Dr Jeniffer Pinder is the third generation in a family of established dentists. Now retired, she has led a renowned and admired career.
She qualified from Sheffield University in 1971 and decided against working at her father’s practice in Doncaster. Instead, she began her career in London at an NHS practice where she obtained comprehensive hand-on experience.
After this, Dr Pinder worked in a vibrant and busy practice in the City of London. After four years of being fully qualified, Jenny met her Canadian husband and moved to Canada to pursue an internship in Toronto.
On returning to England, she decided to commit to earning her Membership in General Dental Surgery (MDGS). She would be one of the first to gain an MGDS, causing Dr Pinder’s career to skyrocket.
Dr Jenny remained in the City of London as an associate for a while. In 1988, she set up her practice in Clerkenwell, where she took on and mentored four vocational trainees.
During a successful 15 years with her practice, Jenny became chairwoman of the General Data Protection Act (GDPA) and was voted onto the General Dental Council in 1984.
One of Dr Pinder’s most remarkable achievements was founding Women in Dentistry.
The group was brought together with passionate female dental activists to get more women on dental committees to improve Maternity Pay for female dentists in the NHS general dental services.
In 1996, Dr Jenny gained a Psychology degree to understand nervous patients better and develop techniques to calm them during dental treatments.
She has since been an advisor for Dental Phobia for her expert methods and recognises the importance of having a calm patient before undergoing any treatments.
At the age of 55, Dr Pinder gave up her practice in Clerkenwell and became an associate for BUPA. Both her peers and patients still acknowledge and admire Jenny’s skills and advanced understanding in dealing with anxious patients.
Throughout her life, Dr Jenny Pinder has remoulded the way dentists are taught, how they are trained, and how they’re encouraged to view anxious patients. She was part of the driving force behind the implementation of Behavioural Sciences studies becoming mandatory in the undergraduate dental curriculum.
As well as being Vice Dean of the Faculty of GDPS, she also chaired the Dental Auxiliaries Review Group, which led to Dental Care Workers becoming a registered status through a passed GDP legislation.
She is an exceptional role model for young aspiring dentists, particularly women in dentistry. She continues to share her knowledge with the world through mentoring schemes and podcast appearances..
Now Dr Pinder has retired, she leaves the industry with a remarkable repertoire of achievements and an impressive career spanning 46 years. Dr Jennifer has improved the lives of fellow dentists and patients alike all over the world.