcome any predisposed fear, unease or worry.
Inspired and supported by her colleagues at Dame Street Dental, on completing her final Irish practice qualification examinations in 2022, Dr. Contreras followed up her successful registration as a full Member with the Irish Dental Council by immediately seeking to pursue further clinical and skills development. She is dedicated to keeping up with the latest techniques, trends and technology available to modern Restorative dentistry, as her passion lies in being able to deliver to her patients bespoke options for their dental needs from an array of clinically proven and evidence-based treatments.
When not thinking about her next dentistry moves, Estefania can be found enjoying Irish and international culture at a gallery or the theatre - or getting back out and travelling the wide world. She loves getting the chance to use her native Spanish, and with constant practice her Portuguese is improving every day!
Dr Jayashree Santhosh KumarGeneral Dentistry
Dr. Jayashree Santhosh Kumar graduated in Dental Surgery in Coimbatore, India in 2010, achieving distinction in oral pathology (i.e. diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases). When Dr. Kumar was still a student, she also participated in several community oral health campaigns in rural India, allowing her to gain a wealth of experience in providing care to patients with complex dental needs. Dr. Kumar’s preventative background and knowledge base not only helped her win awards at various undergraduate conference presentations, but also reaffirmed her ambition to provide clinically advanced, state-of-the-art treatment options while delivering the highest level of accessible patient care.
Dr. Kumar worked at private dental practice in Chennai, India for over 8 years providing comprehensive general dental care, before moving to Ireland in 2019. She registered to practice with the Dental Council of Ireland having completed the highly-competitive qualification exams accredited by Trinity College Dublin, and is an affiliate of the Royal College of Surgeons through their Diploma in Irish Primary Care Dentistry. Dr. Kumar prepares to take the exam in RSCI to become a Faculty Member of Dentistry and she regularly attends their continuous educational lectures and clinical skills training programmes.
Dr. Kumar's commitment to excel is clearly demonstrated through her passion to further her knowledge and skills for the benefits of her patients' treatment outcomes, comfort, and overall care experience. She is also training through the University of Reading in CBT techniques and it's application to dental practice is particularly useful for apprehensive or nervous patients to successfully reduce anxiety, thereby increase regular dental attendance and improve oral health. Dr. Kumar is motivated by working alongside colleagues who share her belief in continuous improvement and striving for excellence to deliver results, that our doctors and their patients are proud of. Building a patient's confidence in their treatment is her first priority, through oral health education, alleviating anxiety and creating a positive patient outlook towards dental care.
Jayashree has always been immersed in the nuanced discipline of classical Carnatic music of South India, as well as pencil sketching - which, much like restorative dentistry, requires practiced finesse and an appreciation for careful, meticulous work. She enjoys sharing these passions and others - including travel and playing tennis - as quality time with her young children.
Dr Paddy SteedGeneral Dentistry
Dr Steed has lived and worked in Scotland and England, before settling in Dublin and working in private dental practices before joining us here at Dame Street Dental in 2022.
As well as working in Dame Street Dental, he is currently studying a Masters in Implantology at Bristol University.
When he’s not busy with studies or work, Paddy enjoys walking the family dog and completing Triathlons.
He graduated from the University of Dundee and went on to achieve membership in Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Throughout his career he has developed a particular interest in and aptitude for Oral Surgery and Restorative Dentistry. He is also passionate about the opportunities presented by Digital Dentistry.
Dr Vanessa MordiGeneral Dentistry
Vanessa has been not only passionate about dentistry but excelled in it right from the start of her studies. She was an All-Ireland scholarship winner; Dean’s prize winner in 2018 for university performance; and graduated from Trinity College with a First Class Honours. She also achieved the Dental Council Prize for highest result in oral medicine, oral surgery, and pathology.
Her career started in private practice, and her desire to keep upskilling and learning led her to Dame Street Dental. Vanessa believes in the importance of connecting with patients on a personal level and strives to build a close level of trust with them. She understands that dentistry can be daunting, but she believes that it can and should be enjoyable for both patients and practitioners, and she does her best to implement this with every interaction.
When she is working, Vanessa’s focus is to do her best to meet her patients’ expectations, and for them to leave the practice feeling more confident than when they walked in.
When she is not working, Vanessa loves fashion and beauty; travelling and learning about different cultures; and keeping fit with a round of therapeutic cardio!
Dr Mihaela StamatovaGeneral Dentistry
Mihaela has been working in general dentistry since her graduation from Trinity College in 2019 with an honours degree. She has a particular gift for dealing with geriatric patients; paediatric patients; and patients who require special care, including those with autism or who are wheelchair bound.
This focus was nurtured by her time in family orientated practices and allowed Mihaela to develop a passion for preventative and conservative dentistry bringing a holistic approach to treatment planning. By using atraumatic restorative techniques and minimally invasive dentistry she makes being in the dental chair more comfortable, especially for those more nervous patients.
Her specialties include paediatric dentistry and composite aesthetic work, and she brings her conservative and caring approach to each patient interaction.
Outside of work, Mihaela loves to indulge her passion for nature photography and can frequently be found hiking with her camera.
Dr Simona BugaciuPeriodontist
Dr Simona Bugaciu is our resident specialist periodontist in Dame Street Dental. She graduated with a DDS in 2004, and during her undergraduate academic career she completed a 1 year internship in the University Hospital St. Spirdon Jasi, as well as a number of training and internship programs and certifications.
Following a number of years in general practice, Simona chose to continue her studies with a full time 3 year hospital residency in periodontics culminating with a Masters Degree in Periodontal Surgical and Regenerative Techniques. Periodontics remains the primary focus of hers to this day, and she has expanded her skill set to include modern techniques such as Laser Diodes. As a specialist periodontist Simona will take the time to assess your gum health and determine the best possible treatment plan to prevent , diagnose and treat gum disease. You can expect your first periodontal consultant to be extremely thorough with a clear explanation of the cause and a customised patient centric treatment approach.
When she is not working or studying, Dr Simona enjoys exploring her creative side with drawing, painting, and reading, and also loves to go walking.
Dr Mohammad ZadehGeneral Dentistry
Dr Abed has lived and worked in both Canada and Kuwait, and we’re delighted he’s now added Ireland to that list also. He attended Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in Canada, graduating from a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Economics in 2016, and then from a Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery in 2020.
He is Canadian Board (NDEB) certified and is also a member of the Kuwaiti Dental Association. During his time in Kuwait, he completed a year of training at the Kuwait Ministry of Health’s Dental Residency Program, focusing on Surgical, Endodontic, and Paediatric procedures. He has also completed rotations with several clinics providing high quality general dentistry services to local patient communities. He is particularly interested in surgical procedures, as well as crown and bridge work and day-to-day restorative procedures.
Outside of work, Dr Abed loves to be outside! He enjoys hiking trips around Ireland, and is prepared for all types of weather, because he plays football when its nice, and goes on a ski trip when it’s cold!
