Dr. Heather Totten was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She studied at Bristol University in the South West of England and obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in December of 1982. She worked in general practice in England and in Northern Ireland, where she held a part-time post in Queens University Dental School, teaching final year students.
In 1987, Dr. Heather moved to the Middle East. During a two-year posting at Tawam hospital in Al Ain she honed her oral surgery skills, treating mainly emergency patients in the walk-in outpatient department. However, she began to miss the variety of general dentistry and moved to Dubai in 1989, initially working with Dr. Peter Smith. She continued to enjoy her career in various prestigious clinics in the rapidly developing city. In 2015 she helped to found Park Avenue Dental Clinic, where she was Medical Director and in November 2019 she joined Dr. David Roze Wellness Clinics.
Dr. Heather enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, especially the challenges involved in treating nervous patients of all ages. She regularly attends courses to keep up to date with the latest trends and ideas. She strongly believes in ethical dentistry. She was one of the first dentists in the UAE to be registered as an Inman Aligner provider and has since qualified in Clear Smile systems. She is a staunch advocate of non-invasive cosmetic dentistry and the ABB ‘align, bleach and Bond’ ethos. She is registered in the UK with the GDC.
Dr. Heather is a mum to boy and girl twins, born in Belfast in 1996. In her spare time she plays golf, she is an avid fan of Rory McIlroy and follows Ulster and Ireland rugby teams. Her other great passion is music of various genres including, but not restricted to, jazz, soul, classical and house. Had she not trained as a dentist, she would have liked to be a DJ.