Meet The Dental Hygienists / Therapists

Avenue Dental is a group of Sunshine Coast Dental practices with dental hygienists / therapists in Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

Our hygienists / therapists at each of Avenue Dental’s Sunshine Coast locations are highly skilled and experienced in helping care for your teeth. Avenue Dental has 8 dental hygienists / therapists over the 3 practices on the Sunshine Coast.

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Alicia Veizer – Caloundra
Julie Carranza – Kawana
Natarsha Ferrington – Caloundra
Anita Pettinato – Maroochydore
Leah Hobbs – Caloundra
Jenna Horan – Caloundra
Alice Lee – Kawana
Deb Kerridge – Maroochydore
Stephanie Wallace – Caloundra

Alicia Veizer – Registered Dental Hygienist Caloundra

Alicia Veizer – Dental Hygienist Caloundra

Alicia was educated and trained in Toronto Canada in 1997. She then joined two practices, one with a periodontist, and one with the president of the Dental Association of Ontario. Both were affiliated with the University of Toronto. We were fortunate to have Alicia join our family in 2008 as she brings extensive dental knowledge and a wealth of clinical experience.

Her professional demeanour, exceptional clinical skills and a caring nature has already established a great reputation and strong rapport with her clients. She specialises in Oral Hygiene education and periodontal gum disease treatment. She takes immense pride in helping people maintain healthy mouths, creating beautiful smiles and especially keeping their teeth for life. In her spare time, Alicia is passionate about international travel, is the mother of 2 young boisterous boys, Rhys and Erik, and with her partner Andrew, tries to spend as much time at the beach as possible.

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Julie Carranza – Registered Dental Hygienist Caloundra and Kawana

Julie Carranza – Dental Hygienist Caloundra and Kawana

Graduating as a Dental Hygienist in 1991, Julie brings to Avenue Dental a variety of professional experiences. Julie has worked with specialists, general dentists, provided nursing home staff training and facilitated local study groups. Her additional involvements include volunteering for the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia (Queensland Branch) Inc and owning a business doing training workshops and dental office coaching.

Julie, her husband and teenage daughter have recently completed their Australian citizenship and entertain themselves frequently with traveling new and interesting Aussie adventures. “Even after these handful of years exploring Oz land, my favorite trip so far is a toss up between the Great Ocean Road and Uluru/Ayerʼs Rock”.

Julie prides herself on the high quality of care she provides to each and every patient. “This is a fun office to work at and I look forward to meeting you, your friends and your family!”

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Natarsha Ferrington – Oral Health Therapist Caloundra

Natarsha Ferrington – Dental Hygienist / Therapist Caloundra

A Queensland Graduate of Dental Therapy and dental Hygiene, Natarsha has been with Avenue dental since 2001. She is a mother of two daughters – one teen and one nearly three, and lives in a quaint country town on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. She is inspired by the bush and loves hiking in our beautiful National Parks. Her hiking claim to fame is recently “doing the Overland Track,” a wilderness walk in Tasmania in the Cradle mountain region – the climb up Mt Ossa being the highlight. Her other passions include practicing yoga and enjoying her garden.

“My satisfaction from working life comes from the interaction with people – the work I do is very rewarding in being a part of people’s healing process and their experience of returning their mouth to a state of health.”

“I love the friendly atmosphere we have created at Avenue dental, with our supportive, willing staff members and the emphasis on achieving and maintaining high standards of health care; and having fun whilst doing so.”

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Anita Pettinato – Oral Health Therapist Maroochydore

Anita Pettinato – Dental Hygienist / Therapist MaroochydoreAnita is originally from Sydney and now lives on the Sunshine Coast with her family. She wears many hats. Apart from being a stable part of the Avenue team, she also has a career in the art world, and is a mother of 3.

Anita’s experience within the dental field spans an era of 20 years in a variety of roles. She graduated as an Oral Health Therapist in 2004 at the University of QLD, and has been with Avenue Dental since 2009. She prides herself on quality care and is passionate about building long lasting relationships with her patients. Her attention to detail as an Oral Health Therapist is part of the reason she is also a fantastic visual artist.

