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Meet Our Oral Health Therapists and Hygienists


Karen Braunegg, Oral Health Therapist

Karen has been working in the dental industry for over 20 years, growing up in Ballarat and studied OHT having 3 years experience in her new field working in Ballarat, Melbourne and Regional areas such as Wagga Wagga and Albury. She graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2020.

Karen has a particular interest in pediatric dentistry and hygiene. She has a strong focus on oral health promotion and prevention in educating her patients on the importance of oral care and the effects on the systemic system and the oral cavity.

She’s outgoing, bubbly, attention to detail, loyal and highly organized with a caring nature helping anxious patients by making them feel at ease. Through explaining their treatment and helping them overcome their fears, building rapport with her patients.

She enjoys socializing with friends and family. She is a busy mum to her three kids, enjoys bike riding with the family, palates, yoga, hiking and enjoys walking her dog Milo. She also enjoys studying and updating her skills through dental courses.


Mark Suniga, Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Mark has a caring nature and a gentle hand, making him one of the best dental therapists and hygienists around. We’re thrilled to have him on our team. Mark is also certified with Adult Scope of Practice. And he has a keen interest in further education, having undertaken training in Dental Laser Therapy, he can also assist with more complex gum treatments.

Mark has a keen interest in helping you keep your gums healthy and takes the required time to help each patient understand their oral health needs. Mark enjoys working with patients of all ages, including children and the elderly. He is our most requested practitioner.


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