A fond farewell from dental hygienist Sheila Hennessy as she retires…
I was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, living with my parents, John and Pam, and my older sister, Jane. After leaving school, I moved to Birmingham Dental Hospital to train as a dental nurse, and then went on to Kings College Hospital London, to qualify as a Dental Hygienist in 1985.
After qualifying, I remained at Kings College for a further 3 years as the staff hygienist, before moving to a dental practice in Sydenham, London, where I met my husband John. In 2000, John and I relocated to Wisbech, and I became a member of Martin Stewart’s dental practice (now known as Priory Dental Care).
As some may know, sport has always been an important part of my life, whether playing (hockey at Kings, and both badminton and tennis to the present… and hopefully beyond), watching any live sporting event (especially Aston Villa F.C.) and sailing – in fact, as soon as I retire, we are going for a long sailing trip, so just hoping for some sunshine!
Perhaps because of my roots, the theatre has always been a big love, whether it’s productions in the West End or local amateur dramatics. And, as you are aware, I also really enjoy classical music, and hope you have too?!
I take great pleasure in being part of the ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ (our practice quiz team), supporting local charities, and I hope to retain my place at future quizzes.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my 17 years at the practice with the team. Both those at the front of house and those behind the scenes, have always been very professional, supportive and above all, great fun to work with.
My great enjoyment has been not only treating you all, but conversing with you and getting to know you personally. Whether new or long-standing, young or old, it has been an absolute pleasure to have been your dental hygienist and I wish you every health and happiness in the future.
Thanks for putting up with me over the past 17 years, and for passing on all your good wishes for my future. As the bard would say “Parting is such sweet sorrow” (Romeo & Juliet; Act 2, Scene 2)