The team at Your New Dentist follows the highest standards for oral hygiene in Australia. Not only do we keep up with the latest technologies and developments in the industry, but we also undergo periodic training from time to time to ensure we are abreast current trends. This gives us the right tools and expertise to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible.
We are proud of our highly experienced team and are so proud to say they are part of the Your New Dentist family.
Dr Monica O’Malley – Dentist
Dr Monica O’Malley has been part of the Australian dental industry for the last 26 years. Ask her and she says that her career started quite by accident. In her younger years, she started off as a dental assistant and realised how engaged she was in helping others. That’s when she found her calling. She graduated and became a dental therapist in 1993 where she started out as a Community Health services practitioner.
In 1995, she enrolled in University and was the first member of her family to do so. She earned a Masters Degree in Health Science Education from Sydney University in 1998. The following year, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Dentistry degree. In 2003, she graduated with Honours.
Throughout her career, Monica has always treated her patients with a caring and gentle hand. She has developed skills that enable her to engage and contribute positively to the health and well being of her patients. She continues to hone in on her skills through ongoing education and skill development as a dental practitioner.
Though she’s been in the industry for several years, she’s as passionate as she was at the start and is grateful to have the right skills to help people and make a positive contribution to their lives through improved oral health. She continues to study and develop her skills in the field so her patients can experience the highest quality care at all times. She remains focused on excellent dental care – helping more and more people follow preventive techniques through support and education.
Outside the office, Monica loves cooking, reading, music, wine, food, motorcycling, learning, meditation and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs and playing seconds in Hot Pans on Fire, a Steel Pan Band that started in 2009 in Marysville as part of the recovery initiative after the town was devastated by the Black Saturday fires. The band has performed numerous gigs since it started. They even travelled through the south of France on tour in 2014.
Monica is also actively involved in gardening and landscaping, a strong passion of hers. She has related her experience with creating a garden to building a local business with common links to hard work, patience and optimism. Every morning when Monica wakes up, she’s determined to use her skills to make a positive difference to the community.
Dr Hannah Dolby – Dentist
Dr Hannah Dolby spent most of her childhood in Perth. She then moved to Adelaide where she began studying to become a dentist. Once she graduated, she spent a few years in rural Victoria where she lived and worked before finally choosing Melbourne as her new home. Hannah is passionate about providing high-quality dental treatment to patients from all works of life with a particular understanding that everyone is unique and may need something different.
She prides herself on her ability to make patients, including children, feel less nervous so they can get their confidence back with a good dental experience. Hannah remains passionate about expanding her education so she can provide the best care at all times and is a regular feature at dental training events and seminars along with her colleagues.
Hannah decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a dentist and became interested in the field when she realised how negatively dentists and dental clinics were viewed, including her mother’s place of work. This fuelled her desire to change the way people view dental health.
Apart from her passion for dentistry, Hannah loves the vibrant lifestyle of Victoria. She enjoys reading, cross-stitching and cryptic crosswords. On weekends, she’s usually camping; going for walks; swimming; or sipping coffee is a café.
Grace Smith – Oral Health Therapist / Hygienist
As one of the newest members of Your New Dentist, Grace Smith relocated to Melbourne from South Australia where she lived in a small rural town. She has qualified as an oral hygienist and health therapist. She has the skill to administer a wide range of dental treatments for patients, including preventive care and teeth cleaning, plus general dental care services like fillings, sealants and x-rays for patients under 18.
Patients first visit their regular dentist to get any treatments and check-ups before receiving any service she provides. These preventive services and hygiene costs are included in the check-up visit. Grace is currently at the practice on every Monday, every Tuesday and every other Saturday.
Dr Katharine Dal Santo – Dentist
From the young age of 12, Dr Katharine Dal Santo dreamed of becoming a dentist after she knocked out her tooth in a water skiing accident. She had an extremely positive experience with her dentist where she was engrossed in the procedure he followed for saving her tooth. This inspired her to study dentistry and learn to communicate openly with her clients.
Katharine comes with several years of dentistry under her belt. She first started out as an oral health therapist. Then she decided to pursue her education further to become a dentist. She is passionate about her work and is always keen to learn more about her patients.
When she’s not at the clinic, she plays hockey, goes on hiking trips and solves puzzles. She spends a great deal of time outdoors, especially when walking her dogs.
