MEET THE KEPPEL DENTAL TEAM
It’s good to get to know your dentist and the team that supports them. Having a little insider knowledge
about the person that’s taking your appointment and those looking after you may help you relax.
Get to know your Keppel Dental team better — each profile gives you insight into their
professional history and training, why they love their job and what makes them smile.
Luke Christensen B.Sc (Hons) B.Dent (Hons)
Practice Principal Dentist
Luke wants your smile to look awesome. A big fan of cosmetic dentistry, Luke embraces the latest technologies that help rebuild natural-looking smiles. He also believes a trip to the dentist should be far from dull. Putting Netflix on the ceiling, so you can watch while in the chair? Yeah, that was his idea. What a genius! Besides dentistry, Luke enjoys surfing (although he says there’s room for his skills to improve) and taking his boat out for a spot of fishing.
Lyndsey Browne B.Sc (Hons) B.Dent
Lyndsey enjoys the variety that modern dentistry can offer. Not just the techniques and treatments available, but the people she gets to meet too. She’s known for her calm nature, so even the most anxious patient will be able to relax that little easier during an appointment with her. Beyond work, Lyndsey loves to travel around Australia and beyond, and is a keen fitness fan.
University of Queensland in 2008
John Christensen BD.Sc
Locum Dentist and Practice Mentor
John is one half of the reason Keppel Dental is even here. He set up shop in Yeppoon back in 1977 and was the first full-time dentist to establish a private practice in the area. What a trendsetter! Although John recently retired, you’ll still see him around the practice from time to time, as he provides locum cover and continues to mentor our dentists and OHTs. (Well there’s no way we could let him go that easily.) When not swotting up on current dentistry technologies or nerding out over the new possibilities digital dentistry could bring, he enjoys singing with a local choir and attempting to play tennis.
YOUR Oral Hygienists
Oral Health Therapist
Whether young or old, Christie wants to help you enjoy your dental experience and rinse out any unnecessary fears. What she most loves about working with the team at Keppel Dental is a shared commitment to providing exceptional dental care, education, and support to help patients reach their oral health goals. As there’s lots to enjoy about life in Yeppoon, Christie spends as much downtime as possible with her husband and children exploring the beaches and 4WD tracks.
Oral Health Therapist
If Thalia was forced to choose her favourite areas of dentistry then she would say, restorative dentistry, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry. “Kids are so fun to work with. It brightens my day when the littlies race into the clinic for a ride in the chair or to show me their newest wiggly tooth,” she explains. And who can argue? An upcoming trip from the Tooth Fairy is exciting. Beyond work, Thalia’s two troublesome kelpies, Randall and Remy, keep her on her toes.
YOUR DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Sterilisation Technician and Dental Assistant
When you need a dental environment that’s free from contamination, who you gonna call? Caiti Steedman! She is the Keppel Dental germ buster. While she doesn’t have a proton pack, she does have other ways to zap pesky germs and keep contamination at bay so dentists and patients can go about their treatment safely. When not fighting germs, you may see Caiti assisting your dentist. Outside of work, Caiti enjoys unwinding by spinning some tunes. She has an eclectic taste, but Ocean Alley tops her charts.
Maddy prides herself on providing a homely environment for nervous patients and feels a strong sense of accomplishment seeing their confidence lift once dental treatment ends. She loves that her role continuously expands her knowledge and organisation skills. As a self-confessed adventure seeker, Maddy makes the most of her downtime either hiking, relaxing on the beach with her dogs, or going for long drives with the music, up!
Modern dentistry is always evolving and it’s the feeling of always having something new to learn that holds Rosslyn’s interest in the field. Even after years of working as a DA. When she’s not catching up with workmates who have become close friends, Ross enjoys walks on the beach, going for dinner with her family, or cooking up an Asian-inspired feast at home. Let us know when you want us to pop around for that, Ross!
Paige joins us as a trainee dental assistant and, we’re happy to report, is enjoying working in the field of dentistry. Seeing patients happy and confident after successful treatment brings her the most job satisfaction, as does the human side of the job and getting to chat with patients about life's highs and woes.
Seeing patients happy and smiling after their treatment is what keeps Tara feeling upbeat at work. She understands that getting the right dental treatment and being cared for by dentists and assistants who want the absolute best for you, is what makes a high-quality experience. During her downtime, Tara enjoys hitting the beach or lounging by the pool with family and friends.
YOUR Front of House Staff
Clinical Care Coordinator
You’d think after 20 years of working as a client care coordinator in the dentistry that you’d seen it all. But nuh-uh. Kristy loves her job because every day is different and presents its own challenges. Plus, she’s working in an ever-evolving industry. There is always something new to discover about dentistry. When not working, Kristy enjoys keeping fit and enjoying the beach life. Currently, playing on jet skis is her favourite thing to do. What a thrill-seeker!
As our Keppel Dental receptionist, Robyn is on hand to meet, greet and answer your questions over the phone or when you arrive for your appointment. Robyn understands that for some people a trip to the dentist can be nerve-wracking. Just know that she’s on hand to help you feel comfortable while you wait. When not running the Keppel Dental reception, Robyn enjoys a spot of gardening and spending time with family and friends during get togethers.