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 Ghadir Bardan

Dr Ghadir Bardan

Dentist

Ghadir’s interest in dentistry started at the tender age of 15 when he decided he wasn’t too happy with his own smile. From there his interest in the wonders of dentistry grew and grew, until he had a pretty perfect smile (he really does) and became a fully-fledged Dentist in his own right.

Ghadir’s been pretty busy since he was 15 and now has a degree in Biomedicine (graduated 2012) and is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (graduated 2016). When it comes to performing dentistry Ghadir loves every aspect of it, from general check-ups to complicated dentistry and restoring smiles to their full glory. And whatever your appointment entails, Ghadir promises to treat you like a VIP family member. He performs dentistry to a consistently high standard and thrives on learning new techniques to wow you.

Between me and you, Ghadir also loves a good chat, and is interested in every. little. thing.  Seriously, everything! If you’re used to dental appointments being boring, Ghadir promises the opposite. You’ll leave brimming with conversation and travel ideas, as well as a beautiful set of teeth.

Outside of work Ghadir likes to keep fit powerlifting in the gym, playing indoor soccer with friends or nipping off to the cinema to watch the latest releases. He’s also a Hawks fan, and when he’s not at the games, you can find him in the pub cheering his team on. Except in the winter, because that’s the one time Ghadir loves to escape Victoria and find the sun.

With Ghadir and Anand’s conversational skills we’re wondering whether we need to open a cafe in the dentist…what do you think?

Dr Dylan Kurtz

Dr Dylan Kurtz

Dentist

Dylan is your everyday outdoorsy, life-living, self-motivated Aussie and we feel pretty bloody lucky he’s decided to settle here in Warragul. We say lucky because Dylan doesn’t hail from these parts. He’s actually a proud Queenslander and has weaved his way around Australia before being lured to Gippsland by the heart of a good Berwick woman.

Dylan is no stranger to the countryside. He was raised with holidays on the road visiting his family’s cattle properties and has fond memories of playing in the hay and cotton seed, and sitting around a campfire gazing at the stars. And it seems travel and adventure is in his blood; his favourite pastimes are camping, kayaking, fishing and swimming and his alternative choice of career would be anything to do with travel.

So why did Dylan choose Dentistry? He was initially inspired by his father who fixed a nasty case of conjunctivitis for him when he was just 9 years old. Dylan decided there and then he wanted to be like his father and help fix people. He set his mind on being a medical professional but still wasn’t sure whether to be a Doctor or Dentist. His grandfather was a military trained dental prosthesis, but it was a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos that cemented his conviction. While volunteering in the World Challenge he talked to locals about the issues facing Cambodia and asked them ‘do you need doctors or dentists?’ The answer was ‘Dentists’ and his decision was made.

As well as having an enormous energy and a passion for his work, Dylan has rubbed shoulders with a few celebrities. Growing up in Queensland he played a lot of rugby and cricket against players who would go on to be professionals, including a brush with the great Mitchell Johnson which resulted in a broken rib from a fast ball! They were bowled out for 48 that day; six months later Mitchy Johnson debuted for Queensland. Bad luck for you but good luck for us Dylan, we’re glad you chose Dentistry over the baggy green.

Dylan’s the Dentist who will make you feel comfortable. He’s got great empathy with his patients and knows that coming to the Dentist can be daunting and stressful. He’ll put you at ease and make it his mission to take away any discomfort. Dylan loves meeting new patients and building on-going relationships, just make sure you’ve got the time for a little chat because we think you’re going love him.

Leah Allchin (on maternity leave)

Leah Allchin (on maternity leave)

Dental Hygienist

Leah’s easy-going nature and professional approach to her work make her really popular with our customers. 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…

Sharna Prasad

Sharna Prasad

Oral Health Therapist

Sharna is our ‘Deans Honours List’ superstar. She is the living embodiment of brains, skill, friendliness and, of course, massive smiles. She adores looking after her patients and helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed. Sharna loves to learn from everyone around her, but for now, let’s learn more about Sharna.

Sharna knew from a young age that she wanted to work in oral health care. She’s always had a fascination with healthcare and loves the preventative approach that oral health therapists take in their jobs. Sharna truly believes in low intervention, which makes her perfect to teach patients how to care for their teeth, keep great oral health and avoid unnecessary treatment.

And when it comes to knowing about good oral health care Sharna is, quite literally, top of the class. In 2019 she was awarded the Deans Honours List aware for being in the top 3% of students in their final year of the Bachelor of Oral Health. Sharna said, ‘I really aimed for the best I could possibly do, so to be awarded with the Deans Honours List really meant a lot to me’. It meant a lot to us too Sharna and we are super proud of you.

When she’s not tending to WDC patients and studying, Sharna travels overseas to volunteer. She’s offered her support in Cambodia, Thailand and more recently Nepal, and is hoping to volunteer right here in Australia next.

And when Sharna isn’t working, studying or volunteering (is there any more spare time??) she loves to practise yoga, hike, try some wine tasting or get stuck into any adventurous activity in the great outdoors. Hiking is her one true love though and she’s enjoyed some incredible hikes in Cambodia (‘the hardest thing I’ve ever done’) and rural Nepal.

