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Meet Our Team

We are committed to providing you with the highest standards of dental care in a modern, friendly and healing environment. To achieve this we are constantly researching and educating our team on the implementation of new technologies and treatment techniques. We are not only building to our existing skill set; we are providing our patients with the most complete dentistry available.

Dentists

Cathy Do

Qualifications B Medsci USyd

Dr. Cathy Do has been working here since the beginning of 2010 after graduating from the University of Sydney in 2007. Cathy brings vibrant attitude to the practice with her happy personality and generous nature.

Cathy believes strongly in preventative dental care and has a strong passion for all aspects of dental work. As much as she loves her patients, giving people healthy and beautiful smiles is what Cathy is all about.

Dr. Do loves the climate of the area, the beautiful mountains, amazing coastlines and all the warm and friendly people. When she is not working she enjoys getting out in nature, camping and hiking.

Robert Backhouse

B.D.Sc. (Syd Uni)

After completing his dental degree at the University of Sydney in 1963, Dr Backhouse joined the Navy as a Lieutenant Surgeon for two years and planned on going to the states to specialise in orthodontics. However, he was asked to do a locum in Coffs harbor for six weeks, which eventuated in him purchasing the practice and for forty seven years, he provided the Coffs Harbour community with the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of dentistry.

As one of the longest serving Dentists in Coffs Harbour, Robert has been very active in attending numerous courses in all aspects of general practice, particularly in the area of orthodontics. Whilst still enjoying practicing general dentistry, Robert is providing our orthodontic treatment using the latest, most advanced and effective orthodontic techniques to achieve a lasting smile for our patients.

As a keen golfer, Robert enjoys being on the golf course and spending time with his wife Sue, his five children and five grandchildren.

Ruth Mansell

BDS, MJDF
Dr Ruth Mansell was born and raised in Northern Ireland. She moved to the UK to study dentistry and she graduated from Cardiff University, Wales in 2010. She completed her Dental Foundation Training in Exeter, Co Devon. Her passion for oral surgery and working with anxious patients took her to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Ruth spent a year there working with the Oral and Maxillofacial team, increasing her skills in difficult extractions, biopsies, intravenous sedation, general anaesthetics, minor and major facial trauma and oncology cases. During this year she completed her Diploma with the Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons England.

Ruth and her husband decided to make the move out to Australia and have never looked back. Ruth adores the climate here, the beautiful coastlines and nearby cities. She loves to surf and kayak in her spare time and has recently completed her Open Water Dive Course.

Sam Brothill

BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)

Sam joined Fresh Dental Care in 2016 and with nearly 10 years of experience in dentistry, he brings a wide range of experience to the team, from working in both the UK and Australia. He graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2009 and subsequently worked in the NHS for two years, during which he attained the prestigious membership to the Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons UK.

Since moving to Australia in 2012, Sam has worked in a number of practices in the Sydney region and subsequently moved to Coffs Harbour to enjoy our better lifestyle. Dr Brothill’s philosophy with patients is to try and make dentistry as pleasant and gentle an experience as possible, with an emphasis on clear communication and patient education. He is devoted to treat all his patients to the highest standard of care and enjoys all aspects of dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Sam is either busy looking after his little baby boy or enjoying our beautiful Australian beaches. Additionally, he is a keen CrossFitter, a full time chef at home and an enthusiastic photographer.

Benjamin Mansell

BDS, MJDF

Ben moved from the UK to Australia, with his wife Ruth, back in 2012.

After graduating from Cardiff University in 2009 he was accepted into the dental foundation training scheme in his home county Devon. There he spent a busy year in practice working with medically compromised and anxious patients.

His training and passion for oral surgery took him to Derriford Hospital, the designated trauma centre in the region. Ben spent two years working with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, developing his oral surgery skills and gained invaluable experience dealing with major trauma and oncology cases. This training was the perfect preparation for his Diploma with the Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons of England, achieved in 2011.

Ben uses his surgical skills that he has gained and developed them further to include placing implants, and bone grafting when necessary.

Mindie (Minh Dieu) Nguyen

BoH, Mdent

Dr Mindie Nguyen is a gentle and caring dentist originally from Sydney who now calls the beautiful Coffs Harbour region home. She completed her Masters of Dentistry at Griffith University in the Gold Coast. Dr Nguyen has a compassionate and ethical approach to patient care and endeavours to make her patients as comfortable possible. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry but has a strong interest in restorative and aesthetic dentistry. Outside of dentistry, Dr Nguyen loves reading, going on hikes and going to the gym.

