Meet the team at Warragul Dental Care

We’re not just about teeth at Warragul Dental Care, we’re about people. Most importantly, you.

We want to make sure your visit to Warragul Dental Care isn’t just ‘ok’, it’s amazing. And one of the main ways we do that is through our friendly, professional team. We have dentists, dental nurses, hygienists and front-of-house staff just waiting to welcome you. So put your feet up and let us introduce the team…..

Dr Anand Makwana

Dr Anand Makwana

Dentist

Dr Anand Makwana is one of those dentists that you’ll want to visit again and again. You might even wish your appointment was bit longer because Anand is not only a highly experienced Dentist, he’s also got a really interesting life!

Outside of work Anand is an adventure traveller; he’s ridden his motorbike to the North Cape and driven a vintage London taxi from London to Turkey. Anand and his partner Belinda (Brauman) are just good old-fashioned outdoorsy people – and when they’re not travelling around the world they love cycling, hiking, and spending their time sightseeing around beautiful Gippsland.

Anand is a highly experienced family dentist with over 12 years experience. In 2013 Dr Makwana arrived in Australia from England and has worked in regional Victoria (Swan Hill) and Melbourne before making his home in Warragul. Anand was born in London, England and trained at the University of Leeds (2003) before completing a Masters degree from the University of Birmingham in 2013. He was due to teach at the University of Birmingham but decided to move down under to the sunshine instead. Great decision Anand!

Anand is a brilliant all-rounder. He’s a skilled general practitioner providing all aspects of dental care for his patients including traditional braces, Invisalign braces and fast-track braces. He also has a special interest in treating nervous patients. He has worked at a specialist sedation clinic in England where he exclusively treated phobic patients. If you’re a bit nervy about dental visits, book in with Anand. We guarantee he will put you at ease and work with you to provide the treatment you need. Anand also provides braces for both children and adults using all the latest techniques and technology.

One of Anand’s greatest skills is that he can explain technical dental procedures in really simple English. In fact, he promises to only use non-jargon when you visit him! Anand is focused on providing your dental healthcare for life and looks forward to seeing you.

Dr Lindsay Bishop

Dr Lindsay Bishop

Dentist

Dr Lindsay Bishop has cared for the people of Warragul and surrounding areas for over 30 years. He’s a well-known face here at Warragul Dental Care and provides a wealth of experience and wisdom to his customers and fellow team.

Dr Lindsay was born and raised in country NSW, before gaining his degree in Dental Surgery, BDS from University of Sydney. He then served as a dentist in the RAAF for three years before moving to Warragul and purchasing Warragul Dental Care in 1982.Lindsay and his family (wife Belinda, and 3 grown up children Sarah, Joel and Josh) love country living and serving their local community.

Lindsay has continues to upgrade his dentistry knowledge and skills by attending frequent professional development courses. He has a particular interest in prevention and provision of longer-term solutions for our patients.

Lindsay has a great ethos to his working life at Warragul Dental Care: ‘We want to see everyone going through our care smiling… knowing that we will want to see them, and they will want to see us back for years into the future, for continuing care. We lead with service, believing the old golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

As part of his enhancing lives ethos Lindsay and his wife (like many other locals) have had regular annual visits to places like Romania, Philippines and Africa to serve on dental and aid projects which they have helped to establish. They have worked with kids and adults who find it otherwise impossible to access dental care. That’s one of Lindsay’s ‘hobbies’. Others include getting out and enjoying the beach, bush walking, snow skiing, a ‘little love of sailing’, other travel, music, art and spending time with family and friends.

Leah Allchin

Leah Allchin

Dental Hygienist

Leah’s easy-going nature and professional approach to her work make her very popular with her clients. Leah originates from the local area and has been a part of the Dental profession for over 13 years both in Australia and abroad.

Leah completed a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle and has practiced as a Dental Hygienist in both Sydney and Melbourne. Luckily for us Leah has made Warragul her home and is now a firm fixture in the team.

Leah is married to a local builder and together they keep busy raising their beautiful baby girl, Lara. When they get the time, Leah and her husband enjoy kayaking, fine dining, live entertainment and home design and decorating.

Leah is specially trained to perform preventive treatment and maintenance of the mouth, teeth and gums for all ages. This involves teeth cleaning, gum analysis, x-rays, fissure sealants, mouth guards, teeth whitening and all aspects of dental health education and promotion. Leah looks forward to meeting your oral health needs in the areas of preventative dentistry and continuing care.

Kerry Cogley

Kerry Cogley

Oral Health Therapist

Kerry is a whizz with all her patients, but a resident expert when it comes to treating kids. 

Kerry started out as a dental nurse in 2009 before becoming a practice manager, then finally moved into her role as an Oral Health Therapist. Kerry can perform hygienist work and, most importantly, is specially trained to work with our VIP patients – the kids. Kerry loves working with children. She has spent time working with kids in Cambodia and has also worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Northern Victoria.

