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Tammy McArdle BSC

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Tammy McArdle BSc

Dental Hygienist & TherapistGDC No 193847

Staff name: Tammy McArdle

Position: Hygiene Therapist BSc

CDG Start Date: October 2013, It is coming up to my 4th year with the Cosmetic Dental Group practice and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.

Secondary School: St Bede’s in Lanchester, County Durham. I grew up in a small town called Stanley. I still have lots of family and friends back home and often go back to visit.

Qualifications:

Nursing DSA.

I worked as a dental nurse for four years before I applied to study Oral Health Sciences (Hons) at Manchester University. I qualified in 2010 as a Hygiene Therapist. My particular qualification means that in addition to my hygiene duties, I am also able to complete fillings for adults and children and extract children’s teeth. The law in Jersey was recently changed to be in line with UK law meaning I can now practice as a therapist in Jersey!

Lived off-island? If so where:

I am originally from County Durham in the North East of the UK. My patients will recognise my accent as ‘Geordie’ it has never mellowed!! I lived in Manchester for three years during university, which I loved. I try to go back to the city to visit uni friends as often as I can! I lived in Milton Keynes for one year whilst I completed my VT (Vocational Training) year in a practice in Northampton, and I also lived and worked in Oxford.

Before I moved to Jersey I was living back home working in Newcastle at the Newcastle Dental Hospital as a tutor where I lectured students and clinically supervised the inter-professional teaching clinic. I particularly enjoyed the practical side of teaching and found I could connect well with the students as I was recently qualified myself and had been in their position. It was really rewarding. When I saw the job advertised in Jersey though, I knew I was ready for a new adventure and fell in love with the island. I came over for an interview mid August, I spent a couple of days here, the sun was shining and It had such a lovely vibe to it. It really feels like home now.

Have you had any dental treatment at the practice? If so, what?

I see the hygienist regularly either Katie or Tiff (even the hygienist needs a hygienist sometimes!) I had zoom tooth whitening a couple of years back, which has lasted really well. Keeping white teeth does require a little bit of maintenance so I top it up with the homekit every few months.

I have had two implants with Jeremy which have been brilliant! I lost a couple of my back teeth unfortunately a few years ago. I’m all restored now though and pleased to have a fully functional smile again! For me, its good to have undergone these procedures so I can share my experiences with patients and make them feel at ease.

Dental goals for the year:

To maintain my healthy white smile

Favourite thing about working at CDG:

I really enjoy the teamwork at the practice. The team is great, everyone works really hard to make sure the practice is running smoothly for ourselves and our patients. It’s a lovely environment to work in knowing you have the full support of your colleagues around you. Once a year we head off for our staff away day, where the aim is teambuilding. We have done various activities over the years, I look forward to the away day, It’s always great fun and full of laughter!

Favourite band:

I don’t really have a favourite band as such. I love music though and I really enjoy music festivaIs. I’ve been to various UK festivals including V festival, T in the park and Glastonbury which was an amazing experience. I love the atmosphere of a good festival! it’s one of my favourite things to do. I don’t even mind the camping too much! Although I must admit as I’m getting older I am becoming a bit more of a glamper than a camper!

Interesting hobby:

I try to keep fit and exercise most of the time, I have my moments and occasionally like everyone fall in to bad habits but I try to keep on track as much as I can! I like to run regularly and I also do group exercise classes. I enjoy cardio based classes that are fast paced and energetic. They work well for me after sitting down in my hygienist role most of the day. You always know you’ve done a workout when your legs are like jelly afterwards, I think this is a good sign!!!

Do you live with anyone?:

I live in town with my boyfriend Jonny. We recently moved in together so have spent the past year getting our flat all nice and cosy. Its lovely and all is well (As long as he keeps up on his side of the chores!) I love living in town being so close to everything. Its great being within walking distance of work and all the bars, shops and restaurants.

Perfect job?:

If I wasn’t a Hygiene Therapist I’d love to be a Travel Journalist or maybe blogger these days! I think that would be the perfect job getting paid to visit all these amazing places and experiencing all different cultures. I love to travel and try to get away on holiday as often as I can. This year I have visited South Africa and Italy, both completely different but both absolutely stunning

Favourite Parish:

I love living in St Helier as theres always something going on but I think my favourite parish would be St Brelades. My favourite thing to do at the weekend in summer is cycle to St Brelades bay which is beautiful and have a lazy lunch in the sunshine or a relaxing day on the beach.

Desert Island Essential:

I have to say my electric toothbrush of course, charging it might be an issue though!

Sweet or savoury?:

Milkshakes! I love milkshakes I could drink them all day!

What’s your bedtime?:

I don’t really have a specific bedtime. It depends what I have on really! I try to be in bed by 11 in the week as we have an early start at 8 am! Weekends can vary!

Ever broken a bone?:

I broke my wrist the first night of Fresher’s week on my second year of uni which was not ideal for a dental hygienist in training, it didn’t go down too well with my tutors! Note to self, beware of wet dancefloors.

Favourite film?:

I love a good musical so would probably say Beauty and the beast, old and new I watched the new one 3 times at the cinema… or maybe Bridesmaids, it always makes me laugh.

Celebrity crush:

Tom Hardy! Wowza!

