Meet the Team at Bristol Dental Specialists

Here at Bristol Dental Specialists our entire team is here to support you. We believe that we provide the best level of patient care when we all work together in a collaborative manner...

Meet our expert and experienced
Specialist dental team

With advanced qualifications and specific additional training, our highly skilled Specialists and dental support team have extensive expertise and experience to help you achieve your best smile...

Our Specialists are listed on the GDC Specialist Register confirming that they have the skills and expertise to know exactly which treatment will be best for your needs.

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MEET THE BRISTOL DENTAL SPECIALIST TEAM

Here at Bristol Dental Specialists our entire team is here to support you.
We believe that we provide the best level of patient care when we all work together in a collaborative manner.

Dr Darren Hills

Specialist Orthodontist and Partner

BDS(Bristol), MScD(Wales), FDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng). GDC No. 63864

"I love what I do and strongly believe everyone deserves the self-confidence that an attractive smile provides - it enhances my patients’ lives, no matter what their age."

Darren believes that everyone deserves the self-confidence that an attractive smile provides and has delivered this to thousands of patients over his 25 year career as a specialist orthodontist.

After completing his dental degree at Bristol University in 1988, Darren undertook a series of hospital posts before completing a 3 year full-time Specialist orthodontic training programme at Cardiff University in 1996. He has worked continuously in private practice since 1996 and was registered as a Specialist by the General Dental Council in 1999.

He always takes great care to understand patients to enable him to offer a choice of bespoke treatment options that deliver the desired outcome, while fitting in with often busy lives, be it at school, work or just socially. Everyone has different priorities and each treatment is unique, both in terms of its specific aims and how it is delivered.

Darren offers many types of braces to all age groups. A majority of his work however has involved invisible braces (lingual technique) with huge success over the past 20 years. He has produced fantastic outcomes whilst undertaking the most complex of treatments. For many years Darren has worked closely alongside other Specialists and Dentists to ensure his patients achieve the very best results whilst conserving natural tooth tissue where possible.

Darren and his previous practices have won multiple industry awards, including Best UK Dental Practice, a testament to the level of detail and patient care provided. He has continuously sat on local dental committees for the last 20 years, lectured nationally and internationally, and in 2012 was voted the 8th most influential private practitioner in the UK.

In addition to the provision of quality, bespoke specialist treatments, Darren strongly champions the need for great customer care and a highly skilled, motivated and integrated team and this is the ethos behind Bristol Dental Specialists, of which Darren is a founding partner.

When not at work, Darren enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. He is passionate about classic cars, architecture and is also a keen runner.

Dr Eithne Fyfe

Specialist Oral Surgeon and Partner

BDS(London), MSc(Bristol), FFD RCS(Irel), FDS RCS(Eng), PG Cert Clin Ed, FHEA GDC No. 64065

"I value being able to work in a multi-disciplinary team of specialist clinicians whose shared goal is to provide the very best patient-centred care."

Eithne enjoys being part of a specialist multi-disciplinary team, working alongside colleagues who aim to provide the very best patient-centred care.

Having graduated as a dentist from Guys hospital in 1988, Eithne embarked on her junior hospital training posts in the South West. She was awarded her Fellowship in Oral Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1992 and from the Royal College of Surgeons England in 1998. She was registered as a Specialist Oral Surgeon with the General Dental Council in 2001.

Eithne completed her MSc in Palliative Medicine at Bristol in 2008, with a research interest in quality of life for patients with oral/head and neck cancer. Her main clinical interests are the surgical management of diseases and disorders of the mouth and she routinely carries out dental extractions and minor oral surgery. Eithne also has many years of experience in the administration of Botox for therapeutic use in the management of facial pain.

Working part-time as a Consultant Oral Surgeon at Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter, she is programme lead for the recently established MSc course.  She works part-time as an Associate Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at University Hospitals Bristol, where she also teaches and examines both undergraduates and postgraduates and is a clinical supervisor for trainees in Oral Surgery.  Eithne is a founding partner of Bristol Dental Specialists and brings a wealth of hospital experience to the practice.

