Out of office – Claire Frisby on moving to the Canary Islands

Claire Frisby discusses what it's been like living in the Canary Islands and her love for walkingClaire Frisby discusses what it’s been like living in the Canary Islands and her love for walking.

Please introduce yourself

Born in Kent. Living in the Canary Islands since September 2020, with my husband.

I went into dentistry in the early 90s starting with dental nursing. Gaining lots of experience, qualifications and certificates over the years. I started early in the implant field back in the mid 90s.

There’s not much I haven’t seen in implant surgery. I trained in radiography, DHE, sedation, clinical photos, suture removal, plasma, phlebotomy, CT scanning. Most recently I have assisted in IVNT, facial aesthetics and PRP in the joints. I assisted with periodontists, orthodontists and endodontists but always came back to implants.

I got involved with marketing and social media in my last practice where I still lead their social media. I worked there for nearly 10 years and am still very much involved with them, albeit remotely.

Most recently I have become an associate assessor with NCFE, helping to write a dental nursing diploma.

It’s all very exciting.

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

I love walking. I am lucky enough to be in a sunny climate now so there is so much to explore.

I have always had an interest in photography. I was always the one known for taking the photos at events or if we were out and about.

I have always been quite arty and have recently started watercolour painting again. I’m also starting to learn Spanish.

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

Yes, I love food!

I actually love looking around the supermarket, especially when abroad. I make smoothies every day so I know I’m having my five a day and getting the antioxidants I need.

Everything in moderation. I love to try all foods now. When I was younger I was fussy. Now, if I know you can cook I would like to try it!

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

Not really into sport but I have always been sporty, if that makes sense?

I used to go to the gym before work and have always been active. When I was younger I was in a badminton team and did all the sports at school in preference to any other lessons (except art).

Now I complete 5k runs and walking.

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

Netflix, Prime or Apple TV, any will do. It’s great to get into a good series! I love to watch a film. I must admit I love a good horror!

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

No real hobbies, holidays were probably my hobby. We would make sure I went away whenever we could, but now it feels like a very long holiday being here, with so much to explore.

Why is it important to have hobbies away from your profession?

For me I had to have an escape, whether it was binging on a boxset or going on holiday.

I think in the dentistry world we could easily work 24 hours a day and still not complete everything. When I was in practice I would still be working at home in the evenings and always thinking about what I needed to do the next day.

I have always been someone who would take on new challenges so I would always get involved in new projects wherever I could (which obviously meant more work).

When I first moved here I needed a big rest to evolve again and now I’m back, firing on all cylinders!

You must have time to take a step back, reflect and recharge!

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