I am a Specialist Paediatric Dentist who cares for children at Tassie Kids Dental, located in both Hobart and Launceston. Currently, I am the only Children’s Dental Specialist in the state.
In 2002, I obtained my Bachelor of Dental Science degree with honours, from The University of Western Australia. Prior to commencing specialty training I had the opportunity to work in general dental practice for close to a decade. My diverse experiences have included the school dental service, rural government practice and metropolitan private practice in both W.A. and Victoria. Following a period of maternity leave, I undertook, Paediatric Dentist training at The University of Melbourne between 2012 – 2015.
Dental decay and enamel defects (chalky teeth) are of particular interest to me; these research areas were the subject of my postgraduate thesis. My research into enamel defects has involved The D3 Group; I headed the team that successfully obtained the Wrigley Company Foundation ADAF Community Service Grant in 2013 and 2014. I have published articles on this topic in the Australian Dental Association, and I am the Chalky Teeth Campaign Representative for Tasmania.
I have lectured to doctors, dentists and oral health therapists in Tasmania and Victoria, and provide a dental health column for the Child Dental Health Association of Tasmania. At The University of Melbourne I have taught dental students Paediatric Dentistry. Currently, I am a member of the ADA (Tas) CPD committee and look forward to my appointment as the President of the ADA Tas CPD committee in 2017.
Through my professional appointments I have built working relationships with medical and dental specialists. For children with complex needs, I can liaise with those health professionals to deliver the highest quality of care.
Professionally I am a member of the Australian Dental Association, International Association for Dental Research, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, and Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.