dr. Sebastjan Perko, Ph.D. dent. med.
“During my postgraduate studies, I travelled over a large part of the world, from Washington to the island of Jeju in South Korea.”
The abstracts of scientific articles published by Dr. Sebastjan Perko in scientific journals as part of his postgraduate research work are available here:
Matej Pirtovšek, Ph.D. dent. med.
“I look forward to Mondays and the first day after a holiday. Medical Dentistry isn’t a job, it’s a way of life.”
Having finished high school, it was time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. It is important to mention that I had two great role models, my aunt and uncle, both dentists by profession. I had always been interested in their work. I had also long felt the need to help people, but at the same time I was bursting with creative spirit. I enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, the Stomatology study programme. After completing my internship and alternative civilian service, I immediately joined the private sector. I simply never believed that working in a public institution or a dental clinic with a concession would enable me to grow and develop the way I wanted to. Working at the Babit dental centre for 12 years, I was able to acquire plenty of experience and take advantage of opportunities for training in areas not included in my undergraduate studies. Patient management, psychology, marketing, communication and clinic management were the main topics that motivated and drove me. I regularly attended seminars on these subjects in London and the US. Over the last 10 years, I have invested over 10,000 hours in acquiring additional, non-clinical knowledge.
Having frequently exchanged ideas with Dr. Sebastjan Perko, we reached the conclusion that together we can achieve something that we would never be able to achieve alone: we can establish a dental clinic with a comprehensive approach to patients and with a special focus on periodontal tissue health. Thus the Medical Dentistry clinic was born. Even before founding the clinic, I realised something very important – the missing link between what patients need and what they want. Communication and a good relationship with patients are of the essence. At the Medical Dentistry clinic, we have created a space where modern dentistry, a new philosophy of medical care and genuine relationships between the staff and patients meet. A space where we start by listening to what patients want before advising them on what they need.
Simon Bele, Ph.D. dent. med.
“Medical Dentistry pushes the boundaries of dentistry.”
Even as I child, I showed signs of becoming a dentist, drilling quite a few holes into the walls of my grandparents’ house in Straža near Novo mesto – to my grandfather’s delight, I’m sure. That was my first drilling experience. But of course I didn’t fill the holes, as I didn’t learn that until much later. Since my father works in construction and I’ve always been interested in buildings of all kinds, I thought about becoming an architect when I was in primary school. But in high school, Džuro – an unusual biker with a licence to drill – drove into my life. It was thanks to him that I started to think about becoming a dentist.
And so I enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, the Stomatology study programme. As a young dentist seven years later, I was employed at the Novo mesto Health Care Centre, but despite my knowledge and dedication I didn’t enjoy the work, because I had to tell my patients “no” too often. I soon opened my own private clinic.
At a seminar a few years later, I bumped into Sebastjan Perko, a fellow student from the faculty. The accidental meeting gave rise to the idea to expand the Medical Dentistry concept to the Dolenjska region. There was no doubt about where my career would go next, as Medical Dentistry is a team of fantastic people, experts who love their work – better yet, their mission in life. This is the true dentistry that I’d been trying to find for eight years. I recommend Medical Dentistry to people who care about their health and want a professional, friendly and technologically advanced approach. Medical Dentistry pushes the boundaries of dentistry. Since 1 October 2015, you can find us in Novo mesto as well. Now I’m really enjoying my profession to the fullest!
Dejan Pirtovšek, Ph.D. dent. med.
“I’m happy to follow my mission!”
Even in primary school, my favourite subject was maths, together with physics and biology in high school. I continued my education at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, where I completed my journey in 2001. During my internship, I encountered real orthodontics – planning teleroentgenograms, the biomechanics of aligning teeth and the ideal bite and teeth alignment. It was a new dimension. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, I got the opportunity to specialise in orthodontics. I grabbed it and continued my education. Three years passed quickly, and my love for orthodontics grew into a wonderful profession. I gained new knowledge, and the digitisation of diagnostics aids and computer-supported planning have improved and facilitated the possibility of achieving ideal functional and aesthetic results.
