Team

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Dr Pandiyan Thevar

Principal Dentist and Owner of Pristine Dentistry

What a credit it is to Dr Pandiyan to see the transition from Ingle Family Dental to Pristine Dentistry, our new state of the art practice, which Dr Pandiyan has created for the comfort of all patients.

Dr Pandiyan is our Principal Dentist and has over a decade of experience in general dentistry in Adelaide.
Dr Pandiyan has continued his work in private practice, while giving back to the profession he is so passionate about, by tutoring and mentoring final year dental students in the teaching clinics of the Adelaide Dental School.

An advocate for preventative dentistry, Dr Pandiyan established Pristine Dentistry with the aim to create a quality dental practice where we listen to patients concerns and provide dental care that suits patients’ individual needs.
We are one of the few dental practices who provide full dental care for the whole family.

With the latest technology and a great focus on patients’ needs, Dr Pandiyan will provide you with the best experience possible. He is understanding and compassionate, especially with patients who have dental and needle phobias. It is a credit to his personality and he takes great pride in seeing his patients gain confidence and trust with every visit.
He is a gentle, caring dentist who has gained extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of dentistry including the completion of the Masters Clinician Program in Implant Dentistry. Dr Pandiyan’s special interests are endodontics, cosmetic dentistry and implant procedures. Creating beautiful smiles is his greatest quality.

Dr Pandiyan is married to Suganthi, and has 2 very energetic children who keep him busy outside of Pristine Dentistry. Be prepared to see Dr Pandiyan out and about especially as he is a great sports lover whether it be tennis, cricket or the footy. He barracks for all the Adelaide teams but we think he is a one-eyed crow supporter. Dr Pandiyan and his family also enjoy exploring new cities and countryside while Dr Pandiyan’s early morning daily routine begins with a jog around the River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

Dr Kai Ling Kerr

Dentist

Dr Kai Ling graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, one of Australia’s renowned institute for excellence in oral health.

Prior to joining Pristine Dentistry, Dr Kai Ling had the opportunity to provide dental care in the public health sector, other private practices, schools and aged cares. She has also spent her time in Port Lincoln and Mungeraine practicing dentistry and tutoring 1st year dental students.

Dr Kai Ling believes that dental visit can be an enjoyable experience instead of a fearful one. With her personable nature and gentle demeanor, she strives to bring a smile to each of her patients’ face. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, in particular pediatric dentistry, restorative, preventative dentistry and prosthetics work.

Outside of dentistry, she finds great purpose in volunteering her time in missionary projects, exploring the various nature walks of SA and spending her time with her partner and cat.

Aryan

Dental Therapist

Aryan graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Adelaide in 2018.

This qualification allows dual scope of treatment for her patients as both a dental therapist and a dental hygienist. This 3-year full time degree focused on children’s dentistry as well as preventative adult dentistry, including the treatment of gum disease.

Aryan, our bubbly, friendly, passionate therapist is highly skilled in helping anxious patients turn every dental experience into positive ones. Her experience in the study of developmental psychology also makes children’s dental appointments fun, interactive and educational. She gets the shyest little ones to open up show their teeth!

Outside of Pristine Dentistry Aryan loves spending time with family and friends. She also is a great baker so bring on the bake off’s at Pristne Dentistry.

Pamela

Dental Hygienist

A north eastern suburb local, Pamela began working in the dental industry in 2012 as a dental assistant. Here, she found her passion for Oral Health and graduated with her Advance Diploma of Oral Health in 2017.

Our bubbly, courteous, caring and friendly hygienist, Pamela is passionate about making significant differences to the oral health care of our patients. She has immense experience in chronic gum disease and also enabling very nervous patients to gain control over their fears. Pamela prides herself on providing high quality, thorough dental treatment and patient education. Continuously striving for all patients to receive a positive experience and who are left motivated to achieve and maintain their bright smile.

Pamela is kept very busy when not at Pristine Dentistry as she is also a Brazilian dancer. You may even see her up the passage breaking out some samba moves. She loves the outdoors, mountain bike riding but her number 1 love is her chinchilla cat, Coco.

Jo

Practice Manager

Jo is our Practice Manager and her priority apart from the day to day running of Pristine Dentistry is patient care.
Jo is bubbly, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile for the comfort of our patients.

Jo continues to develop her knowledge and skills by being an active member of the Australian Dental Association Practice Managers Network. Making patient’s feel comfortable and understand all aspects of their dental care is her number one priority.

In her own time, Jo loves spending time with her little grandson Hudson. She is very family oriented and cherishes every minute spent with her husband Phill, their two children Sarah and Aaron and son in-law Anthony. She is an avid member of the Crows football club and loves being outdoors, exploring bike trails with her husband or walking along the beach with her 2 dogs Charli and very naughty Bentley. Jo is also very handy in the kitchen, especially when it comes to knocking up a birthday cake or two.

Natalie

Clinical Leader

Natalie is our Clinical Leader.
She is always a step ahead and assists our dentists in making each appointment go smoothly from start to finish.

She loves meeting new people and seeing the transformation of your dental treatment from the beginning to the end. Natalie’s easy-going personality makes her very approachable especially with patient comfort and providing education so you can achieve the best dental outcome not just for now but for the rest of your life.

She is dedicated and passionate about the dental industry with over 30 years of experience, and embraces being part of the team, taking on the role as clinical leader.
She studied dental assisting at the start of her career and has since completed her intraoral and OPG radiography licence, allowing her to take various x-rays on children and adults.
Natalie is highly motivated in furthering her knowledge in all aspects of dentistry.

In her spare time Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband Tony, her adorable cat Daisy and her extended family and friends. She also enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies, as well as a good glass of red wine!

