Meet the Team

John Burke
John BurkeB.D.S
Dr. John Burke is a native of Tuam. He completed his Second level education at. St Patricks College, graduating in 1994. John attended University College Cork where he received his primary degree in 1999. Upon Graduation John moved to the UK where he worked for 3 years, before returning to work initially as an associate dentist in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Together with his wife Catherine he opened Abbeytrinity dental practice in 2004.

Since graduation John has continually enhanced his skills and knowledge by regularly attending postgraduate educational courses and through continued investment in technology and equipment at the practice. John has a special interest in CAD-CAM technology (computer aided design computer aided manufacture) and in dental implant placement and restoration. John completed a year long General Implant Forum and Teaching foundation(G.I.F.T.) course in 2005 and has been placing and restoring implants ever since. He was awarded a postgraduate certificate in the principles of implant dentist from Warwick University in 2011.

John, together with his wife Catherine and their 3 children, live in Tuam where they play an active role in the local community. He is actively involved in the local rugby and golf clubs.

Catherine Vaughan
Catherine VaughanB.D.S
Dr. Catherine Vaughan is originally from Douglas in Cork City and attended University College Cork. Catherine graduated in 2000 with a complete 1st class honours degree in all undergraduate subjects, a rare result that had not been achieved by another student in the previous 12 years. In addition to this she was awarded many prizes, some of which are: the Irish Dental Association Prize for the Best Overall Student in 2000; the O’Neill Gold Medal for First Place and Proficiency in Restorative Dentistry 2000; the Ormco A Company Prize for First Place and Excellence in Clinical Orthodontics 2000, the 1998 Dental Council of Ireland Prizes for both Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry and the Edward Gurr Prize for Dental Histology in 1997. In recognition of her skill at tooth modelling, Catherine was also awarded a coveted Pierre Fauchard Academy Undergraduate Certificate of Merit in 1998 for which she received a summer student scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, one of the best dental schools in the U.S.

Upon graduation Catherine worked in the U.K. N.H.S. for over 2 years in before returning to Ireland. She practiced in Westport, Castlebar and Ballyhaunis before establishing Abbeytrinity Dental Practice in late 2004 with her husband, John.

Catherine places great importance on Continuing Professional Development and regularly attends hands-on skills courses and dental conferences. Catherine is actively involved in the management of Abbeytrinity Dental Practice, her high levels of attention to detail ensuring the best of care for patients.

Catherine lives with her husband and 3 children in Tuam where she plays an active role in the local community.

Amita Bhagwat
Amita Bhagwat B.D.S
Dr. Amita Bhagwat is a dentist with international experience, having worked in India, the US and Ireland. She graduated from K.L.E Dental College, Karnataka University, India in 2001.

She started her career in India before relocating to the US where she worked in Orthodontic practice for a year. She subsequently moved to Ireland and has been an integral part of Abbeytrinity Dental Practice since 2007.

Amita practices all aspects of general dentistry. She takes immense pride in the quality of dental care she provides to her patients. She is well known for her gentle touch, patience and giving her patients the best possible solutions to their dental needs, with many patients returning to her over years for their regular dental care and recommending her to their family and friends.

Amita has a keen interest in Aesthetic dentistry. She keeps up to date with the recent trends and new technology in dentistry by participating in conferences, attending hands on courses and lectures.

Amita lives in Knocknacarra, Galway with her husband, son and dog where she is actively involved in the local community.

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