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If there’s one thing I took away from this episode with Dr Aovana Timmerman, it is that dentistry is a marathon not a sprint. It takes discipline, persistence and a consistent pace to maintain motivation and prevent burnout.
In this episode, we talk to Dr Aovana about what it is that drives her passion for continuous learning and growth in dentistry, and the parallels our profession has with physical activity. We reflect on her journey as a general dentist for 10 years, before undergoing endodontic specialist training, research and why she’s now chosen to undertake a PhD.
Dr Aovana is a fantastic role model and really instills confidence in young dentists that there is so much potential for us to do great things – we just have to chase it!
Dr Aovana Timmerman
Aovana graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and after completing her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in 2010, she continued with her specialist training obtaining a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics. Aovana was awarded the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching in 2019, then conferred Membership in Specialist Dental Practice discipline of Endodontics in 2021. She has been actively involved in endodontic education since 2011 and currently examines DDS students at Melbourne Dental School as well as dentists in the Membership (GDP) program for RACDS and Australian Dental Council. Aovana also works part-time in private practice at Collins Street Specialist Centre while pursuing her PhD in Endodontic Education at the University of Melbourne and has published research in both local and international peer-reviewed journals.
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