The Richmond Fine Dentistry Team
Dr Robert Harper has many years of experience and has been constantly educating himself with the latest techniques, products and new ways of doing dentistry.
He has a passion for his job and thoroughly enjoys the interaction with his patients, as well as the technical aspect of being a dentist.
Dr Harper graduated from Melbourne University in 1976 and after working in the suburbs of Melbourne, moved to Portland, in Western Victoria where he not only gained a vast knowledge in all aspects of dentistry, but also the ability to engage with people and understand their dental needs. Dr Harper gained much experience in Portland but decided to further enhance his career in Melbourne and undertook a course in ‘Crown and Bridge’ at Melbourne University, as well as setting up a practice in Swanston Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
Dr Harper’s passion is to have the latest technology and a well-designed, hygienic and joyful environment to work in and be supported by talented and caring staff. A move to Bridge Road, Richmond has encompassed his idea of a great practice – a state of the art surgery designed with excellent dentistry in mind and comfort for the staff and patients. A beautiful environment certainly makes for a happy place.
A highly dedicated dentist and regular participant in continuing professional development, including the Seattle Study Club, Dr Harper also loves nothing more than spending time with his family, cooking for everybody and getting into the great outdoors as much as possible. Oh and did we forget to mention – he likes photography! He appreciates the fact that his profession has allowed him to work in an Aboriginal Community and he continues to provide dentistry to the less privileged through various ventures.
We continue to be amazed at his level of enthusiasm for all things dentistry and we know he is very proud of the practice he has created at Richmond.
Dr Matthew Burke
We are delighted to welcome Dr Matthew Burke to Richmond Fine Dentistry. After graduating from Adelaide University and starting his career in private practice, Matthew moved to Melbourne in 2008 to continue his career.
Matthew is focussed on his commitment to providing minimally invasive and pain-free dentistry and he is dedicated to comprehensive treatment planning to ensure his patients experience the best of both the functional and aesthetic aspects of dentistry. With experience across all facets of general practice, Matthew has a specific interest in endodontics and also aesthetic orthodontics such as Invisalign and Smilefast treatment options. However, he admits that the most rewarding aspect of his role is “building long term patient relationships and being able to offer comprehensive treatment tailored to each individual’s needs.” Building these long term relationships with his patients is what Matthew finds one of the most rewarding aspects of his profession.
As with all of our team members, Matthew has a keen interest in continuing professional development and education. He attends numerous conferences and study group meetings to ensure he continues to offer the most current and advanced treatment options for his patients.
Outside of dentistry, Matthew loves travelling both near and far, a passion he shares with his wife. When at home he loves spending time with their dog, cycling and is also a keen golfer.
Dr Leo Goh
Dr Leo Goh: Graduated from Melbourne University and commenced his career in private practice.
Leo is committed to providing minimally invasive and pain-free dentistry and is dedicated to comprehensive treatment planning to ensure his patients experience the best of both the functional and aesthetic aspects of dentistry. With experience across all facets of general practice, Leo has postgraduate training in comprehensive orthodontics in particular early interceptive orthopaedic management of children; orthodontic treatment based on facial profile not just straight teeth philosophy. One other aspect of dentistry that Leo has a special interest in is assessing and managing individuals at risk of sleep apnoea and how it ties in with the overall physical and mental wellbeing of an individual. He has a philosophy of treating each and everyone of his patients as he would his family.
As with all of our team members, Leo has a keen interest in continuing professional development and education by attending numerous conferences and study group meetings, thus ensuring he continues to offer the most current and advanced treatment options for his patients.
Outside of dentistry, Leo loves travelling. He enjoys High Intensity Training work outs and calisthenics. When at home he loves spending time with his dog Micah (a King Charles Cavalier) and friends.
Oral Health Practitioner
Nicole had previously worked as a dental nurse then realised she could make a difference to people’s lives by becoming a Hygienists/Oral Health Therapist. We’re glad she decided to become a Hygienist – she is great at helping her patients improve their oral health condition.
Young children and teenagers relate well to Nicole – with her quick wit, Nicole engages with teenagers and children easily and therefore gets great compliance and results because of patient motivation. Patients sense the happy environment she creates and this makes their appointment more relaxed and comfortable and children/teenagers more receptive to information and education. Nicole has also undertaken extra studies in Myobrace – changing faces of children without braces. This is a really interesting area of dentistry and the future for improving smiles.