Dr Laura O'DolanGeneral Dentistry
Originally from Enniskillen in Fermanagh, Dr Laura O’Dolan graduated from Queens University in Belfast in 2019, before starting her professional career in general practice in Kildare.
She has a particular interest in restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry, which was informed by her early career, as well as her completion of professional development courses from Kings College London, and Facial Aesthetics from the Cosmed Academy.
Her particular specialty - and the area she finds most rewarding - is the management of acute pain, including difficult extractions; the management of dental trauma; and the restoration of good dental health.
In her spare time, Laura is an avid home cook, retaining a passion for food preparation from her days working in fine dining establishments during her studies, which she makes the most of when she spends time with her friends. In 2018, she also became a certified yoga instructor, which remains a passion of hers.
Dr Renuka YadavGeneral Dentistry
Dr Renuka moved to Ireland in 2019, having already studied at the Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences in Loni, Maharashtra, India and worked in dentistry in the beautiful city of Surat – her hometown – for 4 years. During these early years of her career, she worked under the mentorship of several skilled senior dentists, and with patients from all walks of life and backgrounds, and she developed a passion for treating patients supported by an ability to develop a quick and easy rapport with everyone.
During these early years, Dr Renuka performed treatments on patients under general anaesthesia – with her mentor’s supervision – and is planning on doing a sedation course in the future.
Since moving to Ireland, she has prepared for the Irish dental graduate exam for non-EU applicants while working as a nurse and a front office team member, gaining insight and an overall understanding of the operational dynamics of a private dental practice. To date in her career, she has displayed a drive for innovation and improvement, and has completed courses in RCT and Restorative Dentistry as well as multiple dental camps.
She also has a special interest in Surgical, Aesthetic, and Paediatric dentistry, and while she has already worked at Margaret Tuite Paediatric Dental Clinic, she would also pursue further studies in these fields in the future.
Apart from work, Dr Renuka stays active with yoga, gardening, and swimming. She loves listening to Indian music and sharing time with her family and loved ones
Dr Wei Shyan TanDentist
Originally from Malaysia, Dr Wei Shyan Tan moved to Chicago, USA to complete her education on a scholarship from BP Petrol, and later settled in Ireland. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2020 and started practicing Dentistry.
Since then, she has practiced in Donegal, Meath, and now Dublin. She has experience in general restorative dentistry as well as digital dentistry and aesthetic procedures. She is particularly interested in Biomimetic dentistry, focusing on the posterior teeth with composite build ups and ceramic onlays. Additionally, she has focused on digital dentistry or prosthodontics, dental photography, and extractions. Finally, she has completed a further qualification in Botox and Dermal Fillers at the Aesthetic Training Academy Ireland.
Outside of work, Dr Wei likes to stay physically active through golf, going to the gym, and walking her dog. She also loves travelling, and relaxing with a good book.
Dr Justina MasiuleGeneral Dentistry
Dr Masiule graduated in 2014 from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. She was immediately invited to start working at the Primary Health Care Centre where she had completed two years of internships during her studies. Throughout her career there – from 2014 to 2017 – she advanced to Head of the Dentistry Department.
In 2017 she moved to Ireland and began work in a private practice. She developed a particular interest in orthodontic treatment and finds it extremely rewarding to see the long lasting, life changing results her patients achieve, and most importantly, their new found confidence! She has completed courses in both Invisalign and c-fast and always has a keen eye on her continuing professional development. She strives to offer her patients the most up to date treatment methods in this field.
Outside of work, Justina has a 2-year-old Bearded Collie who not only competes in dog shows but is Irish champion! She recently travelled to the Netherlands and won 2 awards. The pair are planning to attend Crufts and World dog shows next year! As if that wasn’t cool enough, Justina also has a learner permit for her motorcycle licence, which she enjoys driving around the Wicklow mountains whenever she gets the chance.
Dr Alison QuirkeDentist
Dr Alison Quirke is originally from Cork, attended University in her hometown, graduating in 2019. During her time in college, she travelled to Kathmandu in Nepal and worked as a dental volunteer, providing much needed dental treatment to less fortunate patients in a rural setting, and gaining invaluable experience.
After graduating, she worked in a family-based general practice clinic in Kilkenny for three years, before joining the team at Truly.
Her specialty interests include conversative dentistry and preventative dentistry. She also has a particular passion for working with nervous patients, or those suffering from a dental phobia. She is also continuing to pursue professional development goals and is currently enrolled in a Diploma in Primary Care Dentistry with the RCSI.
Outside of work, Alison is a fitness fanatic who loves going to the gym and playing tennis.
Dr. Michael KoukoulisImplant Dentist
Dr Koukoulis is originally from Greece, and served as a Dental Officer in the Greek armed forces as part of his national service. He has studied and worked abroad, having graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2003 and also completed a post-graduate degree in Dental Implantology from the University of Warwick in 2006.
He has been based in Dublin for 15 years, and has placed over 3000 implants during this time. He has also completed a series of CPD courses on Implants & Bone Grafting to ensure he remains at the leading curve of the Dental industry.
His passion is to develop ‘real life solutions for patients – working within their expectations, concerns, and budgets to create an individualized plan that sits their particular needs.
In his free time, Michael enjoys staying active with exercise, gym visits, social hurling, skiing, and taking his 3 children on days out.
Dr. Luis GonzalezDentist
Dr Luis Gonzalez graduated in Madrid in 2015, and then immediately entered a two year postgraduate program in Advanced Endodontics in 2017. In that same year, he was recognised and rewarded for ‘Best Research Paper’. After his second graduation he began working in general practice.
In late 2018, Dr Luis moved to Dublin to gain new professional and personal experiences. He continued working in general practice and also focusing on endodontics, particularly on restorations of the endodontic tooth. When the COVID pandemic began he had to return to Spain, where he continued working as an endodontist while also working as an associate professor at the Universidad Europea de Miguel de Cervantes. Dr Luis also used this time to continue his professional development and education, particularly in endodontics, endodontic surgery, and cosmetic surgery. He also now splits his time between the two countries, spending one week per month in Dublin performing root canal treatments in different clinics.
When he’s not working, Dr Luis enjoys staying active with sports - his favourites include football, climbing, and paddle-boarding – and he also starts each day with a yoga session. When he’s at home he relaxes by playing piano and planning travels around the world.
Dr. Daniel KimDentist
Dr. Kim graduated ‘with honour’ from the University of Pecs in Hungary in 2015. He immediately entered into practicing and has been developing his skills and experience from strength to strength since.
Following graduation he joined a clinic known for dental tourism, and gained invaluable experience in prosthodontics and cosmetic cases – especially veneers, crowns, and bridges – as well as implant dentistry. This clinic also gave him face to face experience with patients from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of specific needs. Helping these patients inspired Dr Kim to continue his own professional development, and he is currently completing a master course in Prosthodontics in Italy.
One of his main drives is to help his patients and teammates, and he is passionate about doing this every day. Additionally, he loves performing the delicate work of dentistry with his hands, and seeing the results.
