Dr O’Dowd is a specialist in restorative dentistry and works as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in restorative dentistry at Edinburgh Dental Institute. She graduated from Dundee University Dental School in 2002 and subsequently moved to Edinburgh where she carried out broad based postgraduate training in hospital, general practice and community settings, gaining experience across the dental specialties.
During this time she obtained Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). She gained further postgraduate experience working in Glasgow Dental Hospital in various departments before moving to Newcastle Dental Hospital in 2006 to begin specialist training in restorative dentistry.
This five year programme provided specialist training in the mono-specialist disciplines of periodontology, prosthodontics and endodontics as well as acquiring skills in the management of patients with complex treatment needs requiring multi-disciplinary management.
Alongside specialist training Dr O’Dowd completed a masters in restorative dentistry from the University of Newcastle with her research concentrating on Patients’ Perspectives of Periodontal Disease. On completion of specialist training in 2011 Dr O’Dowd obtained Speciality Fellowship from RCSEd and returned to Edinburgh where she is involved in teaching postgraduate prosthodontic and restorative specialist trainees as well as undergraduate Dental Hygienist-Therapists.
Her clinical practice incorporates all aspects of restorative dentistry but in particular focuses on periodontics, prosthodontics and multi-disciplinary management. Her prime focus at Vermilion is on the management of patients with periodontal disease.
In addition, Dr O’Dowd is actively involved with the RCSEd as an examiner for the MFDS and will soon complete a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PgCAP) from the University of Edinburgh.