Spotlight: Andrew McGregor
What was your childhood ambition?
Obviously to be a professional footballer but that fell through pretty early on! So, it was then either an astronaut or something medical. Dentistry looked a safe bet.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?
Neither. First, figure out what success is for you then focus on your goals and put in the work. Make time to have fun along the way.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
Personally: 11 years of marriage and three kids. My wife gets the credit for all that though!
Professionally: Hard to say. If we, as a practice, manage to get through the post-COVID fallout – that may top it.
In another life, what job might you have chosen?
I always wanted to be a vet but never got the grades at school. Is that better or worse than a failed medic?
Which political figure do you most admire and why?
To paraphrase Billy Connolly: “Anyone aspiring to be a politician should immediately be banned from being one”. I really wouldn’t want their job.
Who are your heroes?
Right now? Jurgen Klopp and my dad. Footballing allegiances aside, if I could manage a group of individuals to 1 per cent of Klopp’s ability, I’d be happy. Dad always keeps me on the right path.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
My Tesla. I’m a tree-hugger so it’s nice to know the extra outgoings are doing some good.
In what place are you happiest?
On holiday with the family and my phone turned off.
What drives you on?
Professionally, there’s always the next level to get to. I’ve realised over the years in business that perfection is not achievable but it’s a decent target.
What book last changed your thinking?
Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.
What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?
The life and times of Homer Simpson (who just missed out on the hero answer above).
Who would paint your portrait?
My mum is an amazing artist. I’m sure she would make me look much better than real life!
Andrew graduated from Glasgow University in 2002 with both science and dental degrees. He worked in hospitals and family dental practices for five years before moving to Australia to teach dental students at the University of Sydney for two years. Andrew completed his three years of orthodontic specialist training in 2010, gaining his Master’s degree and Membership in Orthodontics and has worked at Park Orthodontics since then. In 2019 Andrew became a consultant for one of the UK’s leading orthodontic training facilities, Wired Orthodontics. He is also a named specialist to support dentists practising Invisalign in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. Andrew is a member of the British Orthodontic Society, British Dental Association, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scottish Orthodontic Specialists Group and the British Lingual Orthodontic Society.