Eithne’s four children keep her rather busy but she likes to squeeze in some social running, cycling and dancing in her spare time.

Dr Ben Cross

Specialist Orthodontist and Partner

BDS(Wales), MScD(Wales), MFDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS (Edin). GDC No. 80759

"I love the journey patients take as I treat them. Many start lacking confidence, part way through treatment they feel more positive and by the time they finish they are beaming a radiant smile."

Ben loves the journey his patients take throughout their treatment. Many patients start out concerned about the appearance and lack self-confidence. Part way through treatment, they start to feel much more positive about making self-improvement and by the time they finish they are beaming radiantly at everyone they meet.

Qualifying as a dentist form the university of Wales in 2002, Ben spent 15 happy years as a dentist in the British Army, working in Germany, Africa, Cyprus and Gibraltar. After a year working as a Senior House Officer in the maxillofacial surgery department in Portsmouth, he was selected to undertake 3 years further Specialist training in Orthodontics and completed this in 2011, he is now registered as a Specialist with the General Dental Council.

Ben is able to offer several aesthetic Orthodontic options to both children and adults. His focus during the consultation phase and treatment is to determine a patient’s dental desires and to address each of these individually.

He has a particular interest in multi-disciplinary dental treatment of adults with worn and compromised teeth, which is why he was thrilled to become a founding partner of Bristol Dental Specialists.

He is also delighted to offer Invisalign treatments (removable clear aligners) to children as well as adults.  This is a relatively new offering in the UK and is increasing in popularity. It can work extremely well for children from 8 upwards who lack confidence due to the appearance of their mixed dentition or have lost functionality of the teeth and are unable to play an instrument, sing or perform as well as they would like.

Ben is also interested in developments in 3D imaging and completed his MSc dissertation on the accuracy of these techniques. He believes that the integration of these new technologies, can help with multi-disciplinary treatment planning, can make treatment more predictable and in some cases quicker. Setting Bristol Dental Specialists up from scratch has allowed us to integrate all of these technologies under one roof with top of the range x-ray and scanning machines.

Ben is a keen cyclist and lives a contented life with his wife and two children in the countryside near Bristol.

Dr Adrian Watts

Specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Implant surgeon and Partner

Adrian Watts BDS(London), MRD RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Eng), FDS (Rest.Dent) RCS(Eng), FFD RCS(Irel). GDC No. 63380

"Throughout my career I have endeavoured to combine my hospital commitments with private practice, allowing me to collaborate with specialist colleagues whose skills complement my own. This is the very essence of the partnership at Bristol Dental Specialists."

Adrian has worked in referral practice in Bristol since 1996, having graduated from Guy's Hospital, University of London in 1988. He commenced Consultant/Specialist training in Bristol Dental Hospital in 1995 and, in 2001, was awarded an International Team for Implantology Scholarship to spend a year studying and teaching implant dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Adrian’s broad experience and training enables him to quickly analyse a dental condition and provide complete clarity to patients when explaining their diagnosis.

Adrian returned from his scholarship year in 2003, to became principal in his own Clifton-based, Specialist referral practice in 2007. This business was sold in 2014, when Adrian began a collaboration with two other founding partners and, in so doing, planted the seed for Bristol Dental Specialists. Alongside Specialist referral practice, Adrian has been a part-time NHS Consultant at Cardiff Dental Hospital for 10 years, where he led the implant dentistry module on a Specialist training programme. From September 2019, he will work as a part-time NHS Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and at Bristol Dental Specialists. Adrian will continue to teach and mentor dentists through the educational arm of Bristol Dental Specialists, Bristol Dental Academy, which will offer a Specialist lecture programme.

Adrian is a registered specialist with the General Dental Council for Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Endodontics and Prosthodontics – a claim which can be made by very few dental surgeons in the country. This is most reassuring for referring dentists and their patients.

When not working, Adrian enjoys cycling, surfing (badly), playing football, watching rugby (sadly no longer playing) and attending theatre and comedy gigs.

