Find out who topped the polls in the first Dentistry Scotland’s Top 10.

Over the last couple of months, readers of Dentistry Scotland magazine and www.dentistryscotland.co.uk have been voting for their most influential person in Scottish dentistry over the past year.

This is the readers’ chance to have their say on who they believe has been influencing Scottish dentistry and give them the recognition they deserve.

Despite this being the first year we have launched this poll, it has had a tremendous response from readers, with hundreds of votes being cast over the last few months.

On the following pages, you can see who you voted in your top 10 countdown and find out who came in first.

10. Shona Robison

Shona was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a social sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a postgraduate certificate in community rducation.

Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council’s social work department.

Shona was MSP for the north east from 1999 to 2003 and elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. Latterly, she was Shadow Minster for health and social justice and a member of the Parliament’s Health Committee before being appointed Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government after the May 2007 election.

She was re-elected in May 2011 and appointed Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, and was made Cabinet Secretary for Health in November 2014.

9. Elaine Halley

Elaine graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992. She is a past president and accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a fellow of the International College of Dentists.

She has a masters of science degree in restorative and aesthetic dentistry from the University of Manchester. She is a Digital Smile Design UK instructor and a clinical opinion leader for Ivoclar Vivadent and Optident.

She has authored articles and lectured on clinical dentistry, treatment planning  and the business of dentistry and is a judge for the Dentistry Scotland Awards.

Elaine has private practices, Cherrybank Dental Spa in Perth and Edinburgh.

8. Frederico Do Rego

Frederico graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1992, at the age of 32 having done engineering amongst other things before finally finding his true vocation.

A final year restorative prize and winning the Glasgow innovative prize were early achievements.

Frederico opened up the Oaktree brand in 2003 and quickly established three thriving squats before finally selling two in 2014.

Frederico is at present developing the private arm of Oaktree. As with all previous projects this will be a squat, but one that will have strong foundations. The new practice will compete with the best and Frederico hopes to show this at future awards shows.

7. Margie Taylor

Margie Taylor graduated in dentistry in 1978 from Edinburgh University where she later returned to study community medicine.

In 1996, she completed an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. She is a fellow in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

Margie was appointed chief dental officer for Scotland in May 2007 having held posts previously in three health boards in the central belt of Scotland.

She has played a pivotal role in delivering the hugely successful Childsmile campaign in Scotland and it is thanks to her work that tooth decay in children has been on the decline since 2004.

More recently she received a CBE from the Queen for her services to dentistry in Scotland and the Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Dentistry award at the Dentistry Scotland Awards.

6. Jeremy Bagg

Jeremy Bagg is professor of clinical microbiology and has been head of Glasgow Dental School since January 2005. He also holds the position of deputy head of the School of Medicine.

Professor Bagg qualified BDS (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in 1979. Following appointment to a Leckie-Mactier research fellowship in the Department of Bacteriology at Edinburgh University Medical School, he was awarded a PhD in 1982 on the basis of research into bacterial adhesion mechanisms.

From 1983 to 1991 he was lecturer in oral medicine and oral pathology at Cardiff Dental School, during which time he gained the FDS diploma and completed higher training in oral microbiology, leading to him being awarded the MRCPath in 1987. In 1991, he moved to the University of Glasgow as lecturer in oral microbiology and was awarded a personal professorship in clinical microbiology in 1999.

In 2004, Professor Bagg was awarded the fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health for his contribution to public health microbiology.

5. Philip Friel

Philip graduated from Glasgow University with degrees in anatomy (1998) and dental surgery (2000).

In November, 2010, after working in a number of private practices, Philip opened his own clinic, Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry, in the west end of Glasgow, heading up an 18-strong team.

Philip concentrates on restorative and cosmetic dentistry with particular focus on dental implants, including bone grafting, immediate dental implant placement and loading together with soft tissue surgery.

As a referral clinic, Philip and his clinical team work with and mentor a number of dentists from all over the country.

