Our focus is on partnering with our patients to achieve long-term dental health and preventing dental problems.
Each of our spacious treatment rooms comes complete with a huge picture window with garden views and the latest in modern dental technology.
Our family centred practice was tailor-designed to help you and your family members feel at ease in a warm, caring and genuine environment, no matter what treatments are required.
Preventative and Diagnostic
Preventive dentistry includes preventing dental problems and disease in the first place.
Dr Renee Ashby started at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre in January 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 enjoys the complexity and satisfaction of root canal therapy. Renee regularly attends professional 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
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 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 daughter, and family and friends. Tharaka enjoys running, surfing and playing a spot of cricket.
Dr Jasper Lee joined Shepherds Hill Dental Centre in early 2020 as an associate dentist, after completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery training at the University of Adelaide and working at the Adelaide Dental Hospital.
Jasper has been trained in the most up-to-date evidence based practice and is keen to bring his care and expertise to the Blackwood community. Jasper has had a diverse career, having completed dentistry as mature age student. Before becoming a dentist, Jasper worked for over a decade in the technology industry for global consulting companies and startups across the US, UK and at home in Australia.
Jasper loves building relationships with his patients and is passionate about providing warm and compassionate care to help them improve their oral health. He loves interacting with patients and enjoys the broad scope of general practice and emergency care. He believes it’s a privilege to be able to make a difference to a patient’s health and self-confidence. He continues to further his knowledge through courses and is particularly interested in digital dentistry and crown and bridge work.
Outside of work, Jasper is a busy husband and dad.
He is passionate about sustainability and electric vehicles. He is currently the chair of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Environmental Sustainability Committee, with the aim of moving the profession to a low carbon, zero waste and sustainable future.
Meet Shepherds Hill Dental Centre’s practice manager Natalie
Affectionately known to colleagues and patients as Nat, she is in many ways the ‘Lynchpin’ of our practice!
Nat has been with Shepherds Hill Dental Centre for around 28 years so she knows the world of dentistry, our patients and their families inside out. She has watched many patients grow up and even met their children.
Nat will often be the first person you talk to on the phone, or the first smiling face you see when you walk in the door. She is highly capable, knows so much about dentistry and how we work at Shepherds Hill.
If you are unsure about your dental problem, what the treatment options might be and what the best way to proceed is, then there is no better person to call than our practice manager Natalie.
Here to make sure you enjoy your visit to the dentist!
Call Natalie or one of our other friendly receptionists at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre on (08) 8278 6858 today.
Dr Ryan Cornish joined the team at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre 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.
We’re all about making
At Shepherds Hill Dental Centre we believe that high-quality dental care can only be delivered in a positive environment where all members of the team work together.
To achieve this, our team strives to ensure that your experience at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre is always a positive one.
We are committed to continued excellence dental care. The values that govern our conduct and patient care approach are quality care, integrity and excellence. These continue the same values that many of our patients enjoyed under the founding dentists Adrian and Sue Gaffney.
We are a professional dental practice focused on dental health and the inclusivity of all members of our community.
As a member of the ADA, Shepherds Hill Dental Centre is committed to the improvement of the oral and general health of the public through our professional and skilled team.
As an Autism-Friendly Practice, we are committed to building capacity for social inclusion and participation for people with a disability within our community.