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Meet Our Oral Health Therapists and Hygienists

Maidstone dental hygienistEmily Davies

Emily Davies is a dual qualified Oral Health Therapist / Hygienist, educated at University of Melbourne.

She is specifically trained to deal with dental issues for babies, children and youth up to age 25, and connects well with all children. It’s about talking to our younger patients on a level that they can relate to and understand. This way we help to get the best dental outcomes for the kids and their families.

When seeing adult patients, Emily supports our dentists by undertaking the preparatory work such as charting and xrays, measuring the gum health, as well as taking time for a thorough clean. She gets outstanding feedback from patients with periodontal conditions, who have to have deep cleaning (scaling and root planing – SRP).

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.

Matthew Habib, Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Matthew is a truly caring practitioner – gentle, calm and looking out for the best for his patients.   Having worked for his family practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for some years, Matthew is starting his family in the west of Melbourne, and we have been lucky to have him join us.  Dentistry is in his blood – as his father was a dentist for many years before retiring not that long ago.

Matthew is certified in Zoom Teeth Whitening, and to look after changes for your Invisalign or Braces rewiring.

Ingrid Sawyer, Oral Health Therapist

Whether she’s looking after your children’s dental needs or caring for your periodontal troubles, Ingrid’s passion for patients leads her to provide the best possible care at all times.

A graduate of Melbourne University in 2009, Ingrid enjoys working with patients of all walks of life, carrying out gentle care plans designed specifically for them.

Ingrid is certified in Zoom! whitening and holds additional training in Oro-facial Myology to help children facing developmental issues when it comes to speech, facial ticks, mouth breathing, poor chewing or tongue placement issues.

Kate Ricca

Kate graduated from Melbourne University and is a recent addition to the Smart Choice Dental team. She looks forward to getting to know patients better and providing them with the best possible oral health care services.

Kate loves working with children, and even volunteers with local charities in her spare time. Kate is certified to carry out Zoom! teeth whitening treatments. In addition, she loves to assist in children’s orthodontic cases.

Jessica Sutton, Dental Therapist and Hygienist

Jess is so lovely, her patients really are hooked on seeing her for their 6 monthly check ups and cleans, so her appointment book fills early – and very few spots come up in her appointment book.

Jess has an eye for detail, and loves to help you fill the gaps in your oral care – so that your gums, breath and teeth can be the best they can possibly be.

She is gentle and kind, and kids love her too.   Educated in Perth, she lives close by her parents here in Maribyrnong, and is starting her own family now.

Jess is certified in Zoom Teeth Whitening.

Meet Our Caring Staff, Who Love Kids!

Contact us today to arrange to see one of our team. They are looking forward to helping you and your family look after your smiles.
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