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Meet the Team

Natalie Gardner, Dental Hygienist

Natalie began her career as a dental chair side assistant in 1989 and graduated with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene (DDH) in 1999. With over 28 years of experience she is a clinical tutor at Adelaide University teaching Bachelor of Dental Surgery students. Natalie often works with Dr Shizas specialising in gum disease. Natalie is extremely knowledgeable about teeth whitening and achieves wonderful results for the patients of East Adelaide Dental Studio.

Claire Thornton, Dental Hygienist & Dental Therapist

When Claire was younger, she became interested in dentistry after attending appointments with her mother who was an anxious dental patient. She recalls comforting her during visits, which sparked a passion for the field. Claire holds a DAA certificate and is certified in radiography as well as Dental Therapy. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene, graduating from TAFE Gillies Plains in 2003. In order to provide East Adelaide Dental Studio patients with excellent care, she regularly attends continuing education courses each yet. When she isn’t in the practice, Claire enjoys being a mother to her three teenagers, keeping fit by frequenting her local gym and eating healthy. She loves finding time to explore nature with her family and is fortunate to have had such a long career in the dentistry field.

Blanca Isaac, Dental Hygienist/Therapist

Blanca was inspired to become a dental hygienist because of the impact that oral health can have on general health. She also enjoys the personal interaction with patients and likes to provide them with quality dental care to help optimise their oral health. She earned a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from TAFE Adelaide in 1998 and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health at Adelaide University in 2005. To stay abreast of the latest dental hygiene practices, Blanca regularly takes continuing education courses. When she’s not at the practice, Blanca enjoys spending time with family, dancing, reading and listening to music.

Andriana Spithas, Practice Manager

An knowledgable Practice Manager with more than 11 years of experience in the dental field, East Adelaide Dental Studio is proud to have Andriana as our Practice Manager. She enjoys seeing and working with patients each day, helping them to have an excellent visit with us. Andriana has participated in dental development workshops through Prime Practice for more than a decade.

Melissa Silvestri, Front Desk Coordinator

We’re pleased to have Melissa on board as a part of the East Adelaide Dental Studio team! Melissa works with patients each and every day to ensure a smooth and helpful experience with us. In order to provide the best service, Melissa continues to take professional development courses with Prime Practice, a leading dental management company. When she isn’t helping patients at East Adelaide Dental Studio, Melissa enjoys spending time with her young family and is a passionate Port Power supporter. Get to know more about Melissa when you visit our practice.


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