Noosa

Team

Dr Richard Townsend

Principal Dentist(BDS) 
Born in Wales, Richard graduated from Sheffield University in the UK in 1995, thereafter receiving a scholarship at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He immigrated to Australia in 2001 and established his dental practice in February 2006. Committed to his practice and to the dental profession, he completes numerous hours of continuing education each year, staying at the forefront of new dental products and treatments. In 2010, Richard completed a Master Clinician Program in Implant Dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry and is currently studying for a certificate in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry through British Academy Restorative Dentistry. Richard’s focus and passion is directed towards placing implants and a variety of surgical treatments such as the extraction of wisdom teeth.
When not at the practice, Richard spends quality time with his wife and three gorgeous teenagers, enjoying surfing, skiing, and the outdoor lifestyle.

Dr Andrew Tran

Associate Dentists(BDS) 
Andrew graduated from Griffith University on the Gold Coast and joined Townsend Family Dental in 2017.
Andrew is very friendly and has a very calm chairside manner. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and works with children of all ages. Andrew also frequently undertakes post graduate learning to keep up with the latest technology in dentistry.

When not at work, Andrew enjoys reading, travelling and swimming in the gorgeous beaches of Noosa.

Dr Hamish Caithness

Associate Dentists(B.D.Sc (hons) DipDsed) 
Hamish was born in Brisbane and spent his younger years growing up on the Sunshine Coast. He graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Dentistry in 1998 with honours. Having worked in London, Brisbane and the Cayman Islands over the past 20 years, he has undertaken postgraduate education in complex and cosmetic dental courses, keeping up to date with the latest cutting edge dentistry. He has a strong desire to help nervous patients have a painless, positive experience with their dentist and has completed specialised studies over the years to aid with the treatment of dentaphobic patients. He is always striving to provide the best possible treatment to every patient in a calm and gentle manner. As a family dentist he loves treating patients of all ages. Hamish has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. With over 20 years dental experience he prides himself on his commitment to his patients, ensuring all treatments are properly explained and understood. Hamish has recently become a father to a beautiful baby boy. In is free time he enjoys travelling, cooking and spending quality time with his young family and friends.

Dr Laura Gubbins

Associate Dentist (B.Dent.Sc)
Laura obtained her Bachelor of Dental Science from Trinity College in Dublin, graduating in 2002. From a young age Laura always knew she wanted to find a career that encompassed both her love of science with her creative talents. Dentistry appealed on many levels as it would also allow her to express her caring, compassionate nature. She considers herself extremely lucky to work with patients on a daily basis!

Since graduating, she has continued to participate in professional development courses in order to provide her patients with the best possible care. When it comes to her approach to dental care, Laura believes in taking an individualistic approach, focusing on the needs of each unique patient. She strives to craft care plans that address oral health concerns, provide comfort and offer confidence to her patients.

When she isn’t busy treating patients Laura enjoys yoga and Pilates . Laura  also loves walking and has completed a 900km walk in Spain – the Camino de Santiago. Most recently Laura walked from Rainbow Beach to Noosa - the Cooloola great sandy walk.

Vivienne Cunningham

Dental Therapist/Dental Hygienist
Vivienne is a registered dental hygienist and therapist who works closely with our dentists to attend to our patient’s oral health and hygiene. Vivienne has over 35 years’ experience. She has worked in general dental and specialist orthodontic practices, both privately and in government clinics. Vivienne believes we never stop learning or improving and she enjoys working with the latest technology and invests in keeping up to date with the very best treatment options. Vivienne has lived in the Noosa shire for over 22 years and enjoys the coastal lifestyle.

DR SARAH HIGHAM

Visiting Sedation Therapist BDS Dip.D.Sed
Dr. Sarah Higham joined our practice in 2016 to make sedation a possibility for our patients.
Sarah graduated from Guy’s Dental Hospital, London in 1993 and went on to do further study in sedation and anaesthetics in 1998. She has over twenty two years of experience providing sedation for anxious patients in both the UK and Australia.
Sarah has also worked in several hospital settings as a lecturer and clinical teacher.
Dr Higham welcomes all nervous patients, particularly those who haven’t seen a dentist for a long time.
At Townsend Family Dental we can provide sedation for a wide variety of procedures which include surgery, restorative work, hygiene and also patients who struggle with a strong gag reflex.
Away from work, Sarah loves cooking for family and friends, yoga and enjoying the blue skies of Noosa.

CINDY

Practice Manager

Tianie

Administrative Director

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TEGAN

Clinical Director

Rachel

Receptionist

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Kate

Dental Assistant

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Summer

Dental Assistant

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Freida

Dental Assistant

Rachel

Dental Assistant

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Nicola

Dental Assistant

Allira

Dental Assistant

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