Successful Work Experience
Katherine Weatherly, 17, from Pates Grammar School has just completed two days work experience with
Arden House DENTAL practice in Charlton Kings. As part of her required work experience week, Katherine who is very interested in training to be a dentist once she has left school, shadowed Dr Hazlem whilst he performed a number of
Katherine said; “As a prospective dentistry student, I was thrilled when Dr Ian Hazlem offered me the chance to undertake some work experience at his practice, Arden House DENTAL, London Road. It was fascinating to see how everything comes together behind the scenes. I observed a variety of treatments and check-ups performed by Dr Ian, and the dental therapist, Lisa. These included tooth-colour fillings, extractions, denture fittings and x-rays. As Dr Ian is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, I also had the privilege of observing complex implant surgery. I was highly impressed with how well Ian and the nurses interacted with all the patients – especially the more nervous ones.
For a relatively small practice, I was surprised by how much state-of-the-art equipment there was. The nurses kindly showed me the sterilisation suite, the various tools and appliances used for fillings and surgery, and Dr Hazlem’s CEREC machine – allowing him to offer patients same-day crowns – therefore reducing patient fees and the extra hassle of repeated visits.
The whole experience has left me more determined to become a dentist myself and to hopefully one day own a practice like this one.”
Dr Ian Hazlem, founder of Arden House DENTAL said “We were delighted to be able to offer Katherine a chance to see the workings of the practice. It is really important that we cultivate a new generation of dentists and show them all the technology now available.”
For further information on Arden House DENTAL centre for excellence, please visit:
The practice is located at:
232 London Road
Telephone: 01242 512444