Dr Bethan Lewis

Specialist Orthodontist and Partner

BDS(Bristol), MScD(Wales), MFDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS (Edin). GDC No. 74471

"I am proud to be able to give my patients a smile they have always wanted, it’s the ultimate job satisfaction."

It’s fair to say that Beth loves her job and is proud to give patients the smile they have always wanted, whilst boosting their self-confidence - it’s the ultimate job satisfaction. Her relaxed manner puts patients at ease, delivering treatments with patient care at the forefront and her attention to detail second to none. She always aims to get the best possible result achievable and is passionate about her work.

Having qualified as a dentist in Bristol in 1998 and then completing her Specialist orthodontic training in Cardiff in 2005, Beth then moved back to Bristol to work in a Specialist orthodontic practice treating both children and adults alike. With 14 years’ experience, Beth has developed her skills in all types of braces, including ‘invisible’ braces such as Incognito lingual braces (fitted on the back of the teeth), Invisalign removable aligners as well as clear ceramic fixed braces on the front of the teeth.

Beth feels it is important to spend quality time with people and for her patients not to feel rushed, whether in the clinic with her, on the phone or at reception. For Beth it is not just about the treatment the patient receives, it is about the experience you have during your journey on creating your own smile. Beth always strives to provide excellent customer service which is what Bristol Dental Specialists is all about.

When she is not busy working, Beth loves spending time with her husband and two children. She loves food and tries to keep physically fit with running and swimming or an exercise class here and there. To keep relaxed mentally she enjoys yoga and meditation.

Dr James Ban

Specialist in Restorative Dentistry

BDS(Cardiff), MSc (UClan), MFDS RCSP (Glas), FDS (Rest.Dent) RCS (Eng). GDC No. 194496

"I always endeavour to save teeth where possible and this starts first and foremost with a healthy foundation, the gums. I am passionate about Periodontics (gum treatment) and working closely with my patients to achieve optimum gum health to ensure the best possible long-term results."

James graduated from Cardiff University. After a number of junior hospital and dental practice jobs he was then appointed as a specialist registrar at Bristol Dental Hospital, where he completed a five year full-time specialist training programme in Restorative Dentistry. During this training he developed a particular interest in periodontology.

James was awarded his membership of the faculty of dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012 and was awarded his fellowship in 2018.

In 2017 James was appointed the Lead Consultant for Restorative Dentistry for CTM University Health Board and in that role he provides prosthodontic, periodontic and dental implant oral rehabilitations for patients following surgery for head and neck cancer. He also rehabilitates young patients with dental developmental anomalies.

James has benefited from dental placements in the United States of America and has published a number of scientific articles in dental journals, as well as presenting at international scientific meetings.

James main clinical interests are in the management of peri-implantitis, periodontal soft tissue surgery, guided bone regeneration, non-surgical periodontics, removable prosthodontics, minimally invasive adhesive dentistry, management of toothwear and provision of dental implant retained prosthodontics.

When not working James enjoys travelling with his wife, they have a ‘scratch map’, which they are doing their best to complete! In his ‘down’ time he can be found at his local tennis club.

Dr Rachel Tabor

Specialist Prosthodontist

Rachel Tabor BDS (Cardiff), MFDS RCS(Ed), MSc Advanced studies in Dentistry (Geneva), MPros RCS(Ed) GDC no. 114192

"I enjoy planning complex cases together with Specialist colleagues and the patient which allows me to provide excellent results that meet the patients’ expectations and personal requirements. I always put a strong emphasis on patient satisfaction, it’s so important."

Following her graduation from Cardiff university with a degree in Dentistry, Rachel completed several hospital posts and worked in general practice gaining a breadth of knowledge and experience.  She also gained a membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

In 2012, Rachel was awarded a prestigious International Team for Implantology Scholarship position with the University of Geneva. Following this, she was appointed as dental faculty staff and completed Speciality training in Prosthodontics in Switzerland over a full-time training period of 4 years. Whilst in Geneva, Rachel completed a Masters research thesis on dental adhesion to zirconia (a dental ceramic material) and has published articles in peer-reviewed dental journals.

