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Dr Dinesh Singham

Dr Dinesh Singham

BDS (Hons) (USyd 2001)

I grew up in the suburbs of Sydney where I underwent all of my schooling and professional training. In 2001, after graduating from Sydney University with Honours, I made the move to Townsville where I worked as a family dentist for ten years. Like most North Queenslanders, I took an instant liking to Townsville and made the permanent decision to call Townsville home. After meeting my lovely wife, Dr Lindsay Smith, and marrying in 2007 – I couldn’t think of a better place to live and raise a family. In 2009, we celebrated the birth of our son Ruben, with another expected later that year. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, indulging in some fine food and wine and flexing my competitive spirit with a spot of tenpin bowling (I represented Queensland in my earlier years).

My commitment at Absolutely Dental is to complete dental excellence. I frequently attend Continuing Education Conferences throughout Australia to stay as up-to-date as possible with the changing techniques and technologies associated with dentistry. Most of the time, I work through a Dental Operating Microscope to increase the precision of my work.

In 2010, I travelled to the USA to further my education in Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry. I further attended the Scotsdale Centre for Dentistry and a conference in Florida to learn from some of the world leaders in Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry.

What I want patients to know is when they come into Absolutely Dental, they will be looked after. I like to make patients feel comfortable, relaxed and maybe even enjoy their dental visit!

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Courses
Trinon Dental Implant Courses in Cambodia
2011 - Southern Implant Dental Course
2012 - Beginner
2013 - Advanced Course
2014 - Supervisor/ Teaching Role twice in the year
2017- Supervisor/ Teaching Role
2018 - Fellowship in the Internal Congress of Oral Implantology
2015 - Soft Tissue Grafting Course
2016 - Advanced Dental Implant Prosthetics in Florida
2009 - Facially generated treatment planning at the Spear Institute in Arizona
2010 - Nuts and Bolts Occlusion course
2017 - Use of concentrated growth factors in dentistry
2017 - Less invasive techniques for sinus lifts and dental implant bone regeneration
2002-2018 - Multiple courses in root canal treatment and general and restorative dentistry

Dr Ruth Smith

Dr Ruth Smith

BDS (Birmingham UK 1999)

As a naturally artistic person I wanted a career in which I could be an artist, show off my creative nature and undertake detailed and precise work. For me, dentistry was the obvious choice. I found I could carve, sculpt and create everyday allowing me to work with my hands and get great satisfaction not only from fixing something that’s broken but also by creating beautiful smiles. The first time I helped change someone's life by helping them achieve a confident and healthy smile, I knew I would always be happy in my chosen career.  I am a social person, love meeting new people and being part of a fun team. Since graduating in the late 1990’s I have also gained pleasure in developing life-long relationships with my patients. I am a good listener, will answer all your questions and enjoy giving confidence back to any anxious patients I meet. I pride myself on being as gentle as possible with my hands and with my manner. I understand that sometimes life gets in the way but I’m here to help you get back on track.  I enjoy preventative, restorative and general dentistry and making people smile again.

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Orthodontic Courses:
Currently studying: 10584NAT Graduate Diploma of Aesthetic Orthodontics (Sequential Aligner Therapy) (Level 8 qualification on the AQF)
Clear Correct Certification
Restorative Courses:
Advanced Restorative Program – The North of England Dental Academy (12-month program)
Layers: The Comprehensive Composite Workshop (StyleItaliano Member)
Aesthetic Sculpting of Composite Resins
Traditional Dentistry Goes High Tech – Crown and Bridge course
Cerec Same Day Crown Course Certification
Endodontic Courses:
Rotary Endodontics Seminar 2015
Rotary Endodontics Synopsis 2018
Paediatric Dentistry Course:
Beyond Teeth Series – Kid’s faces, Sucking and Feeding Habits
Dental Hygiene:
Teeth to Toes course – Links between periodontal and systemic disease
Dental Hygienist’ Association Regional Roadshows
Other:
Advanced Interpretation of OPG’s and Intra-Oral Radiographs
Diode Lasers in Practice Certification

Dr Geoffrey Compton

Dr Geoffrey Compton

BDS (JCU 2015)

I grew up in the small town of Malanda on the Atherton Tablelands. In my final years of schooling I was privileged enough to carry out work experience with our local dentist. I saw him interact with his patients and community in both a personal and professional capacity and found that creating long-lasting relationships with patients could be incredibly rewarding – not only for the patient but for the dentist as well. After observing the impact that a new smile could make to a person’s life, I knew that I would like to one day do this for someone myself.