He travels extensively in his quest for knowledge of the latest implant advances and often lectures on the topic of dental implant surgery.

4. Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon studied law at Glasgow University. After graduating, Nicola took on a post as a solicitor at Drumchapel Law Centre.

However the draw of politics was never far away and in the 1992 Westminster election she stood as the SNP candidate for Glasgow and Shettleston, the youngest candidate in Scotland at the time.

Nicola’s first election victory came at the age of 29 when she was elected as a city of Glasgow MSP in 1999. She was re-elected as a Glasgow MSP in 2003. During the SNP’s time in opposition she was spokesperson for education, justice and health.

With the independence referendum looming in 2013 Nicola was handed a key role, drafting the white paper, Scotland’s Future, and becoming a leading figure in the ‘Yes’ campaign. Nicola was elected as First Minister on 19 November 2014.

3. Attiq Rahman

Visage dental practice’s clinical director, Dr Attiq Rahman, graduated in 1994 from Glasgow University and immediately entered into general dental practice.

He soon developed an interest in the emerging field of cosmetic dentistry and began a programme of further education, which continues to this day. Hundreds of hours of postgraduate training with the very best cosmetic dentists in the world together with his own techniques have ensured that his patients receive the highest standards of care.

Dr Rahman is known as a perfectionist and an excellent communicator and this is reflected in his approach to his clinical work, in which he has gained a reputation for meticulous attention to detail.

In 2007 he won ‘Smile Makeover of the Year’ at the Private Dentistry Awards. His forward-thinking approach to dentistry has for many years placed him at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry. From opening its doors in November 2005, Dr Rahman has lead Visage to unprecedented success. The clinic now boasts 20 staff and well over 11,000 clients.

2. Scot Muir

Having set his mind on being a dentist from the age of 14, Scot’s dream came true when he graduated from Glasgow Dental Hospital in 1996.

Scot furthered his career taking an interest in both cosmetic and implant dentistry. He completed a master of science degree at University of Warwick 2007 and a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 2008.

Having travelled around Europe and North America gaining skills in cosmetic dentistry, denture construction and implant dentistry, he is delighted that he can work on his patients’ smiles in one of the most advanced dental centres in the world located in the south side of Glasgow.

Scot is a clinical supervisor on the Ultimate Implant Year Course at Smiletube.tv and lectures for West of Scotland Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education.

Scot completed his sixth marathon in Istanbul in 2015 and runs for British Heart Foundation and Chilli Children Trust.

1. Arshad Ali

Arshad is clinical director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence for Dentistry. He established the custom-built Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in 2009.

He qualified with commendation at the University of Glasgow in 1978 and carried out 10 years of postgraduate training in Glasgow, Cardiff, London and Sweden. He was the first NHS consultant in restorative dentistry in Wales and was consultant in restorative dentistry in Glasgow Dental Hospital and School until 2011 when he left to focus fully on Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry and postgraduate teaching. He has been involved in implants since 1985 and has continued to develop his expertise in this area. He was a winner of The Creative Circles Award at the 40th Anniversary Nobel Biocare World Conference in Las Vegas in 2005, the Crown and Bridge and Implant Award at the Nobel Biocare World Tour Conference in London in September 2006, and the Senior Clinicians Award at the Nobel Biocare World Conference in Las Vegas in 2007.

He has given over 300 lectures and courses in the UK, Europe, North America, Hawaii and the Far East. He is currently providing lectures and hands-on courses in crowns, bridges and implants. He was also an examiner in dental surgery for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He has served on the Specialist Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons and has been a council member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He was the president of the British Dental Association West of Scotland branch for the year 2014-15 and is the president elect of the Glasgow Odontological Society for the year 2016-17. He has published numerous papers in the dental literature. Mr Ali was a visiting professor to the Department of Health and Medical Services in Dubai and will be delivering postgraduate education for the dental division of Emirates Airlines.

Outside of work, Mr Ali is an avid golfer. He also enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren and driving nice cars.