Abida qualified in Dentistry from the University of Birmingham in December 1988, obtaining her BDS with Honours and a Distinction in Clinical Dentistry. She was also awarded several undergraduate prizes including the Carlton Gold Medal.
After completing a General Duties House Officer Post at the Dental Hospital, she joined the Community Dental Service in Birmingham and continues to work part time as a Community Dental Practitioner.
Throughout this time, she has also worked as a Clinical Assistant in Orthodontics at Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals (1994 – 1999).
During the late 1990’s, Abida started supervising dental students on Paediatric Outreach Placements in the Community Dental Service and in 2007, moved on to supervising students on 3W at the Dental Hospital.
In April 2010, she was appointed as a part time Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry.
Abida is also working towards a PhD to investigate methods of preventing further caries in children that have had extractions carried out under a general anaesthetic.