Dentists in Blackwood

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Dr. Renee Ashby – Dentist

Meet Dr Renee Ashby – Dentist

Dr Renee Ashby started at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre in Jan 2009 working with the original owners Drs Adrian and Susan Gaffney. Renee became a partner dentist at Shepherds Hill in 2010 and worked with Drs Adrian and Susan up to their retirement in 2014. Renee graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2005.

Before joining Shepherds Hill Renee worked in private practices in country and metropolitan South Australia.

Renee has a keen interest in preventive general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. She also enjoys the complexity and satisfaction of root canal therapy. Renee regularly attends professional development courses to consolidate her knowledge and skills.

Outside of work Renee enjoys spending time with family, friends and her husband in and around the Blackwood area of Adelaide.


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Dr. Tharaka Narayana – Dentist

Meet Dr Tharaka Narayana – Dentist

Dr Tharaka Narayana joined Dr Renee Ashby as a partner dentist at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre in 2014. Tharaka completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery, graduating with first class honours, at Adelaide University in 2006. Since 2006 Tharaka has moved to different parts of Australia, working in private dental practices in Warrnambool, Victoria and Aspley in Brisbane. In 2012, Tharaka returned to his home town of Adelaide and worked in a private dentist in Hindmarsh, Adelaide.

Tharaka enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, particularly the relationships he builds with his patients. He is actively involved in continuing professional education to refine his knowledge and skills in modern dentistry. He is actively involved in the ADA (Australian Dental Association) and is currently on the ADA’s Practice Support Committee.

Outside of work Tharaka loves to spend time with his wife, their young daughters, and family and friends. Tharaka enjoys running, kickboxing and playing a spot of cricket.


Orthodontist Blackwood Adelaide Dr Linda Curl
Dr. Linda Curl – Orthodontist

Meet Dr Linda Curl – Orthodontist

Dr Linda Curl joined the dental team at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre in 2016. She consults from the well known Adelaide specialist practice Smart Orthodontics. With a specialist Orthodontist within our Blackwood practice,  patients no longer need to be referred out or travel to a new location for their specialist Orthodontic treatment.

Linda completed her Bachelor of Dental Science in Dentistry with first class honours and her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 2004. She was awarded the prestigious Royal Australasian College’s Dental Surgeons Prize before going on at the University of Adelaide to complete her Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics.

Linda is also partner with Specialist Orthodontist practice Smart Orthodontics, one of the first Orthodontic practices established in Adelaide in the 1950’s.

Linda has published papers in the Australian Orthodontic Journal and presented research at Orthodontic conferences both in Australia and Internationally. She is enthusiastic about staying at the cutting edge of orthodontic research and findings and enjoys teaching at the University of Adelaide.

Linda is delighted to join the Shepherds Hill Dental Centre family, helping uslp us put big smiles on all our patient’s faces.








Dr Ryan Cornish - Dentists Blackwood Adelaide
Dr Ryan Cornish – Surgical Dentist

Meet Dr Ryan Cornish – Surgical Dentist

Dr Ryan Cornish joined the team at Shepherds Hill Dental in 2017 and has a strong interest and significant clinical experience in both Oral Surgery (extractions) and Oral Pathology. After initially undertaking a Medical Science and subsequent First Class Honours Degree from The University of Adelaide between 1995-1998, he then also graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2003 (awarded the University Medal), followed by a Masters Degree in Oral Pathology in 2005.

Ryan has also undertaken formal training in Oral Surgery both in Adelaide and the United Kingdom. In addition to private practice in Adelaide, he has also enjoyed positions teaching Dental Students as a Senior Lecturer for the University of Adelaide, and acted as Clinical Director for the Tasmanian Oral Health Service.

Ryan can undertake procedures both under local anaesthetic as well as day surgery at Flinders Private Hospital. Currently he is consulting on alternate Thursdays at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre.

Outside of work Ryan enjoys travelling (including undertaking volunteering in Cambodia/Vietnam), gardening, collecting fine Australian wines, lawn bowls and enjoys a mental challenge with card games and quizzes.


Looking for a dentist in Blackwood Adelaide?

If you would like to book an appointment with Renee, Tharaka, Linda or Ryan then please call Shepherds Hill Dental Centre on (08) 8278 6858.

If you have any questions or concerns about any dental problems you are experiencing or your dental treatment options then please call the practice to talk to Natalie who can walk you through your options.


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