A proud dentist is celebrating after scooping the accolade of Young Dentist of the Year in praise of his work at a Kenilworth practice.
Jesal Pankhania beat 17 other finalists to take home the award of best in the west division at The Dentistry Awards ceremony in Leicester this year.
The 33-year-old works at the Kenilworth Dental Practice and said as well as being praised for his dental work, the industry judges were impressed with his input in the community.
“It is a very presitgous award and I can’t quite believe I won,” he said.
“Judges looked at so much, from cutting edge clinical work to my spare time and the work I do at Coventry University.
“The team is all behind me, they were the loudest on the night and it was great to know they were all supporting me.
“It is really great to have been given this, and an honour after all I have worked for.”
The father-of-two teaches meditation and yoga classes at Coventry University, as well as holding philosophical debates for students - something he did during his own time at university.
Jesal, who trained at Birmingham University before completing a diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons and specialist training, was nominated by his practice and he then had to submit a portfolio of clinical cases, patient testimonials and details of his work in the community, which were all judged.
The dentist lives with his wife and children in Coventry, where he was born and raised.
Last year, the clinic was named as best team the awards in what he said was a great boost for the whole team and the hard work they put in.