Nicole, after graduating, spent some years in an established practice in Mildura but now resides in Melbourne. Nicole is available for school children education and public speaking events for people interested in Oral Health, such as staff at nursing homes and hospitals.
Nicole is busy outside of Richmond Fine Dentistry, being active in the great outdoors and enjoys Pilates and music and recently started a graphic design course.
Oral Health Practitioner
Sed is a University Adelaide graduate. We love having Sed at RFD, he is a gentle and extremely kind practitioner with a very sound knowledge of dentistry and works closely with Dr Harper and Dr Burnett. The children who visit our practice love Sed too. Originally from South Africa, he moved to Australia and worked in Cairns gaining many skills before moving south to Melbourne.
Sed is loving Melbourne and the golf courses. Whilst not working he is busy doing further study and spending time with his wife and little boy.
Front Office Coordinator
Nina joined our team in 2014 and comes to us with with over 10 year’s experience and dental knowledge. Originally from Chicago, USA, Nina is a certified Dental Assistant and now loves the front office role.
She’s the face that will greet you with a big warm smile and an accent to match! Nina loves music, dancing, being a mother to two girls and baking the world a better place!
Patient Care Coordinator and Senior Clinical Manager
If you have met Lidia already, you will know what we mean when we say how delightful, caring and genuine she is. Having worked with Dr Harper for almost 10 years, they
work as a great team and Lidia is an excellent Patient Care Coordinator because she has a vast knowledge of Dentistry and treatment planning and importantly is patient and caring.
Lidia’s main role is attending to all the clinical aspects of the Business, including staff induction, maintaining RFD’s high standards in all areas of the dental practice and maintaining the smooth running of our four dental chairs and all that that encompasses. Coordinating patients care and treatment plans is now quite a complex role as there is so much that we cover in Dental care.. From Implants, Complex Crown and Bridge, Cerec to TMJ pain and general dentistry, it is a huge role that she manages with professionalism and attention to detail- nothing gets missed which is so important in this business.
Lidia loves her Melbourne life of catching up with friends, going to the gym, dancing and socialising. Travel on the horizon is visiting friends in Bryon Bay.
Having a Bachelor of Health Information Management, Judy has a passion for accurate information and secure storage of patient information – so her skills are much appreciated at our fully digital practice. Judy has been in the dentistry field for 22 years. Initially as a dental nurse, then Practice Manager as well as being married to a dentist for nearly as long, she lives and loves dentistry. Always happy to help with all aspects of the dental practice and overseeing the smooth running of the Practice…..there is always something to do in a busy practice. The role is every changing as is dentistry, and Judy’s objective is to keep the practice at the forefront of dental excellence, this is achieved by providing support to enable delivery of quality clinical care by the team.
Judy takes pride in maintaining a high standard of care at all levels within our practice and loves catching up with the patients she has known for many years. When not at work or looking after her son and daughter, she loves to play tennis, devour house magazines and plan weekends away with her family.
With over 25 years in the dental profession, Ronni has experience working nearly every facet in the dental practice – as Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Therapist and Practice Manager.
As the Practice Manager of Richmond Fine Dentistry, we have been enriched by Ronni’s continuing passion for dentistry, her vast knowledge and commitment to her philosophical goals, as well as her sunny personality.
Ronni has been involved in leadership positions at local Dental Hygiene branches as President and Vice-President in the past years. She’s regularly involved in continuing education programs that enhance her management and clinical knowledge as well as adding to her skills to deliver the highest level of team management and patient care. Ronni is responsible for the overall successful organisation and running of the practice, ensuring that the standards of the practice are upheld.
Outside of work, Ronni finds pleasure in traveling with her family, and supporting her winning football teams the All Blacks and Melbourne Storm.
At Richmond Fine Dentistry our Hygiene department is the corner stone of the clinic. Luckily for us we have Louise, our dedicated Hygiene coordinator who brings a warm professionalism to her role of running the department ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently. Louise joined our team in 2015 and has 5 years of experience in the dental field. Louise is currently studying Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialization). Louise is originally from a country town called Mildura and is loving living in Melbourne.
Outside of work, Louise loves travelling, exercising, spending time with family and her German Shepherd named Bear.