Meet the Team

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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 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.

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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 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.

Leean King – Dental Hygienist

Leean King graduated from Dental Hygiene in Adelaide in 1994 and joined the Shepherds Hill Dental Centre team in 2011. Leean’s twenty five years of experience in the dental industry has been gained by practicing in both country NSW and South Australia in general private practices with exposure to the specialist practices of orthodontics, periodontics, and aesthetic and implant dentistry.

Leean enjoys all aspects of dentistry and treats patients of all ages with her own unique caring and compassionate manner. Leean focuses on providing a quality dental treatment whilst helping her patients feel at ease in order to achieve their best oral health.

Leean spent two years as the President of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia, South Australian Branch and actively keeps up her continuing education requirements by attending workshops, conferences and webinars.

Leean lives locally and enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, family and friends. Other interests include cooking, gardening and keeping fit.


Natalie – Practice Manager

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!
For existing patients or patients who haven’t visited the dentist at Shepherds Hill for a while, Nat is here to make sure that your visit runs smoothly and not only meets your expectations but exceeds them. If you have any concerns, compliments or suggestions for improvement then Nat can discuss these with you to ensure that you and your family look forward to your return visit to us.

Call Natalie or one of our other friendly receptionists at Shepherds Hill Dental Centre on (08) 8278 6858 today.

Julie – Dental Assistant and Reception Staff
Tara – Dental Assistant and Reception Staff

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