However, it is still not possible to achieve the ideal, optimal biological balance of teeth, the smile and the periodontal tissues without cooperating with other branches of dental medicine, particularly when treating adult patients. Dentists Dr. Matej Pirtovšek and Dr. Sebastjan Perko invited me to join not just our forces but our knowledge, success and energy in order to give Medical Dentistry patients access to perfect oral health and a perfect functional and aesthetic smile that will improve the quality of their social life and give them long-lasting satisfaction.
Marko Berkopec, Ph.D. dent. med.
"Surrounded with like-minded people, I can finally achieve my professional ambitions and offer my patients a comprehensive care at the highest level."
I spent my childhood in a pleasant environment of Vavta vas by the Krka river. I was interested in technology, plane model building and music already as a child. I demonstrated my manual skills by playing classical guitar and later baritone. After graduating from high school in Novo mesto I decided to enrol in the Faculty of Medicine, Dental Medicine section. I successfully completed my studies in 2007. After completing the internship and passing the professional exam, I became employed at the Ljubljana – Bežigrad health centre, where I was the head of the adult dentistry department for a while. I was also a regular member of professional commissions. I continuously strove for progress and development. I regularly attended seminars, congresses and expert workshops in Slovenia and abroad. In the framework of public dentistry, however, I could not offer my patients everything available in contemporary stomatology.
I was happy to accept the invitation of Dr Perko and Dr Bele and began my cooperation with the Medical Dentistry team in May 2016. In this pleasant environment, surrounded with like-minded people, I can finally achieve my professional ambitions and offer my patients a comprehensive care at the highest level.
Bojan Vindiš, Ph.D. dent. med.
"I strive to find challenge and joy in what I do, and I like working in a perspective and quality team."
My interest in the functioning of a human body goes way back to my early childhood when I tirelessly read all popular science magazines and encyclopaedias I could lay my hands on. The first serious chapter in this exploration began when I enrolled in science-oriented Second High School in Maribor, and continued at the Medical Faculty in Ljubljana.
During my studies, I actively participated in different projects of the local dental medicine student society and represented Slovenia at meetings of European and global dental medicine student society abroad. In the context of my student research work at the Centre of Oral Diseases and Periodontology, I completed a research on the mechanism of occurrence of periodontal disease and received the Prešeren Award of the Faculty of Medicine. The findings of the research work were presented at Periodontology Days, in Zobozdravstveni vestnik and the most important international magazine on periodontology.
I completed my studies with the highest average grade and received the Oražem Prize for the best graduate at the Dental Medicine section. My first employment was at the Ljubljana Health Centre, where I was the head of the adult dentistry department and a member of the expert council for three years. After five years in public healthcare I took a step forward.
I joined the Medical Dentistry team because I strive to find challenge and joy in what I do, and I like working in a perspective and quality team. My long-term interest in traditional and complementary medicine, especially Ayurveda and yogic science, inspired me to advance my knowledge in this field, too.
Tomaž Ivanusic, Ph.D. dent. med.
"I’ve been curious and eager to discover new knowledge from a young age"
As a child, I dismantled, repaired and assembled countless appliances, assisted my grandfather in masonry work, and constructed objects out of various materials. In elementary school, I discovered an interest in science and won numerous awards in chemistry, physics, biology and math. I finished high school in Črnomelj, Slovenia, and continued my education at the Faculty of Medicine at University of Ljubljana, majoring in dental medicine. Throughout my studies, I was extremely active in extracurricular activities and attended many additional training courses abroad and locally. At one of the dentist congresses, I learned about the use of lasers in dentistry, which marked my career path. I applied for a job at Fotona where I currently help develop lasers and educate dentists on their use, while pursuing a graduate degree in laser dentistry. In addition to laser therapy, I am also interested in aesthetic dentistry. In May 2018, I was selected from a group of 16 promising young dentists from around the world to receive additional training in aesthetic dentistry in Portugal. I chose to work in the Oral Medicine Clinic, because I believe that a holistic approach to a patient’s health is extremely important in the field of dental medicine. Working with a team of like-minded people allows me to develop in both professional field as well as on a personal level. I use my knowledge of laser dentistry to the best of my ability to treat and accommodate the guests of the Oral Medicine Clinic.
Urban Zupanc, Ph.D. dent. med.
"A smile and satisfaction of a patient is what matters most."