Kerry says ‘I love having a chit chat with the kids, they always show genuine appreciation for their treatment and there’s nothing like a big high 5 at the end of an appointment’.

Outside of work Kerry is a budding Ginger Rogers. She enjoys all forms of ballroom dancing, but her favourites are the cha cha and rumba. In fact, she found her fiancé through dancing – although they’re still debating who swept who off their feet with their dazzling dance moves. Kerry and her partner got engaged in late 2016 in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean and are now dancing their way towards their wedding.

Kerry has a friendly, comfortable style with all her patients and always takes the time to explain exactly what’s happening in your mouth. She might even show you some dance moves if you ask nicely…

Belinda Brauman

Belinda Brauman

Business Development Manager

If Warragul Dental Care was a ship, Belinda would be the captain. Belinda keeps the business running smoothly and makes sure the team are all on track. With a background in change and communication management, Belinda is passionate about improving the patient experience from the moment you walk in the door, until the minute you leave.

Belinda is local to the area. She grew up in Gippsland and loves to get involved in local community activities. She was lucky enough to complete the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, which turned out to be a great reminder of why we’re so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world.

Belinda’s life outside of Warragul Dental Care is equally exciting. She has been lucky enough to take 12 months to trek around the world recently. She loved trekking in the Patagonia region in South America and the south coast of Turkey, but her favourite place to trek is right here on our doorstep – Tasmania. Belinda loves to explore and is always planning the next adventure with her fellow adventurer and partner in crime, Anand.

Kristy

Kristy

Front End Co-ordinator

When you need to know something about Warragul Dental Care, just ask Kristy! Kristy is a one-woman wonder expertly managing the front desk, keeping appointments on schedule and all with a welcoming smile.

Having grown up in Warragul, Kristy loves to get to know our patients a little better and watch them leave happy and smiling. Kristy is a whizz at handling the front desk, scheduling your check-ups and keeping the office running smoothly.

In work you see the calm, professional Kristy, but outside of work Kristy is a self-confessed thrill seeker! She loves nothing more than riding her jet ski in Sorrento, riding motorbikes, horses and 4WD’s, and doing anything outdoors.

Alisha

Alisha

Dental Assistant

Before finding her calling as a dental assistant Alisha worked in childcare, which makes her a pro at dealing with our younger patients.

Alisha drives to work from Wonthaggi and is always amazed at the beautiful landscape as she winds her way through the hills. An avid animal lover, Alisha has two beautiful dogs waiting for her after work each day – Roo and Russell.

Living in Wonthaggi suits Alisha’s love of the outdoors and you can find her on the beach most weekends. In the week you might see her sneaking into Stella’s Pantry to stock up on her favourite snack…salami!

Kaity

Kaity

Dental Assistant

Kaity grew up in Walhalla before moving to Melbourne to train as a Dental Assistant. Following her training the call of home beckoned her back to Gippsland to be closer to family and friends.

Kaity loves spending time with her family and friends and trying new food. She’s well-suited to living the country lifestyle and enjoys the outdoor life and camping trips.

Kaity finds being dental assistant a really rewarding job. She especially enjoys meeting new people, helping care for them and educating customers on preventative care.

Haylee

Haylee

Dental Assistant

We think Haylee was born to be a dental nurse so we all did a little happy dance when she joined Warragul Dental Care.

Haylee has always wanted to help people and is keen to learn everything she can about her role. One of her motivations was seeing her Mum struggle with a dental phobia, this made her want to help others get the dental treatment they need. So if you’re a bit nervy about the dentist, just ask for Haylee.

Haylee has always lived in Warragul and loves the area because of the easy access to beach and city. Outside of work Haylee loves shopping and often heads to Fountain Gate with her friends browsing for clothes and her one true passion – handbags…oh, so many handbags! Haylee currently has one for every possible occasion (always room for more though hey?).

Haylee’s friends think she’s pretty funny, we think she’s just lovely.

Barry

Barry

CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer)

Barry is a vital member of the WDC team. He keeps the team's spirits high and can often be found telling jokes in the back room (‘what do you call a Dentist who doesn’t like tea? Denis’).

Barry’s hobbies include cleaning his teeth, chatting to little people and playing on the swings in the park. Barry takes his hobbies very seriously, he cleans his teeth twice a day every day, and likes to teach others how to do it properly. He is also very careful and considerate on the swings and is just as happy to push his friends, as he is to swing.

Barry has many friends, but his best pal is Terry the Tooth Fairy. They can often be seen sipping a sugar-free juice in Frankies or watching a play in the Gippsland Art Centre. His favourite food is cheese, which he prefers melted with a side of greens. When Barry grows up he wants to be a Dentist just like Dr Anand.