Dental hygienist and therapist dies

A dental hygienist and therapist has lost her fight against a rare lymphoma (12 August 2012), writes therapist Amanda Gallie.

Kirsty Sandom had a passion for excellence dentistry and was a dedicated dental therapist and hygienist and an accomplished artist.

She trained as a therapist in 1997 through a grant from the North Wales Community Dental Service and qualified in 1998. She completed the Dental Hygiene conversion and qualified in the year 2000 at Cardiff University Dental school.

Kirsty worked in the community service in North Wales and moved to Nottingham  for love in 2002. She worked at Jonathan Zif’s implant practice in Oadby, Leicester, right up until her illness made it impossible to do so and job shared with myself at the Oasis Dental Hygiene unit in West Bridgford in Nottingham for nearly a decade.

She was hugely responsible for the first conversion to private hygiene provision in the Oasis corporate, and worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition. Kirsty worked hard to change the politic and the system, she campaigned hard for nursing assistance to achieve excellence. Without her tireless enthusiasm this big sea change would not have happened.

Kirsty won an accolade for professionalism and note taking and was an excellent clinician.

Her biggest achievement and legacy is her son Harry. Kirsty brought him up in Nottingham with her partner Nick. She was an amazing mother and never tired in giving Harry every bit of positivity and energy she had right, up until the later stages of her illness.

My heart goes out to Nick and Harry, her sister Fiona and the rest of her family at this time, whom have worked tirelessly over the last two years in supporting Kirsty through her illness. I dedicate these words to the memory of an amazing women and a dear, dear friend who will be missed dreadfully.

There is a Just Giving page for donations to Lymphoma research. Last year £3,850 was raised on Kirsty’s behalf. Please donate if you wish to do so.

Kirsty Sandom RDT RDH (U. Cardiff) 1972-2012

By Amanda Gallie RDH RDT



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