In his spare time, Dr. Kim loves playing golf with his wife.
Aiza RevazovaHead Nurse & Clinical Coordinator
Aiza graduated with a distinction from the full-time Dental Nursing diploma course in Trinity College Dublin in 2020, and her impressive academic bona fides coupled with her track- record of proven hands-on knowledge earned through her training at the Dublin Dental University Hospital made Aiza a perfect fit for the clinic and she was brought on board like a shot to the Truly Dental team.
Her education and intensive training experience at the Dental Hospital have equipped Aiza with the clinical skills, background and competency to assist confidently in the widest range of different specialities that span the field of dentistry. Upon graduation and joining the clinic, Aiza hit the ground running and has been continuously expanding her expertise daily, crucially employing her broad knowledge working closely with the clinic's distinct dental specialists to assist on a diverse spectrum of procedures, from fundamental, time-tested treatments to exceptional, ground-breaking surgical and implant techniques.
From day one, Aiza's ambition and commitment to the values of Truly Dental were apparent, as was her determination to elevate the standards of patient care and satisfaction within the clinic by perfecting her own abilities. As our nursing supervisor, Aiza works as the right hand to the entire management team, ensuring the delivery of only the highest quality patient care, comfort and outcomes through coordination and communication between our clinical teams in all aspects of the practice. Aiza is also one of our Treatment Coordinators, and is a vital part of ensuring that patients know they have picked the right practice with Truly.
In her work, Aiza lives to put a smile onto other people's faces, whether that's creating an exceptional experience and comforting atmosphere for our patients through her positive mindset and reassuring personality, or dedicating herself to building team cohesion and an affirming, warm working environment for all of her team members. At the end of a busy day in the clinic, Aiza loves to relax with a good film, and if she hasn't been on the go every minute of the day she'll even stay awake for the entire movie!
Sophie GreeneClinical Supervisor
A warm welcome to one of the friendliest faces at Dame Street Dental - meet Sophie, one of our dedicated Dental Nurses.
Coming to our clinic from a background as a makeup artist, Sophie has always had a talent and love of expressing creativity through beauty, while making people feel great about themselves all at the same time. Over the last 6 years, Sophie has completed a number of courses and workshops led by brilliant professional makeup artists from all over the world - she has always understood that when you truly commit to something, you learn from the best.
Deciding to follow her passion for working closely with and helping people into a career in healthcare, Sophie working on her qualification through the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses UK, with whom she currently studies while working full time at Dame Street Dental. On completing her diploma in Dental Nursing, Sophie has no intention of slowing down - further education, specialised training courses and continuous new experiences from working alongside and assisting our practice resident dental experts and specialists is how Sophie is excited to spend her time over the coming years. She finds the constant evolution and expanding possibilities of modern dentistry exciting and motivating - Sophie couldn't be happier to be building and developing her knowledge while getting to spend every day working with our patients and making a difference in people's lives. Whether she's helping to put an anxious patient's mind at ease with a joke, a chat about makeup tips, or an encouraging mindfulness moment, Sophie loves being part of a team that restores patients' smiles and confidence
A great believer in work hard, rest hard, Sophie enjoys unwinding from work and study with yoga and meditation practice. She loves to mix taking time for wellness with having fun, whether that's getting out to the gym or her favourite yoga retreats, or relaxing on a long walk with her dog, Luna.
Bart MerzSurgical Nurse
Next up is dental nurse, Bart!
We were lucky enough to welcome Bart to our shores 17 years ago, when following his graduation as a Dental Hygienist in 2006, he and his family swapped Poland for Cavan Town, and the rest is history!
Bart’s successful completion of the Dental Nursing course in Cavan Institute prepared him to support a multi-disciplinary dental team, and his first post as a Ward Clerk in Cavan General Hospital provided him with the experience needed to help, comfort, and take care of patients and families in all manner of distress. Bart’s patients were sad to see him go when, after 12 years in Cavan as a Dental Nurse, he took the plunge and moved to Dublin for the opportunities to challenge and expand his skills and training – and for the thrills of the big city!
From the very beginning and his first post as a Dental Nurse, Bart has assisted in the widest variety of dental procedures, and over the course of his career has worked with over 40 different dentists, immersing him in an extensive, diverse, and ever-developing learning and training environment. His well-earned confidence through many years of dedicated experience has cemented Bart’s place on the Truly Dental team as an invaluable part of our state-of-the-art practice, and a beloved member of our family.
Bart has always been popular with his patients and co-workers alike, enjoying his natural talent of being able to make anyone relax and laugh – even putting those preparing to undergo a surgical procedure at ease with his warm, calming wit. Bart found his calling when he became a Dental Nurse, and if you ask him now he simply can’t imagine ever doing anything else!
Bart believes that ‘Professionalism with a smile and laugh’ are words to live by, but when he can tear himself away from work and investigating pharmacology research, he takes advantage of the beautiful city he’s made his home, and can be seen out walking his bulldog, or hitting the town with friends!
Mia CoffeyDental Nurse
Mia found her calling to healthcare at a young age when she discovered her enduring interest in all things dental. During secondary school the only thing she loved learning more about than teeth was the people around her – Mia delights in listening to people and talking about everything under the sun to get to know them, a spirit she brings to Truly Dental every day to make our patients feel right at home.
On leaving school Mia worked as a Dental Nurse for almost two years, during which time she became familiar with the full world of patient care, developing a passion for working in tandem with the dentist to assist and support their practice while learning everything she could about oral healthcare and delivering the best possible patient experience. This was when Mia’s long-held ambition to become a Dental Hygienist solidified, and she enrolled in the Dental Hygienist Diploma course with Trinity College and the Dublin Dental University Hospital. Her understanding and appreciation of the importance of periodontal care (preventative and corrective care of the gums) are constantly growing, and from Mia’s very first day with Truly Dental she has dedicated herself to developing lasting patient relationships as a Dental Nurse, always ready to chat before treatment begins to calm even the most nervous patient, so that she can be the best advocate for continuous oral healthcare that she can be.
Mia knows that keeping our gums healthy is fundamental to good oral health and preventing tooth loss in the long run. She is keen to graduate as a Hygienist and get to work educating and helping patients suffering from gum disease or decay, by combating and preventing such reversible issues as gingivitis and helping those living with periodontitis to manage that condition positively, as while bone loss cannot be reversed, it can be arrested. Mia is excited to promote excellent oral hygiene habits as one member of the dedicated team protecting the oral health of our patients, formed of the dentist, the hygienist, and the patient themselves as a partner in their own ongoing healthcare.
A dyed in the wool Dub, Mia still loves getting out of the city and has been all across Europe, with her eyes set on traveling throughout Asia next. She’s a massive musical theatre fan, and you may have even caught her turn as the Bird Woman singing ‘Feed the Birds’ in an amateur production of Mary Poppins in the Helix!
