“Anja has brought a wealth of clinical knowledge and a lovely calming influence on the team. We’ve been blown away by the quality of her composite bonding, elevating some good orthodontic results to stunning smiles, which is what we are all about!” ~ Dr Andrew Mcgregor, Owner Park Orthodontics.
Before moving to London with her family, Anja grew up in Namibia, South Africa.
She moved to Scotland when she became a student at Dundee University, working towards gaining her BDS dental qualification, which she completed in 2014.
Anja wanted to become a dentist as she deems it a career that offers a glorious combination of art and science, two topics she has an interest in and a passion for.
She realised during Covid lockdowns that she does love speaking to 20-30 people a day, which is a crucial part of her job!
Anja chose to study and subsequently live in Scotland because Dundee dental school was number one in the U.K. when she applied for university, and she fell in love with Scotland when visiting for open days! (She loves the accent too)!
Anja has stayed in Scotland due to the wonderful friends she’s made and the close-knit dental community, which is very supportive.
It drove her to develop as a dentist and seek opportunities she thinks she wouldn’t have found elsewhere. She genuinely feels that she has found a new home here.
Aspirations to further her dental skills and knowledge led Anja to embark on completing a two-year course based in Manchester (ACE Academy) to accomplish a postgraduate diploma in orthodontics in 2020.
Anja has completed courses and training in providing facial aesthetics, anterior aesthetics (composite bonding), and Invisalign treatment, among others. Still, she has found these to have been the most influential in her day-to-day work.
Anja joined the team at Park Orthodontics in 2022 and provided orthodontic treatment and restorative work following orthodontic treatment that the patient usually would have to return to their dentist for or seek a restorative dentist to provide.
This streamlines the whole treatment plan for patients at park orthodontics!
She had been referring patients to Park Orthodontics since 2017 and was highly impressed by how well her patients were cared for at the hands of the Park Orthodontics team.
She was impressed with how well the team liaised with her, as a referring dentist, regarding restorative options after the patients had completed orthodontic treatment, so when the opportunity for her to join the team arose, it felt like a natural step to move in and provide everything under one roof!
Anja values working at Park Orthodontics and says the opportunity to provide treatment for complex orthodontic cases referred by dentists from near and far brings her great satisfaction.
She feels it is privileged to work for a practice with a trusted reputation. Anja loves that the patients are enthusiastic about their treatment. Seeing smile transformation’s positive effect on teenage and adult patients is fantastic and rewarding.
Anja feels supported by the whole team and says that the team has made the transition from general dentistry to orthodontics easy for her.
In the future, Anja intends to expand her orthodontic knowledge with further courses. However, she has no plans to become a specialist orthodontist.
Being a general dentist allows her to add value following orthodontic treatment as she can provide aesthetic restorative options such as whitening, composite bonding, veneers, porcelain veneers and crowns, which allows her to use her artistic streak to its full potential.
She hopes to provide a start-to-finish service for patients seeking dental improvement, be it functional or aesthetic, and to build a network of experts who can help to provide this.
Anja spent much time at the gym in her spare time and even competed in bodybuilding a few years ago!
She has an adorable 19-month-old child who keeps her busy the rest of the time.
Her family are multi-lingual, she speaks Afrikaans and is currently learning to speak French, she is also a keen baker with two wedding cakes under her belt!