Esme Jardine, born in Dumfries, graduated from Dundee University in 1991 and started her career as a VDP (vocational dental practitioner) in Dundee and St. Andrews. She then went on to work as an associate in her VT practice.
The onset of a severe latex allergy meant she was forced to re-think her career options.
In 1997, at the young age of 27, she took a bold move and purchased a single surgery practice as the only way of ensuring she could work in a latex free environment.
Her new practice was in Leven, a small seaside town in Fife. Positioned on the promenade, on one floor of a Victorian building, the practice had wonderful views along the sea front. Here, Esme built up a large patient list from the town and surrounding area.
However, after twelve years, her success, and the need to incorporate a decontamination room, meant Esme was forced to look for new premises.
In 2009, whilst on a trip to the local Post Office Parcel Office, she noticed a single storey unit up for lease. Half of the building had already been developed and, on viewing, Esme could see how it could be easily converted into a staff room, toilets, an office, waiting room and decontamination room.
The remaining half required conversion and would be the perfect space for four surgeries. Confident these were the ideal premises for her business to grow, Esme was spurred into action. In an eventual three months, she agreed the lease, obtained planning permission for the building's change of use, refurbished the building and completed the conversion.
By September 2009, Banbeath Dental Practice was open for business.