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Young Dental Hygienist of the Year award

Leanne Barwick has won the Young Hygienist of the Year award at the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards.

Leanne Barwick, a dental hygiene therapist with Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), was announced as the winner and presented with the award at the awards ceremony on the 24 January.

Commenting on her win, Leanne says: 'I’m so excited to have won this award.

'It’s brilliant to be recognised for my work.

'The nominations were anonymous so I was surprised and delighted to even be nominated for the Young Hygienist of the Year award.

'It’s such an honour to win this and I hope to live up to it over the next year.

'After working as a dental hygienist for four years, I still love it as much as ever and nothing is more rewarding than helping patients improve their confidence or just feel happier about their smile.'

Leanne was surprised with a congratulatory gift basket containing chocolate, gifts and flowers by Terry Scicluna who visited her practice on the 7 February.

She will soon be realising a long held ambition to learn medical tattooing and facial aesthetics, as she will start a facial aesthesis course run by the Nouveau Beauty Group in June funded by IDH.

Terry Scicluna, chief executive at IDH, says: 'We are very proud of Leanne, she is an exceptional hygienist and thoroughly deserves this award.

'I am sure that she will continue to excel this year.

'We are delighted to be supporting Leanne as she trains in facial aesthetics and her ambitions for the future are inspiring.'

The facial aesthetics course will allow Leanne to give eyebrows and lash lines to cancer patients and people with alopecia and disguise scars and birthmarks.

She was inspired to get into dentistry by her mother, who was in a house fire when she was just six years old and remained in hospital for several years.

Leanne would eventually like to work one day a week in a hospital treating cancer patients and burn victims. She would also like to give her mum eyebrows and lips to restore her confidence. Leanne has worked at Love your Smile Surbiton, an IDH practice, for four years.

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What a great story and serves to remind us all, when we feel weary of regulation or annoyed at being undervalued; what a great opportunity we have in dentistry to serve our patients. Many congratulations to Leanne, I'm certain we will see a lot more of her in the future.
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