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58 Elphin Rd, Launceston

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Our Surgery

Ottaway Dental is a general practice dental surgery which provides dental care to people of all ages. We accept all Private Health Funds (but we are not a preferred provider for any fund). We also treat children under the Medicare Rebate Scheme as well as patients with a DVA Gold Card.

We are fully computerised, including digital Xrays.

All of our laboratory work, including crowns, dentures, mouthguards, implants and snore guards are provided by local laboratory Everything Dental.

We have established long term, good working relationships with the local specialists, where we can refer patients to as required.

Our practice is located in the medical precinct on Elphin Road, with parking at the rear of the building. The building was converted to a modern surgery in 2008 with lots of natural light, providing a pleasant working environment.

The surgery has disabled access.

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Our Staff

Wayne - Dentist

As a child Wayne lived in Perth and country areas around Perth as his father, a teacher, was transferred. Moving back to Scarborough in the 1970’s. Wayne won a music scholarship to Perth Modern School, (for cello and voice) then university of Western Australia.

Upon graduating end of 1985, Wayne moved to Tasmania working with JM Pickup and Associates. During this time he consolidated his general dental knowledge and developed techniques particularly in tongue tie, implants and cosmetic dentistry. Heavily involved in the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Dr Wayne Ottaway was the youngest ADA state president and has served on Dental Board of Tasmania, Dental Prosthetist registration board, Australian Dental Council, State ADA council (28 years) and the Federal ADA council (20 years).

Dr Ottaway has presented lectures to midwives and lactation consultants, General Practitioners and to final year medical students. Wayne is married to Di, a registered nurse who works at the Emergency Department, and they have two children; both living in Canberra.

A keen hockey player, Wayne manages to still run around and play during the regular season and enjoys playing for Tasmania in the masters tournaments. He is also the president of his local hockey club, Launceston City Hockey Club.

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Abby - Practice Manager

Abby grew up on a small farm out of Launceston and now lives on small acreage in the Meander Valley area. After taking a gap year following the completion of her year 12, Abby started working as a dental assistant. Abby went on to complete her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2013 and since moving to Ottaway Dental, has moved into the Practice Manager role.

Abby is a keen equestrian, owning three horses and a miniature, regularly riding when she’s not at work and competing in show jumping events on weekends. When not competing she enjoys riding out with friends, especially trips to the beach. Abby is also involved in Jumping Tasmania Northern Branch as a committee member.

Abby also enjoys catching up with friends and family, reading, drawing and spending time with her kelpie Dusty.

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Carol

Carol is a proud George Town girl who started work at the local George Town dental surgery when she was 16.

Carol has been married to Lyndon since 1987 and lives on a farm in Pipers River. She returned to dental assisting at Dr Pickup and Associates in 2002 after having 13 years at home with her children. Carol has three adult children, Ricky, Sarah and Nathan.

Carol joined Ottaway Dental in September 2017 to help out as a casual and went full time in December 2017.

Carol enjoys gardening, reading, going to musicals and concerts, especially Keith Urban and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Unfortunately for Carol, working with Wayne on and off since 2002, she has heard most of his jokes multiple times.


Polly

Polly grew up on the central coast of Queensland. After completing college, she moved to Brisbane to study Communication Design and Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration. Shortly after she commenced working in the marketing and advertising industry.

In 2009, Polly’s recently retired parents found themselves on a four week tour of Tasmania. Like most Queenslander retiree’s, they were captured by Tassie’s beauty. Upon returning home they sold up and relocated to Tasmania calling Launceston home in mid-2010. After several visits, Polly not only decided to call Launceston home, she decided on a career change, embracing the dental industry in October 2011.

Polly’s dental career started in reception, but she soon found that she was curious as to what was happening in the treatment room. At any given opportunity, Polly was the first to put her hand up to work chairside. In 2015 Polly decided to enrol in Certificate III in Dental Assisting to enhance her knowledge and has aspirations to complete the Certificate IV in the near future. Polly joined the Ottaway Dental in July 2018 and is still adjusting to Wayne’s sense of humour.

In her spare time, Polly enjoys cooking, shopping online and still finds time to dabble in illustration.

Our Community

Community Involvement

Ottaway Dental proudly support the following local charities and sporting clubs:

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Supporting Local Artists

Exhibiting artworks of the following local artists in our surgery, of which most pieces are for sale.

Peg Smith – Peg is a local artist who specialises in the use of watercolours, especially paintings of the East Coast of Tasmania.

Brian Mooney – Brian is an artist whose paintings are figurative, and include landscapes, ‘genre’, portrait and wildlife. He uses a variety of media including pencil (colour and black and white) as well as acrylic, oil watercolour, egg-tempera, casein and mixed media.

Lindsay Gardam – Lindsay is a well know artist for his African paintings as well as portraits, local landscapes and wall murals.

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis, dentistry in Australia has now been placed at Level 3 Restrictions. A decision between The Australian Health Practice Principle Committee (AHPCC) and the Australian Dental Board that has taken place as of today, Monday 30th March.

Due to these restrictions coming into place to protect both staff and patients, we will only be providing emergency or urgent dental treatment that works in with the restrictions of no aerosols (no drill or air syringe).

At this point in time, we are still open and our staff will be triaging patients very strictly and unfortunately what may seem be need ‘emergency care’ such as a broken tooth, are not always deemed as needing emergency or urgent treatment. We are restricted to seeing patients with acute pain and dental infections which require emergency root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth. All other treatments will not be taking place at this time.

We apologise to patients who were booked in for treatments, please assume your appointment with us has been cancelled. Our staff are busy trying to contact everyone with an appointment in the next two months to cancel appointments. Please be patient and understanding during this stressful time, we are doing everything we can to protect our staff and our patients well-being.

This has been a very trying time for many, we will be standing down staff to have one dentist available each day with a single nurse while current restrictions apply. We urge everyone to take heed of the advice that the Government has suggested and will continue to update us on. We must work together to get through this distressing time, look out for each other, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and if you don’t need to leave home, please don’t. We will come through this and look forward to seeing all our wonderful patients on the other side.

Ottaway Dental Team