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 Paola Bower

Dr Paola Bower

Dentist

Dr Paola brings masses of experience, incredible technical skills and, most importantly, a beaming smile to Warragul Dental Care, and we couldn’t be prouder to have her on the team.

Dr Paola (you can call her Paula) was born in Santiago, Chile before moving to Australia 25 years ago. She grew up in Newcastle, NSW before moving to Sydney to do her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. She then moved to Melbourne to do post-graduate studies, with a short stint in Armidale (NSW) for a tree-change. Lucky for us, Paola fell in love with the rolling hills of Gippsland and now happily commutes from Melbourne to Warragul to share her dentistry skills.

Dr Paola, her husband Andrew and two children love the great outdoors. Their favourite holiday is skiing in New Zealand, and on the weekend they love to get out and about in country Victoria. They enjoy camping in their trusty caravan and winter skiing at Mount Hotham.

When it comes to dentistry, Dr Paola is hooked on learning more. Her main area of interest is dental implants – so much so that she’s undertaking a PhD in ‘Implant Complications’ at the University of Melbourne. Now that’s dedication! Dr Paola says ‘dental implants are a fascinating area of practice that can change people’s lives. We provide an option to replace teeth where at times, nothing else is available. It’s extremely rewarding’. Dr Paola is also an expert in removing wisdom teeth, caring for gums, treating gum disease and the use of IV sedation or ‘twilight’ dentistry.

Dr Paola loves dentistry and it shows. She thrives on building relationships with individual patients and always aims to exceed expectations. She’s also open to any suggestions for weekend activities in and around the Gippsland area, so if you have any hot tips pop in and see us!

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’s been lucky enough to take a 12 month break to trek around the world. One of her greatest memories was 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.

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.

Ruby

Ruby

Dental Assistant

When Ruby first arrived we wondered why she fitted into the Warragul Dental Care family so easily....

…then we heard that she’s one of 8 brothers and sisters (4 sisters, 3 brothers) and it all made sense! Ruby is a whizz at working with people of all ages and manages multiple tasks with zero fuss.

Ruby lives near Garfield, which she says is the best of both worlds – the beauty of the country while not being too far from anything. Her dream holiday is a trip to Greece to see its turquoise coastline and sun-kissed beaches (we’ll come with you!). In the meantime she loves sun-baking, swimming at her local beaches and road trips to Phillip Island with her friends.  When Ruby isn’t at the beach she’s either at a music festival (Groove in the Moo is her favourite) or kicking back with a chai latte.

Ruby was drawn to WDC because it’s a fun and friendly place to work. Thanks Ruby, we’re really happy you chose us!

Rheannon

Rheannon

Dental Assistant

Rheannon has been working in world of dentistry for 4 years and is a self-confessed workaholic. She loves making patients feel safe and comfortable and will make it her mission to have you happy and relaxed during your visit...she’ll even make you a cuppa!

While some of us crave our daily coffee, Rheannon reaches for her daily chocolate – especially chocolate cookies. Good job she knows a good dentist! After a busy day of fixing and cleaning teeth, Rheannon heads home to a menagerie of animals including Dumbo (rabbit), Snowball (cat), Marlee and Kahlua (dogs).

And in between working, saving money for a trip to Ireland and caring for furry friends (phew!), Rheannon unwinds by heading to the beach and taking long, leisurely nature walks with friends. Sounds good to us!

Bruce

Bruce

Therapy dog (in training)

Did someone call for a DOGtor?  We’ve got just the man for you. Dogtor Bruce is best in class when it comes to assisting with dental treatment.

Bruce is currently in training to be a therapy dog and will soon be a familiar face at Warragul Dental Care. If you’re a nervous patient he’ll be there to hold your paw, share a doggy treat or let you pat his super-smooth head.

Born on the 16 July 2017 Dogtor Bruce is the first canine in Gippsland to hold the position of dental therapy dog. He applied for the position from his native Queensland and was chosen from a very competitive field of applicants. Lucky for us he was happy to move to the rolling hills of Gippsland and call Warragul his home.

Bruce was chosen for his impressive skillset, which include looking amazingly gorgeous, a love of keeping fit and an impressive ability to chew empty milk containers (with a preference for Gippsland Jersey of course). He spends his days honing his therapy dog skills and going out with family members Belinda and Dr Anand to meet lots of new people. His favourite pastimes are feeling the salty air flapping in his ears at the beach and being bribed with chicken meatloaf. The Dogtor is a social animal, so if you see us around please say Hi and give a little ear tickle.

Bruce is a pretty switched-on fella and runs his own social media. You can follow him at @dogtorBruce on Facebook and Instagram. Woof.

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.