I played a lot of rugby growing up and had to make regular visits to the dentist to get my teeth put back together! I liked the idea of having the skills to do that, especially to fix smiles and help people feel better about themselves. I also had a passion for science and working with my hands. Dentistry combines all those things.
I like the interaction with patients from start to finish. Unlike other areas of healthcare, in dentistry I can work with a patient from start to finish to achieve what they want. It is wonderful when you can take an anxious patient through the treatment process and get a great result.
I have a patient who looks after her teeth, but through a combination of factors they are failing. This week she admitted how low her confidence is with her teeth and how upset it is making her. We discussed the options with her and communicated a clear plan of how we can fix her smile. Already, before treatment has even started, her confidence has increased. This is what makes the job worth doing.
I love having hobbies (I’ll try anything once!), but as I have two young children I don’t get much chance. When I do have time, I enjoy anything related to motorbikes and I also try to keep fit. My rugby days are sadly over, much to the relief of my face!
Sefaakor Ahiaku
Sefaakor AhiakuDentist, BDS (L'pool), GDC no: 243880
Why dentistry?

When I was a teenager, I always thought that I would end up being a clinical psychologist or performing artist. I finally settled on dentistry after meeting a dentist on a careers day who had a good work – life balance and so I thought it was a wise move. Somewhere in my second year of dental school I absolutely fell in love with the craft of dentistry and as a result, I wouldn’t change what I do for the world! Now I am studying for my masters in King’s college London.

What do you love about dentistry?

My passion is restorative dentistry – creating and refreshing smiles. It is what I fell in love with at dental school and what I’m doing my masters in. There is so much art involved in creating a smile and I love watching it come to life one piece at a time. Smiles change lives and I have seen that happen time and time again.

In addition to this, I really enjoy working with anxious patients to help them cope with receiving basic and, over time, elective care. I feel my personal interest in psychology, and in particular the area of mental health, has helped me develop a set of skills that work really well for my patients.

What do you do outside of work?

Apart from studying for my masters, I enjoy cooking, eating with friends, playing my piano, running (when it’s not too wet and not too cold!) and travelling the world. I also play and sing as part of the Freedom Church Chester band once a month.

Aimee Saracco-Jones
Aimee Saracco-JonesDentist, BDS (L'pool), GDC no: 270695
Why Dentistry?

I’m chatty and sociable and dentistry allows me to interact and meet a variety of different people. I always knew I wanted to work within healthcare and after I had a little accident on the hockey field at the age of 14 I realised how important a smile is for your self-confidence. I love having the ability to give someone that confidence back and make them proud of their smile as well as relieve them of pain and improve their oral health. I really enjoy treating children and anxious patients by taking the time to make them comfortable whilst treating them in a calm, happy and fun environment.

Loves outside of Dentistry:

Going home to Wales to see my family and my two cheeky labs.
I enjoy cooking as well as eating.
In order to eat more I like to occasionally exercise. I will give any sport a go, this year my aim is to play more squash and get into Crossfit.
Sailing has always been my main hobby, I love being on the water.

Kay Hampson
Kay HampsonDental Therapist (CEB Dip Dent Hygiene 1996, Dip Dent Therapy L’pool 1999, GDC No.5104)
Kay is our experienced therapist. She is particularly good at treating anxious patients and children. She has the time to put you at ease, and ensure you leave with the gleaming teeth you have always wanted. Outside work she enjoys keep fit and runs classes at local gyms.
Holly Hudson
Holly HudsonDental Therapist (Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy L'pool 2012, GDC no: 179296)
I qualified from Liverpool dental school in 2012 after completing a Diploma in dental hygiene and therapy. Prior to this I was a dental nurse for five years where I found my passion for dentistry.

As a dental therapist I deal day-to-day with not only educating and maintaining oral hygiene but also providing fillings, taking radiographs, extracting baby teeth, providing fluoride supplements, providing tooth whitening and plenty of other treatments within my remit.

I aim to make all my patients feel comfortable and at ease. All of my advice and care is tailored to my patient’s individual needs and requirements.

You will always see me with a big smile on my face as I adore my job and always strive to make my patients feel as enthusiastic as me about their smile.

Kerry Hayes
Kerry HayesNurse/Receptionist (National Certificate NEBDN 2001; GDC No. 110972)
I enjoy working with people and getting to know our patients. I like to spend time with my family and I enjoy traveling and discovering new places.
Laura Fisher
Laura FisherNurse (National Certificate NEBDN 2001; GDC no:129752)
I love looking after my patients and find my work rewarding. Coming to work is never a chore! I’m married and have a wonderful dog Lola who I dote on!
Anna Kerwick
Anna KerwickPractice Manager
I like the friendly atmosphere here and I enjoy working as part of a close team. I also enjoy chatting to patients and it’s very rewarding seeing the difference we can make to some of our patients’ confidence and self-esteem. Outside of work I have two young children who keep me busy and I also enjoy playing the piano and violin.
Katie Webb
Katie WebbNurse (Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City& Guilds 2014; GDCno:254405)
I’ve always liked taking care of people and I enjoy the patient interaction and friendly atmosphere we have here at Orchard Dental Practice. I love animals and have a wonderful dog called Amber.
Pippa Wong
Pippa WongNurse (NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2009; GDC No. 183581))
I love meeting people and caring for people so I really enjoy the patient interaction here. I’m also keen to learn new things and take on new challenges. In my spare time I like walking my dog Hugo.