My motivation for dentistry does not come from my family but from the dentist who, in the fourth grade of elementary school, fixed my two chipped front teeth and brought back my lovely smile. The interest he stirred in me was so strong that my career path was set already after the elementary school, when I enrolled in the Secondary School for Dental Technicians in Ljubljana. I continued my education at the Faculty of Medicine, where I could combine work with people, sense of aesthetics and manual skills in my dream job – a dentist.
Already during my studies, my curiosity to learn about that “something more” and the desire for new knowledge took me to advanced education courses and congresses, which I continue to visit today, thus following modern trends in dentistry. I am particularly interested in dental prosthetics and the related digitalisation in dentistry. In the last year of my studies I also received the Prešeren Prize of the Faculty of Medicine for my achievements.
I began my career by working in several surgeries between Ljubljana and Novo mesto. My wish to establish a comprehensive and personal relationship with patients, to be in touch with the latest technologies and materials in the market, and to work in a team of excellent dentists made me take a step forward. I decided to join the collective of the Medical Dentistry clinic because working in their midst brings me daily challenges and fulfilment as a therapist.
Jaka Šušteršič, zobni protetik
"Ker vedno iščem nove izzive in priložnosti, se je v moji življenjski knjigi odprlo novo poglavje z naslovom Ustna medicina. "
Lahko bi rekel, da sem otroštvo preživel na nogometnih igriščih in do konca srednje šole zavzeto treniral nogomet v nogometnem klubu Interblock Ljubljana, v sklopu katerega sem obiskoval tudi nogometni razred na Srednji šoli za pošto, ekonomijo in telekomunikacije, kjer sem leta 2013 uspešno zaključil šolanje kot ekonomski tehnik, ob tem pa smo kot ekipa osvojili tudi naslov državnih kadetskih prvakov. Ob vseh športnih aktivnostih pa me je nenehno spremljala strast do risanja, oblikovanja, kakršnega koli ustvarjanja z rokami, pri katerem se lahko popolnoma sprostim in preizkušam. Ker v profesionalnem nogometu nisem videl osebnega napredka in prihodnosti, sem se prijavil na sprejemni izpit ročnih spretnosti, za vpis na Zdravstveno fakulteto, smer zobna protetika. Trenutno študij zaključujem s pisanjem diplomskega dela.
Zobozdravstvena klinika Ustne medicine me je toplo sprejela in mi nudi vso podporo na profesionalni ravni moje razvojne poti na strokovnem področju zobne protetike. Delo v zobnem laboratoriju s sodobno digitalno opremo je izredno zanimivo in poučno – digitalna tehnologija namreč predstavlja prihodnost zobozdravstva. S tem sem posledično vsakodnevno pred novimi izzivi, saj nikoli ne vem, kakšno delo bo priromalo skozi vrata.
Z ekipo ves delavnik napredujemo, se izpopolnjujemo in usvajamo nove tehnologije, sam pa rad tudi raziščem po strokovni literaturi in se še dodatno seznanim s področjem, na katerem delujem. Znanje, razvoj in raziskovanje prispevajo k celotni stroki in podjetju Ustne medicine, zato lahko rečem, da z veseljem ustvarjam nove nasmehe.
Jasmina Metelko, assistant
“Since I was a child, I’ve been drawn to the idea of being able to help someone who’s in need.”
I’ve been drawn to two things in life since I was a child: working with people and the idea of being able to help someone who’s in need. It is no surprise then that I enrolled in the Secondary Nursing and Chemistry School in Novo mesto after finishing primary school. After that, I didn’t continue my education in health care, but I did have a job where I was able to help people in a slightly different way.
After my maternal leave, I came back to health care, but this time I felt much better about it than I did as a teenager. As a dental assistant at a dental practice in Novo mesto, I was faced with a new challenge that I was more than happy to accept. My beginnings in dentistry seven years ago were very difficult and demanding. I came to a similarly demanding new beginning in my career last October when I joined the Medical Dentistry team. I had so many doubts when I changed jobs, but it turned out that I needn’t have worried. Everyone at Medical Dentistry was very welcoming and I have fantastic co-workers who are always prepared to help. And their help is more than welcome, since working at the clinic with all its modern technology is anything but simple. Working at Medical Dentistry enables me to expand my knowledge and gain valuable new experience, making me a better person from day to day. And most importantly: I still do my job with pleasure, since so many new and interesting things happen every day.