I have always loved North Queensland and after completing a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, I made the move to Townsville with my wife Ingrid and pet dog Chief. Outside of work I enjoy getting outdoors and playing in my local touch football competition.

Whether it is helping you achieve the perfect smile, relieving you from pain, or simply keeping your oral hygiene on track, I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry and have a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and creating positive dental experiences for my patients.

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Feb-16 - Sydney - Rapid Efficient Treatment Planning
Aug-16 - Townsville - The Ville - Tony Rotondo Senior Memorial Lectures -
24th-27th November 2016 - Brisbane Convention Centre - Ultimate Masterclass in Composite Dentistry
Mar-17 - Cologne, Germany - International Dental Show
29th April 2017 - Townsville - Mercure - Townsville Orthodontic Specialists CPD Day
10th June 2017 - ADAQ Brisbane - Restoration of Altered Vertical Dimension and Occlusion
21st June 2017 - Townsville - ADAQ Recent Graduates and Students Meeting
18th-19th August 2017 - Townsville, The Ville - Tony Rotondo Senior Memorial Lectures - Trauma
18th October 2017 - Townsville - ADAQ Recent Graduates and Students Meeting
1st December 2017 - ADAQ Brisbane - Practical Oral Surgery
2nd Feb 2018 - Townsville - Medical Dental Solution - Effective Use of Local Anaesthetic
7th Feb 2018 - Townsville - ADA Webinar
6th March 2018 - Townsville - ADA Webinar
13th March 2018 - Mercure Townsville - ADAQ Meeting/"An Update on Adhesive Dentistry"
20th May 2018 - Hilton Brisbane - Fastbraces Seminar
26th May 2018 - Mercure Townsville - Townsville Orthodontic Specialists CPD Day
17th and 18th Aug 2018 - The Ville Townsville - Tony Rotondo Senior Memorial Lectures - Oral Surg, Pros, Perio
24th August 2018 - Albion Brisbane - Prosthodontics by ADAQ Recent Graduates
24th October 2018 - Rydges Townsville - The Extraction Site - To Fill or Not to Fill
26th October 2018 - The Ville Townsville - Sirona Endodontic and Restorative Workshop

Dr Yen Tran

Dr Yen Tran

B.OH in Dental Science, Graduate Diploma of Dentistry (Griffith Uni 2018)

Born and bred in Brisbane, I grew up loving the sunshine state - the beautiful year round sunshine with a mild winter! Throughout my childhood, I always knew I wanted a career in the health department but it wasn’t until I met my dentist doing my orthodontic work, that I was allured to the field of dentistry. With further studies, I graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, and a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry. With experience in both the private and public setting in Queensland and Canberra, I have gained a deeper insight and experience treating patients with all kinds of dental needs.

Understanding that a trip to the dentist may seem daunting for people, my goal is to make my patients feel relaxed and restore confidence in their smile. I am down to earth and love meeting new people. My passion is to create long term relationships with patients who trust me to deliver and maintain exceptional oral health! I am committed to delivering the best care to my patients by keeping up to date with the latest technology and research.

Appreciating that dentistry can be difficult to access, I strive to give back to the community by participating in volunteering projects. I have participated in a volunteering program in Dandenong providing emergency dental care to patients. Working with Absolutely Dental, I hope to be able to contribute more to the community.

Outside of dentistry, you can find me in the great outdoors camping, boating and hiking! Being surrounded by so many towns, national parks and islands, I am excited with the opportunities I will get to embark on new adventures.

