…Ian Hazlem of Arden House Dental
Q: Why did you choose to become a dentist?
A: As a kid I had braces and I was obsessed by my teeth. Through a mirror I even watched some of my teeth being removed. The whole idea of dentistry totally amazed me and from that point onwards I was hooked. I made sure I got the correct O Levels and A Levels so I could go to dental school – I only ever wanted to be a dentist.
Q: What are the best/worst aspects of your job?
A: One of the best aspects of my job is that it gives me the opportunity to meet so many different people with fascinating stories to tell. For me, being a dentist isn’t just about looking after people’s dentistry, it’s also about providing some emotional support and being a good listener.
The worst part? Thankfully these are few and far between, but I struggle being around any negativity. I like to be happy and constructive and so spend my time seeking positive people.
Q: What’s your favourite food?
Q: Favourite music?
A: Jazz – old and new – my favourite album is Clare Teal / Paradisi Carousel
Q: Favourite film?
A: Little Shop of Horrors
Q: Favourite holiday destination?
A: Vegas – the shows are amazing, the restaurants are top quality and of course the gambling tables are fun – to watch!
Q: What really annoys you?
A: Negative and miserable people – it’s selfish when there are people out there who have nothing.
Q: What keeps you awake at night?
A: Indigestion – I am a greedy person!
Q: What gets you up in the morning?
A: My best thinking time is as soon as I am conscious – I like an hour to myself to plan my day and the best way to handle any situations.
Q: What makes you happy/makes you laugh?
A: Being at home with my 3 dogs, 3 cats, two ducks and my best pal – the missus
Q: What is your best characteristic?
A: I can put a silver lining onto almost anything
Q: Worst fault?
A: I put a silver lining on almost everything!
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: Junk TV – even repeats – usually Frasier, Cheers, NCIS, Star Trek
Q: If you weren’t a dentist, what would you have liked to have been?
A: Honestly I have no idea!
Q: What’s your motto?
A: The glass is more than half full – in fact it is just short of the brim
Q: Sum up your personality in three words?
A: Reliable, happy, friendly
Q: What is your ‘can’t live without’ item?
A: A job that makes me want to go to work
Q: Who would play you in a film of your life story?
A: Danny Devito
Q: If you won the lottery and could give up work tomorrow, would you?
A: Probably not
Q: And what would you do?
A: Keep enough and help others with the rest
Thanks Ian for taking part in our first interview for the Breathe Business LinkedIn page.
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