Hilary Browne

Dental Hygienist (South Africa)

Languages Spoken: English and Afrikaans

Hilary Browne graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, in 2002, earning the Oral Hygienist Association of South Africa's (OHASA) award for most outstanding Dental Hygiene student, achieving top honours in Pathology. Additionally, being awarded the Golden Key International Award for being one of the top 15 per cent of students in the Health Sciences Faculty across 17 international universities.

While working in clinical practice, Hilary was offered the opportunity to work in Dubai in 2006, where she has remained to date. In 2015, she became actively involved in the Emirates Dental Hygienists' Club and took over the role of president in August 2018. The Club has received international accolades for its contribution to Dental Hygiene.

Hilary is a certified biological hygienist and nutritional coach and has a keen interest in functional medicine, herbology and acupuncture.

Besides having several articles published, Hilary has just had her first book published. She and a fellow dental hygienist also have a dental hygiene training academy for holistic therapies.

Her philosophy is to share the fundamentals of basic healthcare with her patients that promote optimal oral and systemic health.

Member of Emirates Dental Hygienists' Club

Hilary has a lively persona and loves interacting with patients. She is happiest when she sees patients who are inspired to take control of their own health.

Her vision for the future of dental hygiene is to unite all medical and dental professionals with the common goal of healing the human body. To provide modern and pain-free treatments to her patients, as well as use technology like DNA testing as a standard to better understand oral health.

Most of her spare time is spent in dental-related activities. Outside of that, she enjoys reading, cycling, hiking and relishes boxing.

All hygienists advise patients with the basics: brush twice a day, floss and have regular check-ups. Her advice to patients is to build trust with their dental professionals. She considers each and every patient to be unique. Hilary is of the opinion that “together we can explore the best options to achieve excellent oral health." Dental care for her involves more than just the standard dialogue of brush, floss and teeth cleaning. Other factors like nutrition, gut health and overall health are just as important in influencing optimal oral health.