Shannon AkkaouiDental Nurse
Since she came through our door at Truly Dental, Shannon has been a testament to our practice values – that a diverse clinical team united by a dedication to first-rate dentistry can together achieve not only real excellence in oral healthcare but also an optimal patient- led, dental clinic experience that can truly make every patient feel welcome and cared for.
Shannon graduated with distinction from the Dental Nursing course based in Trinity College Dublin in 2020, but she has always had an eye for aesthetics and an interest in the science behind a smile. Hailing from Clonakilty in Co. Cork, Shannon grew up in Florida before returning home to study Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design. While she loved art history and the physicality of drawing and painting, Shannon realised she was happier enjoying art to unwind, and that in her professional life while she still wanted to work with her hands, she knew now it needed to be in service of helping people to look after their health. After graduating from TCD, Shannon worked as a Dental Nurse for a year in a busy, multidisciplinary dental clinic in Galway, and it was here while developing her knowledge and experience daily that she discovered her passion for preventative oral healthcare and patient education.
Shannon is now studying Dental Hygiene at Trinity College Dublin while continuing to progress and develop as a Dental Nurse every day at Truly Dental, and her keen interest in engaging and connecting with nervous patients to ensure a fully stress-free treatment experience means that she constantly learns as much from her patients as from the expert dentists and specialists she assists. You’ll always recognise Shannon by her sunny disposition and caring, bubbly nature, and she can’t wait to graduate as a fully-fledged Dental Hygienist to bring her passion for educating patients on the foundational importance of periodontal (gum) health and the prevention of gum disease to the clinic every day.
Whenever Shannon isn’t hard at work supporting her team here at the clinic she can be found in the kitchen (she’s both a wicked cook and baker) or keeping active with some yoga, hiking or swimming. And when there’s time to get a little further afield she plans to add Australia and Canada to her list of destinations reached, alongside southeast Asia, America and all over Europe.
Sarah-jane MorrisHead Nurse & Treatment Coordinator
Sarah-Jane’s career in nursing began in 2013 with her start as a Dental Nurse in private practice, assisting in a busy, fast-paced clinic which specialised in prosthodontics (complex dental care including the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged teeth with prosthetics). Sarah-Jane immediately knew that she had made the right choice, as her fascination for complex dental restorations grew hand in hand alongside the pride she took in her own role within the clinical team – providing reliable, efficient support and reassurance to both patients and dentists.
Once her formal studies were well underway and she was confident of her abilities in this advanced area of prosthodontics, Sarah-Jane decided it was time to move on and expand her skills equally into other areas of dentistry, both general and specialist. She began working in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, and following an intensive period of study and training, Sarah-Jane graduated with a Dental Nursing higher diploma from Trinity College Dublin in 2016. After taking some time to live briefly abroad in Spain, she returned to Ireland fully revitalised and ready to immerse herself entirely into a dental nursing career with Truly Dental built on dedication, calm and meticulous support work in even the highest-pressure procedures, and a commitment to patient-centred care above all.
Sarah-Jane’s extensive and specialised nursing experience has made her an invaluable member of our clinical team, and while her broad background means that she’s always ready for anything, what Sarah-Jane enjoys the most is assisting on cosmetic dentistry procedures, from composite bondings and veneers to crowns and long-term Invisalign treatments – the infectious joy and satisfaction of seeing patients experience full smile transformations. Whatever dental care she is assisting with on any given day, Sarah-Jane brings her love for building lasting, professional relationships of care with her – ensuring that every patient undergoes their treatment in an easy-going, friendly environment of trust, comfort and confidence.
A born and bred Dub, Sarah-Jane never tires of exploring the city, socialising in old favourites while also exploring the new – especially if food is involved! No stranger to hard work even in her free time, Sarah-Jane loves to combine activity with culture, being a big fan of the gym, music festivals – even setting up her own small business selling art in 2021!
Lina KlisauskaiteDental Nurse
Lina has been a qualified nurse since 2021, having previously worked as a childminder. She began volunteering at a clinic while she was searching for her passion, and in her own words she landed the jackpot! She loves dentistry and particularly loves seeing the results of treatment. Smiles have always been one of the first thing she notices about people, and she loves being a part of people making changes to their smile and confidence.
She is dedicated to continuously learning, and becoming the best at what she loves doing, in her professional and personal life.
Outside of work, Lina loves cycling, reading, hiking, and cooking and sharing desserts, somehow she manages to resist them herself!
Gustavo LaraHead Nurse
Dentistry was one of Gustavo’s first interests, but not his first career. He originally qualified in Information Technology, and spent some time decrypting the digital world, before returning to education in 2018 to study Dental Nursing at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in his beloved – and sunny! – home country of Brazil.
He had always been fascinated by oral health and facial aesthetics, and his Dental Nursing degree allowing him to develop this lingering passion into a successful career as he was placed at the University Hospital. He was inspired to specialise further and completed a diploma as a Dental Technician, going on to work in a Dental Laboratory in Brazil.
In 2021, he moved to Ireland to continue his career, with a particular focus on giving the best for his patients and his Dental Team colleagues, an attitude that we absolutely love here at Truly!
When he’s not immersed in healthcare, Gustavo loves to spend time with his family and friends – going out to eat amazing world foods and relaxing on warm beaches are favourites! He also enjoys spending daily time with himself, focusing on his own body and mind.
Zainab WaheedDental Nurse
Zainab qualified as a fully fledged Dental Nurse in 2020, graduating with Honours from the Trinity College Dublin programme.
Having always had a broad range of interests from a young age, Zainab was drawn to the hard sciences as well as education - but she also found that she loved working with and meeting new challenges and new people everyday. It wasn't until she encountered the Dental Nursing diploma at Trinity that she happily realised there was a career out there where she could put all of her talents to good use, helping others and improving lives - and she's never looked back!
Zainab has worked in private practice as a Dental Nurse throughout her years of study and post-graduation, initially in general practice assisting with everything from routine community dentistry with children and adults, to complex restoration cases and emergency dentistry. Zainab also worked for a year with an orthodontic specialist clinic, where she had the opportunity to work with closely and learn from all their clinical specialists, from endodontics, to periodontics and oral surgery.
As someone who prides herself on her work, Zainab was confident that her experience and dedication had well placed her to demonstrate the highest standards of dental nursing as part of the Truly Dental team. We couldn't agree more - our nursing and clinical teams are the stronger for Zainab's enthusiasm for continuous learning and development of her skills, coupled with her caring nature and easy rapport with our patients. Zainab has been thrilled to expand her knowledge and procedural experience working alongside likeminded, expert professionals, and she finds every aspect of her role fascinating, particularly assisting on state of the art treatments such as bone grafting and Implant surgery. Zainab is proud of the part she plays in helping patients gain their own confidence back and will always bring her best to every patient visit, so that even the most nervous of patients has a truly wonderful experience.
Zainab's personal interests are as varied and intriguing as her professional! She loves getting lost in a gripping fiction, whether reading or television, but grounds herself with practicing new recipes and cooking up a storm, or dominating at a game of table tennis!
