After graduating with honours from The University of Melbourne in 2001, Dr Dean practiced as a general dentist in the private sector in both Victoria and New South Wales for three years. She always had a keen interest in periodontics and chose to pursue further study in this area. Dr Dean completed her clinical doctorate in periodontics at The University of Melbourne in 2007. She also attained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in the specialist field of periodontics in 2007.
Dr Dean is a current member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Periodontology, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontics and is a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). She regularly attends periodontal and implant conferences and enjoys staying up to date with the latest developments in the profession. Dr Dean has also been involved in lecturing and the clinical teaching of undergraduate dental students.
Nicole has worked at Kew Periodontics since 2002, taking a couple of maternity leave breaks along the way. She completed her dental hygiene training in Adelaide and prior to that, she had worked as a dental nurse in both general dentistry and in specialist practice. She regularly attends professional development courses and she has completed additional training in administering local anaesthetics. She is an active member of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) and has served on the committee.
Wendy Smith (nee Parish) joined Kew Periodontics in 2004. Wendy has a background as a dental nurse before training as a hygienist at the University of Melbourne. She has a wealth of dental hygiene experience, including teaching hygiene students at the University of Melbourne. Since starting at Kew Periodontics, she has also completed a Diploma in Clinical Dentistry from the University of Adelaide (while on her maternity leave). Wendy was the first hygienist in Australia to be awarded this qualification.