Rachel graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2004 with a degree in Medical Illustration and worked within the city’s hospitals before returning to the Highlands of Scotland to start a family.
Continuously seeking to develop her artistic skills, coupled with her love of science and anatomy, Rachel decided to pursue a career in clinical dentistry, applying for a degree course in Clinical Dental Therapy at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). She qualified in 2013 with Distinction and worked as a dental therapist in the Highlands before becoming a tutor, teaching on the very course she qualified on. Using her skills as a Medical Illustrator Rachel successfully developed and improved teaching material within the School, whilst delivering postgraduate training courses in clinical photography for qualified dental professionals.
During this period, Rachel’s passion for restorative dentistry was ignited. Deciding to become a Dental Surgeon, she was accepted into the Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry in 2017 where she began her BDS training. Despite the demands of a family and working life, she spends any free time that she can muster, using her access to the hospital environments to seek out subjects that she can then expose through various mediums, to produce artwork. Aiming to explain, define and explore the many facets of medicine and dental science. She can often be seen, sitting quietly with a sketchbook in her hand.