Testimonial for Dentist of the Year
Raj Wadhwani - Clinical Director of Antwerp House Dentistry
“I met Dr Fahd Saleh approximately 8 years ago while examining him for his Diploma in Restorative
Dentistry. I recall him being one of the outstanding students who sailed through his exams and impressed
me and my co-examiner.
I was only too delighted when he subsequently applied to my practice to be one of our associates. During
this time, he worked in mixed practice and pursued Specialist Training in Periodontology. Myself and Fahd
hit it off straight away as I had developed an evidence based periodontal care pathway which I wanted
all practitioners to follow. Of-course Fahd understood this straight away, and he wanted to take this care
pathway to the next level.
Fahd wanted to push the frontiers of periodontology within Antwerp Dental Group. We organised for Fahd to
host a perio and hygienist journal club in our practice lecture room. For a whole year , Fahd hosted monthly
meetings and undertook to train all our hygienists in all aspects of perio. He soon acquired a reputation for
being an excellent public speaker with clarity of speech and fortitude.
Fahd also undertook to train our associates on periodontal diagnosis, and risk assessment. This has worked
so well that several hygienists only want Fahd to undertake perio referral work.
During this practice development the practice moved from a WTE of 3 hygienists to WTE of 7 hygienists
over a 2 year period. I am convinced that much of this growth was due to mine and Fahd’s collaboration, but
only Fahd’s energy !!
This was mammoth growth in perio, which resulted in generally far greater amounts of routine private
restorative care. Fahd subsequently limited his work to private periodontal work between all of the practices
of Antwerp Dental Group and a few others.
It was only after 2 years of working together when I realised that Fahd was working between 7 practices and
was not a driver ! So he traveled by bus from one practice to another. I must pay him very poorly ! Our dear
Fahd is now developing a raft of webinars which is to be posted on our website and organised into a verified
competency in Periodontics.
Fahd seems to be immune to sadness, and he always presents with the biggest smile. Every nurse wants to
work with him and he leads us all with constant thankfulness, sentiment and profound professionalism.
Fahd, I want to endorse you as dentist of the year as you have added so much to patient’s lives and our
understanding of Perio. You are the bastion of Periodontics ! “