Your Team - National Dental Care

Dr. Henry Gilkes

Dentist  |  BDS (Adel)

I graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1982.
From 1982 through to 1983 I worked in Hounslow in the United Kingdom. I returned to Australia in 1984, when I worked in the community of Robe as a dentist, and at West Lakes Dental until 1989. In 1989 I became a managing partner at West Lakes, and have been here ever since! I have worked hard to become skilled in all aspects of general dental practice, whilst still maintaining a special interest in oral surgery and implantology.

My ongoing education has included numerous courses to upskill in oral surgery, implantology, hypnosis, practice management and general dental clinical skills.

I am currently the SA state chairman for the National Dental Foundation (a philanthropic organisation that supplies pro bono dental treatment to the needy in our community).
I am also an active member of The Seattle Study Club, SA Osseointegration Society, the Australian Dental Association, and am registered with the Dental Board through AHPRA. I have been accredited with Admitting and Dental Surgical privileges at Western Hospital and accredited with Surgical Assistant privileges at Wakefield Hospital.

In my spare time I enjoy bike riding, photography, and windsurfing. I am married with two adult daughters.

Dr. Robert South

Dentist  |  BDS Adel Dip Pharm Adel

After completing a degree in Pharmacy, I graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1976. I have been working at West Lakes Dental ever since. During this time I have been involved in many Study Clubs, and was coordinator of the Southern Dental Conference at Mount Buller for many years. I am an active member of the Australian Dental Association, registered with the Dental Board through AHPRA. I have made sure to keep my skills up to date with the ongoing changes in dentistry through post graduate courses and lectures.
I am married to Cathy and have two children, Emily and Andrew, and a grandson. My son Andrew works with me in the practice.

Outside dentistry, my interests are surfing and snow skiing, sports which have helped me to keep my fitness level high.

Dr. Tim Allen

Dentist  |  BDS (Adel)

I graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1996. After graduating I worked in private practice in London for two years, coinciding with the years that the Adelaide Crows won their only two premierships! I have worked in private practice in West Lakes since 1999, taking up my current position in 2001.

I am a member of the Australian Dental Association as well as its SA branch, and am registered with the Dental Board through AHPRA. I have made sure to undertake ongoing training and professional development through memberships with various clinical programs and study clubs, recently becoming accredited to provide Invisalign orthodontic treatment.

Outside of the office, I have been a member of the Adelaide Crows Football club since day one, and am a member of the South Australian Cricket Association. I am married with one girl and two boys, and make it a priority to play an active role in their various school and sporting endeavours.

Dr. Andrew South

Dentist  |  BDS (Adel) B.Pod (Adel)

I completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Adelaide University in 2012, receiving the Deans’ Merit Award. Since this time I have worked in a number of practices in metropolitan Adelaide, gaining experience in all aspects of general dentistry and minor oral surgery. I also became a member of the Australian Dental Association and registered with the Dental Board through AHPRA. I am currently involved with a number of professional development associations for ongoing clinical skills.

Before joining the National Dental Care team at West Lakes Dental in 2014, I was fortunate to spend some time travelling, where I got to pursue my interest in photography, surfing and skiing. I am also a keen water polo player.

Dr. Lily Furniss

Dentist  |  BDS (Qld)

I earned my undergraduate degree in dentistry from the Griffith University, School of Dentistry. I  practice all facets of dentistry and thoroughly enjoy wisdom tooth removal and aesthetic restoration of teeth with modern techniques. I particularly enjoy working in our high-end surgery that allows me to get to know my patients, helping them relax and have a positive experience. Away from the demands of dentistry I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking, horse riding and am trying my hand at golf.

Madeleine Gilkes

Oral Health Therapist  |  BOH (Adel)

I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2012, with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Since then, I have regularly attended professional development lectures and courses to add to my education. I have been in practice working full time since graduating. During this time, I have worked at West Lakes Dental, Walkerville Dental and Victoria Park Dental Specialists providing orthodontic care. I enjoy children’s dentistry as I believe the first few years of a childs dental life are incredibly important and I like being a part of a positive experience. West Lakes Dental is a friendly, warm practice that has an incredibly passionate team in which I am proud to be part of. I am passionate about my job and provide high quality dental care in a calm, friendly dental setting. I care about my patients—not just their mouths. I am a member of the Australian and New Zealand Pediatric Dental Society, and make time to participate in the National Dental Foundations Dental Rescue Days—a charitable organisation that facilitates the provision of pro bono dental treatment to those in our society who cannot access timely dental care. I was lucky enough to be selected to fly with the RFDS to Marlee to provide dental care to locals who could not access dental care in 2012. My family have a history of working in dentistry; my father is a dentist, and instilled in me a similar enthusiasm. My interests outside of dentistry include travel, cooking and music —I have had a passion for the piano since I was 5.

Catherine Brunton

Dental Hygienist  |  Assoc. Dip in Dental Hygiene

I graduated from the Gilles Plains College of TAFE in South Australia in 1991, with an Associate Diploma in Dental Hygiene, and have been in practice since then. In this time, I have worked at Bath Street Dental Practice, Guy Burnett Orthodontics, and until the present have been working as a hygienist with the National Dental Care team at West Lakes Dental. I enjoy dentistry because it allows me to meet a broad range of people; I love the level of social interaction at my current practice. I work hard to provide a gentle experience for my patients. My interests outside of dentistry include walking and travelling, and I am involved in various community sporting committees.

Denise Jones

Dental Hygienist  |  Assoc. Dip in Dental Hygiene

I complete an Associate Diploma in Dental Hygiene at Adelaide TAFE in 1979, and have been working at West Lakes Dental ever since. I have continued to further my education in this time, regularly attending association meetings, seminars, and taking Continuing Professional Development courses. I knew I wanted to be a dental assistant since I was 16 years old, and an interest in dental hygiene developed from there. I enjoy my current practice, thanks to a friendly team who get along well with one another. I love the long-standing regular patients we receive, and feel I have really gotten to know them and their families over the years. Our surgery also has a fantastic view! In my spare time I like to keep fit, spend time at my ‘shack’, travel, read, and be with family and friends.

Renee Allen

Dental Hygienist  |  Diploma of Dental Hygiene

I graduated from the Gilles Plains College of TAFE in South Australia with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene, and have been in practice since 2005, working in Melbourne and Adelaide. I began working with the National Dental Care team at West Lakes Dental in 2007, and have been here ever since! I am passionate about educating patients on ways to improve their oral health, and devote time to tutoring students studying a Bachelor of Oral Health which I find both challenging and satisfying. At my current practice, I enjoy both the staff and the view! I work hard to make sure I am a gentle yet thorough hygienist. My interests outside of dentistry include reading and cooking.

Melissa Ford

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the Gilles Plains College of TAFE in 1986 with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene. Since then, I have worked with many different dentists including Dr Durgood in Renmark, Dr Stanbeuicius, Dr Vagrona, and locum work with Dr Hobby and Dr Thomas. As a school student I always had an interest in science and health, and this led to an interest in dentistry in later years. I practice general dentistry and spend the majority of my time in a clinical setting. I am pleased to be part of a dental practice which maintains a high standard of dental care, and keeps up to date with the latest technology for our patients to benefit from. I work hard to be gentle yet thorough, and enjoy chatting with patients to make them feel comfortable. In my spare time, I keep fit through walking and paddle boarding, and enjoy dining out at Adelaide’s many wonderful restaurants. I also have an interest in growing fruit and vegetables, although not with a high degree of skill! I devote time to surf life saving with the Henley Community Garden.

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