About Rebecca Ahmadi
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I have been in the field of dentistry for 25 years and am currently practicing as a Dental Therapist with private and public patients.

Within the last 20 years, I have been a dental assistant, dental therapy student, dental therapist, clinical tutor, oral health lecturer, and an educator within a Community Oral Health Service. This amazing journey has prepared me with the tools and solutions to the particular issues we face in private and public dental settings.

My experiences have given me a global perspective of dental services and oral health within Aotearoa. I love working with, and empowering people to think beyond their current mindset.

My journey as an educator

In my previous role as a clinical educator for the dental and oral health therapists in a District Health Board, I gained insight into the challenges of working at the coalface in a public setting.

I developed an interest in supporting the oral health staff to become better informed, empowered and equipped to tackle these challenges head-on.

During this period, I achieved the “Speak up for Safety presenter and ambassador” title. I would speak to groups of DHB employees about creating safe environments for speaking up and mitigating harm, risks, errors. That was a highlight of the journey- I got to see into the heart of the storm.

Prior to my clinical educator role, I worked for the Bachelor of Oral Health Programme at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago. I started as a clinical tutor – I loved working alongside the students, supporting them and myself, and learning to become a teacher of our trade!

As I progressed in my academic journey, I was appointed a Lecturer of Oral Health and began teaching not only in the clinical setting, but also in the classroom.

I am the mother of two beautiful girls aged 6 and 8, and the wife of Omid, a trainee ENT Surgeon. This is beneficial as we are both professionally interested in the health and well being of humans – especially the head and neck!

Memberships and professional associations

I’ve been a member of my professional association since 2005. NZ Dental Therapists Association, NZ Dental and Oral Health Therapy Association, now Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa, The NZ Oral Health Association.

I have previously been an executive member of New Zealand Dental Therapy Association for a number of years, and also on the Editorial Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy.

I was also an active board member of the College of Oral Health Academics.

More about me

I am in the process of investigating pathways for acquiring a therapy dog to become part of our family and perhaps join me in clinical practice to bring peace and security for anxious patients.