What is a Dental Therapist?
A Dental Therapist is a trained and registered dental professional that is able to perform clinical procedures under the guidance of the orthodontist.
In Australia a dental therapist must:
- Complete a Diploma in Oral Health Therapy (a 2-year full-time University course completed prior to Jan 2006)
- Complete a Bachelor in Oral Health Therapy (a 3-year full-time University course completed after Jan 2006).
- Be registered as an Oral Health Therapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Our team of therapists will assist in performing the clinical aspects of your treatment. They are university trained and regularly attend continuing professional development to keep up to date with their skills.
Catherine Bradbrook - Catherine completed her Bachelor of Oral Health Science in 2013 at Latrobe University in Bendigo. Since graduating she has been working in both public and private dental clinics utilising all her skills in hygiene and therapy. After working at South East Orthodontics part time for a few years, she is now working mainly in orthodontics as she has found it rewarding being part of the team of changing smiles. Outside of work Catherine loves walking, surfing, camping and always keen to travel.
Kim completed her Diploma of Oral Health Therapy at the University of Melbourne in 2000 achieving the Colgate and Oral B highest aggregate awards. She has worked in Community dental health and general dentistry but found that Orthodontics was her passion and moved into this specialist field of dentistry early on, joining South East Orthodontics in 2003. Kim found she loved making such a big impact on changing people’s lives by creating beautiful smiles and giving quality, gentle patient care. Outside of Orthodontics Kim is an avid horse trainer, showjumper and loves to help children and adults in Equine Therapy. She loves spending time with family and friends .
Kristy has been in the dental industry for over 10 years. Starting as a dental assistant, Kristy has worked in a variety of general and specialist practices. With a desire to expand her dental knowledge and a need to help others she decided to return to study, completing the Bachelor of Oral Health Science at The University of Melbourne. Kristy has a passion for working with young children, striving to make their dental encounter a carefree and pleasant one. In her spare time Kristy enjoys travelling and action and adventure sports.
Devindhi completed her Bachelor of Oral Health from The University of Melbourne in 2011. She started her career in general dentistry practicing hygiene and therapy but soon discovered Orthodontics and has enjoyed working in the field so much that she has chosen to work full time. Seeing the transformations from before to after treatment and seeing how happy patients are with their brand new smiles are some of the things she finds very rewarding about working in Orthodontics. In her spare time she loves reading, travelling and watching sit coms.