THERE were plenty of smiles at a Bromsgrove dental surgery when it celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of its dental surgeons.
Susanne Mitchell, who is originally from Wychbold, has been at the New Road Dental Practice for three decades after qualifying from Cardiff University in 1980.
Susanne first worked at Cardiff Dental Hospital in children’s dentistry and oral surgery, before moving to Morriston and Singleton Hospital in Cardiff to become a registrar.
Then, in June 1985, Susanne moved to Bromsgrove and joined Matthew Crisp as an associate dentist at New Road Dental Practice, which was originally founded by Mr Crisp in 1981.
She has worked there ever since, enjoying the relationships she has built up with the patients there over the years.
“I treated some of my patients as children and now they bring there own children to see me – in some cases I treat three generations of the same family,” she said.
Susanne, whose parents were both dentists, also has an interest in treating nervous patients after qualifying in Hypnotherapy at Stafford University in 2010.
“Some people have genuine fears about dental treatment and it is so rewarding to be able to help and put a smile back on their faces after in some cases they have suffered with pain and confidence issues for many years because of their teeth.”
Although still intending to work at the practice, Susanne is reducing her hours so she can focus on other interests close to her heart, which include a small holding, a passion for Latin and ballroom dancing and time with her grown-up boys.
She said the last three decades at New Road had been a pleasure.
“It started off with two treatment rooms and has grown over the years.
“I can honestly say that I have enjoyed looking after all of my patients.
“I would like to thank them for their continued loyalty to me and to the practice and I look forward to continuing to provide the very best of dental care.”