11 YEARS OF PRACTICE
The choice of a career pathway in dentistry was an obvious one for
Farzana. She grew up in a family of healthcare workers and decided that
she wanted to devote her life to healthcare when she was studying at
primary school. Dentistry attracted her attention because of its
amalgamation of art and science.
After high school, Farzana applied to the dental faculty of Moscow State
University of Medicine and Dentistry and graduated with distinction in 2007.
After that, she did two years of clinical residency in general dentistry at the
same university. After working as a general dentist for three years, she was
encouraged by her manager to study paediatric dentistry as Farzana was
very gentle and patient with her little clients. Farzana completed her
retraining in paediatric dentistry in 2013 and worked as a paediatric dentist
before coming to New Zealand in 2017.
In 2020, Farzana completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health
with distinction and joined the Marina Dentists team as an oral health
therapist. She regularly attends dental courses as she is committed to
continuous education. Apart from caring for her patients in the clinic,
Farzana also devotes her time to teaching oral health students at Auckland
University of Technology. Farzana has also been involved in scientific
research, and she is currently working towards a proposal for a
postgraduate research study. You can read her publications, as well as an
editorial article, discussing the impact of the research she has been
involved in, here:
Davis, P. (2022) PHARMAC decision-making on new medicines. A case
study. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(1), 4–5.
Sarkisova, F., Lessing, C., & Stretton, C. (2022). Decision-making on listing
new medicines for public funding in New Zealand: The case of 'new' type 2
diabetes medications. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(1), 13–20.
Sarkisova, F., & Morse, Z. (2021). Oral irrigation devices: A scoping review
Throughout her journey in the dental field, Farzana received a number of
awards. Her perfectionism in academic studies has been transferred to her
practice, as she tries to do her job to the maximal satisfaction of each
client. “I am taking pride in what I do. The best reward for me is to see
happy clients and positive outcomes of my work”.
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