A chance meeting while studying architecture has lead Thirroul’s newest dentist to the Northern Illawarra.
Dr Andrew Beaven took the long way around, before arriving at his new job at Miriam Groves Dental in King Street.
Born in Kenya and educated in the New England region of New South wales, Andrew was working part-time at an aged care facility when he became friends with a retired dentist. The elderly gentleman was eager to share the joys of the job with his young carer. As Andrew finished his architecture degree and began work at a prestigious city practice, he found it hard to shake the old man’s words, so, he bravely made a career U-turn, returned to university, and began his study of dentistry.
“It’s the people I love the most,” says Andrew. “I really enjoyed working as an architect, but I missed the human connection.
“I love being able to help in some small way, which can actually be quite a big way to the individual.”
Miriam says it’s fantastic to have Andrew join her three days a week. “We have been looking for a another dentist for a while to help meet the needs of our growing practice, and when I met Andrew I knew I’d found someone with a lovely nature who’s also passionate about delivering the highest standard of treatment. He is the perfect fit!”
“Our patients are important to us and our focus is their individual needs. We offer friendly, professional service and will now be able to offer more appointments to better service this wonderful community.”
Andrew says he’s really looking forward to settling in alongside Miriam, and getting to know his patients. “People coming to the dentist can have fears or concerns,” he says. “They can be anxious or in pain. I want them to know they are in safe hands and I am taking care of things. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be helpful.”
And when he’s not in the surgery, Andrew says he appreciates the simple things. “I love coffee and wine,” he laughs. “But I also love a heap of random little things:- the beach, a game of soccer, listening to a good podcast and spending time with wife Ellie, exploring all the Northern Illawarra has to offer.”
To make a booking with Andrew, call Miriam Groves Dentist on 4267 1118