Louise Whitaker

GDC 6513.

My career in dentistry began in 1997 at the age of 18 when I commenced training as Dental Nurse at Leeds Dental Institute. Once qualified I returned for a further year to study Oral Health Education. After several years working as a dental nurse I attended college in the evening to gain higher education qualifications. I was then lucky enough to be awarded one of the few places at The University of Sheffield, to study Dental Hygiene and Therapy. I graduated in 2004.

This was an extremely exciting time for therapists, as after several trials had taken place, changes in legislation meant that we were permitted to work in all types of dental service, where previously we were only able to work in hospital or community settings. This was a fantastic time for me to become a therapist and since leaving dental school I have never looked back.

My career took me to Nottinghamshire where I stayed for ten years. I worked in a variety of settings, NHS and private, treating patients from all walks of life and this has given me a great deal of experience.

Yorkshire always felt like “home” and I decided to return in 2014 to be closer to my family. Now I intend to finally put down some roots! I joined the Dental Health Practice in 2015 initially one day a week and am delighted that this has expanded to 2 days a week as the practice continues to grow.

I’m enjoying living in the countryside. My hobbies include looking after my 2 big daft dogs, taking part in Crossfit, spending time with my baby nieces and occasionally drinking wine.