Dr Martina Lavery, BDS, IADFE
Principal dentist Martina Lavery studied dentistry in her native Ireland, in Belfast, before migrating to Sydney after meeting her husband in Adelaide, where she was on a forensic dentistry scholarship at Adelaide University.
Martina was introduced to the Hills district by her husband, who grew up in Winston Hills. She fell in love with the family-focused, green and relaxed feel of the area and has been working in the Hills district, primarily focusing on family dentistry, for 17 years now. In fact, the shops where Martina’s studio is now located is where her husband used to cycle to as a boy after school, to buy sweet treats! (This was many years before he realised the error of his sweet-seeking ways.)
Martina has been practising in Norwest as well as working as a children’s dentist at her husband’s practice, Norton Street Dentistry. She has also volunteered her dentistry services at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance at Allambie Heights and continues to treat many patients with disabilities in private dental practice, which makes access to quality treatment much easier and prompt for these patients rather than waiting on public dental lists.
Martina loves the process of working closely with patients to build trust. She sees it as a great privilege to work on people’s teeth and takes this responsibility seriously, undergoing professional training in communications, psychology and neuropsychology so that she’s better able to make patients feel comfortable by using a caring, empathetic approach.
'I am a huge advocate and believer in 'brain training' – or the buzz word at the moment, neuroplasticity – where we can actively change patients' attitudes and thinking towards dentistry using positive suggestions during treatment.'
Martina is passionate about taking a holistic approach to treating the overall wellbeing of the patient, working closely with a network of health professionals to refer patients when needed.
When not working, Martina’s time is occupied by her two energetic, beautiful boys who are the sunshine of her world and, of course, have great teeth!