Rachel worked in several Swiss private practices during her 7 years.  She was awarded UK membership in Prosthodontics by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and registered a Specialist on the General Dental Council Specialist list. Benefiting greatly from her time in Switzerland, her focus is on minimally invasive adhesive dentistry using the latest digital dental technology. This gives excellent results without unnecessary removal of healthy tooth tissue.

Rachel’s main clinical interests include the treatment of hypodontia (missing teeth), tooth-wear and provision of implant supported dental prosthodontics.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys yoga, reading and cooking new recipes with varying success!

Rebecca John

Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry

BDS, MDS(Mangalore), MFDS (Edin), MPaed Dent (Eng), FDSRCS (Eng) (Paediatric Dentistry). GDC No. 85168

"My intent is to provide children with good oral health and create a positive attitude towards dentistry."

Rebecca is currently working as Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Bristol Dental School and Hospital where she is the academic lead for the undergraduate programme in paediatric dentistry. She also leads a post graduate course on dental trauma, is a clinical supervisor for specialist registrars in training and assessment lead for paediatric dentistry.

After graduating from Mangalore University (India), Rebecca pursued a two-year post graduate programme in Paedodontics in the same university. Thereafter, she moved to the UK and worked as a Senior House Officer at Edinburgh, Liverpool and Sheffield. During this time, Rebecca achieved her Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, before starting her five-year specialist / consultant training at Bristol. Since then, she has been working at the Bristol Dental Hospital as Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. She has obtained her Membership and Fellowship in Paediatric Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  

Having had several years of experience of treating children with complex dental needs, Rebecca strives to provide the best quality care in a safe, comforting and friendly environment. This includes care for children who require treatment for tooth decay (fillings, crowns), preventive treatment, congenital or acquired dental anomalies, dental trauma, root canal treatment and minor oral surgical procedures. She successfully uses behaviour management techniques and inhalation sedation for management of anxious children who require dental treatment.

Rebecca lectures nationally and internationally on paediatric dentistry.  Her national leadership roles  include that of, Specialty Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and she is an External Examiner for other universities.

Outside work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Lyndon Meehan

Specialist in ENDODONTICS

BDS (Wales) BSc, MJDF RCS (Eng.), MSc (Endo), MEndo RCS (Edin) GDC No. 85984

“ I feel extremely lucky to be able to combine my dental career with my passion for sport. I have treated and managed the most complex and challenging trauma / Endodontic cases on professional athletes to get them back competing again. This has given me a huge amount of experience as well as job satisfaction”

Lyndon graduated from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2000 with a degree in Dental Technology and then from Cardiff Dental School in 2005. He completed the MJDF examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009. He went on to further his Endodontic studies by gaining a Masters in Clinical Endodontics from The University of South Wales in 2015. In 2019 he successfully gained his Membership in Endodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and was subsequently admitted onto the General Dental Council specialist register.

Before becoming a specialist, Lyndon worked for many years in general practice undertaking NHS and private care in South Wales. He worked as a staff grade in Restorative Dentistry at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, and went on to develop the departmental role of speciality dentist in Endodontics. He broadened his endodontic experience by working at the prestigious department of Dental Traumatology and Endodontics at Kings College Dental Hospital London. In both hospital roles, Lyndon provided treatment on referral to patients requiring complex Endodontic and Dental Trauma care.

Lyndon is currently a Postgraduate Clinical Lecturer and examiner in Endodontics at Cardiff University Dental School and visiting lecturer at UCL Eastman London. He also works in private practice in South Wales carrying out Endodontic treatment on referral from general practitioners.

Lyndon’s clinical and research interests include immediate management and subsequent Endodontic rehabilitation of teeth, following traumatic injuries. He also has a keen interest in sports dentistry.

He has several journal and textbook publications and lectures nationally. Within his clinical interest Lyndon was proud to have been a council member of the UK faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and Dental Trauma UK. He contributed and helped develop several policies and position statements regarding Oral Health and Dental Trauma within sport.