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Courses:
May 2019 - ADAQ CBCT Licencing Course
May 2019 - Townsville Orthodontic Specialists Day
May 2019 - Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide
September 2018 - DPL’s Managing Risk, Mastering Consent and Managing Records
August 2018 - ADAQ Prosthodontics, a few things you didn’t learn at uni
August 2018 - Introduction to Implants with Dr John Cosson
May 2018 - Young Dentist Conference in Sydney
July 2017 - Lincoln Harris’ Bargara Mid Winter Meeting
May 2017 - Australian Dental Congress in Melbourne

Dr Ali Mohammadi

Dr Ali Mohammadi

Doctorate Diploma of Dentistry (DDS) 2010

I grew up and completed my studies in Tehran, Iran and moved to Townsville in 2016. Luckily I moved here, as this is where I met my partner, and we have a daughter, Mia. On weekends I enjoy riding my motorbike, and getting out and about in beautiful North Queensland. Cape York is on our bucket list, but we'll wait until Mia is a bit older. My favourite football team is Chelsea and I also follow the Cowboys. I love the laid back lifestyle here in Townsville, and working with the great team at Absolutely Dental.

Dr Miles Devlin

Dr Miles Devlin

BDS, MRACDS (PDS), GDipSurgAnat

Though born in Australia, I grew up overseas in Southeast Asia (Brunei) until age of 12, when my family move to Cairns. Here I finished the remainder of my schooling, where I then went on to study dentistry at JCU (Cairns).

While working in the Mackay base hospital as a junior public dentist, I developed a keen interest in anatomy and surgery. It was while working with several surgeons, that I realised I wanted to continue my studies to specialise and pursue Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Embarking upon this journey, I completed the Primary Exams through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2020, where I achieved the highest mark in Anatomy, any commendations in histology, pathology, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry. 

Next, I completed a graduate diploma in surgical anatomy (JCU) to further supplement my knowledge on anatomy, and its application to surgery. After being accepted into JCU's Medical program, I moved to Townsville last year, where I started working at Absolutely Dental. At this stage I began studying a Master in Surgery, through the UNiversity of Sydney - in order to further supplement my surgical knowledge. Currently, I am a thrid year Medical student at JCU, where I am very much enjoying all that Medicine has to offer. 

While not studying or at work, I enjoy exercising - either at the gym or walking the dog. Otherwise, being a musician, there are always opportunities to perform at concerts around Townsville on a semi-regular basis. I am also a Dad to four kids under the age of 10, so things can get a little busy at times! 

Dr Deepika Katragadda

Dr Deepika Katragadda

BDS, PG Dipclinical (Orthodontics), FICDDE, Grad DipClinDent (Clear Aligners)

Dr Deepika moved to Australia with her family and once she passed the Australian Dental Council exams in 2011, she started working as a General Dentist in Townsville. She has an interest in Children's early Orthodontic intervention, with a focus on improving airway and facial profile, and Adult Fixed orthodontics and Clear Aligner Therapy.

Dr Deepika continues to strive in her field of practice by attending educational seminars to provide our team and patients with the highest quality treatments and build long-term relationships with our patients, families, and children.

In 2020 Dr Deepika completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the City of London Dental School, a three year program under the guidance of Dr Derek Mahony, and was awarded the Fellowship of International College of Continuing Dental Education (FICCDE) (Singapore).

In 2023 Dr Deepika finished a Clear Aligner Therapy Graduate Diploma course from the City of London Dental School and is a Certified SPARK Clear Aligner system provider.

Dr Uday Sen

Dr Uday Sen

BDS (Hons) (AU 2023)

Passionate about dentistry and dedicated to providing compassionate care, my journey brought me to QLD after dental school. Ever since I was a kid, I've dreamed of a career in dentistry - a field where I can blend patient care, surgery, and facial aesthetics seamlessly.

As a devoted dentist, my goal is simple: to make a positive impact on dentistry and beyond, one patient at a time. I love creating a relaxed and comforting atmosphere for all dental procedures, from routine check-ups to more complex treatments like crowns, bridges, root canals, and extractions.

Being named the Australian Dental Graduate of the Year 2023 was a huge honour, recognising my dedication to academics, hands-on skills, and community involvement. I've had the opportunity to work in both public and private dental settings and even volunteered in Phnom Penh, providing dental care to kids through the Cambodia World Family Foundation.

