Peter Yule has been an associate at Island House since the practice
was housed in the premises that gave it its name - the building that sits
like an ‘island’ in the midst of the station car park.
He joined Mike Smith in 2003, after selling his own dental business in Cambridge, in order to seek a better home-life balance that would enable him to spend more time with his growing family.
“I had worked in my own practice in Cambridge for 16 years, building the business from scratch to the point of employing three other dentists,” explains Peter Yule. “Although I was delighted with the business’s success, my workload meant that I was getting home late and then spending the evenings doing paperwork and administration.
Often, my days wouldn’t finish until the children were asleep. I was missing time with my family that could never be replaced. After much thought, my wife and I decided that the right thing to do was to sell the business and look for an alternative way of working.”
As well as a better balance between work and home, Peter Yule’s move meant that he has been able to see the Island House practice grow from its infancy in the old building to the flourishing new centre of dental care it is today.
“I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed the last five years of my career more than any previously,” says Peter Yule. “I believe that we have an exceptional team spirit within the practice. There’s a relaxed and happy atmosphere at Island House and this undoubtedly pays off for those of us that work there as well as the patients who visit.”
The forward-thinking atmosphere at Island House has enabled Peter to pursue the areas of dentistry in which he has particular interest, alongside looking after the broad needs of a growing roster of patients.
“For five years of my time in Cambridge, I spent one day a week working as a clinical assistant in the Oral Surgery department of Addenbrookes Hospital”. This cemented my keen interest in oral surgery and today, I look after many of the surgical cases that come to us at Island House.”
The most important aspect of the attitude at Island House is, for Peter Yule, the commitment to a proper work-life balance for everyone who works there.
“We’re a forward-looking, family-centred practice, and this means that certain values are shared by everyone working here. It’s a healthy atmosphere, in every sense of the word, and I think that’s something that’s picked up upon by patients as well as by staff.”