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 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 here.
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 then purchased my own house, which after many months of sweat, blood and definitely some tears whilst renovating it, I have now decided to rent out!
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 and try to still get as much surgery time in as possible.
Cavity is my official 2nd family, I love working with everyone and although I spend very little time in our head office, I always feel a part of the team when I go up to Reading. Locum nursing as well as being an Area Manager means that every day is a “school day”, and I am always learning new skills.
I passed with distinction a Level 5 work-based diploma in Operations and Departmental Management in 2020. Currently I am working on my PTTLS course.
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 my desk before breakfast is definitely on the cards.
I am very split between being at home at my desk, out on the road visiting people or in practice nursing. I have over 70 nurses on my team that I try and visit regularly as well as new staff that we are getting on board.
Sometimes I venture up to Cavity HQ to see Sharon and the Office Team. Since 2020 I have become much more home based, which is great to have scaled back from 750 work miles a week to now doing that in a month!
I live with my Dairy Farmer Partner, Freddie who works very long days so I do try and have a bit of switch off time with him when he is back in the door at 7:30pm. Usually I finish my day at around 10pm by checking last e-mails and messages before heading for that all important 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! I know I can definitely be a Diva when I want! 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 the head office team always have a bit of a giggle as I seem to be a bit of a multi-tasker, often I try and sneak in a ride in the week so they often catch me with horse footfalls in the background or the moo of a cow (or I am having a cuddle from the Cavity favourite cow – Cupcake!)
I hope that Sharon would say that I am dedicated and reliable as well as willing.
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