Our dentists share a wealth of experience with their years of practice, as well as knowledge from their qualifications from highly renowned tertiary institutions. With a strong focus on professional development – regular attendance at courses updating skills and knowledge regarding up-to-date techniques and concepts in Dentistry, the dentists at Highgate Hill are dedicated to offering a high level of care and expertise. Our aim is to provide a stress free environment for your family’s dental care and start children learning about the importance of maintaining good dental health starting from a young age.
Dr Bill Morris grew up in the South Brisbane area and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1979, with Honours. He then spent four and half years practising in the United Kingdom, before returning to Australia. Bill took over the dental practice in Highgate Hill from Dr Leo Stellmach when he retired in July 1984, servicing generations of families ever since. His friendly nature has allowed him to build a large patient base of families, including children, and now children of those same children.
Bill has a particular interest in orthodontics and treats simple orthodontic cases at Highgate Hill Dental Centre.
He is an avid surfer, a traveller and enjoys being a wonderful grandfather to his grandchildren.
Dr David Ewen graduated in 1977 from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. David went on to working in practices in New Zealand, NSW and South Africa, before returning to Autralia and joining Highgate Hill Dental Centre in 1987. David enjoys forming life long relationships with his patients, and has many multi-generational families among his patient base.
He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has a particular interest in endodontics (Root Canal Therapy).
On his time off, David enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening and golf. He is also a keen traveller and has completed many treks all around the world.
Dr William Wang grew up locally in Brisbane. After a year of internship in Townsville and Mackay, he graduated in 2005 with Honours from the School of Dentistry at the University of Queensland. Will then continued working in the public sector in the Gold Coast Health District until coming back to practice in Brisbane. He became a dentist at Highgate Hill Dental Centre in July 2008. He aims to make seeing the dentist a positive, happy experience for the whole family, and enjoys making it a fun visit for children. Will has a particular interest in preventative and restorative dentistry; and spends a lot of time explaining concepts to empower patients with the ability to maintain their own dental health between maintenance visits.
Will is also fluent in Mandarin and has an understanding of Cantonese.
He enjoys running, live music and volunteers some of his time participating in dental programs for treating refugees and the homeless.
Dr Kathleen Ling graduated from the University of Adelaide, School of Dentistry in 2007. After graduating she worked at the Adelaide Dental Hospital and went into private practice in Adelaide. Kathleen joined us at Highgate Hill Dental Clinic when she moved to Brisbane in February 2011. Her treatment style is friendly and gentle and aims to make every visit to the dentist as stress free as possible.
She has a particular interest in aesthetic, restorative and preventative dentistry as well as treating children.
Other than English, Kathleen is also fluent in Mandarin, Malay language and Fuchow dialect.
Kathleen is an accomplished chef and enjoys meeting with her friends and cooking beautiful meals for them.
Dr Shirley Kwok graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Dentistry in 2010. Shirley has both public and private practice experience has been working with Queensland Health in the Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns and West Moreton Hospital and Health Services. There she has gained extensive experience in hospital and community-based facilities, as well as attending to children’s dentistry in the school dental vans.
Shirley enjoys all parts of general dentistry and has a particular interest in surgical dentistry.
Other than English, Shirley is also fluent in Cantonese.
In her spare time Shirley likes cooking (especially trying new recipes!), drawing, catching up with friends and playing the piano.
Dr Aoibheann O’Brien graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2006. She worked in private practice for 5 years in Northern Ireland. Aoibheann completed her exams for her Diploma of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, before moving to Australia in 2011. She joined Highgate Hill Dental Centre in July 2011.
Aoibheann is very good with anxious patients with her friendly treatment style, and has a particular interest in aesthetic and preventative dentistry.
Aoibheann enjoys dancing and walking, or you will find her reading books on her eReader.
Dr Vanessa Romer graduated from the Evangelical University, School of Dentistry in 2004. After graduating she worked at one the largest regional hospitals in El Salvador, while also working in private practice. Vanessa moved to Australia and completed a Diploma of Dental Technology at
Southbank Institute of TAFE in 2010. She then completed the validation process for her Dental qualifications with the Australian Dental Council as a Dentist. She Joined Highgate Hill Dental Centre as a dentist in July 2020.
Vanessa’s happy and positive personality makes it easier for anxious patients to feel at ease before and during treatment. She enjoys all areas of dentistry, and has a particular interest in kids, oral surgery and preventive dentistry. Other than English, Vanessa is also fluent in Spanish.
Outside of dentistry Vanessa is a busy mum to a girl and a boy. She enjoys going to the gym, traveling with her family and having a coffee and a chat with friends.
Dr Janak Patel graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Leeds, UK. His experience in the UK ranged from both working in the NHS and private practice prior to moving to Australia.
Janak likes to focus on being a gentle, caring dentist, who enjoys taking his time getting to know his patients and discovering their needs. He aims for patients to feel comfortable during their visits and leave with a smile that gives them confidence. He special interests include helping anxious patients overcome their fears, especially those that might be worried about visiting for the first time in a while, as well as restorative buildup work to re-establish aesthetics. Janak is passionate about dentistry and continually undertaking new courses to expand his skill set and update his knowledge. He also values giving back to the community and provides voluntary dental care for vulnerable adults in his free time.
Outside of dentistry, Janak likes to keep active with hiking, cycling and surfing. He is also a bit of a foodie and partial to a good pizza.
Make an appointment with our friendly dentists today! Contact us on (07) 3844 6071.