Dr Sam Roberts graduated from The Newcastle Upon Tyne University in the UK with a Distinction in clinical Dentistry in 2006. Following graduation, Sam worked in the UK under the close mentorship of an experienced oral surgeon. Sam then moved to Australia to combine dentistry with his passion for travelling. Sam has worked in Mackay, Darwin and Hobart to attain mentorship in Oral surgery, Implant dentistry and Cosmetic dentistry. Teaching from renowned clinicians in Brisbane and Canada has also given him valuable experience in more advanced dental procedures and techniques. Sam is a member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry and International Team for Implantology (ITI) study club. Sam took over Hinterland Dental in July 2015 with his wife, Dr Gemma Hamilton.Sam is particularly interested in implant dentistry, oral surgery, removal of wisdom teeth and treatment under sedation and general anaesthetic. He enjoys cosmetic dentistry and providing smiles which…
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr Gemma Hamilton studied Dentistry at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne qualifying in 2006. Following working for one year in the U.K., Gemma and her husband, Dr Sam Roberts came to Australia to travel for one year in 2007. Fast forward several states, citizenship, Dusty the cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a house and dental practice and a son, Jock it is safe to say the Sunshine Coast is now very much home! Gemma enjoys treating all members of the family, from children for their first dental visit to providing care for grandparents. Gemma enjoys getting to know her patients and creating a trusting bond. Gemma is particularly interested in treating anxious patients and ensures a visit to the dental surgery is pleasant and that patients feel at ease. Gemma particularly enjoys cosmetic dentistry and the treatment of jaw disorders. Gemma is a member of the…
Dr. Hazel Twycross graduated from the Glasgow university in the UK in the class of 2008. Dr. Hazel has been living and practising in Australia since 2010. Dr. Hazel loves helping patients achieve great oral health through education and providing treatments tailored to their needs. She enjoys treating children and adults alike and offers a broad range of services and ensures fulfilling them at a high standard.When Dr. Hazel isn’t practising dentistry, she is usually swimming, riding, running or enjoying some good food.
Originally from Malaysia, in Southeast Asia, Darien graduated at the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Dental Science Honours Class I. Darien takes time to address all of his patients' concerns. He is particularly interested in assisting patients in regaining their smile and confidence. He actively listens to understand patient’s long term goals for their teeth and tailor a plan to suit their needs. Dariens work has a strong emphasis on preventive care to maintain health of teeth and gums to prevent future problems. He is particularly interested in restorative dentistry and using the most up to date technology such as CAD-CAM. Darien is a member of the Australian Dental Association. Outside work, Darien enjoys hiking, scuba diving, fishing and reading
Dr. Jalina Patel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Following working in both general practice and in hospital she moved from the U.K to Australia in 2017. Jalina has recently relocated from Brisbane and is looking forward to the Sunshine Coast way of life! Jalina enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients, and being able to get to the bottom of any problems or concerns they have. As well as treating adults, Jalina enjoys treating children and believes teaching and maintaining excellent oral hygiene from a young age is essential. Outside of work Jalina enjoys watching live music, yoga, going to the beach and eating out.
Dr Rupen Patel is a friendly, chatty and approachable dentist, ensuring his patients feel at comfortable and at ease when visiting. Dr Patel interest in dentistry started when he was in school; he finds the ability to help his patients improve their health highly rewarding. He provides general dentistry treatments, but particularly enjoys restorative dentistry including bonding, adhesives, composites and crowns. Outside of work, Dr Patel enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise – attending the gym when he can. And on the sporting side, he likes playing tennis.
Deb Kerridge graduated from the Brisbane School of Dental Therapy in 1978. In 1998 Deb enrolled in the first intake of the Dental Hygienist course offered by University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Deb was introduced to Hinterland Dental in the early 2000s and was very excited to be able to be involved in a team that is as passionate about prevention as she is herself. Deb is a member of the Australian Oral Health Therapy Association, the Australian Dental Hygienist Association and also the Australian Dental Therapy Association as well as participating in various study groups. Special areas of interest include: All areas of preventive dentistry, Periodontal care, childrens care and aged care. Outside of the dental field, Deb lives on the Sunshine Coast with her wonderful husband and dog. She loves to surf, eating out and going to the gym. Deb’s daughter is living and…
Justin has always had an interest in dentures, stemming from his Father also being a prosthesist. With a background in dental technology, and using the latest in CAD/ CAM technology, Justin looks to service the Hinterland with the best possible denture solutions available. Using advanced techniques including intra-oral scanning and impression-less dentures, Justin is able to cater for a broad range of needs and wants. Justin is particularly interested in implant retained dentures and CAD/CAM based procedures, both of which provide an optimum level of comfort and confidence.
Sandy joined the Hinterland dental team in November 2019 bringing with her a strong background in admin management and ten years in the dental industry. Sandy constantly strives to make sure that all patients are happy and continuously receive the high-quality level of service that we promise and feels incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a great team who are passionate about their careers. Originally from Darwin, Sandy enjoys returning to visit family and loves to travel internationally and hopes to one day travel around Australia in a 4WD with caravan and boat in tow.
Dr. Sarah Higham joined our practice in 2017 to make sedation a possibility for our patients. Sarah graduated from Guy’s Dental Hospital, London in 1993. She has over twenty years of experience in general practice dentistry in the UK and Australia. Sarah has also worked in several hospital settings as a lecturer and clinical teacher. She is also a specialist in dental sedation and is very experienced in using a wide range of techniques to treat anxious patients. Sarah welcomes all nervous patients, particularly those who haven’t seen a dentist for a long time. Away from work, Sarah keeps busy with her young family.
Our support staff are gentle and courteous. They love what they do and look forward to welcoming you to our work place.