Shannon DolanClinical Supervisor
Shannon Dolan graduated as a dental nurse from Marino College in 2017 and has been working in large multidisciplinary practices ever since. This has allowed her to gain extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of dentistry.
Shannon became interested in the dental field after overcoming her extreme dental anxiety as a child by meeting a lovely nurse who changed her whole perception of dentistry. This experience drove her passion to become a dental nurse and make these same changes to others out there who have a fear of dentists.
With over 7 years’ experience she worked in her previous clinic for over 5 years, with swift promotion to Head Nurse managing a team of 25+ nurses, until she decided to take the plunge and expand her horizons even more in a new clinic.
This year she completed the Dental Radiography course in Trinity College Dublin.
She also completed a Phlebotomy and Cannulation course in 2022 to allow her to be more hands-on while assisting the surgeons with IV Sedation. She attends Infection Prevention and Control courses to stay on top of current policies and procedures and to ensure patients are receiving the highest standard of care every day.
Shannon has keen interest in implants and oral surgery and everything bloody.
When she is at work, she loves to make sure it’s positive vibes all round!
Paulina HaraburdaDental Nurse
Paulina completed a diploma in Dental Hygiene in Poland in 2016 and has been working in the area since. She was originally drawn to the role by her love of helping people, and now she is fascinated by the variety of procedures available, and loves to experience new ones as the role progresses.
She is passionate about dental hygiene, and is always very keen to practice and promote good oral health behaviour and cleaning techniques with her patients. Her favourite thing about her job is helping patients.
Paulina is social and ambitious, and pushes herself both personally and professionally. She practices continuous professional development, and is enrolled in the CPT course with the Ireland Payroll Association. She also promotes healthy living, and provides cooking demonstrations for people eager to pursue the same.
She is an active gym attendee, and loves spending time with her two amazing dogs – Bonnie and Clyde.
Sara BendamouhDental Nurse
Sara completed her diploma in the beautiful surroundings of France in 2017. Since then, she has worked s a dental nurse in the bright lights of Paris for the past 8 years, helping to support the City of Love with the smiles of satisfied customers!
Her favourite part of the job is seeing and sharing in her patient’s satisfaction. That’s how we knew she’d be the perfect fit for the team at Truly. Sara loves nothing more than to know she has built a good rapport both with her patient and with the doctor. Seeing a patient smile with confidence after their treatment is for Sara the most important part of her job.
Sara is passionate about her work, and always wants to improve herself. This is another thing which drew her to Truly and to Ireland – the opportunity to gain new experiences in new surroundings and to learn in a new environment is one that she just couldn’t pass up!
Outside of work, Sara loves art and history – so working in Paris was an absolute dream! Happily for us in Ireland, she also loves hiking, and she’s looking forward to exploring her new home on foot – as well as through art and history.
Melinda SaboDental Nurse
Melinda is a dental nurse at the Truly clinic in Bray. She qualified as a dental nurse in 2012 and has worked in the field since then. Previously she graduated as a primary school teacher, and worked in that field originally before moving into Healthcare.
Melinda particularly values the importance of prevention in dentistry, and encourages this in patients from childhood onwards. Her favourite part of her job is to work with the dentist or dental surgeon during surgical procedures.
Day to day, her motivation is to do her best and provide the highest level of dental nursing are to the patient, and the best possible support to the dentist. For Melinda, this means providing a calm, relaxed, professional environment for the patient, ensuring they feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their appointment.
Outside of work, Melinda became a mother 3 years ago, so her life is full of fun and trips out into nature!
Duško ĐumićDental Sterilisation Nurse
Everyone remembers the first day they met Duško - one of Truly Dental's outstanding rays of sunshine!
Duško first moved to Ireland in 2017, coming to us from beautiful Croatia, and we were lucky enough to welcome him to the Truly Dental nursing team in 2020. His motivation, professionalism, and positive attitude quickly established him as a vibrant and vital part of our clinical team. Duško's passion for teamwork and efficiency at coordinating between multiple complex deadlines saw him quickly become one of the strong supports of our clinical team as our chief Sterilisation Nurse. His meticulous eye for order and detail are essential to maintaining the highest standards of quality, clinical hygiene, and excellence in patient experience which our practice enjoys.
Duško highly enjoys the variety of dental treatments that he sees daily while assisting during general dental procedures, and he is keen to continue his education and training in dental nursing in the future. While he is dedicated to his role in the dental sterilisation room, ensuring that every day runs smoothly and safely, he will admit that his favourite part of the job is to see our patients leaving smiling and happy. Always happy to stop and share stories and experiences, Duško enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but particularly enjoys meeting and helping new patients, especially if he can help put an anxious mind at ease with his kind and easy humour.
Even in his free time, Duško loves to discuss dental news and innovations with his better half, who is also a dental nurse! When he can tear himself away from work, he enjoys relaxing out in nature - especially with Buddy, his gorgeous pet English bulldog!
Ashish SaleSenior Lab Technician
Ashish is our certified, reliable, and highly experienced Dental Technician. He originally completed his Engineering pre-qualification, before focusing on Dental Mechanics at the P.M.N.M Dental College & Hospital in India.
He has a proven track record of maintaining the highest standards in his dental prosthesis production and uses the latest digital technology to create oral appliances for all patient needs. He prides himself on his quality control and keeps up with industry developments and technological
Before joining our digital dental laboratory, Ashish worked across the globe in India, Qatar, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia as a Lab Technician, and also was instrumental in the setup and expansions of a number of labs.
Karen BlancoLab Technician
Karen graduated with a bachelor's degree in dentistry in 2016, in Valencia, Venezuela. Later that same year she decided to move to Ireland to improve her English, and pursue her lifelong ambition to work in dentistry. Her experience of moving country led to a reinvention of sorts and Karen decided to focus on Dental Technology, which she now considers one of the most beautiful and interesting careers, as it allows her to combine her passion for dentistry with her interest in computers and technology.
In January 2017 she started working in a dental clinic, where she developed a particular interest in the dental technology field. Karen has 4 years of experience working in a dental laboratory, especially in CAD/CAM design and finishing all types of restoration.
One of her favourite things about the job is being able to understand what the dentist and patient wants, working together and including the patient in the process to give them the smile they are looking for and achieve the perfect results.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys doing outdoor activities, going to the gym, and spending time with her family.
Whitney FonkohDental Nurse
Whitney's energy and enthusiasm have made her a standout part of the team here at D2 Dental from the moment she joined us. Ever since she was young, Whitney knew she wanted to work in healthcare, and that passion has never faltered.
Graduating with a distinction from the Dental Nursing Diploma course at Trinity College Dublin, Whitney's stellar academic track record and hands on, intensive training have furnished her with valuable experience assisting on a wide variety of dental treatment procedures and pathways. We were lucky enough to first meet Whitney during her student placement with our clinic, and she was so dedicated to learning and developing her skills in every area of practice, particularly excelling at assistance in composite bonding and implant placement procedures, that we couldn't wait to welcome her as a permanent member of the nursing team.