Outside of the dental world, I'm all about staying healthy and spending quality time with family. Balancing work with my interests in fitness, travel, and trying out new foods keeps life exciting. I look forward to making your experience at Absolutely Dental a blast.

Dr Fiona Guo

Dr Fiona Guo

BDS (Hons) (AU 2023)

Having spent years shivering through winters in Sydney and Adelaide, I loved embracing the warm, sunny climate of Townsville as my third home.

I prioritise creating positive dental experiences for all my patients and feel privileged to support you throughout your dental journey. I’m grateful that through ongoing care, we can build long-term, meaningful relationships and get to know you beyond just your teeth! I’m committed to providing the best care possible and upon graduation I was awarded the Dental Board of SA Medal, ANZ Society of Paediatrics Prize, Moore Medallion and Austin Bazeley Prize for Oral Medicine and Pathology.

Community is important to me and I've enjoyed dental volunteering in regional Australia and overseas as well as serving in various leadership positions on the Australian Dental Association and President of the Adelaide dental school.

Outside of dentistry, my ideal Sunday involves a walk by the beach, enjoying a sunny day with a delectable pastry and an iced matcha in hand!

Jason Petley

Jason Petley

Dental Prosthetist

I moved to Townsville at the beginning of 2020 from the Gold Coast with my partner, and quickly fell in love with the area - both of us being avid nature enthusiasts and SCUBA divers. We both hope one day to see a crocodile swim down the Strand, something that many locals promised us was a regular occurrence when we first got here.

 Shortly after arriving, I joined Absolutely Dental as their in-house Dental Prosthetist and have since enjoyed being a part of a multidisciplinary holistic healthcare team.

 I am passionate about providing the very best care possible, with my particular interests in dental prosthetics being:

  • Maximum comfort
  • Functional efficiency
  • Aesthetics
  • Restoration of vertical dimension
  • Balanced occlusion

 I am one of the few Dental Prosthetists in Australia to have graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics.

 A Dental Prosthetist works as an independent practitioner in the assessment, treatment, management and provision of patient removable prostheses. Dental prosthetists are registered nationally with the Dental Board of Australia, the same board that registers dentists, dental hygienists, dental and oral health therapists and dental specialists. They are subject to the same registration requirements, guidelines and codes of practice as other members of the dental team.

 Dentures are required to restore lost function - even if you're missing just one tooth, your chewing ability can become compromised, making it difficult to eat all of the nutrient-rich foods necessary for good health. Having one or more missing teeth can also put you at a higher risk for oral infections, including gum disease.

 Natural teeth provide a "freeway space" of roughly 2–3 mm which  is partially maintained as a result of the teeth limiting any further closure past the point of maximum intercuspidation. 

 When there are no teeth present in the mouth, the natural vertical dimension of occlusion is lost and the mouth has a tendency to overclose. This causes the cheeks to exhibit a "sunken-in" appearance and wrinkle lines to form at the commissures. 

Erin Page

Erin Page

Oral Health Therapist (CQU 2015)

Originating from a long line of Townsville locals, it must be in my blood to enjoy the beautiful tropics and the heat because I couldn’t live anywhere else! After starting my career in the dental industry when I was 17 as a trainee Dental Assistant, I always enjoyed the thrill of transforming peoples smiles. After a few years working alongside a plethora of differing dental practitioners gaining experience, I went on to further my knowledge studying a Bachelor of Oral Health through Central Queensland University.  

As an Oral Health Therapist, I’m the starting point for a lot of patients, especially children’s, dental experiences within our practice. I enjoy introducing patients to the dental world and building (or in some cases, rebuilding) positive dental relationships, educating them on their oral health or just having a chat and making them feel relaxed in our environment. I love working with our patients to transform their smiles and making their teeth shine!

