Meet Dr Lisa Clowrey from Our North Adelaide Practice
Originally from the UK, Dr Lisa Clowrey qualified from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 1998 and moved to Australia in 2014. Recently joining the National Dental Care practice in North Adelaide, we caught up with Lisa to ask her about her path into dentistry, her favourite aspects of the role, and her top tip for better oral health.
Lisa tell us a bit about your background and how you got into dentistry
I always knew I was interested in pursuing a career in a clinical field, but I’m also quite artistic. Dentistry is one of those areas that kind of navigates the two - there’s a mix of creative and technical work - so it was a perfect choice for me.
What do you enjoy most about your role as a dentist?
I really like the fact that general dentistry offers something different every day - you can go from doing creative bridge work to root canal treatment to taking teeth out. I enjoy the diversity that each day brings, as well as the opportunity to meet lots of different people.
Aside from that, I’m also very keen on order and hygiene, so dentistry is a good fit!
You’ve recently joined our North Adelaide practice - what are you looking forward to about working here?
Yes, I only joined the practice two weeks ago. Having previously been working in a larger practice that was more impersonal, I like the fact that here I’ll have the opportunity to get to know my patients better and on a more personal level.
I also love this suburb. I actually used to live here, so I know it very well - that was one of the reasons that attracted me to take the role.
Do you specialise in a particular area of dentistry?
One area of dentistry I particularly enjoy is CEREC, which is a form of dental technology used to create dental restorations such as crowns*.
Aside from this, I really like to do as much as possible myself to help my patients avoid having to see a separate specialist (and pay the extra costs). This might mean performing procedures such as extractions or other specialist services, so everything gets taken care of in one place.
*CEREC isn’t currently available at our North Adelaide practice.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
One of my pastimes is singing. I sing with a school and get coached as a soloist as well as performing in a group. About three times a year we do a gig, which is always really fun.
I also paint. I’m self-taught and have never taken a painting course, but I do love throwing acrylic at the canvas!
Finally, what’s your number one oral health tip for our readers?
This one might be a little unexpected - it’s to eat less frequently (i.e. cut down on snacking). While we tend to focus on aspects like reducing sugar intake and oral hygiene in general, the timing of your food intake is just as important to reduce your chance of tooth decay.
By eating less often and sticking to the three meals a day model rather than frequent snacking, you can actually bring down your decay rate. It’s rarely mentioned but can make a real difference.
To make an appointment with Lisa today, book online here.