BALLASALLA practice Abbey Dental's Amanda Wood is officially the best dental care professional in Britain.
Miss Wood won the accolade of Outstanding Individual of the Year for the best dental care professional at the Private Dentistry Awards, held in London on November 6.
She faced tough competition from practice managers, dental nurses and hygienists from across Great Britain.
'Amanda is certainly a linch-pin of our dental team and punches well above her weight,' said dentist Mark Hepworth.
'She is always preparing the surgeries and attending to patients' needs. It is amazing how she finds time to train and assist the other dental nurses and still has time for charity work.'
At the awards, the practice was also shortlisted in the category for Best New Dental Practice in Great Britain.
They were up against some of the top dental establishments in Britain.
The practice was also shortlisted in the customer service category of the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, held in November.
This has been a very good year for the young practice — opened in January 2009 — and Abbey was also shortlisted for the best practice design category of the British Dental Awards in April.
Mark said: 'This is the fourth major award that we have been shortlisted for this year and winning it is certainly the icing on the cake, sugar-free of course!'
Practice manager Tracie Hepworth thanked all the practice's patients 'for their unfailing support and glowing testimonials'.