I graduated from TAFE SA Gilles Plains College in 2003 with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene, and have since upgraded my skillset to align with current graduates, making my qualification an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene). I have undertaken continued professional development in many clinical areas including periodontics and paediatric management as well as developing patient management skills through communication and risk management workshops. I have been working at South Terrace Dental care since graduation, and amongst this worked with Stephen Langford in Orthodontics part time for two years. I am also a clinical tutor and lecturer at TAFE SA for Advanced Diploma of Oral Health students. I devote time to Colgate—as a SA State professional educator—lecturing to undergraduates in ADOH, BOH and BDS programs.
My career direction was to be a fashion designer but an opportunity at a young age to work in a country dental practice shaped my career direction into the health stream and inspired me to further my skills into dental hygiene and tertiary education.
Working in a general practice enables me to utilise all of my hygiene skills and get to know a broad range of patients and personalities.
My current place of work has a diverse client base of mostly long-term loyal clients. Developing and maintaining rapport with clients is important to me as part of managing each patient holistically, not just treating them as a set of teeth.
My continued professional development in many areas of the industry as well as my role in education has enabled me to stay at the forefront of dental hygiene and provide a holistic and preventive management plan for every patient, based on individual general health and lifestyle.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, shopping, and family time. I have previously been involved in Dental Rescue Days, and was a past committee member during the development of the program.