Dr. Richard James Sawers
Dentist | BDS (ADEL).
I graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1972 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and since then have furthered my education by taking various other educational courses in dentistry. From 1972-1975, I gained experience in Goodwood and Glenside, before pursuing work in Maidenhead, England. I returned to Australia in 1978, where I worked again at Goodwood until moving to South Terrace Dental in 1992, where I have worked ever since.
I have always been interested in science, and originally applied to study Agricultural Science, however as fate would have it I was offered a place in Dentistry, which I accepted. I most enjoy working in reconstructive and rehabilitative dentistry. It involves a multi-disciplinary approach and the patients appreciate the careful planning and rebuilding of their smiles. I thoroughly enjoy the people with whom I work with and the people for whom I care. I work hard to be an empathetic dentist and supportive provider of care. The majority of my patients are referrals from other patients and have been with for many, many years.
Currently, I am a member of the International College of Dentistry and the Australian Dental Association, Director of the Seattle Study Club, and Australasian Chairperson and International Trustee of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
I am the first dental graduate to begin their education at correspondence school (for remote students), and I am heavily involved in Postgraduate education in many forms. In my spare time, I pursue my interests of farming, golfing, and I attend events with my 6 children and 5 grandchildren. I also devote time to my farm, where I raise prime lambs.
I devote time to being a member of the Dental Outreach program for the homeless, Chair of a new body to fund a charity clinic in Adelaide, mentoring Indigenous Health Science students and was the past Chair of Parkside Primary School in Adelaide, which I still keep tabs on.
Dr. Clemmie Mellor
Dentist | BDS (ADEL).
I was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2011 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Since then, I have furthered my studies by taking various Continuing Professional Development Courses, including training in Invisalign. For the first 18 months of my career I worked at Mount Barker Dental Care and moved to South Terrace Dental Care after this, where I have been ever since. I have wanted to be a dentist since I was seven. I was interested in working with my hands, with people and in a constantly challenging and developing industry which allowed flexibility throughout life.
I enjoy both the artistic and scientific/medical aspects of dentistry and have always been excited by the opportunity to travel with work and to use my skills for volunteer work. I enjoy working in Endodontics, doing root canals—it is satisfying to be able to relieve people of large amounts of pain. I also find my work with Invisalign very enjoyable, and like to work with kids. I enjoy the people I work with and the respect and support I have always received here. We are lucky to have a whole lot of lovely patients as well. I work hard to minimise pain and maximise perfection wherever possible. The patient’s goals and comfort are my chief concern.
In my spare time, I like to travel, to keep active and to spend time with my wonderful family and friends. I speak some French and was fluent in Auslan (Australian sign language)—although both of these skills are now in need of further attention! I work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service at least once a year to provide dental care to remote South Australian locations with some students from the University of Adelaide BDS program. I am also a mentor for an indigenous medical/dental students group (FAIMM). I am a member of the Recent Graduates Committee for the Australian Dental Association, South Australian branch and am also an ADA mentor for other students in the BDS program here in Adelaide.
I obtained an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health in 2009 from the Gilles Plains College of TAFE, and have since obtained a Certificate VI in Dental Radiography, and Certificate III in Dental Assisting. I was presented with the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia (SA) Outstanding Performance in the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) and the Inaugural Jane Chalmers Award (Special Needs Dentistry). I have worked in the Special Needs Unit of the Adelaide Dental Hospital, with Andrew Hayes and Associates, and with the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre for the Adelaide University. I have been part of the National Dental Care team at South Terrace Dental Care since 2011.
I became involved in dentistry in order to help educate people on the importance of oral health and its impact on general health. I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of prevention and early minimal intervention in maintaining good oral health.
I enjoy working with periodontal compromised patients, patients with special needs, children and the elderly.
I love working in a team that is respectful and focused on patient comfort, individualised treatment and oral health maintenance. I also enjoy working with the latest technology, equipment and techniques to the best outcome for our patients. It is great to be a part of a team that works to ensure a safe and efficient work place for visitors and staff.
I work hard to pay attention to patient comfort, and personally tailor treatment planning for patients to improve and maintain oral health both in the clinic and at home. I try to take an open, honest and ethical approach with all team members and patients. I am continually reviewing best practice methods in all clinical approaches for patient treatment.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, particularly treasuring every moment I can with my 6 year old daughter. I also enjoy construction and renovation of house, bushwalking, traveling, goldmining and discovering Australian antiques.
I am a Member of the Age Care committee of DHAA- SA Branch, and a participant of Common Ground Dental Awareness events and Detention Centre Dental Awareness visits. I take part in Dental Rescue Day’s for the Dental Rescue Foundation. I also have professional memberships to the Dental Hygienist’s Association of South Australia, the Seattle Study Club (Adelaide Branch), the Australian Society of Periodontology, and am a member of the DHAA SA Branch executive committee, having been the State Treasurer and Membership Officer
and the National President from 2012-2013.
I graduated in 2005 from TAFE SA Gilles Plains College with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene, and since then have undertaken a whitening course to further my dental education. Before coming to South Terrace Dental Care, I worked at the Adelaide Periodontal and Implant Professionals, Belair Dental Care, the Port Dental Care and Glenelg Dental Care.
I chose to become a dentist because I like helping and educating people. I find the body really interesting; everybody is different with different needs and wants.
