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About Us

The team of dentists at Pymble is highly qualified and professionals with over 100 years of collective experience and work cooperatively in a supportive and friendly environment.  Read the following profiles to find out how the team can help you.

Dr Tim Freeman
Dr Mena Gill
Dr Dominic Augustine Aouad
Dr Megan Phillips
Amy Collinge
Leah Gardiner

Dr Tim Freeman

Golf, swimming and music are Tim’s general interests as well as helping the Kuringai Youth Orchestra with its activities in the local community.

His family’s medical background influenced Tim’s choice of a profession.  His desire to be involved with community based health care led him to dentistry. Spanning over two decades, Tim has achieved an impressive level of expertise in all areas of dentistry.

He enjoys being able to work as part of a dedicated team at the practice.  This includes the nursing staff, a dental hygienist and fellow dentists in addition to the dental specialists all of whom are focused on achieving the best health outcomes for patients.

Tim has worked at the practice for twenty two years and believes its real strength is that only treatment that is necessary and in the patients’ best interests is provided.  Further, Tim contends that patients understand this and are appreciative of this approach.  Consequently, they are extremely loyal to the practice.

Tim’s advice to patients is not to be afraid to ask for a second opinion.  His experience has shown that such an open approach with patients is inevitably well received and this is reflective of the honesty promoted at the practice.

Over the years Tim has seen children grow into adults and bring their offspring to the practice. Sometimes he sees four generations of the same family. Tim feels that he plays an important role in people’s lives and makes a valuable contribution to their health and well-being. He sees his friends and family as patients and treats his patients as he does his family and friends.

Dr Mena Gill

Mena has a passion for dentistry and has been practising in private practice in Australia for over 13 years having obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She regularly attends postgraduate dental seminars and is constantly seeking ways to implement improved modern dentistry techniques. Importantly Mena treats every mouth as she would want hers to be treated.

Born into a family of medical professionals, Mena had an early exposure to the medical profession. Her first employment was working as an assistant in her father’s sports medicine clinic. She found the complexity and ingenuity of the human body fascinating and marvelled at the ongoing discovery surrounding it.

Mena is particularly focused on a holistic approach to patients’ needs and not just their teeth. This approach is grounded in the knowledge that oral health is impacted by a person’s general health. Several chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, depression and cancer in tandem with their associated medical treatments can negatively impact dental health. Mena ensures patients with such conditions are managed and treated effectively, which is not limited to treating their dental diseases but also understanding the cause.

Mena’s special interests in dentistry include cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery (teeth removal and implant placement surgery). She is well experienced in treating children of all ages and builds a great rapport with them having a young family of her own. She is particularly skilled in dealing with dental trauma and has been constructing mouthguards for all sporting codes including Australian Rugby 7s, water polo, hockey and Gordon Rugby club for which Dentists at Pymble are sponsors. Mena holds training workshops for fellow dentists and dental students at the University of Sydney on the art of mouthguard construction.

Whenever Mena has time off from Dentistry or from running around after her two little boys, she enjoys reading and long distance running. She regularly participates in charity events including the City to Surf and Brisbane’s Bridge to Bridge run.

Dr Dominic Augustine Aouad

Dominic’s general interests include family, exercise, playing piano and community involvement as demonstrated by his active role on the Australian Dental Association and volunteer work completed in Australia and East Timor. Dominic is currently the Chair of the ADA NSW Education and Research Committee where he enjoys learning and contributing to the cutting edge of dentistry.

Dominic Graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery attaining the Moore Medal and the Pierre Fauchard Scholarship rewarding academic excellence and outstanding contribution to the school. Dominic spent several years practicing dentistry on the Central Coast where he developed a special interest in root canal therapy, oral surgery and dental implants. He also enjoys completing cosmetic dental cases improving his patients smile. In 2014 Dr Brett Dorney, a mentor of Dominic, asked him to take over his practice and patients at Dentists at Pymble. Dominic has since continued to care for those patients and welcome many new ones to the practice as well.

