ALPHA OMEGA COFFEE BREAK WITH DR RICHARD HORWITZ

24/09/2020

Richard Horwitz

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY?

Strangely, I always enjoyed going to the dentist when I was young and from that thought, it would be a great thing to do and even more strangely, I loved going to the orthodontist!

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE BUSINESS/PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY?

It’s a forever evolving and changing profession, new techniques and styles of working. Even as a specialist there is a never ending path of knowledge to follow… nothing ever really stays the same

Best advice is to do work you enjoy and not to ‘sweat the small stuff’!

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CULTURE FIX…. HOW DO YOU UNWIND? BOOKS: WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW; FAVOURITE TV OR NETFLIX PROGRAMME?

I bake a lot… sourdough, pitta bread, walnut loaf. Loads of gardening, tend my veggie patch. Watch TV series on Netflix including series from Israel to refresh my Hebrew!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER AN UPCOMING DENTAL STUDENT?  AND WHY JOIN AO?

Advice: Join AO! I was a student member of AO which opened up access to so many mentors. I was able to explore different specialities and finally find my niche in periodontics and Implant dentistry.

HOW DO YOU SEE DENTISTRY IN 5 OR 10 YEARS?

I believe Dentistry will become even more digitally based, and there will be a greater scope for more specialisation and working in a wider dental team

GREATEST CHALLENGE TO DATE

Realising that general dentistry was not for me and finding things I didn’t enjoy doing. So I was very lucky to have mentors to guide me through a specialist-training pathway. Thankfully it has resulted in me doing what I really enjoy.

WORST/MOST EMBARRASSING THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?

So as a foundation dentist, I made a denture for a patient, all good.

Years later, I saw that patient at a different practice and thought to myself ‘who made that awful denture?’

It was me all along. Pleased the patient was happy with it though and happy I don’t make dentures anymore!

WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR? AND WHAT WAS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE RECEIVED?

Best advice is to do work you enjoy and not to ‘sweat the small stuff’! There are so many mentors of mine within Alpha Omega to name. Outside of dentistry I would say my Father.

Make sure you set yourself apart from anyone else… work on a USP.

FUNNIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN A DENTAL SURGERY?

I was taking my specialist exams in Scotland…. Halfway through bagpipes started to play from Edinburgh castle nearby and did not stop! It was funny only in retrospect!

MAIN PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SOMEONE SETTING UP THEIR OWN SURGERY

Make sure you set yourself apart from anyone else… work on a USP. Think about what you can offer that is different from other practices. Most importantly enjoy what you do!

ANY REGRETS

None only life lessons.

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