Dentistry Bit Early for Tim; Echo 2 Diet Diary Son's Decision to Study the Family Business Came Straight out of His Mouth, Says Dad

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Dentistry Bit Early for Tim; Echo 2 Diet Diary Son's Decision to Study the Family Business Came Straight out of His Mouth, Says Dad


Byline: GREG TINDLE

AS a young lad Tim Phillipswas always good with his hands, making models and then executing the intricate painting to bring them to life.

This attention to detail certainly impressed parents Robert and Sheila, but little did they know this craftwork was to lay the foundation for the boy's career.

At school Tim was also good at the sciences, another interest that was to serve him well, and at such a young age he appeared to have made his mind up what he wanted to do.

"He just announced: 'I think I'll be a dentist'," said dad Robert.

And nearly 20 years later that's exactly what Tim has become, making it a family affair, working side by side with his dentist mum and dad who run three practices in the Cardiff area.

Tim was by no means forced or cajoled into the dental chair, or even influenced by his parents with their daily chatter about their work. He said: "It just seemed the right thing to do."

The Phillips family now act as one, serving thousands of patients in the city and have just opened up a pounds 200,000 extended surgery providing the latest hi-tech dental care.

All this was light years away when Robert and Sheila both graduated from the Cardiff Dental School in 1974. The couple met as dental students, fell in love as undergraduates and then married within six weeks of qualifying.

After a short stint in Merthyr, the couple returned to Cardiff and opened their first surgery in Cowbridge Road West, Ely, a surgery that's as busy as ever today, 31 years later.

Sheila was soon bringing up a family with eldest son Jonathan, born just after the move, followed a year later by Tim. Jonathan, now 28, has qualified as a surgeon working in Nottingham and Tim, 27, has followed in the family footsteps. Sheila continued to work part-time, juggling home life with sessions in the surgery.

Reflecting on his decision to take up dentistry Tim said: "I think this is best move I've ever made and after qualifying I worked as an apprentice under my father and learned so much from him.

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