I enjoy impression taking for mouthguards, nightguards, bleaching trays, and working with children to start them off with good education and dental experiences so they enjoy coming to the dentist and have no fear about their dental journey for the rest of their lives. I enjoy being involved in the Invisalign process—the transformations are amazing, and it inspires me to believe everyone can have teeth they love. A good clean can also be an amazing transformation. I love that clean smooth feeling of teeth without the bacterial build up and the way the body has the ability to be a self-healing machine. I love seeing the gums improve in colour, consistency and reduce the symptoms for the patient.
At my current practice, I love the staff—everyone is friendly and welcoming. We are like a family. We accept people for who they are and encourage each other to be the best we can be. Continuing education is encouraged and always been an important part of practice beliefs.
I work hard to give gentle yet thorough cleans, taking the time to listen to the patient so I can form a strong relationship and see how their dental, and even non-dental, journeys are going.
In my spare time, I attend dance/ballet and pilates exercise classes, and enjoy gardening, home renovations, and reading murder mysteries and thrillers.
I am of Italian heritage with half of my family living in Italy; I know basic Italian. I have a rabbit called Midi, am a crows supporter, and will be married later in 2015.
I used to be a function DJ and volunteered at FreshFM (the community radio station).
I am a Member of the Hygiene Association, member of the Australian Periodontology Society,
was a dental nurse for an oral surgeon before coming a hygienist so I have my certificate in dental assisting
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.
I graduated from the Gilles Plains College at TAFE SA with an Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene. Since then, I have also obtained a Certificate in Local Anaesthetics, and a Certificate in Temporary Restorations. In my career, I have worked at Unley Park Dental Clinic, Plympton Dental Clinic, Dr Melinda Barva’s Orthodontics and have tutored and lectured at Gilles Plains TAFE.
I was a rare dental patient growing up—I always loved going to the dentist to have my teeth done! This inspired me to work in dentistry as an adult. As a hygienist I am interested in all aspects of oral health. I enjoy doing Invisalign work in particular. Currently, I am enjoying being part of such a great team of people to work with. I work hard to provide a friendly yet thorough experience for my patients, and give every treatment 100%.
In my spare time, I attend RPM classes at the gym, and spend time with my 2 young children and husband.
I attended the Kings College University Hospital of Dental Hygiene (London) in 1996, obtaining a Certificate in Dental Assisting and a Diploma of Dental Hygiene. I have since undertaken studies in Dental Radiography at the Adelaide Dental School. I worked in an Oral Hygiene Centre and Devonshire Dental Clinic in London for 14 years, and working with Peter Gascoigne Orthodontics for 5 years before coming to join the National Dental Care team at South Terrace Dental Care as a hygienist.
For me it was a choice of nursing or dentistry. I love having hands on career, which involves making a difference and motivating people to live healthier lives. All aspects of dentistry appeal to me, and I have developed a special interest in advanced periodontics. I enjoy the challenge and seeing the final result.
I’m pleased with the way my current practice has been managed over the last 18 months. All the staff are friendly and good at their jobs.
I work hard to be an easy to talk to hygienist who is gentle yet thorough. I take the time to educate and motivate my patients.
I’m on the board of “The Friends of the Australian Ballet,” and like to spend any spare time with my 3 children & husband, coaching Netball, or reading.
Dental Hygienist | Diploma of Dental Hygiene
I graduated from the Torrens Valley TAFE College in 2000 with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene. I my career, have worked at various general and orthodontic practices, including 2 years in Canberra and a year at a periodontal practice in Switzerland. I chose this career path from a desire to work with people. I enjoy all areas of dentistry, but have a particular passon for treating children. I love working with a great team, and getting to know my patients beyond just their teeth. I work hard to maintain a gentle manner, and patient comfort is a priority. I work with my patients to build their confidence. I devote part-time work to being the State Coordinator for the South Australia Branch of the National Dental Foundation, and charity that coordinates volunteer dentists with the underprivileged. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.
Dr Eleanore Owen
Dentist | BDS
I am an experienced dentist who is passionate about overseeing and facilitating lifelong dental health. I firmly believe in the importance of good oral health and has a strong commitment to helping her patients achieve this through gentle, quality dental care.
Having graduated almost 15 years ago from Adelaide University, I gained broad experience in the public dental service and the Adelaide University Dental School prior to settling into private general practice more than 10 years ago. I was fortunate to be a recipient of the Colgate Palmolive Student Travel Award, where I travelled to Bristol University and studied acidic tooth wear. I have continued my education throughout my career, attaining a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry, undertaking further study with the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and also having the privilege of working alongside many exceptional colleagues and learning from them.
I am also a member of the Australian Dental Association and have served on the SA Branch Council for many years. I am a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and strive to give back to my profession. Outside of work, I am married with two young children and a very spoilt cat!
Dr Pegah Tavakol
Dentist | BDS
I completed my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2008. Since then, I have furthered my studies by taking various Continuing Professional Development Courses, including training in Resin bonding veneers, Anti-wrinkle injections and Dermal Fillers.
I worked in a general dental practice in Melbourne, Victoria before moving to Adelaide. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients with an extensive range of oral health care needs. I enjoy all areas of general dentistry with preventative and minimally invasive approach to help patients achieve and maintain their oral health. I find Resin bonding veneers smile make over very enjoyable. My aim is to listen to my patient’s concerns carefully and offer them all possible options to achieve their goals.
Furthermore, my interest in cosmetic facial procedures led to further training within the field of non-surgical cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. I love achieving results that appear natural.
I am a member of Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA) trained dentist.
Outside of dentistry, I enjoy reading, cycling, travelling, painting, playing violin, fashion, styling and spending time with my family and friends. Coming from my Persian background, I speak Farsi fluently.