Dr Amy Thompson – Dentist
Dr Amy Thompson is the latest team member. She spent her childhood in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs before she moved to Bendigo where she studied at La Trobe University to become a dentist. Since then, she’s has travelled and worked in dental clinics in rural and regional towns across Victoria, including Orbost, Mildura and Wodonga.
She was nervous about visiting the dentist when she was a kid, like most people. But she had a good experience with a gentle, non-judgemental and understanding dentist who didn’t make her feel ashamed of her oral health. This gave her a positive dental experience, which motivated her to explore her desire for dentistry further. She wants her patients to have the same positive experience and has dedicated her professional career to doing that.
Outside the dental clinic, she spends time with her little Chihuahua – Opie. Ask to see pictures of Opie and Amy is more than happy to share them. She also loves cooking, reading and listening to podcasts. She has been teaching herself a little bit of knitting and is getting into photography. She has also been taking classes to learn Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN).
Stef – Dental Assistant
Stef has dedicated herself to learning how to run a successful dental practice and to acquire a range of new skills. She is also keen to contribute back to the community by being an amazing dental assistant. She enjoys chatting with her patients and making them feel welcome.
Stef is studying further and is part of several volunteer programs across remote parts of Australia and away that are lacking in adequate information and education about good dental health and hygiene.
Outside the clinic, Stef loves outdoor activities, bushwalking, walking her dog, spending time with friends and playing netball. She loves traveling and is thankful to have the chance to visit several countries overseas. She looks forward to many more travelling adventures to come.
Tracey – Dental Assistant
Tracey has spent 30 years in the dental business and loves every minute of it. She enjoys providing excellent care to patients and being part of a fun and dedicated dental team. Just like the philosophy Your New Dentist adopts, Tracey treats patients like she would friends and family – making them feel comfortable and welcome every time.
Outside of the office, Tracey enjoys visiting parks, running, working out at the gym and riding bikes. She loves spending time outdoors whether she’s hiking, walking her dog along the beach or enjoying a relaxing barbeque with friends. Sitting by an open fire; sipping on some delicious wine, and roasting marshmallows are some of Tracey’s favourite things to do on a weekend. Baking cheesecakes and reading are her stress busters.
She has recently started running some of the practice operations where she has to leave the clinic more often. She is enjoying her new experience as well as developing vital business skills, which she plans to use more and more in her role.
Stella – Dental Assistant
Stella started her profession in 2015 as a dental assistant and cannot imagine being in any other industry. She loves working with the community. She is also keen to help patients feel more comfortable and happy with healthier oral hygiene.
When she’s not at the office, she visits her family in the Gippsland Region and Yarra Valley. Stella has a unique passion where she enjoys helping her father rebuild military gear and vintage motorcycles from scratch. She loves having a chat about it, so feel free to ask her about her mechanical prowess. Stella also loves hiking outdoors and is a travel enthusiast, apart from enjoying all types of music.
Frances – Dental Assistant
Frances became a dental assistant in 2014 after joining a bustling Brisbane inner city dental practice. Prior to this, she worked in hospitality along the picturesque coastline of Queensland in places like Hervey Bay, Magnetic Island, Fraser Island and Cairns.
She relocated to the Yarra Valley in 2017 along with her partner and her beloved cat named Mowgli. When Frances is not at the office, she spends her time cooking, socialising with family and friends and exploring the beautiful Yarra Valley region.
Krystal – Dental Assistant
Krystal comes with 15 years of experience as a dental assistant and reckons her time at Your New Dentist has been the best so far. Not only does she work with a group of wonderful professionals, but work is a mere 5 minutes away from home.
Outside work, Krystal is passionate about children and special needs people who she holds close to her heart. She loves performing and has returned to it recently after having 2 beautiful kids. Enjoy a laugh, chat or even a singsong with Krystal.
Mandy – Dental Assistant
I am so delighted to have finally found myself working in the profession I wanted to do when I first left school. I love working with team Yea and providing my homefolk with a fabulous dental experience. I was born and bred in Yea town and have been working in aged care until joining the team at Your New Dentist.
Merryn – Receptionist
I am very fortunate to have got the opportunity to be a part of the charismatic YND team. I find it exciting to be able to deliver a service in my hometown that previously people had to travel for. I have an administrative background and have practiced as an enrolled nurse for the past 10 years. I’m enjoying my current position as a receptionist at YND Yea. I enjoy following our local football club.