Joanne

Front Office Receptionist

Joanne is our friendly front office receptionist, who has great knowledge to help you with all your administration enquiries, from making an appointment, to quotes from your health insurance, and to the after care of your dental treatment.

She has almost 30 years’ experience and started her career as a Dental Assistant in the Australian Army before moving to private practice. The last 15 years, Joanne’s role has been in reception. This is where you will find her at Pristine Dentistry. You will notice her smile and her genuine care for you. You won’t be able to leave Pristine Dentistry without showing her your transformed smile, as she loves seeing you achieve the best smile possible and you learning about the best oral care tailored specifically for you.

Joanne is married to Craig, with 2 adult children, 4 grandchildren and 2 adorable cats.
I really don’t know how she fits it in but Joanne gives back to the community by volunteering her spare time with Meals on Wheels.
She loves travelling, whether it be locally or overseas, being at the beach and spending time with her grandchildren. Don’t be surprised if you see her with the grandchildren at a caravan park in their newly renovated vintage caravan. Her next project is transforming a school bus into a campervan.

Sonia

Front Office Receptionist and Clinical Assistant

Sonia is our dually skilled Front Office Receptionist and Clinical Assistant who loves getting to know our patients.
She is knowledgeable, caring, happy, polite and considerate in giving you the time and care to make sure you obtain optimum oral care and understanding.

Sonia’s 28 years’ experience, has seen her gain many qualifications: Dental Assisting, radiography, sales and marketing in dentistry, bookkeeping and the experience of being a business owner. Her diversity makes her a great asset to our team especially as she is always busy helping and interacting with people.

When Sonia isn’t at Pristine Dentistry she is helping her husband, Chris run their building and construction business. Although, you may bump into her taking a yoga class, running, going for a stroll, or catching up with friends over coffee. She loves the outdoors and when she’s not camping, canoeing or getting away for weekends you will notice that she has a green thumb and loves being in her garden.

Jasmin

Front Office Receptionist and Clinical Assistant

Jasmin is one of our multi-skilled clinical assistant and front office receptionist at Pristine Dentistry.

Jasmin shows great receptiveness to patients needs and anxieties and it is a credit to her caring and thoughtful personality.

Jasmin also enjoys the interaction with all patients, but especially being involved in the transformations of your smile.

Jasmin has come to us with over 8 years’ experience where she worked for a dental specialist in periodontics.

Jasmin’s recent ongoing commitment to study has seen her gain many qualifications including, Infection Control, CPR, Covid -19 and First Aid Safety with her latest qualification being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Safety.

Away from Pristine Dentistry, when Jasmin isn’t studying, she is outdoors running around after her 2-year-old daughter, spending time in the kitchen trying new recipes, whipping up gourmet delights or if she still has any energy left she will be at the gym doing a workout.

Bonnie

Clinical Assistant

Bonnie our bright and friendly clinical assistant who loves helping and comforting patients to make their experience to the dentist pleasant.

4 years after achieving her Dental Assisting qualification, Bonnie is so passionate about dentistry that she is continuing to study Health and Medical Science at University, so she can pursue a career as a dentist in the future.

Bonnie’s is definitely Pristine Dentistry’s gym junky. Kick boxing, lifting weights she loves it all. Although, the gym does come in second, to spending time with her family and friends.

ThanThan

Clinical Assistant

ThanThan is our calm, caring and friendly clinical assistant who moved with her family from Myanmar in South East Asia more than 10 years ago.

ThanThan completed her Dental Assisting Certificate 2 years ago and has decided to continue furthering her education and is currently studying by correspondence with Charles Darwin University. ThanThan’s easy-going personality make her a great asset to our team.

Speaking fluent Burmese, ThanThan is very family orientated and loves spending every spare minute socializing with her friends and family. She also has that travel bug and can’t wait until she can make the next trip back to Asia for a holiday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need regular check-up?

Regular check-ups are highly important and recommended to avoid costly surprises and prevent problems. If you are aware of a problem early, you will have time to choose the best treatment option. Where if you have a dental emergency, getting you out of pain is the main priority. If a problem is dealt with in an early stage, the treatment is more successful and it can save you a lot of money and time.

I clean my teeth at home, why do I need a professional clean?

Even though you brush and floss your teeth daily, it is very important for your overall health and recommended that you have a professional clean every 6 months. However, some people will require more frequent appointments, especially if periodontal disease is present and being managed. When plaque remains on your teeth, it combines with your saliva to harden into tartar or calculus. If left untreated you can develop bleeding gums, bad breath, a receding gum line and eventually teeth mobility. Getting your teeth cleaned and polished, not only gives you a great smile but it also prevents future decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Is fluoride effective?

Yes, fluoride strengthens the teeth and has been clinically proven to lower decay rates significantly. Fluoride can also reverse early decay and combat sensitivity. Professionally applied fluoride is a lot stronger than what you can get in a toothpaste and our therapist and hygienist selects the right fluoride treatment for keeping your teeth healthier and stronger.

Why do I need X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are a valuable tool in examining and screening the teeth and gums, especially as they can see more than the naked eye.

Bitewing x-rays are taken on the left and right side of your mouth and are recommended to be taken every 2 years. These x-rays show between your teeth, detecting any early decay, which if detected early enough, could be stopped and reversed without the need of a filling.

OPG x-rays is a panoramic view of your whole mouth, showing your teeth, jawbone, joints, and sinuses. It shows us areas beyond the reach of the smaller bitewing x-rays, like the presence of your wisdom teeth even before they start to erupt and cause and damage. It is recommended to have your OPG x-rays updated every 3 years.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Our dental x-rays have an extremely low radiation dose, while giving the highest resolution images. The radiation dose from an x-ray from our machine is the same dose you would get if you were to eat around 20 bananas. Nevertheless we are committed in our practice to use aiming devices and lead aprons if required to ensure your safety.