I started working for Cavity in 2014 and became an Area Manager not too long after. I look after the West Country and South West, so my patch is huge! I cover on average about 750 miles a week. Luckily, I love my car.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Devon with my family and I think it’s safe to say that I am a true Devonian. I just love living there.
I did move away from Devon for a little while when I first started working for Cavity; I was living in Portsmouth then. But when the role came up for a Locum Dental Area Manager in Devon, I was thrilled to be able to go back to my roots. I have just purchased my own house down there too, which has been keeping me very busy with renovations.
Growing up, horses were my life, competing around the country on the weekends and even riding with a Union Jack a couple of times. I actually got a riding scholarship which paid for my fees to go to boarding school. Even now I love to be in the saddle.
Before dentistry I worked in hospitality and in a moment of madness passed my HGV Class 2 so that if all else failed, I could go lorry driving!
I was born with a cleft pallet, so I’ve had extensive dental work carried out during my younger years. This is probably what lead to my interest in Dentistry.
I have been a qualified Dental Nurse since January 2011, starting as a trainee in June 2010. Where has that time gone?! I love it though, especially working for Cavity.
I truly feel like a part of the Cavity Family. They are a company who know what they are talking about and always encourage me to grow. Every day is a “school day”, and I am always learning new skills.
I am also studying an employment-based management degree via a workplace apprenticeship – just to fill any spare time I have!
A Day in the Life of an Area Manager
On a typical day, my alarm will go off at 06:20 so that I can get my laptop switched on and cup of tea in hand ready for the phone to start ringing at 06:30. I spend until 09:00 at home answering the phone and doing admin tasks whilst trying to put my face on so I don’t scare people all day!
I am usually out on the road visiting new and existing clients. I have over 40 nurses on my team that I try and visit regularly as well as new staff that we are getting on board.
Sometimes I even venture up to Cavity HQ to see Sharon and the Office Team. On an average day I will do about 150 miles driving, as Area Managers we really do clock up the miles.
I get home anytime between 5pm and 9pm. I will have a quick catch up on emails and respond to any urgent queries before I start thinking about bed. I like to be in bed as early as possible to keep up on the beauty sleep!
I think my friends and colleagues would describe me as happy, friendly and always willing to help. I am sure in reality it is something far worse!
They all know that I am always up for any excuse to go out for food or drinks but once it gets to 10pm I am ready for bed!
I think Sharon would describe me as annoying when she can’t hear me on the phone because there are horse footfalls in the background, or my roof is down on my car! HA!
I hope she would also say that I am dedicated and reliable as well as willing.
Looking for locum work? Lizzy can help!
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