Lyndon provides advice on Dental trauma to the England and Wales cricket board, and played his part in providing Dental treatment in the athlete’s village polyclinic during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He was honoured to be the pitch side Dentist as part of the medical team for Rugby World Cup 2015 and the Champions League final in 2017.

Currently on match days, Lyndon can be found as part of the medical team pitch-side providing immediate care and advice on dental trauma to the senior squads and opposing teams with the Welsh Football Association, Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff City FC.

Lyndon has extensive experience in accepting and managing complex Endodontic referrals under operating microscope. He is happy to accept and discuss any referral cases.

Lyndon feels lucky to be able to combine his passion for sport with his work. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit and travelling far and wide with his young family.

Rebecca Davies

Dental and Maxillofacial Radiologist

GDC No. 72019

“Radiology is such an important diagnostic tool in healthcare and I very much value and enjoy working with the teams across all dental specialties.”

Rebecca Rebecca Davies is a Dental and Maxillofacial Radiologist who has worked as a Consultant at the University Hospitals Bristol since 2008.

Having obtained a dental degree with Honours from Leeds University in 1996, Rebecca spent several years in General Dental Practice and then commenced staff grade positions in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in Bath and later Oral Medicine at Bristol Dental Hospital. Prior to starting four years of specialist training, Rebecca obtained an MSc with distinction in Dental and Maxillofacial radiology.

Rebecca is a member of the Royal College of Radiologists examining board for the diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology and is a Specialty Advisory Representative for training.

Within the specialty, her main interests lie in Head and Neck ultrasound and Cone Beam CT. Rebecca provides a private radiology reporting service.

Rebecca is married with two children, as a family they enjoy spending their weekends out in the fresh air riding horses Albie and Daisy.

MEET THE TEAM CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM

Charlotte Brophy

Practice Manager

GDC No: 141395

Charlotte prides herself on running a tight ship.  She loves it when a practice runs to its highest potential in all areas which leads to excellent patient care.Charlotte started her career as a dental nurse in 2004 and gained her NEBDN National Certificate in 2006.

Charlotte has worked within both the NHS and private sectors, gaining experience working within implantology and oral surgery as well as cosmetic dentistry.

In 2014 after working as a dental nurse for 10 years, Charlotte opted for a change and took on the challenge of working her way up to a practice management role. In 2016 after obtaining her business qualifications, Charlotte reached her goal and has never looked back. She continues to study and is currently working towards her BIIAB Management and Leadership level 5 diploma as well as maintaining her registration as a dental nurse by undertaking her continued professional development.

Charlotte is a hard working, conscientious individual who thrives in a busy well run practice.  Her caring and approachable ways make her the perfect Manager for the Bristol Dental Specialists team.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys surfing and yoga as well as travelling with her husband and socialising with friends and family.

Rebecca Metcalfe

SENIOR Treatment co-ordinator and Dental Nurse

GDC No. 221332

Rebecca’s role for Bristol Dental Specialists is unique to her.  A highly skilled and motivated member of the team who prides herself on her knowledge base and the level of care she is able to offer patients. Rebecca enjoys supporting patients through their dental journey by understanding their goals and gains huge satisfaction witnessing the end results.

Starting her dental nursing career in Glasgow, Rebecca qualified with a SVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing in 2011 and is registered with the General Dental Council.  After working in a busy NHS practice in Glasgow, she returned to the Southwest where she gained experience working in the private sector and obtained a qualification in Oral Health Education.  Eventually settling in Bristol, she joined an Orthodontic practice, here she gained further qualifications in both Impression taking and Dental Radiography.

Keen to play a more active role in the patient journey, Rebecca completed training as a treatment co-ordinator.  Rebecca was also eager to maintain the clinical aspect of her work and has proceeded to study for her certificate in sedation nursing in order to further assist patients and their needs.

