The Happy Chomper Family
Our staff are dedicated professionals, who are committed to providing patients with high quality dental care in a happy, caring and supportive environment. We have a team of Dentists and Oral Health Therapists to make sure we are able to provide the highest quality dentistry and the best patient experience.
Dr Chris Thorne
Chris joined the Mount Barker Dental Centre in 2009. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, and especially enjoys the relationships that are built up with patients over time. He is a strong believer that good teeth are a vital factor in a healthy life. Chris is always looking at further professional development, which he feels is vitally important in dentistry due to the constant changes in both materials and techniques.
Outside of dentistry Chris fills his spare time tinkering with old cars and playing with his adorable black labrador, Prince, and his over-enthusiastic German Shorthaired Pointer, EJ .
Dr Hannah Korhonen-Bannister
Hannah joined the Mount Barker Dental Centre in October 2017, when she moved back to Adelaide to be closer to her family. Prior to joining our Happy Chomper team Hannah worked in private practice in the Perth metropolitan area, after graduating from the University of Western Australia. Hannah grew up in Mylor and went to high school at St John’s Grammar in Belair.
Hannah especially enjoys restorative and aesthetic treatments and working with children. She places particular importance on helping her nervous patients feel comfortable and educating all her patients about techniques to maintain a healthy smile.
Hannah regularly attends study groups and courses to stay at the forefront of the latest developments in dental treatment. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking new meals in the kitchen and pursuing her equestrian hobbies.
Dr Anthony Ma
Anthony became a part of our team in August 2018. Though originally a Melbournian, he is now happy to call Adelaide home. He enjoys the wine country, the laid back atmosphere and scenic locations of South Australia.
Anthony has had experience working for the SA Dental Service and has also volunteered with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Around Good People to provide much needed dental care to those less fortunate.
He is truly passionate about dentistry; striving to help people achieve good oral health and to create positive dental experiences for all. He also has a keen interest in the cosmetic aspects of dentistry and loves seeing patients happy with their smiles.
When he’s not busy dentist-ing, Anthony is an avid gamer, loves to snowboard, and tries to hit the gym (when he remembers … and can be bothered … which is not often – but it’s the thought that counts?!).
Dr Andrew Scott
Dr Andrew Scott joined the Mount Barker Dental Centre in September 2020 after moving to South Australia from Queensland. He had recently sold his practice north of Brisbane after working in both government and private practice since graduating from Sydney University in 1991. Andrew is experienced in all aspects of dentistry with a particular interest in non-surgical exodontia, endodontics and removable prosthetic dentistry. He has been a member of the Australian Dental Association since graduating and enjoys attending courses and undertaking self directed learning to more than meet the continued professional development required each year. Andrew is well known for his relaxed and friendly approach and efficient delivery of service which enables him to put even the most nervous patient at ease.
In his spare time Andrew enjoys doing home renovations, hard landscaping and gardening. He is determined to get back on the golf course and work on getting his handicap down to single digits.
Oral Health Therapist
Mel graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Adelaide University in 2015 and joined our team at Mount Barker Dental Centre in November 2020. She has a passion for dentistry and takes pride in her clinical skills as well as her ability to maintain an excellent rapport with her patients. Mel’s commitment to patient care has enabled her to build trust and develop enduring relationships with a wide range of patients including children and those with special needs. She has a friendly and sympathetic approach that helps put anxious patients at ease.
In her spare time Mel enjoys renovating her home and spending time with her family, friends and two dogs.
Oral Health Therapist
After graduating from Adelaide University in 2010, Katie spent over ten years treating thousands of children in metropolitan and country clinics with SA Dental Service. Her area of interest is treating children with autism, anxiety disorders and neurodivergent children and adults.
Creating a safe, understanding and supportive environment for patients who struggle to access dental care is paramount to her clinical practice.
Outside the clinic, Katie spends her time playing taxi and snack slave to her six year old son, Jack, lifting very heavy things in the gym, and constantly wondering why the washing machine only eats one sock from each pair!
Mary joined Mouth Barker Dental Centre in 2018. Originally from South America, she has been working in the oral healthcare field for nearly two decades. She loves dentistry, she thinks it is a great blend of science and helping others.
Mary is keen to deliver the best possible care to her patients. She likes to listen to their concerns and takes the time to explain any issues. She always provides encouragement to patients on improving their oral health and offers to assist with ongoing maintenance, early intervention, prevention, and education. Her greatest satisfaction comes from being able to play a part in and share a patient’s smile journey.
In her spare time Mary likes dance, yoga, sharing dinner with a good glass of wine and spending time with her family, friends and her grumpy old terrier dog.
Our dental assistants and reception staff
Our dental assistants and reception staff are also a very important part of our team. These staff are skilled in all facets of patient care including assisting our dentists and oral health therapists, managing appointments, instrument sterilisation, infection control, maintaining equipment and managing dental supplies. Most importantly each and every one of them is genuinely committed to caring for our patients and contributing to a happy environment!