Tanja Krugman, assistant
“Stik z ljudmi, s katerimi gradimo odnose na osnovi zaupanja v celotno ekipo, mi prinaša vsakodnevno veselje.”
Najstniška leta so me pripeljala v Ljubljano, kjer sem obiskovala Srednjo šolo za farmacijo, kozmetiko in zdravstvo, smer zobotehnik. Po končani srednji šoli sem opravljala različna priložnostna dela, ker zaposlitve v svojem poklicu nisem našla. V tem času sem postala mamica prikupni deklici. Ko je klinika Ustna Medicina odpirala svoja vrata, se mi je ponudila priložnost dela zobne asistentke, ki sem ga z veseljem in navdušenjem sprejela. V kliniki sem del visokomotiviranega in strokovnega osebja, ki moje znanje bogati iz dneva v dan. Stik z ljudmi, s katerimi gradimo odnose na osnovi zaupanja v celotno ekipo, mi prinaša vsakodnevno veselje.
Rebeka Kunšek, assistant
"V veliko veselje mi je biti del tima, kjer s ponosom opravljam svoje delo in kjer se osebnostno in poslovno vsakodnevno razvijam. "
Prihajam iz prečudovitega starega mesta Škofja Loka. Svojo pot osebnostnega razvoja sem začela že kot otrok, ko sem sanjarila, da bom nekega dne postala medicinska sestra. Po končani osnovni šoli sem začela dolgo potovanje, ki me je vodilo v srednjo zdravstveno šolo v Ljubljani, nato pa še na Fakulteto za zdravstveno nego Jesenice. Ob zaključku študija sem radovedno tipala področja zdravstvene nege, kjer bi našla svoj smisel, ter se po nedolžnem naključju srečala z zobozdravstveno asistenco, ki me je povsem navdušila. Takrat sem se tudi odločila, da se bo moja pot pričela prav tu. Ponudila se mi je priložnost za delo v Ustni Medicini, ki sem jo sprejela z veliko treme in veselja.
Sam začetek poti je bil poln navdušenja, pa tudi strahu, saj sem se srečevala s povsem novo vejo zdravstva. Vendar me je tista najpomembnejša nit vedno povezovala s tem, za kar sem se šolala, in to so ljudje, ki so potrebovali pomoč. Delo z ljudmi ter biti del rešitve nekega problema me izpopolnjuje.
V veliko veselje mi je biti del tima, kjer s ponosom opravljam svoje delo in kjer se osebnostno in poslovno vsakodnevno razvijam. Uživam v dinamičnem in prijetnem okolju, ki ga nudi Ustna Medicina in kjer se vsak dan soočam z novimi izzivi.
Urša Ribič, assistant
"I am looking forward to new challenges brought by Medical Dentistry."
I was born in a wonderful village called Valburga, which nobody can locate until I mention Lake Zbilje or at least a golf course. I made my first steps in health care ten years ago when I enrolled in the Secondary School for Pharmacy, Cosmetics and Health Care – dental technician programme. This programme seemed most appropriate because it combines health care with my biggest passion – art. Having graduated from the secondary school, I decided to advance my dental technician education, so I enrolled in the Faculty of Health Sciences where I studied laboratory dental prosthetics. The studies progressed, the years went by, I passed my exams, but I still did not know for sure what was missing (besides the diploma) to make me feel like a successful dental technician. This was contact, work and communication with people. This is largely missing in a dental laboratory environment, so I decided to try my hand as a dentist’s assistant. When I first experienced this work, I knew that this was something that I really wanted to do.
I embraced the opportunity to work at Medical Dentistry with joy. Being the youngest in an already young collective, I was first a little worried about how things would go, but I soon realised that there was no reason for concern as they gave me a really warm welcome. They offer help whenever I need it. I love working as a dentist’s assistant and learning new things from day to day. I am looking forward to new challenges brought by Medical Dentistry.
Bernarda Novak, assistant
"I finally do a job I enjoy, learn more every day and meet with new challenges."
