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Dr Mark Braithwaite, BDS University of Sydney

Mark has 30 years of clinical dental experience.  A Taree boy, he returned after working in Orange NSW and Cambridge UK to join his father Brian’s practice in 1988.  Mark is passionate about providing overall care for his patients and involves them in their preventive planning and treatment decisions.  He takes pride in the ongoing care of his patients including many he has known as a child.  He is keenly interested in providing well researched treatment that is proven, reliable, efficient and long lasting. Mark is the current (and past) president of the North Eastern Division of the Australian Dental Association and previously was secretary for many years and the organiser of its continuing education meetings. He travels to many conferences and scientific programmes and enjoyed mentoring young trainee dentists as a staff clinical supervisor at the Charles Sturt University Dental School.  As a member of the Australian Society of Endodontology he has a particular interest in root canal treatment, but also enjoys implant, crown and bridge , and aesthetic restorative dentistry.


Mark grew up sailing on the Manning River and after racing Olympic class catamarans at international level still enjoys our local waterways.  He is a foundation member of the Taree Film Society and is keenly involved in bringing international and art cinema to the area.  He has numerous other community interests including heritage conservation and involvement in our Catholic parish.  He enjoys cycling and travel with his family.

Dr Annika Braithwaite, BDentSc Charles Sturt University

As a third generation dentist, many of you may have seen Annika’s friendly face over the years, where she would spend her university holidays assisting Mark. Now days, she’s on the other side of the chair, treating patients! 


Upon graduating from Charles Sturt University in Orange, Annika spent time working in a private practice in Hobart and in the public dental clinic at Armidale, however she was was keen to make the move home to the coast when Mark offered her a job at the end of 2017. She feels right at home at the practice and loves hearing stories from current patients of when her grandfather was their dentist! 


Annika is the current Secretary for the North Eastern Division of the Australian Dental Association NSW, helping to organise their divisional continuing education meetings. She often travels to many conferences and courses for continuing education throughout the year, and has a particular interest in restorative and children’s dentistry. 


In her spare time, you’ll find Annika walking her overly excited Border Collie, playing netball or if the staff are lucky, baking! 

Megan Gollan, Oral Health Therapist, BOH, Grad Dip DT,University of Newcastle

Megan is a born and bred local who started as a Dental Assistant with Mark over 10 years ago. She went off to Newcastle to study for 4 years, still working as an assistant and then as a hygienist while studying. Upon graduation she then made the decision to head to the New England region of NSW to gain experience in the more rural towns of Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and Terterfield. After spending a couple of years in the cold the call of home was too strong for her and her husband and they moved home to settle down and be closer to family. 


Megan is the immediate past Assistant Secretary of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association New South Wales Inc. She has also spent time as a General Executive of the committee helping to promote the association and support its members. 


In her spare time she enjoys watching and playing sport such as netball, touch and football (soccer). She likes spending time with family and friends although becomes a surfing widow most weekends! Megan recently welcomed a new addition to her wonderful family in December 2017 and is currently on maternity leave until the middle of 2018. 


Karen Holborow, Practice Manager

Karen started working for Dr Braithwaite senior in 1994 as a dental assistant and has been working for the Braithwaite family since then. She took on the role as Practice Manager in 2005. Karen is married with four children. Outside of work time is spent juggling the many sporting activities of the family. Any free time is spent on the family farm, camping, beach and in the garden.

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