Within her treatment co-ordinator role at Bristol Dental Specialists, Rebecca is able to support patients throughout their journey and can (if requested) see patients in advance of a Specialist Clinician to provide a non-clinical consultation, this service is free of charge. As you can see by her list of credentials, Rebecca is extremely knowledgeable in many aspects of Specialist Dentistry so is well placed to help patients find the best treatment options for them. This valued information gives patients the understanding they need to ask the right questions during their clinical consultation and consider all options before consenting to treatment.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys travelling, hillwalking, Macramé and socialising with friends.

Agnieszka Przywarty

DENTAL NURSE

GDC No: 279252

“The most rewarding part of my job is helping people to achieve confident smiles and be less anxious about dental procedures”

Born in Poland, Agnieszka started her dental nursing journey in 2015,  qualified in 2016 in Szczecin and upgraded her qualifications in 2018 with National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.

After working in a busy NHS practice in Edinburgh, she moved to Bristol where she gained experience working in the mixed NHS/Private Orthodontic Dental Practice and obtained a qualification in impression taking. Agnieszka was also eager to maintain the clinical aspect of her work and has proceeded to study for her certificate in Dental Radiography in order to further assist patients and their needs.

For Agnieszka the most rewarding part of her job is helping people to achieve confident smiles and be less anxious about dental procedures.

Agnieszka is passionate about history, she graduated from University in Szczecin (Poland) with  Bachelor of Arts in History & Archive Studies before deciding to enter the world of dental nursing.

In her spare time, Agnieszka loves travelling, exploring new places and keeping fit through swimming and yoga.

Ami-Lee Barnes

DENTAL NURSE & TREATMENT CO-ORDINATOR

GDC No: 267767

“I love seeing how patients transform during orthodontic treatment and finish with the smile they have always dreamed of”

Ami-Lee joined the Bristol Dental Specialists nursing team in 2020. After training at the Bristol Dental Hospital for 2 years, Ami-Lee earned a National Diploma in dental nursing in 2016 through the NEBDN.  Mainly working in orthodontics, Ami-Lee has also assisted with dental implant treatments.  

Ami-Lee was delighted to join Bristol Dental Specialists and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in other areas of dentistry.

Ami-Lee loves seeing how orthodontic patients transform during treatment and finish with the smile they have always dreamed of.

In her spare time, Ami-Lee enjoys running, reading and baking.

MEET THE RECEPTION TEAM

Elizabeth Howlett

Receptionist

Elizabeth left a career teaching abroad to be closer to her family back in Britain, finding a role in Bristol as a hotel receptionist which she enjoyed immensely. Seeking to make more of a difference to other’s lives, she joined Bristol Dental Specialists in February 2020, where she can use her experience to help patients feel comfortable, cared for and empowered to make decisions about their treatment.

Elizabeth has an air of calmness and drawing on her previous work with adults, teenagers and young children, Elizabeth is well equipped to put anyone at ease. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys reading, drawing and painting the city around her and travelling around Britain and abroad when she can.

Jessica Gray

Receptionist

Jessica began developing a career in customer service in 2012 which included gaining valuable people skills and gave an insight into the importance of quality service.

Later Jessica went on to fulfil the position of lead administrator, developing skills such as organisation and diary management.

Jessica is very much a people person and decided on a career ‘front of house’ so she can interact with patients and offer exceptional customer care.

Jessica also has a degree in television production and in her spare time she enjoys filming. She runs to keep fit, loves travelling to different countries and is a keen wildlife photographer.

Helen Williams

Receptionist

“I love helping people and making them feel at ease”

Joining us in early 2020, Helen is a very calm and welcoming receptionist who has worked within customer service since 1983. She has been working in the health sector for several years now and loves helping people and making them feel at ease.

There have been many changes in Health care over the years, however Helen firmly believes that customer care should not change and she prides herself on her high standards of care.

Helen is married with two grown up children, and a chocolate Labrador.  They all enjoy long walks and travelling.  She loves watching wildlife, especially the hedgehogs and foxes in her garden.  

To relax she enjoys Pilates, parkrun, reading and spending time with her family.