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Meet The Dental Team at Smiles Are Us Park Holme

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Dr Peter Alvino, Principal Dentist

Peter always knew he wanted to work in the healthcare field in some form. For Peter, dentistry gives him the satisfaction of helping others while still being able to enjoy life away from work.

“Health was always the direction for me and dentistry evolved from there. I also like being able to help patients overcome their anxiety about treatment and educate them on how to care for their dental health.” To prepare for his dental career, Peter earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Adelaide University in 2010. He has furthered his education by taking courses in implantology and aligner orthodontics.

When he’s not at Smiles Are Us Park Holme, Peter likes to spend time with friends and family and enjoy a nice red!

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Dr Nathaniel Nowicki

Growing up, Dr Nathaniel Nowicki told his father (also a dentist) that he wanted to go into pyrotechnics. As a child, he grew up in a dental practice, as his home housed his father’s private operatory. But over the years, Nathaniel changed his mind about turning to fireworks to make people smile and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined Smiles Are Us Park Holme.

Dr Nowicki earned a Bachelor of Oral Health at Adelaide University and became an Oral Health Therapist. A few years later, he went back to University to obtain his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in 2016. Like his late father and his father’s sister, Dr Nowicki continues the family tradition of using dentistry to give others something to smile about.

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Dentists are only required to complete 60 hours of continuing education every three years, but Dr Nowicki spends much of his free time studying advancements in subjects such as biomaterials, orthodontics (Inman Aligners) and dental implants.
Some of Dr Nowicki’s favourite cases involve caring for individuals that have suffered from injuries due to domestic violence. After spending lengths of time rehabilitating their smiles, their self-esteem and confidence are practically tangible.

A self-proclaimed car enthusiast, Dr Nowicki enjoys collecting older model BMWs, racing and attending automobile shows. He’s also quite active with his church, enjoys playing different types of musical instruments and recently became a paraglider pilot.

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Dr Diana Castrillon

With a grandfather who was a dentist, Diana used to love visiting him at his office and watching him work. “Now that I am a dentist my favourite part of the job is the social interaction and being able to help people achieve better oral health and overall well-being. Seeing the confidence a bright smile can bring is quite rewarding.”

In 2005, Diana graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Manizales in Colombia with a Bachelor of Dentistry. “I have studied extensively in Australia to be able to practice here.” To stay abreast of the latest in dentistry, she has taken various professional development courses, including the latest techniques in aesthetic oral rehabilitation, infection control, and management of medical emergencies in the dental practice.

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When she’s not seeing patients, Diana likes to travel, see the world and enjoy different culinary experiences. “I also love the beach, which is part of the reason I ended up here in Australia.” She hails from Latin America and speaks Spanish and English.
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Dr Carine Maxwell

“I was inspired to become a dentist, as dentistry is a great mix of art and science, as well as the chance to work with people, which I love.”

To prepare for her dental career, Carine earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide in 2014. She has furthered her education by taking various continuing education courses. These include CEREC dentistry, interceptive orthodontics for children, and updating and refining restorative techniques. Carine also likes taking the time to understand each individual’s dental goals.

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“One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a dentist is being able to guide a new and anxious patient from their first visit to becoming a regular patient, so that they can be comfortable, pain-free and confident with a beautiful smile.”

When Carine’s not at the practice, she enjoys spending time with her family, and cooking new dishes.

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Elisha Daly, Front of Clinic Manager

Elisha earned a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Adelaide in 2017. To stay abreast of the latest in dentistry, she is continually updating her knowledge. “Smiles Are Us Park Holme always has us connect with dental reps from various companies, so that we can keep up to date with new materials and methods.”

Elisha also gained a wealth of knowledge by working with many dentists and specialists over the years. “I can use that knowledge to give my patients the best treatment.” She is part of the ADA, DHAA, Swiss Dental Academy, and CAPP.

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For Elisha, it’s rewarding to help patients work through their dental concerns and overcome any anxiousness about being in the dental chair. She also loves catching up with all her patients about their day-to-day life. “It’s rewarding to hear about big and small events that my patients are excited to tell me about.”

Outside the practice, Elisha loves spending time with her beautiful dog, Dio, as well as family and friends. She loves being out and about, whether travelling or having a quiet walk.

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Amanda Devenand

“Growing up, I’ve always loved going to my dental practice, although I became aware this wasn’t the case for everyone. I wanted to help people, and my interest in health and sciences led me to become an Oral Health Therapist.”

In her role at Smiles Are Us Park Holme, Amanda finds it rewarding to provide a positive dental experience for patients, helping them overcome dental anxiety or phobias. To prepare for her career as an OHT, Amanda earned a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Adelaide in 2020. To stay abreast of the latest in the field, she regularly takes courses run by several dental societies. These include the ADA, Periodontal Society, ADOHTA, and DHAA. Most recently, Amanada gained further knowledge in dental radiography, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and Myo Munchee.

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“I have a genuine passion and interest in the science of dentistry, which is forever growing and changing. I love keeping up to date and learning what is new, allowing me to continuously provide the highest quality of care for my patients.”

Amanda loves to interact with people and make their dental experience as positive and motivating as possible. “It’s truly rewarding to see patients improve and maintain good oral health, and know I have contributed to their confident smiles.”

Outside of work, Amanda loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys baking, chilling at home with Netflix, and discovering different culinary and creative experiences across South Australia.

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