FGDP(UK)’s new Vice-Deans, Susan Nelson & Onkar Dhanoya
Susan is Lead Dentist at Shore Road Dental & Implant Clinic, a private practice in Holywood, County Down, where she practises implant dentistry. Graduating with Honours in 1993 from the University of Edinburgh, where she won the McGregor Gold Medal for the most distinguished dental graduate, she completed Vocational Training in Fife before joining the practice as an associate in 1994. A member of FGDP(UK) since 1998, she examined and sat on the core group for the MFGDP(UK) and MJDF for 16 years, and also served as Director of the Faculty’s Northern Ireland division. She was elected to represent the region on the Faculty Board in 2017, re-elected earlier this year and chairs the FGDP(UK) Education and Qualifications Committee. She is also Deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the BDA, and will take on the role of Regional Clinical Lead for Portman Healthcare later this year.
Onkar has been Principal Dentist at Honour Health, a mixed NHS-and-private dental group, since 1986, providing treatments including dental implants, facial aesthetics and orthodontics at its three practices across the North East of England. Graduating from Newcastle University in 1985, he represents the Yorkshire and Northern region on the FGDP(UK) Board, and holds Fellowships both of the FGDP(UK) and the International College of Dentists. Chair of North Tyne LDC, and past President of the BDA’s Northern Counties branch, he has been a clinical teacher at Newcastle Dental Hospital since 1995. He chairs the Faculty’s Professional Affairs Committee, served as Vice-Dean from 2018-19, and chaired the working group which developed the recently-published Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice.
Ian Mills FFGDP(UK), Dean of the Faculty, commented:
“On behalf of all members of the Faculty, I congratulate Susan and Onkar on their election as Vice-Deans. They bring with them significant experience and insight into general dental practice, which will be of great benefit to myself, FGDP and the wider profession in their new roles. I would also like to express my thanks and appreciation to Abhi and Roshni for their advice and hard work over the last twelve months, and in particular for their support throughout the current pandemic, and I am delighted that they will continue to play important roles on the Board.”