Australian dental & oral health therapists' association

ADOHTA Executives

The ADOHTA Executive Council is made up of a representative from each state or territory.  A representative of the Australian Dental Council and A representative from the Editorial Board of ANZJDOHT (Journal).  The Executive Council meets face to face 2 per year and participates in teleconferences on the months it does not meet.

Leticia Masters (Goss)

ADOHTA President

Leticia completed the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Adelaide in 2010 and has worked clinically as an Oral Health Therapist in the South Australian School Dental Service and private dental clinics since graduation. Leticia was involved in ADOHTA SA/NT as a student and has been an executive member since graduation; she was elected as President of ADOHTA SA/NT in May 2013, ADOHTA Inc. Vice President in 2016 and was appointed ADOHTA Inc. President in October 2018.

Nicole Stormon 

ADOHTA Vice President

Nicole is an Oral health therapist, Associate Lecturer and PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Since graduating as valedictorian from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2014, Nicole worked as both a clinical Oral Health Therapist and in research. Nicole observed in clinical practice and research that many people are denied adequate oral health care which can have a significant impact on daily life. Nicole has worked on a variety of topics in the field of Dental Public Health. Nicole is passionate about improving the oral health of populations such as the socially disadvantaged, people with special needs and Indigenous Australians through research.

Hellene Platell

Immediate Past President and ADOHTA WA Council Representative

Hellene graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1973. She worked in the School Dental Service for 12 months followed by numerous General, Periodontic and Orthodontic Practices whilst a part time Clinical Tutor with the Dental Therapy Course at Curtin University. In 1996, she did an orthodontic update to gain registration as a Dental Hygienist. She is currently employed in General Dental Practice, as a Clinical Tutor at Curtin University with the Bachelor of Health (Oral Therapy) Degree as well as with pre-clinical Periodontic tutoring for dental students at the University of WA.

William Carlson-Jones

ADOHTA Treasurer and SANT Council Representative

William is currently employed with the South Australian Dental Service in Port Pirie as an Oral Health Therapist. After recently graduating from the Bachelor of Oral Health program at the University of Adelaide in 2016, William previously held the positions of BOH 3 & 2 Representative for the ADOHTA SA/NT Branch whilst as an undergraduate, and was also the BOH Representative on the Dentistry Program Board (former Learning & Teaching Committee) for the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. William is passionate about minimal-intervention & preventative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, and holistic patient-centred care. He is also interested in oral health education programs, having participated abroad on exchanges to Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the university in 2015 & 2016.

Michelle Davidson

ADOHTA Secretary and NSW Council Representative

I have been employed in the dental industry as a dental assistant for 27 years. I was lucky enough to be employed in my first job by Dr Victor Kiven in Melbourne, where he instilled a love in me for periodontics and dentistry in general. I can say I have loved every minute of my career as a dental assistant and have been lucky enough to work in fields from private practice, periodontics, orthodontics, corrective services, to public health and been lucky enough to assist a visiting Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon in theatre in Cairns. After the death of my husband in 2008, I decided to further my career and try to enrol in university in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. I spent a year at Sydney University doing a university preparation course in maths and science. I was then accepted to the Bachelor of Clinical Science at CSU in Orange and after completing first year, transferred over to Bachelor of Oral Health (Hygiene/Therapy) at CSU in Wagga Wagga, which I successfully completed in 2014. I am currently employed as an Oral Health Therapist in private practice in Wagga Wagga. My work has largely been as a hygienist but am now slowly integrating more therapy work. My special interests include encouraging my 3 children to be the best they can be, travelling, cooking, and eating out. I love to spend time outdoors, whether that is picnicking, swimming, bushwalking, hiking, or simply lazing in the hammock.

Julie Satur

ADOHTA Editorial Board ANZJDOHT (Journal) Councillor 

Professor Satur has a background in dental therapy and spent 18 years working as a dental therapist for the School Dental Service in Victoria, in health promotion with local government and, more recently working part-time in orthodontic practice. She is currently Associate Professor of Oral Health and Head of the Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Melbourne’s Dental School. Her work involves BOH program leadership and teaching in Research, Health Promotion, Community Health, Health Policy and Ethics and post graduate program development. She is a past president of VDOHTA, and has been an active member of ADOHTA over many years, and is currently Editor of the ANZ Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy. Julie's research has been in oral health promotion and dental and oral health therapy workforce regulation and practice issues, is widely published and has made many conference presentations. She has participated over a number of years in public oral health and in the policy area around dental therapy and hygiene practice, participating in committees and working parties for state and commonwealth governments and more recently policy debates in the USA around dental therapy practice. She is also an executive member of the College of Oral Health Academics.

Dr Denise Higgins

ADOHTA Research and Eduation Councillor 

I graduated from The Victorian School of Dental Therapy in December 1990 and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in January 1991. I was a full time employee for the Victorian School Dental Service in Gippsland, Victoria. I worked in two fixed clinics located in public school grounds in Morwell and Sale, and also on mobile school dental vans servicing rural areas of Gippsland and The Latrobe Valley. In 1994 I relocated to NSW and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in the public dental service with Hunter New England Oral Health Service (previously Hunter Oral Health). I worked in several school based and community clinics within The Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. In January 2009 I commenced work as an Oral Health Therapist after gaining my qualifications in dental hygiene. I continued to work at The Maitland Hospital Dental Clinic as an Oral Health Therapist where I was originally employed as a Dental Therapist. I am currently employed as a Lecturer in Oral Health for the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with The University of Newcastle. My career involves mentorship, leadership, student and course coordination, sharing knowledge and love of oral health and empowering the future generations of Oral Health Therapists.

Shireen Smith

ADOHTA QLD Council Representative

Shireen graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from The University of Queensland. She was awarded numerous university prizes for her academic excellence, including the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement two years in a row.  With an enthusiasm for continuing education, Shireen prides herself on educating her patients about good oral health. She especially enjoys treating children, and her gentle manner helps make visits fun and positive.  Outside of dentistry, Shireen enjoys swimming and occasionally competes in open water races.

Jessica Pennay

ADOHTA TAS Council Representative

Ms Jessica Pennay graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2015 with a Bachelor of Oral Health.  Jessica went on to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with extended adult scope in 2017. Jessica is currently working in the public sector at Oral Health Services Tasmania (OHST) in Hobart and is also part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Special Care Dental Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Jessica has a passion for community-based prevention and has been involved in pilot programs for improving population health. During her time at OHST, she has mentored OHT students from the University of Newcastle and continues to provide support for new graduates and fellow team members.

Elizabeth Cobbledick

ADOHTA VIC Council Representative

Liz grew up in Shepparton in regional Victoria and graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Melbourne in 2011. More recently Liz completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice).  Liz has been a member of the ADOHTA Vic Branch Committee since 2014 as a general executive, treasurer, secretary and now ADOHTA National Councillor. Liz has a strong interest in Indigenous oral health and has spent some time working in the remote region of Cape York. Liz currently works at cohealth community health centre in Melbourne and in her spare time Liz enjoys travelling, live music and playing netball.

Casually vacant positions: Australian Capital Territory and Norther Territory representatives 

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