Exclusive Interview: One Minute with…

…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?

A: Spaghetti

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

If you’re a dentist and you’d like to take part in our  interviews please get in touch with  sarah.learoyd@gillfine.co.uk  

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