Alison qualified as a dental surgeon in 1992 from the University of Manchester and worked in General Dental Practice for 5 years gaining her vocational training qualification in 1994. She then returned to Manchester University in 1997 to complete her specialist training in Orthodontics. In 2001 she received her Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training CCST and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and in 2003 her Msc in Orthodontics from the University of Manchester. Alison worked in a specialist orthodontist practice in addition to a specialist post in the hospital service for 2 years after which she spent the last 9 years solely in the hospital service. Alison taught post graduates at the University of Manchester as part of the clinical seminar programme and supervised the clinical work of post graduate dentists enabling them to attain their Memberships in Orthodontics. Alison has been placing mini-implant temporary anchorage devices (TADS) since 2005 and is taking part in a National Audit and a research project to ascertain the efficiency of these and more traditional types of anchorage. Another interest is the Damon self-ligating system which Alison has been using for 10 years.