Rachel graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2004 with a degree in Medical Illustration and worked within the city’s hospitals before returning to the Highlands of Scotland to start a family. 

Continuously seeking to develop her artistic skills, coupled with her love of science and anatomy, Rachel decided to pursue a career in clinical dentistry, applying for a degree course in Clinical Dental Therapy at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  She qualified in 2013 with Distinction and worked as a dental therapist in the Highlands before becoming a tutor, teaching on the very course she qualified on. Using her skills as a Medical Illustrator Rachel successfully developed and improved teaching material within the School, whilst delivering postgraduate training courses in clinical photography for qualified dental professionals. 

During this period, Rachel’s passion for restorative dentistry was ignited.  Deciding to become a Dental Surgeon, she was accepted into the Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry in 2017 where she began her BDS training.  Despite the demands of a family and working life, she spends any free time that she can muster, using her access to the hospital environments to seek out subjects that she can then expose through various mediums, to produce artwork. Aiming to explain, define and explore the many facets of medicine and dental science.  She can often be seen, sitting quietly with a sketchbook in her hand. 


“Studying dentistry is an artist’s dream, to connect with knowledge in this way drives me to produce artwork, It’s the way I learn - it is education. I am inspired by many gifted clinicians, my patients, my education and my family.  Never becoming complacent, because that’s the moment you switch off and stop absorbing.  I believe that the biggest failure you can make in this profession, is not taking every opportunity to grow and develop"

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2001 - 2004

Glasgow Caledonian University

BSc Medical Illustration

2010 - 2013

University of the Highlands and Islands

BSc Dental Therapy

2017 - Present

Aberdeen Dental Institute

Bachelor of Dental Surgery


2020 - Present

University of the Highlands and Islands

PgCert Teaching & Learning in Tertiary & Higher Education


2014 - 2016

University of the Highlands and Islands

Clinical Teaching Internship



British Dental Journal

Interview feature

April 2020

International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cover Image - 'Majestic Structures'

November 2019 Edition



Dental Update Cover Artwork

Dec 2020 Edition

International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cover image - 'Crown'

Vol 9 Spring 2021

Scottish Dental Magazine

The Art of Dentistry; a search for identity

February 2020

British Dental Journal Cover Series
Vol 229

British Dental Journal Teams Magazine

Teaching - A career that complements day to day practice

November 2020

British Dental Journal
Cover Series Introduction

July 2021