of the Trust’s dental patients has been inspired to work in the sector after
being treated at Rotherham Hospital.
Underwood, known as Spike, has been a long-standing dental patient at the Trust
and has recently been accepted onto a university programme to train future
mother, Wendy Underwood, got in touch with Joanne Birdsall, Consultant at the
Trust, to tell her about his decision to go into dentistry and said it was due
to the amazing treatment and service Michael received as a patient in
sent a message to Joanne to thank her for her help with 17-year-old Michael
over the years. She wrote: “Just want to thank you for everything you did for
Spike. You’ve helped him in his career choice too. He wants to go down the
Swinton Academy student, from Mexborough, has been accepted on to the
University of Sheffield’s Discover Dental Professions outreach programme.
their social media account, Swinton Academy wrote: “We are so very proud of our
Y12 student Michael Underwood who has been accepted on to the University of
Sheffield’s Discover Dental Professions outreach programme.”
said she was flattered that the Trust had influenced Michael’s decision.
added: “I first met Spike in 2013 when he was nine years old, he was
a lovely young man who hadn’t grown his front teeth. He was probably one of my
trickiest patients as his front teeth were very reluctant to erupt. He did
amazingly as he started off very wary and nervous about the treatment.
“We watched him grow into a very
intelligent and sensible young man as we aligned his recalcitrant front teeth
and then completed alignment of all of the rest of his teeth in 2018. I am
really proud to have known Spike and am very flattered that we influenced his
career choice as well. He has an amazing smile that he very much deserves after
persevering with his treatment.”