A London dentist has scooped the title, Professional of the Year, at the Asian Women of Achievement awards.
Dr Sunita Verma, cosmetic dentist at Sparkle Dental Boutique in Hanwell, west London, was presented with the award in the presence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the 10th Asian Women of Achievement Awards last night.
The black-tie event was held at London’s exclusive Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.
Amongst the celebrities were actress Meera Syal, Dragon’s Den host James Caan, shadow minister for women Theresa May and Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty.
During the event, the Prince and Duchess had a chance to meet some of those nominated for awards, including Sunita.
Sunita said: ‘The Asian Women of Achievement awards have been honouring talent for a decade and to be selected as Professional of the Year 2009 amongst such amazing women, is unbelievable and a great honour. Being the 10th Year of the Awards, I had the opportunity of meeting Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. I am so pleased to have put women in dentistry firmly on the map, a profession that I love and that has given me so much.’
The awards profile read: ‘In her mission to help people achieve the physical and psychological benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile, Sunita set up Sparkle Dental Boutique, a multi award-winning private practice in west London. Now firmly established as a premier private practice in the UK, Sparkle Dental Boutique has revolutionised patient care and is positively changing public perceptions of visiting the dentist.The awards aim to recognise the most inspiring Asian women in the UK.’
The Prince of Wales also was honoured at the event.
He received the Global Empowerment award from the event’s founder Indian-born author and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani, in recognition the efforts of his organisations such as his Prince’s Rainforest Project.
The awards are held in association with Lloyds TSB and celebrate the contribution that Asian women make to UK’s business, public, cultural, and political sectors.
The Professional of the Year award recognises ‘women who have trained and qualified in their chosen professional practice and have become a leading practitioner, setting an example to other women and heaving their contribution acknowledged by their peers’.