D2 Dental's environment of continuous learning and development made Whitney feel right at home, with her ambitions of completing even more courses of study in the coming years and her drive to use and grow all of her skills to create the best patient experience possible. Building rapport and ongoing, trusting relationships of care with patients is one of the most important aspects of her work to Whitney, and the one that keenly motivates her to keep going.
Alongside her excitement to see what the future holds for her thriving new career in dentistry, Whitney also makes time for her artistic side, painting and exploring new cultures and food - while also keeping fit as part of her All Ireland champion basketball team.
Anna SamsonovaDental Nurse
Anna is one of our amazing nurses here at D2 Dental, who strives to make every day for herself and our clinic, better than the one before.
Always curious about everything from a young age, Anna loved studying science at school, and once she got older was quickly drawn to healthcare - ever passionate about the idea that you could use knowledge and training to help others and improve people's lives.
After receiving an entrance exhibition award, Anna began studying Dental Science at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin School of Dentistry, from which she will graduate as a fully qualified General Dentist in 2023. Anna was determined to supplement and enhance her skills and experience as much she possibly could while completing her studies and practical training at Trinity. Anna committed to joining a dental practice where she could observe and learn from leading Irish dental professionals, while growing her own skills in assisting as a dental nurse, building patient relationships of trust, and becoming familiar with the daily ins and outs of a bustling, multidisiplinary dental clinic.
At D2 Dental we have been as thrilled to welcome Anna to the team and to learn from her and her enthusiasm, dedication and passion for growth, as she has been to develop her hands on experience with a wide variety of dental and oral surgery procedures surrounded by her knowledgeable and inspiring colleagues.
When not helping patients to relax before a treatment at the clinic, or studying for her final year, Anna loves to unwind by going to the gym or baking at home.
Emiliana RivadeneyraDental Nurse
Originally from Argentina, Emiliana studied dentistry at Rosario Nacional University. She also holds a qualification in oral surgery and is currently working towards having her Dentist title recognised in Ireland.
Emiliana knew even as a teenager that she wanted to work in Dentistry. She was attracted to the field by her passion for taking care of people and making them happy. We’re delighted to have her on the team at D2 so we can help her achieve these passions, and so are our patients!
When she’s not working, Emiliana likes to relax by swimming, reading, and travelling. She enjoys learning new languages and already speaks Spanish, Italian, and English.
Inga MatulevicieneDental Nurse
Inga has always had an interest in healthcare, and has studied and worked in the sector since 2018. She graduated as a Nurse Assistant from MSC, and then used the next 4 years to gain experience in the field. During these years she developed excellent practical techniques. She also developed a particular passion for patient care, and found that she was a natural at making patients feel at ease due to her caring, kind, and understanding manner.
She discovered her particular interest in dentistry in 2021. This further developed into an active ambition to become a Dental Hygienist. To help pursue this new chapter, in June 2022 her and her family moved to Ireland. She is very excited and determined to pursue this next chapter both personally and professionally, and we are delighted that she chose Truly as the location for her career development.
As well as work, Inga enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.
Deirdre DelaneyDental Hygienist
Deirdre qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1993 as one of the first pioneering class of Dental Hygienists in Ireland. This ambition and passion for innovation has stayed with her throughout career since, making her an invaluable member of the team. She has nearly 30 years experience in the industry, and has worked in both General dentistry and specialist Periodontal surgerie, providing her with a varied background and invaluable experience.
She has a particular interest in working with nervous patients, and has developed an excelled 'Chair side manner' which puts patients at ease. She prides herself on building a good rapport with all her patients, regardless of their age. She is well known for her gentle yet thorough treatment techniques, which she has consistently worked to improve and develop over the years as new teachings emerged. She believes that all treatments should be tailored to individual patient needs, and is also a strong promoter of preventative dentistry.
Outside of work, Deirdre is a proud mother of 3 children.
Alannah HarganRegional Manager
Alannah’s main speciality is that she is a people person, and she brings that to every day in her role as our Regional Manager. Her career and personal life have both been marked by her enthusiasm for meeting other people; her ability to act as a positive motivator; and her fundamental drive to help people.
After serving as Head Girl at her secondary school, Alannah moved to the UK where her potential was recognised, and she was enrolled in the prestigious customer service training programme with Boots Pharmacy before serving as Team Leader for No7 in the flagship store in Guildford. Ever eager to explore, Alannah then moved to Spain and worked in an administrative role in an exporting company, gaining invaluable organisational experience and some excellent travel memories!
On her return to Ireland, Alannah honed her customer service skills as the receptionist in a 5-star hotel before making our day and joining the Truly Dental team, originally as Practice Manager. She was drawn to work in healthcare because – in her own words – ‘In this job we get to make people feel better, and I really enjoy that.’
Alannah’s enthusiasm for making people feel better also extends to her relationships with her colleagues. We have yet to see her stressed – no matter how tough the day has been – and her vision to provide a smooth, superior, and fully patient-focused experience across every clinical team inspires us all. She is also devoted to her own personal growth as well as that of the team and is currently enrolled in a diploma in Leadership & Management at UCD.
When she’s not filling our schedules and our practices with happy patients, Alannah likes to make sure every weekend is filled with entertainment. She loves spending time with her family, and with new random friends that she makes wherever she goes!
Krystyna EgelPractice Manager
We're delighted for you to meet Krystyna, our 'can-do' front of house colleague who can make any plan possible. Originally from Poland, Krystyna came to Dublin for a month's holiday and fell in love with the city, the culture and the people - that was nine years ago!
Fluent in both English and Polish, Krystyna has amassed a wealth of customer service experience and responsibility over the last nine years - her natural confidence and positive attitude have always enabled her to go after the things she cares about, and in her professional life this has always meant a drive to be the absolute best she can be. In previous roles Krystyna's passion for organisation and systems has seen her rise to supervisory and operations positions; keeping everything running smoothly is what she's known for. We were thrilled to welcome her onto the Truly Dental team where she can further grow and develop her capabilities and qualifications as an all-round administrative rockstar - and Krystyna's organisation skills and dedication to excellence in customer service have quickly seen her go above and beyond as a real backbone of the front of house team.
Just as organised in her home life as at work, Krystyna is efficiency and cleaning obsessed - but then that's no surprise, with the world's fluffiest Chow Chow, Johnny, at home. When not taking even more photos of the puppy, Krystyna is a huge fan of reading and travel, with some of her all-time favourite spots nearby in sunny county Wexford.
Gail O'BrienPractice Manager & Treatment Coordinator
Gail is the Practice Manager at Truly Dental in Bray, and we are all equally delighted that she couldn’t turn down the chance to take on a new project! She is particularly enjoying the challenge of opening a new practice again, and pursuing her passion for the patient journey.