Dental therapist

Fresh Dental Care provides a Dental Therapist at each of our locations. A therapist treats people under the age of 18 years. A therapist is trained in most aspects of dental care for young children and teenagers in the dental environment and assists with healthy food options and oral hygiene instruction for parents. Fresh Dental Care offers special rates for some dental treatments when you book your child in with a dental therapist.

Bernadette Basset

 

Bernadette Basset was born and raised in Grafton. After studying at Westmead College of Dental Therapy, she holds a diploma in dental therapy and also a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies, Bernadette has worked as a Dental Therapist in the public arena for over 30 years and moved across to the private sector six years ago.

Bernadette possesses vast experience working with children and teenagers who come from many backgrounds and brings a wealth of experience to Fresh Dental Care.

Bernadette loves working with young people and believes that she can make their dental experience a more positive one which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Preventing accidents on the sporting fields has always been a passion of hers and she has spoken to many sporting bodies about the necessity of wearing mouthguards. Bernadette is also very interested in the area of Orthodontics and would love to see all teenagers have straight teeth. Bernadette regularly teaches at the local preschools giving vital dental information to the children.

Bernadette is married to Leith and has 3 beautiful children; Tim, Billy and Jacobi. Tim is now a full time teacher, Billy works in the retail industry and Jacobi is still at school.

Jude Auld

 

Jude graduated with a Diploma of Dental Therapy in Brisbane, 1980. After graduating, Jude worked with the Queensland Health School Dental Service on the Gold Coast for over 35 years and recently moved to Coffs Harbour.

Jude is genuinely passionate in working with children and creating trust in her young patients through a gentle approach which makes her patients feel at ease. She is dedicated in encouraging parental involvement with their children’s oral health from an early age to create good oral health habits for life.

Jude has been involved in Oral Health Education including Preschool toothbrushing programs, healthy lunchbox programs in schools and classroom lessons.

Outside the surgery, Jude loves travelling, the beach, exercising and heading off camping at every opportunity.

Wendy Summerill

 

Mrs Wendy Summerill, Dental Therapist, is consulting at Fresh Dental Care and Macksville, to specifically meet the needs of the younger members in our community. Wendy’s name and face will be familiar to a lot of local families as not only is she local but she has already cared for many of their children through the Coffs Harbour Community Dental Clinic, based at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Wendy has over 35 years experience as a therapist and exclusively sees children from preschool age and earlier, up to 18 year old school leavers.

Wendy also emphasises the importance of a custom fitted mouthguard for children who play sport. Compared with the cost of extensive dental treatment and emotional trauma caused by damage to permanent teeth, the cost of a custom-made mouthguard is a small price to pay.

Dental hygienist

Fresh Dental Care provides our patients with a hygiene department as we feel this is best patient care. Hygienists perform many treatments including general cleans, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealants, periodontal treatments. They also take x -rays. Hygienists are an integral part to our dental team providing essential preventive treatment to reduce long term dental problems.

Erin Slinger

 

Graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2016 and a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) in 2017, Erin is an enthusiastic Dental Hygienist with a passion for preventative care and creating awareness of oral and systemic disease processes. Erin has recently moved back to her home town to be closer to family and hopes to contribute to the community’s oral health care for many years to come.

Erin has a gentle and caring approach to providing a high quality of dental care and enjoys working in close team collaboration to ensure patients are receiving comprehensive options regarding their dental treatment and personal needs.

Jessica Cantrill

Bachelor of Oral Health

Jessica has been working within the dental industry for the last 12 years. Jessica started as a dental assistant with the Fresh Dental Care Team and then studied at Newcastle University where she completed a Bachelor of Oral Health. Jessica graduated in 2008 and had been working as the head of the hygiene department at a central coast practice for the past 7 years. Jessica has recently moved her family back to her original home town, to be closer to family and to return working with the Fresh Dental Care Team.

As a qualified Dental Hygienist she provides an important service which includes treating, managing and maintaining overall oral health while providing oral hygiene education. Jessica is passionate about her work, aiming to provide an excellent service in a friendly and caring manner to ensure her patients are always comfortable.