‘I love being a part of the avenue team. They are a positive lot and always deliver service with a smile. Building relationships with my patients is one of the most enjoyable parts of my role. I am very passionate about helping produce positive results with their overall dental health, and love seeing their happy faces when this is achieved’
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Leah Hobbs – Oral Health Therapist Caloundra

Leah Hobbs – Dental Hygienist / Therapist CaloundraLeah leads a busy life.  She is a lecturer at the University of Queensland, is a speaker at dental continuing education meetings and thankfully also finds the time to work with us at Avenue Dental Caloundra.  Leah has a vast dental knowledge and is adding to this all the time.  She is currently completing further studies and research at the University of Queensland.  Leah loves treating children.top

Jenna Horan – Oral Health Therapist Caloundra

Leah Hobbs – Dental Hygienist / Therapist CaloundraJenna graduated in 2005 as a dental hygienist in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Jenna joined Avenue Dental in 2012 after moving to Australia from The Cayman Islands. Jenna brings to Avenue Dental her experience in periodontics, orthodontics and peadodontics. She has worked in many aspects of the dental industry starting with dental assisting in 2002. Jenna is an avid traveler and loves to snowboard, surf and play golf. top

Alice Lee – Oral Health Therapist Kawana

Alice – Dental Hygienist / Therapist Caloundra

Originally from Brisbane, Alice obtained her degree from the University of Queensland in 2013 and has since become part of the Avenue Dental Kawana team. During her time in university she spent two years undergoing placement, treating both adult patients for continued oral care and young children for therapy treatment. Alice believes in creating a relaxed and fun environment for oral health care, values positive relationships with her patients and loves working together with a team to achieve optimal results for her patients.

Being raised in a family with a passion for travel, Alice has visited many countries and obtained an appreciation for different cultures and lifestyles. In her spare time, she enjoys heading out in search of new cuisines, watching movies and most of all, spending time with her mischievous beagle Indy. Alice is also fluent in Mandarin.

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Deborah Kerridge – Oral Health Therapist Maroochydore

Deb – Dental Hygienist / Therapist Caloundra

Deborah Kerridge graduated from the Brisbane School of Dental Therapy in 1978 or thereabouts. She worked for Queensland Health and was the first and only dental therapist in Mount Isa for several years.
Deborah left Australia for a six week holiday and for ten years she traveled the world visiting places such as Canada, America, England, Scotland and Europe.
Upon her return Deborah was offered a bridging course which allowed her to return to her role as a dental therapist on the sunshine coast. After being away from dentistry so long she was surprised that the world of dentistry had not changed that much and preventive dentistry was still not considered as a major part of dentistry. On this note she enrolled in Queensland University and completed a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion.

This led to some amazing opportunities to be able to include dentistry in health promotion programs involving other health professionals. These included working with ante natal nurses to present workshops to new and expectant parents and to have a major dental component to be incorporated in Certificate of Aged Care.

In 1998 Deb then enrolled in the first intake of the Dental Hygienist course offered by University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Successfully completing this in 1999 she was now getting nearer her dream of being able to perform preventive dentistry. Luckily she was introduced to Avenue Dental in 2000 and was so excited to be able to be involved in a team that is as passionate about prevention as herself.

Deborah is a member of the Australian Oral Health Therapy Association, the Australian Dental Hygienist Association and the Australian Dental Therapy Association as well as participating in various study groups.
Outside of the dental field, Deb lives on the sunshine coast with her wonderful husband and teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat. She loves to surf (not very well), eating out and at the moment is going to the gym.

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Stephanie Wallace – Oral Health Therapist Caloundra

Steph – Dental Hygienist / Therapist CaloundraStephanie is a strong believer in preventative dentistry and focuses on early intervention, prevention and education. She loves her role as an Oral Health Therapist and believes she can create a fun, comfortable environment and educate her patients to understand the importance of good oral health at any age.

Since completing her Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Queensland in 2010, Stephanie has spent several years caring for patients in Cairns. She has also been proactive within the dental hygiene profession through her involvement with the Dental Hygienist’s Association of Queensland. Stephanie loves keeping active and enjoys many outdoor activities such as running, kayaking, and trail adventures. She also has an interest in travelling and music.

If you are looking for a great Sunshine Coast dentist, contact Avenue Dental now! Call & speak with one of our friendly team or click here to email us. We look forward to hearing from you!