She has previous experience in establishing dental practices, and with over 17 years’ experience in both the clinical and non-clinical side of the dental sector, and with her hands on knowledge, and positive attitude she is a perfect fit!
Gail graduated with a first-class honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She brings her counselling skills to work each day with her to help both patients and staff.
When she’s not helping set up dental practices, Gail is a proud mother and grandmother! She also loves music, travelling around the world to see her favourite bands on tour!
Alana ByrneTreatment Coordinator
Alana has worked as a receptionist since 2017, and keeps advancing and developing in her career. Having decided to pursue a career in Medical Administration, she completed a Receptionist Diploma as well as a Medical Secretary diploma. Her ambition and focus on continuous professional development led to her becoming a Treatment Coordinator in 2021. She really enjoys this role, as it allows her to directly help people and to be there throughout their treatment to answer questions and provide reassurance. Throughout over 8 years of customer service experience, she has always most appreciated the aspects of her role which bring her closer to people.
Alana plans to continue her professional education and is planning on pursuing a Management course in the near future. She is extremely outgoing and loves to meet new people, and this will be a great opportunity to do just that.
When she is not working, Alana spends a lot of her time in Tipperary, meeting friends for coffee and walks.
Meet Amy, a dedicated and friendly Front of House star here at Truly Dental!
Amy fell in love with the city when she first came to Dublin in 2018 to study Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design. She began working at the same time in hospitality, developing her skills in effective, articulate, and responsive communication between both college and work roles, and quickly rose through the ranks to take on additional senior staff responsibilities including training and supervising, liaising between multiple departments to fulfil customer needs, and keeping a dozen administrative and scheduling plates in the air at once with a smile.
In March 2020, Amy decided life still wasn’t quite busy enough and took time out to start a family. She joined the team here at Truly Dental in the summer of 2021, and the clinic has been benefitting from her careful eye for detail, her quick thinking, and her even quicker smile and supportive word, ever since. Whether on the phone or a first-time emergency call-in, patients always comment on Amy’s calm, reassuring demeanour and ability to put them at ease in even the most difficult situations. While the strengths and skills that Amy developed during her time in study and working in hospitality have transferred effortlessly to her role here at the clinic, she is keen to continue growing and progressing her abilities and experience long into the future of Truly Dental.
Outside of work the organising prowess doesn’t stop for Amy, as she currently spends the majority of her time running around after a wonderful but adventurous one-and-a-half-year-old, and the rest trying to find a moment of zen among the chaos of raising a young family!
We’re delighted to introduce you to Truly Dental’s own Front-of-House Renaissance man, Vincent!
Our gregarious Gaeilgeoir, Vincent got his start during the summer months at the Coláiste na Bhfiann Gaelteachts in West Meath and Galway, while also fitting in countless hours of practice on the school cycling team around his Leaving Cert studies at Dublin’s Rosmini Public School. This propensity for seeking out cultural as well as physical challenges to pursue would always be a passion of Vincent’s, as he went on to join the 7th Field Artillery Regiment via the McKee Barracks in Dublin, spending six years as a part-time soldier, three of those at the rank of corporal.
Never content to rest on his laurels, Vincent’s drive to diversify and develop knowledge in every field that fascinates him led to his beginning at this time a career as a civil servant, going on to spend 10 years working with statistics and the law. While his acuity, organisational and administrative strengths, and boundless cooperative communication skills were perfected over this period, it was Vincent’s adventurous spirit that put him on the path to Truly Dental – and we couldn’t be happier that it did! Vincent’s decision to take a bold career break at this stage and spend four years traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East, led to his being in London at the right place at the right time, to take up an exciting, transformative position at the Eastman’s Dental Hospital in King’s Cross.
During his time at the Dental Hospital, Vincent worked extensively on reception at a clinic dedicated to serving patients with severe dental phobias – an experience that has made him a natural fit on our reception team here at the clinic – where his understanding, empathy, and genuine interest in reassuring while getting to know those undergoing stress, can help put even our most nervous patients at ease. If Vincent’s on the front desk during your visit to our clinic, see if you can guess which landmark Dublin establishments you’ve definitely seen his hand in without realising it, from his time working on several high profile, city centre Capital Bars’ building projects. Vincent is still very happy to swap a cúpla focal in Irish with any interested parties, patient and colleague alike – while outside of work he still carries on as an amateur cyclist to this day, and staying fit outdoors indulging in swimming all year round, and landscaping garden areas for his friends and family.
Emma is a Wicklow native who is delighted to be working in our Bray location, as it allows her to grow her professional career and continue to meet friends for coffee – one of her all time favourite things to do!
She studied Applied Psychology at BIFE, and also has 2 certificates in Media Production. Her work experience has included time at the front desk of the Glenview Hotel, and also with Bray Lakers. Her favourite part of her job is seeing people leave feeling happier and more confident within themselves. She also loves meeting new people, particularly when she knows that she can help them, and this is one of the things that drew her to her current position. She particularly loves the friendly atmosphere, aesthetic environment, and modern approach of Truly, and how this helps to make patients and colleagues alike happier.
Outside of work Emma loves spending time in nature, and cooking or baking new recipes.
Meet our Reception Superstar Sinéad!
A student of the human condition in more ways than one, Sinéad has the expertise, experience, and authentic warmth to make every patient who calls our clinic for assistance or comes through our doors feel heard, respected, and immediately at home.
Sinéad has worked in the care of children with additional needs for a number of years with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, before which she completed her BA degree in Criminology. Her calm, professional, and empathetic approach when resolving any and all patient issues has its basis in these early confidentiality and sensitivity focused environments, followed by a year working in general dental reception before taking up her current role on Truly Dental’s Front of House team. We and our patients couldn’t be luckier to have her positivity, problem-solving skills, and welcoming perspective brightening our reception desk every day. Young or old, Sinéad can put to rest the nerves of even the most dental-shy, whether you like to talk films, work-out routines, or philosophy!
Never one to do anything by halves, Sinéad is also currently training in the illustrious Bow Street Academy, the National Screen Acting School of Ireland. Although focusing on her acting at present, Sinéad has also branched out into writing, beginning with completing a first-draft novel in 2020, and aiming to move into screenwriting and producing her own short films after graduation. Once the ink’s dry on the editing process we can’t wait to be the first clinic with her book on our waiting room shelves!
Evin joined the team as a current medical student at RCSI, enthusiastic to learn as much as possible from hands on patient support experience. Evin was driven to enter healthcare with the dream of alleviating the stresses and anxieties patients often have around organising their care and receiving support from their healthcare providers.
Motivated to achieve excellence in patient support and front desk service, Evin is committed to advancing his knowledge of both the medical and dental fields, so that as a patient care specialist he is always offering the right support at the right time and resolving patients' issues from their very first call.
With a background in science, having first studied Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin before progressing to Medicine, Evin plans to continue adding to his expertise as a clinical front desk teammember through relevant courses and seminars, enhancing his insight into patient support through this combination of continuous development and practical experience.
