Meet the friendly faces at Richmond

The staff at Richmond Fine Dentistry are here to help you feel welcome and at ease with all your dental needs. We strive to make you feel confident with your smile.

You’ll notice that all our staff are full of energy and enthusiasm when it comes to all things dental.

Dr Robert Harper

Dentist

BDSc (Melb) LDS (VIC)

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 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.

Outside the practice

Dr Harper 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!

Dr Matthew Burke

Dentist

BDSc

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 the practice

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. Most of all, he adores his time with his baby girl, who is now one year old.

Dr Ben Abbott

Dentist

BDS (Adel)

After graduating from University of Western Australia, Ben moved back to Melbourne and has worked in Richmond for many years.

Ben is a friendly, personable and very considerate dentist who cares about providing excellent quality care – which is what Richmond Fine Dentistry is all about – so he is perfectly aligned with our philosophy.  Ben’s major areas of expertise are preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, along with an interest in dental sleep medicine. Ben is really enjoying working at RFD with all the latest equipment and technology, as well as the great support team to enable him to do his best work.

Outside the practice

When Ben isn’t working, he’s sure to be out and about playing golf, on his bike or bush walking.

Nicole Masters

Oral Health Practitioner

BOH (Adel)

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.

Outside the practice

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.

Sed Lebotse

Oral Health Practitioner

BOH (Adel)

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. 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.

Outside the practice

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, who is now growing into a little man.

Alyce

Oral Health Practitioner

BOH (Melb)

Alyce is one of our dedicated and delightful Oral Health Practitioners. She studied OHT at La Trobe University in Bendigo whilst living on the Mornington Peninsula.

Alyce enjoys seeing her patients get real results by improving their oral hygiene and home maintenance. Her lovely, caring nature makes the experience pleasant, and her explanations with regard to each individuals’ dental health needs and concerns is what makes your hygiene visit enjoyable (making her a very valuable member of the RFD team). Along with working in private practices, Alyce has also worked in community health, dental sales and as a hostess on a yacht in Croatia during a Melbourne winter. Alyce is wonderful with children and more than happy to avail herself for visits to local kindergartens and primary schools.

Outside the practice

Alyce now lives in Melbourne. In her spare time, she enjoys all it has to offer.

Nina

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!

Outside the practice

Nina loves music, dancing, being a mother to two girls and baking the world a better place!

Lidia

Treatment Coordinator

Officially titled our Treatment Coordinator, Lidia can undertake any role at RFD, as she has worked with Dr Harper for 11 years. In that time Lidia has learnt so much and changed her role within the practice many times.

Hence Lidia is now perfectly suited for meeting and greeting our patients as the Treatment Coordinator. She seamlessly manages the appointments from start to finish and is very adept at any dental questions, financial questions, treatment queries etc. Coordinating patient care and treatment plans now requires a dedicated role as there is so much we cover in our dental care. Lidia is conduit between doctors, specialists and the patients. Organising appointments, payment plans and treatment options is all done with the utmost care and understanding of each patient’s needs. From implants, crown and bridge, CEREC and TMJ pain along with solid general dentistry and oral hygiene maintenance, it is an all-encompassing role that Lidia manages with professionalism and attention to detail – nothing gets missed which is so important in this business.

Outside the practice

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.

Judy

Business Manager

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 28 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 requirements of running a practice are forever changing, as is dentistry – there is always something new whether it’s dental materials, equipment, software upgrades, legislative requirements or marketing concepts.

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.

Outside the practice

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.

Louise

Hygeine Coordinator

Louise moved from Mildura and is one of our delightful Dental Assistants and has been with us since 2015. Louise brings a warm professionalism to her role and assists all dentists – knowing how each one of them works.  Louise makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome and is such a pleasure to work with. Her skills in laboratory work are impressive and studying Certificate 4 in dental nursing has meant she is able to take radiographs and OPGs and increase her knowledge.  Working along side all practitioners, you will be sure to see Louise’s smiling face – which Dr Burke tweaked with Smilefast and the results were excellent.

Outside the practice

Outside of work, Louise loves travelling, exercising, spending time with family and her German Shepherd named Bear.

Jessa

Clinical Director

Jessa has moved to Melbourne from Wellington NZ and joined RFD in 2016 as a Dental Assistant. Jessa very quickly showed her skills in time management and clinical efficiency working with Dr Harper and became the Clinical Director, organising the entire clinical team and managing the area with ordering, rosters, daily staffing requirements, maintenance of equipment – all whilst undertaking Certificate 4.

Now in 2018, Jessa has taken on the role of front office where she can fully engage with the patients and take the time to tailor their care at RFD. Since Jessa has an in-depth understanding of how all the practitioners work, she is well suited to be able to engage with patients over the phone about their dental requirements. Jessa is extremely patient and knowledgeable about every aspect of the practice and will always warmly greet you with her beautiful smile.

Outside the practice

Jessa keeps fit, loves Melbourne and travel.