Helen Gotti is our qualified Dental Therapist, having graduated from the Dental Therapy School of Victoria in 1983. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand School of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD). Helen regularly attends CPD courses, continually updating her skills and further increasing her knowledge. Using experience gained from working within the Private and Public sector, Helen helped to establish the current Banyule Community Health Primary School Outreach Program, participating in the recent graduate Oral Health Therapy program. Helen is a clinical demonstrator to Dental Therapy students at the Dental Hospital and regularly mentors staff.
Fluent in English and Greek, Helen is skilled in dealing with dental issues in children of all ages and she is particularly passionate about the prevention of oral disease, strongly believing in providing high quality, comprehensive and comfortable dental care. Helen is especially interested in helping anxious or nervous children, those who have experienced paediatric trauma and children with special needs. Aided by her extensive experience in behaviour management for anxious children, Helen uses a tell, show, do technique that is recognised as being the preferred way to introduce children to dental care.
Helen is excellent at connecting with children of all ages as they find her calm and gentle approach to treatment soothing and reassuring. Appointments are never rushed, and Helen takes pride in explaining treatments and procedures to her young patients, using language they can easily relate to and understand. This caring approach helps to provide the best treatment outcomes for children and their families.
Helen enjoys a broad range of hobbies and interests outside of dentistry, her favourite of which is exercising. She also loves to read, enjoys walking on our beautiful beaches, visiting the cinema and watching Broadway musicals. Over the years Helen has travelled extensively across the world with her family, experiencing many different cultures which has taught her to be open-minded whenever meeting new people with different beliefs and cultures.
Bethany Mckenzie focuses on family dental, prevention of oral disease, periodontal health, and educating people on how to achieve their optimal oral health. Bethany is one of our certified Dental Therapist, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Health Therapy from LaTrobe University in 2013.
Bethany loves working with all the aspects of family life including oral health of parents, expecting mothers, how to manage baby’s first teeth and through all the developmental milestones in a child’s life. I am particularly interested in the correct oral function and development of children.
Having lived a few years abroad and travelled to numerous countries, she loves meeting people from different backgrounds and helping them feel welcomed and comfortable in the dental clinic. She loves working with people with dental anxiety and helping them have an enjoyable dental experience.
Outside of the dental clinic, Bethany enjoys baking, playing hockey, watching the summer of tennis, reading and watching movies. She has a keen interest in classical music and enjoys going to the orchestra as well as playing both piano and cello. She enjoys hikes and experiencing the natural and historical beauty of the world.