Southside Smiles, Gympie

Meet The Team

Dr Heather Beattie | Dentist Gympie
Dentist

Dr Heather Beattie

Originally from the UK, Dr Heather Beattie joined the team at Southside Smiles in October 2018 after four years in a National Health Service practice.

Dr Beattie graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 2008. Her studies continued as she successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Manchester University.

During her time studying at medical school, she also worked in an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery as a senior house officer and a staff grade. Heather also previously worked in community dentistry treating children and special needs patients.

Dr Beattie loves connecting and communicating…

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Originally from the UK, Dr Heather Beattie joined the team at Southside Smiles in October 2018 after four years in a National Health Service practice.

Dr Beattie graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 2008. Her studies continued as she successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Manchester University.

During her time studying at medical school, she also worked in an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery as a senior house officer and a staff grade. Heather also previously worked in community dentistry treating children and special needs patients.

Dr Beattie loves connecting and communicating with her patients. She is well-versed at treating anxious patients and enjoys helping them conquer their dental anxieties by developing their confidence.

Heather is passionate about oral surgery and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. She is constantly seeking opportunities to learn with plans to increase her knowledge of sedation dentistry and dental implants in the future.

Away from Southside Smiles, Dr Beattie enjoys keeping active and exercising. She also loves travelling, reading and spending her days at the beach.

Dr Emma Parsons Associate Dentist Channon Lawrence Dental Gympie
Associate Dentist

Dr Emma Parsons

Dr Emma Parsons originally studied a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science before going on to further her studies, completing a Master of Dentistry in 2021. While studying, Dr Emma immersed herself within the dental industry in both the student clinic as a dental assistant and clinical coordinator in various private practices on the sunny Gold Coast.

Since the young age of 5, Dr Emma has dreamt of becoming a dentist. This desire was only enhanced after facing her own dental trauma at 10 years old. During this time, she experienced firsthand how general dentistry can improve confidence and…

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Dr Emma Parsons originally studied a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science before going on to further her studies, completing a Master of Dentistry in 2021. While studying, Dr Emma immersed herself within the dental industry in both the student clinic as a dental assistant and clinical coordinator in various private practices on the sunny Gold Coast.

Since the young age of 5, Dr Emma has dreamt of becoming a dentist. This desire was only enhanced after facing her own dental trauma at 10 years old. During this time, she experienced firsthand how general dentistry can improve confidence and quality of life which inspired her to peruse her dream.  

Although Dr Emma is fascinated in all aspects of general dentistry, she is particularly interested in root canal procedures as they give her the opportunity to not only save teeth, but to help get her patients out of pain.

Dr Emma understands that no two patients are the same and therefore, takes a personalised approach to her work ensuring treatment plans fit in well with her patients’ lives and circumstances. Dr Emma loves developing relationships with all her patients and feels very fortunate to work within a profession that enables her to directly help people by getting them out of pain and making them feel more confident with their smile.

Outside of the Dr Emma enjoys spending time with her family. She loves read books, swimming and playing "catch me if you can" with her 3-year-old daughter. When the climate permits, Dr Emma is a keen traveller, and you’ll find her hitting the slopes!

Rebecca Langtry Dental Therapist Southside Smiles
Dental Therapist

Rebecca Langrty

Rebecca Langtry was born in New Zealand, where she completed her studies at the University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences endorsed in Dental Therapy. In New Zealand, Rebecca gained experience in the public sector and provided mentoring to new graduates prior to moving to Melbourne in 2012.

In 2014, Rebecca furthered her studies at the University of Melbourne completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Dental Therapy. With over 8 years of experience, Rebecca is very caring and dedicated and loves to get to know her patients and see their confidence grow with each visit.

Rebecca has a large extended family and often heads home to visit her mischievous nieces and nephews to fulfil her ever-important aunty duties.

ELIZABETH TURNBULL | Dental Hygienist Gympie
Dental Hygienist

Elizabeth Turnbull

Elizabeth (Liz) Turnbull is a resident Dental Hygienist at Southside Smiles bringing over 25 years' experience. Prior to joining the Gympie practice, Liz spent a number of years working in specialist Orthodontic practices developing her skills and knowledge. Furthering her professional development she has also completed additional studies in the area of Myofunctional therapy.

Passionate about lifelong oral health, Liz is dedicated to educating patients on the preventative techniques and behaviours that will help them maintain healthy teeth for the rest of their lifetime. With all her patients. Liz demonstrates a warm, caring approach and ensures she provides the same…

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Elizabeth (Liz) Turnbull is a resident Dental Hygienist at Southside Smiles bringing over 25 years' experience. Prior to joining the Gympie practice, Liz spent a number of years working in specialist Orthodontic practices developing her skills and knowledge. Furthering her professional development she has also completed additional studies in the area of Myofunctional therapy.

Passionate about lifelong oral health, Liz is dedicated to educating patients on the preventative techniques and behaviours that will help them maintain healthy teeth for the rest of their lifetime. With all her patients. Liz demonstrates a warm, caring approach and ensures she provides the same level of care to them as she would her own family. Outside of the practice she also offers free oral health presentations to a number of community groups including nursing mothers, schools and aged care.

When she isn't busy volunteering and fundraising in the local Gympie community, Liz can be found supporting her two teenage children at their sporting endeavours.

Elizabeth Turnbull is part of the following associations:

  • Dental Hygienists' Association of Australia, Queensland Branch (member, past president and counsellor)
KATELYN BRETAG | Southside Smile, Gympie
Oral Health Therapist

Katelyn Bretag

Katelyn completed her Bachelor of Oral Health through Central Queensland University in Rockhampton and continues to grow her knowledge of the industry through part-time study a Bachelor of Public Health majoring in Health Promotion.

In 2019 Katelyn was given the opportunity to provide dental care to children in Cambodia. This experience enhanced her ability to adapt her skills along with her cultural awareness. 

Katelyn’s real passion lies in ensuring all patients have an enjoyable experience at their dental visit. 

Outside of Southside Smiles, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her family, helping out on their cattle property in Tiaro. She also loves cooking, travelling and playing board games in her spare time. 

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Oral Health Therapist

Leigh Chapman

Leigh graduated her Bachelor of Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene in 2008 and soon after went on to complete a postgrad certificate in Advanced Dental Therapy (Adultscope) in 2015. Leigh has been working within the dental industry for nearly 40 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Southside Smiles practice.

Leigh enjoys treating both children and adults and strives to provide an excellent level of service to her patients. She has a knack for settling dental anxiety and loves seeing her patients return for routine check-ups with a smile.

On going education is extremely important to Leigh. When…

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Leigh graduated her Bachelor of Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene in 2008 and soon after went on to complete a postgrad certificate in Advanced Dental Therapy (Adultscope) in 2015. Leigh has been working within the dental industry for nearly 40 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Southside Smiles practice.

Leigh enjoys treating both children and adults and strives to provide an excellent level of service to her patients. She has a knack for settling dental anxiety and loves seeing her patients return for routine check-ups with a smile.

On going education is extremely important to Leigh. When the climate permits, she enjoys attending study groups to learn new and exciting techniques!

Outside of the practice Leigh enjoys pottering around her garden, fishing, playing golf and spending time with her grandchildren.