Dominic’s interest in dentistry stemmed from fracturing his front tooth on the bottom of the family swimming pool that subsequently required a large amount of restorative work. Dominic found it so interesting that he decided to pursue a dental career himself which he finds very rewarding.

Dominic has many interests in dentistry and thoroughly enjoys working with his patients to improve their oral health, and in turn, their quality of life. As more research discovers a link between general health and oral health, the focus Dominic places on improving his patient’s health is very inspiring.

Dominic is a kind and gentle dentist who always places his patients first.

Dr Megan Phillips

Megan’s general interests include family, tennis, yoga and music. She has four children who have all attended local schools.

Megan acquired a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 1987. She spent a number of years at Westmead Hospital and continues to work for the University as a clinical tutor for final year DMD students at both the Sydney Dental Hospital and Westmead Dental School.

She is also involved in the interview process for selection of students to the Faculty of both Medicine & Dentistry. Megan was also appointed to the Assessment Care Committee of the Dental Council of NSW where she is committed to ensuring better oral health for the general public.

Megan is highly involved with the community and volunteers in many capacities. She works on a fundraising committee for the Grace Centre for newborn care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The money raised buys lifesaving equipment used in the treatment of premature babies and research into cerebral palsy. The annual Grace Gala is gaining in momentum and is one of the main charities that Dentists at Pymble supports.

Children’s Dentistry is definitely one of Megan’s passions. Her goal is to create a positive dental experience for both parents and child. She works closely with a team of caring and dedicated nurses who help to ensure that each appointment runs smoothly. Megan uses happy gas that is available in an array of flavours for the more nervous patients.

Maintaining a strong focus on preventative dental care effectively captures Megan’s philosophy on children’s dentistry. She believes prevention and dental education provide the foundation for long lasting oral health.

Megan is also proficient in all aspects of general dentistry ensuring that each family member is being well cared for at the practice.  She loves all manner of restorative dentistry ranging from simple fillings to the more challenging implant cases.

Megan is gentle natured and looks forward to welcoming you to Dentists at Pymble.

Amy Collinge

Amy has been a Dental Hygienist at our practice since 2002. Her interest in dental health started when she worked in the practice as a dental assistant. This experience enhanced Amy’s interest in dental hygiene and, after completing her Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University, she went on to complete her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in South Australia. Amy also has Dental Radiography and Dental Health Education qualifications through TAFE NSW.

Amy has been a clinical tutor for both Dental and Oral Health students at the University of Sydney, and is currently tutoring for students undertaking the Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle. Amy was Secretary of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia (NSW Branch) for six years. She has also travelled to Timor to provide dental treatment to remote village communities.

Her professional interests relate to the prevention of dental disease through dental hygiene treatment. Amy suggests the technological advancements in dentistry and the improved understanding of dental disease allows nearly all dental disease to be prevented through hygiene treatment and dental education.

The greatest strength of the practice according to Amy is its honest and conservative approach to dental treatment which always places the patient’s interests as a priority.

 

Leah Gardiner

Leah’s general interests are playing tennis, water sports and bushwalking, she also enjoys fashion design and spending time with family and friends.

Leah studied for her Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Newcastle, where she was highly trained in the prevention of gum disease, plaque and tartar removal, oral health promotion and education. Leah has been working in the dental industry for 6 years in private practice.

Leah has remained active in postgraduate training since completing her degree, where she has refined her skills in making superior mouthguards, bleaching trays and splints. Leah is also the appointed blogger for the practice on social media and on the website, she enjoys having the opportunity to reach out and educate people in her specialised area of oral health prevention.

Leah is committed to providing optimal oral health treatment as well as working together with patients to achieve the best short term and long term results. Leah is very gentle, understanding and demonstrates a holistic approach when providing care to our patients.

Leah believes the primary focus of the practice is always on the patients, where treatment is individualised to suit the patient’s oral health and general health.