Smilemakers is an aspirational practice with a strong service ethic. We believe our patients want and deserve the best treatment that can be provided and we provide this treatment in a sincere and caring environment as painlessly as possible. We respect our patients as people and respect the gift of the time and money that they are investing in pursuit of their dental well-being.
Dr. Leonie Clark
Dentist ~ B.D.S
Dr. John Mader
Dentist ~ B.Sc B. Dent (Hons)
Dr Natalie Wong
Dentist ~ BMedSci (hons) DDS (Melb)
Mrs. Keren Branch
Hygienist/Oral Health Therapist ~ B.O.H.
Ms. Larissa Holliday
Oral Health Therapist (Therapy/Hygiene)
“I have over twenty years' experience in dentistry. I loved my job when I first graduated and I still love it today. The intricacy and accuracy required is always challenging and I love the problem solving aspect of dental treatment. To me, the biggest advancein dentistry is in vision. Using a microscope I can see cracks in teeththat may cause pain and I can see better to fix them.
All the new technology available makes dentistry a challenge and I try to respond to that challenge and constantly seek to lift thequality of the treatment I provide. To help me achieve the quality weaspire to in my practice, I employ the best staff and I have developed a very caring environment in which to work. This makes the experience more relaxing for both our patients and our staff.”
I now call the Blue Mountains home although only residing here for a few years, but I already feel like a local. I enjoy the sense of community and the lifestyle that the mountains offer.
I have over twelve years’ experience in a variety of practices throughout my career, which have included the Aboriginal Medical Service and private practice in the Sydney CBD.
I strive to continue my education by regularly attending courses with the latest advances in dental technology and scientific research.
I prefer to take a considered approach towards treatment with my patients while also educating on the benefits and practices of preventative dentistry.
I enjoy comprehensive dental care for children of all ages providing each child with compassion and individual care.
My goal is to ensure that patients feel well informed, understood and at ease in a comfortable environment while also providing the utmost quality of treatment to suit your needs.
In my spare time when not chasing chickens or toddlers out of the garden beds, I enjoy cycling, climbing and photography.
I am excited to join the team at Smilemakers and to become part of the mountains community.
I grew up in the lower Blue Mountains area and studied dentistry at the University of Melbourne before gaining a range of experience working for several years in public and private practice in Sydney.
I have a caring and gentle approach towards treating patients, focused on getting to know the individual and providing the optimal dental care for their needs. I always aim to make patients feel comfortable, relaxed and well informed during their dental visit.
I am passionate about dentistry and committed to continuous professional development to further my knowledge and skills.
I feel lucky to be able to use my skills to improve the oral health of those without access to dental care by volunteering with the Australian Dental Health Foundation and overseas in Cambodia.
Outside of dentistry, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors especially by hiking, skiing and ocean swimming. I also love art and am currently learning ceramics.
I have lived in the Blue Mountains all my life – I grew up in the Lower Mountains and moved to the Upper Mountains after finishing university. I love the community atmosphere and feel very lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings.
I started my career as a dental assistant, but discovered that I was very interested in dental hygiene so I furthered my studies and qualified as a hygienist in 2008. I have a love for communication with patients and enjoy problem-solving and helping patients to maximise their health through dental hygiene. I love working with patients of all ages and especially enjoy educating patients on dental health.
Dentistry is becoming more focussed on prevention, which is the core of hygiene. I keep track of the latest developments and products and am always looking for new ideas and products to share with our team and our patients.
This is an inspiring time to be a part of dentistry and I am excited to be a part of it.
My name is Larissa and I am new to the Smilemakers Dental family. I have recently graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Oral Health. I started my dental journey as a dental assistant and had a passion to expand my love of oral health and became a Hygienist and Therapist. I take great pleasure in meeting my patients and helping them understand the benefits of good oral health and strive to help them achieve this. Oral health is paramount in the early treatment and in preventing problems that could occur in the future.
I strive to make my patients feel at ease with any procedure and especially enjoy working with children. I benefit from learning new techniques and trying the latest products that improve a patient’s oral hygiene. I pay great attention to detail in my work and like to ensure I am always accurate. I am a thorough and methodical worker, and I persistently keep up to date with any changes and new innovations within the profession that will benefit my patients.
I am a confident person with an easy going nature and get on well with other people. I like to work as part of a team, and am a dedicated worker with a big smile. I thank everyone at Smilemakers for giving me this opportunity to work alongside them in achieving the best for every patient.
In my spare time I love to get outdoors and spend time with friends, family and my loveable dogs. I am also interested in beauty therapy and enjoy travelling when I get the chance.
Smilemakers provide the highest quality dentistry techniques currently available. These include not only the provision of treatment but also education on how to care for your teeth, as the care that you do at home is as important as the quality of the dental work done in our surgery.
We believe in educating our patients so that the decision about treatment is a joint one with our staff explaining and guiding the patient to their choice. We make ourselves available to answer any questions that the patient has about their treatment.
Our staff will always assist the patient to make the treatment phase of the work as painless and comfortable as is possible.
Smilemakers understand that dental treatment can make people feel very stressed and that laying in a dental chair can be quite tiring if the appointment has to be a longer one.
For this reason our practice has a welcoming home-like atmosphere with lots of natural light and garden views from most rooms.
In addition to this we have these optional aids:
We try to make our professional teeth cleaning service as pleasant as possible. There are four ways to do this:
To decrease anxiety we always explain what we are going to do before we do it so that the patient always know what will be happening to them. We understand that dentistry is a scary unknown to a lot of people so we try to break the procedure down to steps that can be explained and easily understood by the patient.
If a patient has a complex procedure carried out, our clinical assistants will check in with them by phone to see how the patient is going and to answer any questions the patient might have.
We treat children early in the day when they are more able to cope. After school may sometimes be easier for parents to organise, but it is not the best time to treat children. If necessary “happy gas” is available.
“We strive to build long-term relationships with our patients. Healthy pink gums supporting strong teeth is our goal.”