With such a fun-packed life to talk about you’ll have to book an extra-long appointment with the lovely Sharna!

Belinda

Belinda

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.

Amelia

Amelia

Practice Manager

Amelia was born in the UK and grew up in north London in a little town called Bishops Stortford.  She decided to come to Australia to see the world but never made it out of Melbourne…until now! Don’t be fooled by her beautiful British accent though, she’s been in Australia for 6 years and has even married an Aussie, which pretty much makes her a true blue.

Amelia has a background in hospitality, which makes her a whiz at keeping the team organised and ready for action. She’s been everything from a barista (very handy for us) to a cocktail bar tender (also handy for us) and a front-of-house manager. She spent a year in Korea where she fell in the love with the people and the amazing food.  In fact, Amelia just loves her food. Her favourite meal is a loooooong lunch with lots of share plates, and her favourite place to eat it? Cerberus on the beach near Black Rock overlooking the water.

At home Amelia and her hubby spend time with their babies Jasper and Bella – 5 year-old wolf hound, stag hound crosses. She tells us they give great cuddles and like to sleep a LOT. As in, 22 hours a day, a lot!

Amelia loves the friendly community here in Warragul, and we love having her here! Look out for her beaming smile and infectious laugh next time you’re in the practice.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Front End Coordinator

When you walk in the WDC door Rebecca will break into her super smile and POOF, your day just feels better. She loves to have a little chat and is always happy to hear the tinkle of the front door opening.

Not only does Rebecca do a brilliant job of welcoming and caring for patients, outside of work she’s also a bit of a high flier. On weekends Rebecca likes to jump out of perfectly good airplanes and is a skydiving instructor! She’s done over 870 jumps and has competed for New Zealand in the women’s formation team (where they make formations in the air before popping the parachute). Isn’t that amazing??

While competing to be the most friendly, helpful person in Warragul Dental Care (she’s doing pretty well), she’s also aiming to compete at an international level with her sky diving. We think she’ll excel at both.

Rebecca grew up in New Zealand before being poached by Australia for her sky diving skills and moving to Cairns in 2015. She enjoys travelling and taking photos, and fell in love with snapping wildlife after a trip to Africa where she had to opportunity to go on a safari.

Rebecca takes lots of trips home to beautiful New Zealand to see her family and friends and always asks her mum to make her famous mac and cheese, because no one does it as good as mum.

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!

Adriana

Adriana

Dental Assistant

Adriana is so brilliant at her job that you’d think she’d been a dental nurse forever, but she only came to dentistry after deciding she’d like a career change.

It turns out the role of dental assistant suits Adriana perfectly because she loves helping people feel comfortable and relaxed. She’s also known for giving nervous patients a comforting pat on the shoulder, which our patients love!

Adriana is known to the team as the “reaching nurse” because she’s 6.1ft.  Her height makes her really handy for reaching stuff, including spiders and top shelf items. She keeps an eagle eye view on everything happening in the practice and doesn’t miss a trick.

When Adriana isn’t busy patting patients and reaching things she likes to go out to watch live music or chill at home playing video games. She loves her cats Squish (british short hair), Ruby and James (Scottish fold) and even runs an instagram account for them called @houseofmeows. It’s definitely worth a look.

If you’ve detected a few ‘odd’ words from Adriana it’s because she grew up in America until the age of 4. She’s been in Gippsland since then and after months of close observation we can’t detect any sign of an American accent. She’s even passed the Vegemite test.

Hilary

Hilary

Dental Assistant

Hilary is fascinated by all things dentistry and lucky for us, she followed her dreams and is now one our brilliant Dental Assistants. In fact, Hilary is interested in all things medical but finds teeth particularly interesting because she says, ‘people don’t realise how important they are to their overall health until something goes wrong’.

Hilary loves being a dental assistant, especially the days when her patients leave grinning from ear to ear from less discomfort or a great new smile. Hilary also likes to share her top dental hygiene tips and her love of flossing (a daily floss really does have health benefits!).

It’s a good job Hilary knows a lot about keeping teeth clean because her favourite food is chocolate and she loves to bake desserts, cakes and slices. Lucky for Hilary she has a very supportive team who are always happy to assist with taste tests.

Outside of work Hilary keeps fit and strong with boxing and jujitsu. It’s a great workout and she loves flexing her muscles, but beware, Hilary is more than capable bringing down opponents twice her height! You have been warned.

While Hilary is a wonder with the patients, in her downtime she loves nothing more than recharging her batteries on the beach with lots of open space and zero people. Add in a good book (preferably crime) and her dog Jazz, and you’ve found her perfect day.

Bruce

Bruce

Dental Therapy dog

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 a qualified therapy dog and is a familiar face here at Warragul Dental Care. Bruce is the first dog in Australia to be registered as a dental therapy dog and is here to calm nervous patients and give a friendly woof.

Bruce was born on the 16 July 2017 and started training as a therapy dog at just 8 weeks old. He applied for the position from his native New South Wales 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, keeping fit and an 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.