I discovered my interest in working with people very early, about ten years ago, when I got my first student job. After finishing education in economy and later cosmetics I finally followed my true path. I felt a strong desire to work in dentistry.
I will never forget the day when I first entered the premises of Medical Dentistry. I was impressed and charmed by the ambient, energy and welcome expressed by the collective. Deep inside me I hoped that I will begin to write a new chapter in the story of my life at the Medical Dentistry clinic. I have, namely, always wanted to work in an orderly and pleasant environment ruled by positive energy and patient satisfaction. I like the combination of manual skills, administration and teamwork. I am aware that an assistant is the first contact in communication with patients, which makes inclination to work with people very important in such position. Such inclination is demonstrated by a kind word, smile and warm welcome.
I finally do a job I enjoy, learn more every day and meet with new challenges. I meet new people on a daily basis and the concern for their well-being and mutually demonstrated trust is what makes me happy.
I am proud to be a part of an expert team in dentistry, from whom I get priceless knowledge that is an excellent asset in my life.
Sara Orel, svetovalka za ustno higieno
"Moje poslanstvo je, da vsakega posameznika naučim pravilnega izvajanja ustne higiene."
Prihajam iz Mengša, kjer sem odraščala v družini s tremi otroki. Večino zgodnjih otroških let sem preživela doma z babico, ki je moje življenje napolnila z vsakodnevnim veseljem, glasbo in željo po razvijanju same sebe. Vedno sem želela postati poklicna violinistka, vendar sem tekom odraščanja ugotovila, da bo igranje violine ostal le eden izmed mojih hobijev.
Pot me je pripeljala v zobozdravstvo. Vpis na študij ustne higiene je bila ena boljših odločitev v mojem življenju, saj sem našla poklic, ki me resnično veseli. Že med samim študijem sem pričela z delom na Ustni Medicini, ki mi je dala možnost, da se spoznam z različnimi vejami zobozdravstva. Začela sem z delom v Dentoteki, kjer sem pridobila ogromno izkušenj s pripomočki za ustno higieno, kar mi je sedaj v veliko pomoč pri mojem delu. Možnost, da svoje znanje delim z ljudmi v vsakodnevni praksi, je največje bogastvo, ki me iz dneva v dan izpopolnjuje. Zelo pomemben člen v zobozdravstvu je pravilna ustna higiena in moje poslanstvo je, da vsakega posameznika naučim pravilnega izvajanja le-te.
Ustna medicina me spodbuja pri doseganju novih znanj, zato se že veselim vseh prihajajočih izzivov.
Staša Elina Verbič, organizatorka
"V življenju je moj glavni moto, da se nikoli ne smeš ustaviti, ampak rasti in iti v vseh pogledih naprej."
Kolektivu Ustne Medicine sem se pridružila v začetku decembra 2018, tako da sem med sodelavci dokaj »sveža«. Ni pa zame nova Ustna Medicina, saj sem se »z njo« in njenim načinom celostne obravnave srečala že pred leti kot pacientka. In bila več kot zadovoljna.
Moje predhodne izkušnje so zelo raznolike. Svojo prvo zaposlitev sem dobila na Rdečem križu Slovenije, nato pa me je pot vodila od Ambulante za brezdomce do dela na dveh veleposlaništvih, kjer sem delala kar trinajst let. Ob delu sem študirala kadrovski menedžment, tako da sem bila zelo vesela, ko so me po zaprtju finskega veleposlaništva povabili v logistično podjetje, kjer sem skupaj s sodelavci vodila ekipo več kot stotih voznikov težkih tovornjakov. Vsako delovno mesto prinese nove izzive in dragocene izkušnje, ki ti prav pridejo na poznejši karierni poti.
V življenju je moj glavni moto, da se nikoli ne smeš ustaviti, ampak rasti in iti v vseh pogledih naprej. Se razvijati tako na osebnem kot profesionalnem področju. Sem velika zagovornica vseživljenjskega učenja, zato z veseljem sprejemam nove izzive. Vedno je pri stopanju na neznano pot prisoten tudi strah, ampak brez korakov izven cone udobja pride težko do napredka. »There is no shortcuts to any place worth going,« pravijo.