Lucy joins us from a General and Children's Nursing background, which she began studying in Trinity College Dublin in 2021. Prior to her experience as a student nurse Lucy worked in retail customer service, and her natural ease connecting and building professional relationships of trust with her clients across both roles has allowed her to hone her excellent patient communication and support skills.
Lucy thrives in multi-focus, high-energy patient support roles, and has been delighted to expand her knowledge and competency in both medical and dental contexts supporting our patients and practice teams with all general, complex, and scheduling issues.
Lucy hopes to learn all she can about direct patient support in a primary care setting, with the dream of becoming a frontline paediatric, theatre, or A&E nurse following her education and further training. When she gets any time away from her textbooks, Lucy loves to travel and to keeping active, combining sea swims and games of tennis with time with family and friends when she can.
Alex’s professional career in customer service and HR was motivated by her love of meeting new people and helping them deal with problems wherever they may arise. She previously worked in HR at the Shelbourne Hotel where she was responsible for dealing with employee complaints and worked to ensure that employees were happy and able to work to the best of their ability.
This year Alex has started a degree in HR Management in the National College of Ireland and transferred to our Truly Dental practice in Bray to pursue a lifelong interest in working in the Dental field. She is hoping to gain greater knowledge of dentistry, and we are more than happy to oblige her.
Alex’s other lifelong interests include – getting to live in Dubai, and skydiving out of a helicopter;
Aoife is part of the Front of House team at Truly, where her career background, friendly personality, and passion for health have made her a perfect fit.
Aoife has been scientifically curious since a young age, and studied Pharmacology to pursue this further. Her ambition to keep learning led her to also complete a Masters in Biotechnology and Business. During her college experience she discovered that applying her scientific background to other fields and specialties was where her particular interests lay, and this greatly influenced her career path following graduation, leading her to us today!
Inspired by this knowledge and motivated by her desire to work with and help people Aoife pursued a career in dentistry, seeing it as the ideal field to pursue her combined passions. She previously worked as a receptionist at Yogahub, gaining invaluable customer service experience and developing a lifelong love of yoga in the process.
As well as yoga, Aoife enjoys creative pursuits, and in particular has enrolled in painting classes.
Catherine is a Receptionist at Truly Dental in Bray, and we can’t think of a better fit! Born and raised in the village of Laragh in Co Wicklow, she grew up alongside her brother who has special needs. This motivated her from an early age to help people, and she has been an avid fundraiser ever since. This is also what drew her to the Dental field during the pandemic in June 2021.
With a qualification in Quality Management and Auditing, Catherine worked in hospitality for nearly 2 decades, and gained invaluable customer service skills which we greatly appreciate and value here at Truly. She loves meeting new people and chatting, and it is one of the things she loves about her position.
When she’s not making new friends at work Catherine loves travelling, walking on the beautiful trails around Glendalough, going to music concerts, and anything to do with Elvis Presley!
Kamran is the backbone of Truly Dental’s accounts, financial and risk management department. After completing postgraduate and research degrees in Pakistan – graduating with an MBA in Banking and Finance in 2011 and an M.Phil in Finance in 2018 – Kamran set his sights on expanding his already vast experience in the fields of accounting, financial management and internal auditing with a move to Ireland to complete an MSc in FinTech (Financial Technology).
Kamran’s professional career began in 2004 with a part-time accounting role he held while working simultaneously on his BComm in Commerce. After graduation, he joined the Head Office team of an established non-profit organisation, where his abilities and drive quickly saw him rise up through a number of different roles over his years of service, from internal auditor and accountant to Senior qualified accountant and ultimately Chief Financial Officer. Over that time Kamran has qualified as a certified member of several internationally recognised accounting bodies, most recently through the Ireland and UK recognised Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Advanced Diploma course in 2021.
Kamran’s passion for continuous learning and professional development have been a hallmark of his career, and one which has enormously benefitted the institutions of which he has been a member. His active involvement in the development and implementation of innovative financial procedures, risk management strategies and internal control systems have contributed to Kamran’s research for his own published works – he is the author of several peer-reviewed academic papers and book chapters in the areas of microfinance, accountancy education, and the economic environment of multinationals.
Kamran’s keen interest in the modernisation and data analytics potential of FinTech motivated his move to Dublin and MSc graduation from the National College of Ireland in 2020. From the very first day of his joining Dame Street Dental’s Head Office in early 2021, Kamran has been a dedicated and vital member of our welcoming, inclusive professional culture. Our practice commitment to excellence in client care and implementing modern, leading-edge solutions perfectly aligns with his own, and every member of our team has benefited from Kamran’s professional advice, financial expertise and forward thinking.
Outside of the office, Kamran likes to switch off and indulge in as much travel and tourism as he can. When not working or traveling the globe, he loves to unwind by cooking with family and watching movies. Whenever he is away from his work, he loves to do cooking and watching movies.
Orla HenryHead of People
During the course of her career to date Orla Henry has worked across multiple industries, including the Medical Aesthetic and Laser Clinics field, select salons and leading Spas in both Ireland and overseas, and within the Dental industry. Her 10+ years’ experience has provided her with in-depth experience in People Management, Sales, Operations, and Business Development.
Orla has joined Truly Dental’s leadership team in the role of Head of People in 2022 to continuously improve best HR practices and to collaborate with department heads on projects to add to our already outstanding company culture. Orla brings her previous experience of implementing key new sales roles to Truly Dental.
Orla’s work philosophy is to consciously encourage an environment where every member of the team feels supported and is ‘’set up for success’’ within their role every day. To put it simply, she believes - and we agree - that ‘A thriving team is a thriving business!”
Orla is nothing if not motivated about professional development, and has recently completed a Diploma in Business Management at Griffith College, Dublin. She is currently attending National College of Ireland studying a CIPD Human Resource Diploma in People Management and has planned to progress onto a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management Strategy and Practice in 2023 at NCI.
When she's not working, Orla likes to keep up with watching the latest series at home, and trying out the latest restaurants in town!
Vince HartiganHead Of Construction
Keavy is our ‘Writer in Residence’ at Truly Dental and works to support the team as a copywriter, proofreader, and human autocorrect.
Having been lucky enough to always know she never wanted ‘a real job’, Keavy studied English for her Bachelors Degree at U.C.C. and then went on to complete a Masters in Film Studies. Not being content with her college essay workload, she also joined the U.C.C. Journalism Society where she excelled as a Features Writer. During her academic career, Keavy was shortlisted for the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and won ‘Colour Writer of the Year’ at the National Student Media Awards in 2011.
Moving onto her career path, Keavy worked on a variety of projects until in 2016 she was able to establish herself as a freelancer. She has since worked with clients in the Hospitality, Events, Artisan Food Production, Publishing, Property, Film, and Medical sectors on a number of projects ranging from website design to event organisation. Her professional work has been shortlisted by both the CSS Awards and Awwwards.
When she’s not working to raise awareness of Oxford Commas everywhere, Keavy is often found with a book or musical instrument in hand or exploring the world!
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