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- Australian Academy Orofacial Myology Therapy 4 day Introduction course
- Orthodontics and scope of practice with Dr. Derek Mahony
- Townsville Orthodontics Interdisciplinary day
- Beyond Teeth Series: Kid's faces, sucking and feeding habits
- Pedodontics update
- Dental Hygienists Association Annual Conference
- Dental Hygienists Association Regional Roadshow
- Immediate implants and evidence based oral hygiene
- ADOTHA Annual Conference
- Tony Rotondo Memorial series

Lauren Stanta

Lauren Stanta

Oral Health Therapist (CSU 2018)

I come from the small country town Ingham, which is rich in Italian heritage. I was blessed to grow up surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, waterfalls, and eating amazing Italian food with my family and friends. At the age of 10, I was really unhappy with my smile so I travelled to Townsville to see an orthodontist. Ever since I had braces, I was completely fascinated about what was happening in my mouth: how my teeth moved and were gradually straightening.

In high school, I was placed in a local dental clinic for work experience and I grew to love helping others smile. After graduating Year 12, I worked as a dental assistant for three years, during which I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea as part of my work. A dentist had donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for a youth camp there and I was lucky enough to get to teach these young people how to brush their teeth. This inspired me to further my studies and become an oral health therapist. As an oral health therapist, I am passionate about child dentistry from a holistic viewpoint. I love helping nervous or anxious patients feel relaxed and confident, and educating families on good oral hygiene habits.

Marissa

Marissa

Practice Manager

GradCert Business

I joined the Absolutely Dental family in April 2016. As the Practice Manager, I lead a wonderful team of dedicated and reliable staff who each have their own special importance within the company. Watching the team grow and develop their skills and confidence is extremely gratifying, as too is seeing patients smile after receiving dental treatment; especially those who would hide their smile. Also seeing patients who were once anxious, become more comfortable and relaxed within the environment, and really enjoying their dental visits.

Born and raised in Townsville, I have 2 teenagers who help keep me busy. In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and family, travelling, watersports, snorkelling and anything else to do with the ocean. I have too many favourite holiday destinations to name one, but I love anything tropical, with a great beach.

Cara

Cara

Head of department, Administration

I am from Townsville and really enjoy living in such a great community. I am a qualified Beauty Therapist and I have worked in the beauty industry for 12 years.

I have a passion for health and wellbeing. I love working with people and building relationships. That is what led me to Absolutely Dental.

I joined the administration team in November 2018 and I have learnt so much in a short period of time and I value every part, especially having a chat with patients!

It is amazing to see the results of great dentistry and working with people that are so passionate about making everyone feel confident with their smile.

Kayla

Kayla

Head of Department, Clinical

I grew up in Ingham on my family's cane farm. Whilst in year 11 I was fortunate enough to gain a position as a trainee dental assistant at a local dental practice where I completed my Certificate III in Dental Assisting. At the end of year 12 I moved to Townsville and joined the Absolutely Dental team in December 2017.

Soon after settling in I completed my Certificate IV in Dental Assisting. Over the years working here, I have learnt so much and also grown and developed many skills that I am extremely grateful for. As a Clinical Coordinator, my favourite thing about my job is being able to hire staff with no dental experience and train them up to be amazing dental assistants, as I find it gratifying to watch them grow. 

When I am not at work I love being outdoors and keeping active. On a weekend I am usually spending time with my partner exercising, fishing or travelling back to Ingham to visit family. 

I love working in the dental industry as it's extremely rewarding being able to help patients achieve their dream smiles!

Kelly

Kelly

Head of Department, Clinical

I became part of the team in November, 2019.

 Although I've been employed in many different fields of work over the years, Dental Assisting is by far the most interesting, challenging and rewarding role I've had. 

 To increase my knowledge and abilities, I'm currently studying a Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting and hope to complete them by the end of the year.

I have 2 beautiful children and a dog.
In our free time we enjoy camping and motorbike riding.

I look forward to meeting you. 

Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Head of Department, Marketing

I moved to Townsville in 2016 and started studying a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, after growing up in Ayr on my parent's cane farm. In 2021 I joined the Absolutely Dental team as an administration assistant and became the Marketing Coordinator in 2022 after returning to my tertiary studies at Griffith University.

When I'm not at work, you will find me in the Burdekin spending time with my friends and family, travelling, and trying new foods.