Po naravi sem zelo družabna oseba, lojalna, komunikativna, prilagodljiva, odgovorna in zanesljiva. Oseba, ki si v kolektivu vedno prizadeva za dobro vzdušje in dobre odnose. Večna optimistka!
Ustna Medicina se je v zadnjih letih kadrovsko zelo povečala, zato bodo moji izzivi predvsem optimizacija delovnih procesov, ohranjanje/izboljšanje dobre komunikacije med posameznimi oddelki, delno pa bom opravljala tudi druga administrativna dela. Vsekakor se nadaljnjega sodelovanja z Ustno Medicino veselim!
Nina Brinovec, organizatorka
"Vsak dan spoznavam, da sem del ekipe, ki ima jasno začrtano vizijo, visok nivo strokovnosti in predvsem profesionalen odnos do gostov, ki pridejo v naše ordinacije. "
Ustna Medicina je postala del mojega kariernega življenja. Ko sem prvič stopila v njene prostore, me je ambient prevzel z moderno eleganco, osebje pa s prijaznostjo in profesionalnim odnosom. Z navdušenjem sem sprejela odločitev in povabilo, da se kot organizatorka pridružim ekipi Ustne Medicine.
Rdeča nit moje karierne poti je bila vedno komunikacija. Besede, pa naj bodo napisane ali izrečene, krojijo naša življenja in odnose, zato jim posvečam pomembno pozornost. Vsak dan imam ogromno priložnosti, tako v zasebnem kot poslovnem okolju, da dvignem veščine komunikacije na višji nivo in s tem pozitivno vplivam na ljudi okrog sebe.
Med študijem komunikologije na Fakulteti za družbene vede sem nabirala delovne izkušnje večinoma na področju promocij in anketiranja, prvo redno zaposlitev pa sem dobila v podjetju Telekom Slovenije kot redaktorica vsebin na spletnem portalu. Službe brez stika z ljudmi si sploh ne predstavljam, saj sem po naravi empatična, dostopna in prijazna in svoje prednosti lahko »unovčim« le v odnosih z drugimi. Prav tako imam rada stvari »popredalčkane«, obožujem sezname in delanje kljukic, zato mi je delo organizatorke res pisano na kožo.
Vsak dan spoznavam, da sem del ekipe, ki ima jasno začrtano vizijo, visok nivo strokovnosti in predvsem profesionalen odnos do gostov, ki pridejo v naše ordinacije. Vse našteto je razlog, da sem vesela in hvaležna, da sem del te zgodbe in imam možnost prispevati svoj kamenček k mozaiku Ustne Medicine.
Rebeka Kunšek, asistentka
"Samo delo v Ustni Medicini mi predstavlja velik izziv, s katerim se z veseljem vsakodnevno soočam in me neizmerno veseli. "
Sem Rebeka in prihajam iz Radovljice. Že kot otrok sem imela poseben čut do ljudi in občutek, da je prav pomagati ljudem. Zaradi svoje narave sem se odločila, da po končani osnovni šoli nadaljujem svojo pot v zdravstvu. Srednjo zdravstveno šolo sem končala v Ljubljani. Po končanem šolanju sem se zaposlila kot medicinska sestra, vendar pa sem potihem v sebi želela dopolniti svoje znanje še na drugem področju. V zobozdravstvu sem odkrila svojo pot, ki me veseli, zato sem se odločila, da bom nadaljevala v tej smeri.
Za Ustno Medicino sem slišala že pred leti in vedno sem si želela biti del kolektiva, ki nudi tako zaposlenemu kot gostu najboljšo oskrbo ter znanje. Po dolgih štirih letih sem dobila priložnost obiskati samo kliniko ter pridobiti delo asistentke, zaradi katerega pa sem končno dopolnila še tisti delček mozaika, ki me izpopolnjuje.
Samo delo v Ustni Medicini mi predstavlja velik izziv, s katerim se z veseljem vsakodnevno soočam in me neizmerno veseli.
Tudi če so sami izzivi na začetku delovali težki, sem s pomočjo celotnega kolektiva Ustne Medicine pridobila in osvojila veliko znanja, za katerega sem neizmerno hvaležna in sem ponosna, da sem del Ustne Medicine.