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Dr Philip Chou

Owner, Dentist, BDSc (Qld)

We heard you hated the dentist as a child. What changed that?

When I moved to Australia at 5 years old, I had a mishap that required urgent dental care. Thankfully, my mum found an amazing dentist who helped me with my phobia and I soon grew to enjoy going to dental appointments and became inspired by my dentist (who I consider a mentor and still keep in touch with to this day!)

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

Getting to know my patients and hearing about their lives! I love being part of our local community. I also love seeing how great oral health can make such a positive difference to your overall wellbeing. Oh, and when patients say, “I don’t know why I was so worried! That didn’t hurt at all!”

 

How do you recharge after a busy week? 

Not sure you would call it a “recharge”😂 but I love spending time with my two daughters and taking them on adventures!  I also love motorsports and regularly go go-karting on weekends.

 

If you weren’t a dentist, what would you be doing instead?  An F1 racer!  Or a full-time traveller, the world is an amazing place.  

Amanda Giang

Oral Health Therapist, BOralHlth (CQU) & BBehSc (UQ)

Tell us about your start in dentistry? Why did you decide to become an Oral Health Therapist?

I was actually a dental assistant for 6 years while studying for my two Bachelor degrees! My sister and I worked at an children’s orthodontic practice, and it was there that I developed an interest in oral health and I soon realised I would rather work directly with patients to educate them on oral health.  

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

I love working with children!  Helping treat a lot of children in my previous job as a dental assistant made me realise what an impact oral health can have when you start them on the right path while they’re young.  

 

How do you recharge after a busy week?

I love playing board games and catching up on bingeworthy shows!  My favourites are Friends and addictive Korean dramas!

 

We heard you’re freakishly good at winning games.  What’s the best prize you’ve won?  

My partner and I got super lucky twice at a games arcade and won a Google Home device, and another time we won a Nintendo Switch!

Jenna Gibson

Practice Manager

Jenna, you’ve been in the dental industry a LONG time.  Tell us about it!

Phil and I have actually worked together since I was a baby practice manager (nearly 20 years ago….gulp!).  In that time, I’ve gone from receptionist, to dental assistant, to clinical co-ordinator to practice manager!

 

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I absolutely loved going to the dentist as a child!  I had really wanted braces as a kid but lucked out with straight teeth. I went as far as straightening out a paperclip and wrapping it around my teeth so it looked like I had braces 😂

 

What’s your greatest dental-related achievement?

Honestly, I love helping my patients everyday achieve their oral health goals, but I was super excited to win the  Australian Dental Association’s Award of Excellence for my paper on infection control, which was published in the Australian Dental Association magazine.

 

And what’s your greatest non-dental achievement?

My two children, whom I utterly adore.  I love family time with them and my husband, and we regularly go camping and 4×4 driving together on Straddie and Moreton Islands.

Elisa Worth

Clinical Co-Ordinator and Dental Nurse

Client services and patient care is something you’re really passionate about. Can you tell us why?

I’ve literally had decades of experience in customer service – I started in fashion, managing boutiques, before working my way up in the cosmetics world, then back to managing a major fashion label.

 

What made you decide to switch to dentistry?

As a child, I was scared of the dentist! The school dental van experience was definitely not fun for me😂but I was keen for a change from working in fashion but wanted to stay in customer service so I thought dental assisting would provide the perfect challenge and help me conquer my fear so I could help others get through their fear too! 

 

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

My husband has  a very unique belly laugh…. and its rare if someone can make him laugh like that, but I love love love it when he does.  

Charity Gu

Dental Assistant

Charity, you’ve got an interest in health sciences.  Tell us about that!

I moved here to study from New Zealand and I got my Bachelor degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science.  I really love learning about wellness and overall health!  I’m now studying my Master in Speech Pathology.

 

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

Travelling somewhere new and seeing natural wonders.

 

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I hated going to the dentist as a kid – it made me anxious, and I also gag easily.  Becoming a dental assistant has definitely helped me become more empathetic towards patients who are scared of the dentist!

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