I love working at Absolutely Dental, and being able to work with an incredible team that help patients achieve their life changing smiles! 

Trish

Trish

Kirwan Practice Coordinator

After living out west most of my life I thought I would make a change and move my family to the big city. We all thought Townsville had great opportunities to offer and we have now been living here happily for three years.

 I have a strong passion for working in customer service with patients of all ages and discussing potential ways of gaining better health and improving quality of life. I have worked in various education roles such as an Kindergarten Director and Teachers Aide supporting children in special education, primary and high school. I have also enjoyed working as a Medical administration officer for many years in previous positions.

 I am currently studying a Diploma in Practice Management which I hope to complete this year to further my studies in Customer Service, Human Resources and Accounting as these are my keen interests. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in my spare time and I also love to travel. Even if it’s a short distance away to get out of the house and have some fun.

 Since commencing my role at Absolutely Dental I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment, what a great team and how wonderful it is to work at a place where you can’t wait to go to work each day.

Chloe

Chloe

Administration Assistant

I joined the Absolutely Dental team in February 2021, shortly after completion of year 12 in 2020.  I have a customer service background and really enjoy meeting and chatting with our patients and their families.  I was born and raised in Townsville.  I have a passion for photography and wish to pursue a career in this industry with the dream of one day owing my own business.  Sometimes you may find me snapping pics of the team around the practice.  I love working at Absolutely Dental because of the lovely team I work with.

Cheryl

Cheryl

Administration Assistant

I moved to Townsville to complete my Science Degree in The 80's. I then completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Education and began teaching Science at Collinsville SHS. After two years I won a job at Flight Centre in Townsville which took my passion for travel to new heights, leading to my husband and I quitting our jobs and travelling through Europe and South America for seven months. 

Upon our return, I worked at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions and took advantage of the opportunity to Scuba Dive. After the birth of our daughters, I worked as a Workplace Trainer and eventually ended up at The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, allowing me to combine my science and teaching qualifications as the Training Coordinator. 

My husband and I plan to continue our globe-trotting ways, but I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work at Absolutely Dental with the wonderful Admin Team. Absolutely Dental is one of the nicest places I have worked and I am proud to be part of this family that genuinely cares for our patients AND our staff.  

Emma

Emma

Administration Assistant

Originally from Forrest Beach, Ingham, I grew up with an array of gorgeous foods and an even more gorgeous landscape. My younger brother and I were very fortunate to have outdoorsy parents who would often take us camping, fishing and hiking. Being surrounded by waterfalls and beaches really fuelled my sense of adventure and at the age of 19, I left Australia to travel. Over the span of four years, I lived and travelled across 15 different countries. It was an experience that has certainly shaped the person I am today. On my return to Aus, I moved to WA and lived in the outback for a year and a half before moving back to FNQ to be closer to family and friends. 

I first began my journey with Absolutely Dental, only a patient in 2018. I always remembered how friendly and kind everyone was. I am now very proud to be a part of the team that helped me improve my confidence with my smile all those years ago. I find my role here very rewarding, but it’s certainly the friendships I’ve made with the team that make it so easy to enjoy my job!

Swana

Swana

Administration Assistant

I was raised on Murray Island, a remote community in the Torres Strait and moved to Townsville in 2005. After completing high school, I worked as a stylist in the fashion industry and further developed my customer service skills in telemarketing and sales.

My passion has always been to support people to look after their health and I jumped at the opportunity to work with the Administration team at Absolutely Dental in 2023. We pride ourselves on our friendly and welcoming environment and I love the relationships and friendships that I have built here. I enjoy coming into such a positive work environment where I can use my customer service skills to help make our patient's dental experience as pleasant as possible.  

Ashley

Ashley

Dental Assistant

I grew up in Townsville and have been a Dental Assistant since Feb 2016 as I was searching for a good career to pursue during my break from school and University. During that time I have completed my certificate III in dental assisting and attended many professional development seminars. I now study law part time and work part time. My favourite part of dental is getting to know many different types of people and developing those relationships. I love all things surgical and rehabilitation work as I find that is the most rewarding area for me.