Out of office – Jessica Scott on playing the piano and her love of sport

Piano out of officeJessica Scott explains her love for sport, particularly swimming, and how she gets creative singing/songwriting and playing the piano.

Please introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Jessica. I work as a general dentist in the beautiful market town Sherborne, Dorset.

I graduated as a dentist in 2014 from the University of Bristol. After my DFT year, I completed a DCT hospital year in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

I then moved into general practice as an associate dentist. Since then I have spent my time working in fully private practices and NHS/private practices. As well as gaining a few post graduate qualifications including the MFDS, and PG Certificates.

I have just finished a course which leads to a PG diploma in prosthodontics.

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

I am a bit of a gym fanatic! And I love any kind of exercise and being outside in the fresh countryside air! Throughout lockdown, doing HIIT workouts in a field was a great alternative to the gym.

I like to exercise my creativity through making music and art. I enjoy singing/songwriting and playing the piano.

Recently I have been busy making lots of Christmas decorations and cards.

My husband and I are involved a lot with our local church; since lockdown began we have helped host the online Sunday services. These are a great hit on Youtube!

Are you a foodie? Why and what particular food do you go for?

If I’m honest, not really!

I like to think of food as fuel, and anything homemade from scratch is the best. I’d always choose something green and healthy looking when going out for a meal.

Are you into any sport? If so what sport and why did you get into it in the first place?

I love sport; I’m rather competitive and would jump at the chance of playing any sport or exercise.

Swimming is my favourite! I was part of swimming clubs when I was younger, and my Saturday job as a teenager was teaching swimming. I was also on the water polo team for a bit at university.

Currently I play netball in the north Dorset league (COVID restrictions permitting), which I really enjoy. I’m a fiesty goal defence.

What type of television/movies do you like – any guilty pleasures?

Guilty pleasures include the medical series – Grey’s Anatomy, House, Scrubs – mostly unrealistic, but quite entertaining!

It really depends on my mood whether I fancy an emotional rom com, an action-packed thriller, or a light hearted comedy.

One thing’s for sure though, I am very likely to laugh hysterically at slapstick comedy. Not entirely sure why!

Do you like to travel and do your hobbies take you anywhere in particular?

I enjoy long distance running and have completed seven full marathons so far. All in the UK, but maybe in the future I’ll do a race abroad.

I love visiting different countries, especially those with lots of history to learn about and where I can immerse myself in the culture.

I loved travelling in south east Asia, and have visited Australia, Singapore, America and various European cities.

Why is it important to have hobbies away from dentistry?

I have always had lots of hobbies, most of them I started when I was very young. So those things have always been part of my life. They help make me who I am.

Dentistry and studying took over most of my life at university. But since then I have found a much healthier work-life balance.

It helps to do these ‘extracurricular activities’ so I don’t lose myself in teeth!

Anything else you’d like to add.

If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d like to imagine myself as a film music composer, for costume dramas. I could play the piano all day long, improvising new music!

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