Favourite Jersey Restaurant:

There are so many lovely restaurants in Jersey, we are spoilt for choice here for being such a small island! I think it my favourite though would probably be La Siesta, I’m a great fan of tapas, I like a little bit of this and that. It’s always a nice atmosphere there and the staff are really helpful and friendly.

Perfect Holiday:

There are so many places I would love to visit, the list is never ending! I think my perfect holiday would be somewhere where there is lots to see and do, I like to keep busy on my holidays and have a good explore!

What word would people use to describe you?:

This is a tricky one! I’m sure it varies from person to person, hopefully it would be a nice word though!! I’d like to think I am a positive person, I try to have a positive attitude and outlook on things.

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PATIENT FEEDBACK

  • 'Just a short note of thanks for dealing personally with my problem. I felt so much better within a day and want you to know that I do appreciate the time taken and 'gentle' approach.'

  • 'CDG comes highly recommended, the entire team are professional, friendly and know their stuff. Well worth a visit.'

  • 'All the staff at The Cosmetic Dental Group are very friendly and professional. The dental work I needed has been completed by Dr Willetts, and I am very pleased with the result. The cost was a lot less than I had originally been quoted, and no need for a visiting Consultant as Dr Willetts had the necessary expertise.'

  • 'As my dental appointment approached I was awash with trepidation. I needn’t have worried as the wonderful, welcoming staff and practitioners made my visit a dental delight! My dreaded visit turned out to be positive, painless and palatable! So much so, I’m paying them another visit in 6 months time.'

  • 'Having undergone quite major dentistry over the past year, I can highly recommend The Cosmetic Dental Group.'

  • 'Katie is always punctual, well turned out, she greets you with an amazing smile and makes you feel so at ease. She is so professional and courteous and clearly is incredibly knowledgeable about all areas of dental hygiene. She is very thorough yet efficient at the same time.'

  • 'I am extremely pleased with the speed and quality of the work I have had from Jonathan Wood- a complete transformation with no pain at all.'

  • 'Having a lovely white smile projects a really healthy, attractive image that creates a positive response from everyone. I am really thrilled with the results and will be more than happy to recommend The Cosmetic Dental Group to my friends and clients. They have a really good reputation so I know they will be in good hands.'

  • 'I feel like my teeth are 100% better than they were before. I am very pleased. It’s like a weight off my mind. I didn’t know how conscious I was and so now having had the treatment, it has given me that little bit more confidence to smile freely without thinking of my teeth.'

  • 'The Dental Health Plan at the practice has also been really good for me as it’s a great way of having your regular appointments paid for so you don’t have to think about it. You pay for the plan monthly, which is very reasonable and obviously for that you are getting your two examinations and two hygiene visits.'

  • 'Two words but packed with more gratitude than you will ever know….thank you.'

  • 'I've had such a great experience. Everything was explained to me clearly and in a way I would understand. I feel as though I have had much more for my money and time compared to other dentists I have been to.'

  • 'If I were to sum up the practice I would say patient-focused, outstanding in its’ field and one which just gets it right.'

  • 'Straight teeth, better pronunciation, and a fuller lip. Jonathan explained everything as we went along, and the before and after photos were gob smacking - what a difference!'

  • 'I now have a smile that people comment on all the time and am more than happy with all the treatment I received. I would recommend the practice to anyone.'

  • 'All of the staff are really kind and friendly and in particular, I must thank Jonathan Wood for all the time and hard work he has put in to my teeth. I am very glad that I came here and would definitely recommend it to others.'

  • 'The staff there are fabulous and worked hard to accommodate my desire to get my teeth finished before going on holiday. I would definitely recommend this practice, as I now feel confident in my smile! Thank you for being so brilliant, friendly and accommodating.'

  • Meeting and being treated by Jonathan Wood changed my life. Jonathan was recommended to me by a friend who told me that she was sure he could help me. Over the years I had investigated having my bite corrected and was told the same thing again and again. My bite was difficult to fix. One dentist told me that teeth would need to be removed and even then, he could not guarantee that the treatment would be successful stating that it was highly probable the teeth and jaw would shift back to their original starting point. There was no jaw surgery or extraction of teeth. Eighteen months later the braces came off and I felt like a new person both physically and emotionally. I'm not sure you can put a price on what I have gained. I will be eternally grateful to Jonathan, his wonderful assistants, and the friendly, warm team at the Cosmetic Dental Group.

  • 'I’d just like to say how much I enjoy knowing I’m coming to the practice because when I come, I’m received right royally really. It’s a case of ‘how are you’ and a smile, the girls take my coat and it’s just so lovely. When you visit everybody is so responsive and wanting you to enjoy your session.'

  • 'It’s not a case of not affording to go, you just can't afford not to go. They make going to the dentist pleasurable.'

  • I could not recommend the Cosmetic Dental Group enough! They have been fantastic 👌 I was very nervous at first due to a previous experience, however, Caroline and the team have been fantastic and made this process a lot easier than I ever thought it would be. I don’t think I showed just how happy I was with my teeth when I left each time as in honesty I had never known what good looks like. However the amount others have noticed and said how good they look is a complement to the great job they have done and now I do know what good looks like! It has helped others I know to sign up to sort their teeth and I will continue my treatment with the plan going forward having seen the benefits and taken in the advice I have been given.

  • 'The Cosmetic Dental Group are an absolute gem! Always friendly and helpful, the surgery is a pleasure to attend.'