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Meet Our Park Holme Dental Team

The Faces of Smiles Are Us Park Holme

Founded in 1985, our family-based dental practice is in its second generation of promoting quality, patient-focused oral health services to families throughout our community.

Drusilla Nowicki OwnerMrs Dru Nowicki, CEO/Practice Manager

As the CEO/Manager of Smiles Are Us Park Holme, Dru enjoys meeting patients and ensuring that they receive the highest quality dental care possible. She attended Flinders University, graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Public Health and was working in the medical field until, as the wife of the late Dr Ben Nowicki, she had to run his surgeries following his passing.
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Dru has undertaken practice management courses so she can create an environment that fosters a high degree of patient satisfaction. Being personally committed to the practice, she has a deep desire to ensure that the kindness and quality patients were used to in the past is continued on through the next generation. A family-like staff environment is a high priority for her, as well as ensuring the highest standards of infection control, treatment and practice management is maintained.

When she’s not at the practice, Dru enjoys spending time with family and friends, kayaking, being involved in her church and being out in nature.

Sophia Practice ManagerSophie Maniatis, Practice Manager

“Having worked in the dental field for over 30 years, I learned a wide range of skills and met so many amazing people at the various practices I had the privilege to work in.” When the role of practice manager was offered to Sophie, she saw the opportunity to further broaden her abilities and rise to new challenges. “I like problem-solving, and I find it very satisfying when I come up with solutions.”

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Education and Professional Development

Sophie has attained several certificates in the dental field:

  • Certificate III in Practice Management
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Assisting
  • Post Certificate in Dental Radiology

To stay abreast of the latest in the field, she attends various courses and seminars throughout the year.

Enjoying Life at Work and Home

Sophie enjoys working with the wonderful team members at Smiles Are Us Park Holme. For her, it makes for a pleasant work environment. “We’re like one big happy, funny family!”

When she’s not at work, Sophie is passionate about home decorating and gardening to a certain degree. She also loves spending time with her family and doing fun activities together.

Nicole Brzezniak, Front Office Manager

In her role, Nicole is responsible for coordinating the front office tasks and ensuring a smooth visit for patients at Smiles Are Us Park Holme. She helps coordinate transactions between patients and health funds and other payors. Nicole loves collaborating with her co-workers to ensure that our patients experience exceptional customer service and care.

When she’s not at the practice, Nicole loves spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors and exploring new places both home and abroad.

Kiara PearceKiara Pearce, Front Office Coordinator

Kiara earned a Diploma of Nursing through a private course through Royal Adelaide Hospital. She graduated in 2007. In her role as front office coordinator, Kiara enjoys being able to make every aspect of a dental visit smooth and pleasant. She finds it highly rewarding to help patients with health fund queries. Additionally, she works to ensure that busy families with kids, those juggling work or even retirees can get that perfect late morning appointment to avoid peak hour traffic.
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Proud to Part of a Family-Run Practice

“This practice is owned and run by my family, whose work ethic and genuine care for all their patients and staff make it a place one wants to not only be a part of but also contribute to.”

Hobbies and Interests

When she’s not at the practice, Kiara spends a lot of time being creative with various textiles. She enjoys painting, knitting, weaving, woodworking, sewing and cooking. Another hobby of hers is collecting old treasures and turning them into something new. Kiara also likes reading, going to the movies and dog sitting.

Monica ReceptionistMonica King, Front Office Coordinator

In her role as front office coordinator at Smiles Are Us Park Holme, Monica is passionate about providing exceptional customer service by looking after patients. She enjoys working in our friendly and professional environment.

When she’s not at the practice, Monica likes to spend time with her children, other family members and friends. She also enjoys going on holidays and weekend getaways, socialising and exercising.

Carole Hughes Dental Assistant Carole Hughes, Dental Surgery Assistant

As a dental surgery assistant, Carole works closely with our dentists who perform oral surgery. Friendly and caring, she enjoys getting to know our patients and helping them feel completely comfortable before, during and after their procedures.

Carole obtained certification as a dental surgery assistant in Leeds in the UK. She graduated from school in 1982. To stay abreast of the latest in dental surgery assisting, she regularly takes professional development courses. When she’s not at the practice, Carole enjoys spending time with her family.

Kelly MolloyKelly Molloy, Dental Assistant

After working in the pharmacy field for over a decade, Kelly decided she needed a change. Always interested in dentistry, she decided that a career in assisting would allow her to maintain her passion for health and people, and we couldn’t he happier to have her as a part of the Smiles Are Us Park Holme team.

Kelly holds her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting. One of her favourite things about working with our team is seeing the incredible changes our care brings to patients.

Outside of the practice, Kelly enjoys spending time with her two young boys, visiting the beach and checking out local wineries.

Sophie, Dental AssistantSophie Krndija, Dental Assistant

Sophie joins the Smiles Are Us Park Holme team after being inspired to become a dental assistant by her mother, whom she saw always enjoying the profession and building lasting relationships with patients. Today, Sophie feels the same way—she loves going above and beyond to help patients at our practice feel comfortable and receive exemplary care.

Sophie received her certificate in Dental Assisting as well as another in Dental Radiography from Tafe SA Gillies Plains, graduating in 2012. Sophie has also completed training in first aid courses.

Outside of the practice, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Want to Learn More?

We make it convenient to see multiple family members together so that you can spend your time more efficiently. Book a same-day appointment for you and your family now. We are open late on Wednesday evenings.

CONTACT US

Smiles Are Us Park Holme | 08 8277 9747