Janine Thomas qualified with honours from Bristol Dental School in December 1983. After a brief spell in private practice in her home town of Maidenhead she joined the Community Dental Service (CDS) in Swansea in May 1984. Her primary aim for joining the CDS at the time was to access Vocational Training (which at that time was only available within the CDS) but she quickly developed a keen interest in Community Dentistry and never returned to her former job.
Janine has always had a particular interest in Health Promotion and Special Care Dentistry. She also developed a keen interest in research and gained her PhD from the University of Wales in 1999 having completed this as an external student whilst continuing to work full time. Undertaking the PhD gave Janine a much broader insight into the academic field and how it linked with clinical practice and greatly improved her skills at critically evaluating scientific papers.
During her time working in the Swansea area she has participated in providing dental care for many vulnerable groups including working in a specialist head injury centre as well as working extensively on mobile dental units in both mainstream and special needs schools.
Janine is now heavily involved in epidemiological work for ABMU and also provides the dental input into many specialist multidisciplinary clinics including gastrostomy, dysphagia and dementia clinics for adults with learning disabilities.
In her spare time Janine's hobbies are embroidery, walking and also working as a fence judge for British Eventing. On weekends between March and October she can usually be found in a muddy field somewhere in Wales or the South of England working in all weathers judging around 300 horses a day – a real contrast to dentistry.