“Abby is a dentist based in Ireland who turned looking good at work into a family business. Abby with her husband Daniel sell and distribute uniforms throughout the UK through their company, Happythreads UK.”
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER, OR DID IT CHOOSE YOU?
I was a teenager. I smashed my front teeth (I fell off a chair playing the trumpet – what was I thinking??). I thought my life was over & that I would have no front teeth for the rest of my life, which is about as bad as it gets when you are 14. The dentist was just so calm and he fixed my teeth without any fuss. My life was back on.
I knew then that I wanted to be that professional that could help people and restore smiles. Once I became a dentist, it was clear that the happiest bits of my day were when kids came in – they are just so pure & special and much more fragrant than grown ups!!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR CAREER? WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE AT WORK?
Honestly, our days are non-stop smiling – I have an amazing team & we are totally dedicated to making each contact that our little patients have during their visit a positive one.
I laugh at the hilarious stories the kids tell me – mostly embarrassing their parents. I smile when someone completes a treatment despite their anxiety – you just feel so proud you could burst!!
IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO YOUNG WOMEN PURSUING THEIR CAREER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It’s hard to answer that without sounding cliched!! I would say that women are riddled with self-doubt & are too easily intimidated. Never ever apologize for your ambition – or your fabulousness.
Be the one who is strong and confident even if you are shaking inside. But above all be kind to people, try not to judge as you do not know what is around the corner. Some of my strongest allies are people who I did not realize would be important in my future.
IF YOU WERE A CARTOON CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Definitely, I’d aspire to be Fiona in Shrek for being so true to herself & just following her heart without caring about looks or status.
Honestly though, I think I’m more like Dory [from Finding Nemo], the way my memory is after having 3 babies!!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITEM FROM koi?
I love all the koi Lite items – especially my Serenity/Peace suits. When I wear them everyone says I look really fit as they really convey such a sporty vibe.
I also love that they are ready to wear straight out of the dryer – perfect for the busy working mum.
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BONUS! See Abby talk about koi in the Happythreads video below!
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