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What’s it like being... a practice owner? Ann-Marie Bard

Blog Author Ann-Marie Bard

Blog Date 22/10/2018

​Ann-Marie Bard owns a busy mixed practice in Shropshire. She tells us about her day:

 

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My alarm goes off…

I get up at 6.30am, rush around organising my 14-year old daughter feeding dogs, cat, etc and usually leaving the house five mins later than I should have, if the teenager hasn't cooperated.

Breakfast is usually porridge with fruit or a banana in the car if I'm running late. I drive to work via school drop off and it's a lovely run against the traffic through the North Worcestershire/South Shropshire countryside.

 

I'm responsible for…

A five-surgery mixed practice with 22 staff and approximately 8,000 active patients. What makes the practice unique is that we offer a wide range of treatments under one roof, including general dentistry orthodontics, implant treatment, facial aesthetics, Cerezen, and the service of hygienists and a clinical dental technician.

 

I got the job!

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I ended up in South Shropshire as a practice purchase I was involved with fell through, so I decided to look in a different direction, and I haven't looked back since.

Buying your own practice can be stressful and complex, but for me, it was all totally worth it.

We've recently refurbed our premises, which was a massive job and involved the support of my fabulous team. We pride ourselves on our friendly, caring and motivated approach and we aim to offer the higher standards of care.

I wanted to be a dentist since the age of 16, when I spent time doing work experience with my uncle in Malta.

 

 

 

 

My typical day and what happens when I get to work

What doesn't happen!? After 10 years as a practice owner, pretty much nothing can surprise me - and I mean nothing.

Being responsible for staff, including a foundation dentist, can be challenging at times but is also very rewarding.  

I work closely with my practice manager and business manager - good relationships here are key and essential to our practice running smoothly. 

I believe that there is always a solution to any problem.

 

My biggest achievement

Definitely my home life – I'm proud of my kids and my marriage.

 

The worst part of my job

Getting attached to patients who then become ill and pass away – I will never get used to this.

 

Best part of my job

Making a difference to a patient, however small, and building good long-term patient relationships.

 

After work.... 

I love spending time with my family, dogs and cooking Mediterranean food. I really enjoy going to flea markets and upcycling items that I find - including bits of old furniture.

 

My plan B

Interior decorator?? I'd definitely do something artistic!



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