The Orthodontic Team
When Peter first started his business he always wanted a team of people around him to have the same passion and belief in what they do, as he does. As part of that passion his team attend continuing education lectures and seminars all over Australia and sometimes internationally to ensure patients get superior clinical and patient care. Peter and the staff prioritise quality orthodontics and personalised care as the main focus of the day to day activities.
Dr Peter Vaughan – Specialist Orthodontist
Dr Vaughan studied Dentistry at Sydney University, and his early years as a dentist were spent in the Royal Australian Air Force. On leaving the RAAF, Peter returned to Sydney University to complete his Masters of Dental Science, specialising in Orthodontics.
Learn more about Dr Peter Vaughan and his story here.
Karen – General Manager
Karen studied Commerce and Business Management at Griffith University in Queensland after completing her nursing qualification. Karen has a diverse background having worked with the Royal Australian Air Force and then later owning her own Management Consultancy business, until marriage and children became her focus. Since becoming the General Manager at Live Life Smiling, Karen has been a guest speaker at various conferences where she helps employers understand their staff and how to get the best out of their employees.
Barbara – Finances
Barbara has been with us since 1997 and has two grown sons. Barbara left us for a short time to run the family business in Burketown on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Barbara is finance trained and has a wealth of knowledge, and since returning she has applied that experience as our financial coordinator. Barbara loves special days and celebrations and always gets right into the swing of any celebration with her wild and wonderful fancy dress outfits.
Quinton – Dental Therapist
Quinton has recently joined us from Queensland having graduated from Griffith University in 2012. He has worked in the Queensland dental industry for 4 years. Quinton visited Newcastle and realised how special our city was and decided to stay. He has a love of the great outdoors and nothing pleases him more than a good game of cricket or football. He is passionate about his work and constantly keeps up to date with new procedures and technology.
Fiona – Dental Hygienist
Fiona is a qualified Dental Hygienist and a past patient of this practice, and has been with us for 15 years. Fiona is trained to diagnose oral health problems and is qualified to clean and help maintain the health of your teeth and orthodontic braces and assist the orthodontist in various procedures. During the time that Fiona has been with us she has married and now has two lovely daughters. Fiona studied Oral Health at the University of Newcastle, graduating as one of top students in her course. This resulted in Fiona being awarded the Colgate award for Excellence, which celebrates her achievements throughout her degree. Fiona continues to extend herself with ongoing studies in both oral hygiene and orthodontic treatments.
Kelly – Office Manager
Kelly has been with since 1999 and is very knowledgeable both in administrative procedures and understanding how the treatment area operates. Kelly prides herself on seeing that things run smoothly and coordinates well for the patients and parents. Kelly spent her early years as an orthodontic nurse, however now takes on the challenge of Office Manager. Since Kelly started working for us she has married and now has a beautiful daughter.
Erin – Administration, Reception and Patient Liaison
Erin has been with us since 2013 and her warm friendly manner encourages everyone around her to smile with her. Erin works in the reception and office areas and strives to help in any way she can.
Leisa - Reception
Leisa is the most recent addition to the team who has a very diverse background, having managed at several motels and various retail outlets. She has a keen sense of humour and loves her new job.
Sandy – Senior Treatment Co-ordinator
The Treatment Co-ordinatior role has been specifically created in this Practice with patients in mind. Treatment co-ordinators are highly experienced team members who provide new patients with all the information they need to make an informed decision relating to their or their child's treatment. Sandy will be there with you through the whole process. Sandy has been with this practice since 1991 and comes from Mendooran, a small country town out beyond Dubbo. She is a qualified Dental Nurse with many years experience working in General Dentistry and Orthodontics. Sandy has experience in both the administration and clerical side of orthodontics making her a perfect fit for our treatment co-ordinator role. A great contact point for patients with enquiries, especially adults who are considering treatment, she has a wealth of knowledge about the practice and is invaluable to the surgery.
Alicia – Dental Nurse – Surgery Supervisor
Alicia comes from a pharmacy background, and has become a qualified Dental Nurse while working for us. Alicia assists Dr Vaughan, supervises the surgery and the sterilising facility and enjoys the challenge with a smile on her face. She is a very capable, professional and bubbly person.
Jackie – Dental Nurse
Jackie was a patient of this practice and is a qualified Dental Nurse who commenced working with us in 2010. Jackie was such an exemplary patient that once her treatment was completed, we had no hesitation in offering her a position in the surgery. Jackie loves to be happy and her dedication and continually optimistic outlook fit in extremely well with the practice philosophy.
Kerry – Dental Nurse
Kerry comes with a background in Dental Nursing and loves her new environment. She is enthusiastic and continues to strive for higher education in the dental industry. Kerry is a well organised person and likes to have a good laugh through out the day.
Emily - Trainee Dental Nurse
Emily is a new trainee in the surgery and just loves life. She is a keen sports woman and spends most of her weekends either at the beach or socialising with friends.
Karen – Sterilisation Nurse
Karen is a past patient and decided to re-join the workforce after her son started school. Karen has a warm and friendly disposition and is always obliging. She began working with us on the front desk and in the office, but has since become our full-time sterilisation nurse, ensuring all our equipment maintains the highest level of hygiene. Karen loves the challenges of being back in the workforce and is a good source of information for those about to undergo braces treatment.
Susana – Surgery Cleaner and Great Friend to All
Susana has been with us since 1999 and is a truly a wonderful person and a dedicated worker. Susanna and her husband immigrated from Uruguay in the 1980's and we are incredibly fortunate to have had Susana with us for so long. Susana has two grown children who were also patients of our practice during their teen years. Her philosophy is to do the best you can with a smile on your face.