Thorne Dental, Armidale

Meet The Team

DR GEOFF THORNE | Dentist Armidale
Principal Dentist

Dr Geoff Thorne

Dr Geoff Thorne is the principal dentist at Thorne Dental and is committed to servicing the dental needs of the Armidale and surrounding communities. Originally graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983 (awarded Queensland Health scholarship) Dr Thorne spent the earlier years of his career working across North Queensland and Tasmania. After 10 years of refining his clinical skills and knowledge, he and his family moved to Armidale where he has since established Thorne Dental.

Although passionate about all aspects of dentistry, Dr Thorne has special clinical interests in treating sleep apnoea and the role of interceptive (phased) orthodontic/orthopaedics…

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Dr Geoff Thorne is the principal dentist at Thorne Dental and is committed to servicing the dental needs of the Armidale and surrounding communities. Originally graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983 (awarded Queensland Health scholarship) Dr Thorne spent the earlier years of his career working across North Queensland and Tasmania. After 10 years of refining his clinical skills and knowledge, he and his family moved to Armidale where he has since established Thorne Dental.

Although passionate about all aspects of dentistry, Dr Thorne has special clinical interests in treating sleep apnoea and the role of interceptive (phased) orthodontic/orthopaedics in developing a beautiful, functional smile. Also interested in furthering his skills in comprehensive restorative work and implant dentistry, he is continually undertaking further training. Dr Thorne takes great pride in his professional development and is always seeking out new opportunities to improve his skills and knowledge.

DR CRISTY NORTON | Dentist Armidale
Associate Dentist

Dr Cristy Norton

Dr Cristy Norton joined the Thorne Dental team in 2000 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (receiving prizes in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine). Dr Norton is an enthusiastic general dental practitioner and enjoys the opportunity to perform a wide range of dental procedures and treatments. She has particular interests in the areas of restorative dentistry, oral surgery and preventative dentistry.

Dr Norton focuses on building strong, long-lasting relationships with her patients, supporting them on their journey to achieving lifelong oral health. She also ensures she provides the best in dental care to…

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Dr Cristy Norton joined the Thorne Dental team in 2000 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (receiving prizes in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine). Dr Norton is an enthusiastic general dental practitioner and enjoys the opportunity to perform a wide range of dental procedures and treatments. She has particular interests in the areas of restorative dentistry, oral surgery and preventative dentistry.

Dr Norton focuses on building strong, long-lasting relationships with her patients, supporting them on their journey to achieving lifelong oral health. She also ensures she provides the best in dental care to her patients and regularly attends professional development courses and training to remain up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry.

Away from the practice, Dr Norton enjoys woodwork, textiles, travelling, gardening, cooking and learning about foods from around the world.

DR PETER NORTON | Dentist Armidale
Associate Dentist

Dr Peter Norton

Thorne Dental welcomed Dr Peter Norton to the team in 2005 as an associate dentist. Dr Norton graduated from the University of Adelaide with a dental degree in 2004 where he was admitted to the Dean's List and received academic prizes in Prosthodontics and Dental Clinical Practice.

When treating patients he adopts a no-nonsense approach and places great importance on preventative dentistry. Dr Norton ensures he takes the time to educate his patients on preventative care and the role it plays in achieving and maintaining lifelong oral health. In addition to preventative dentistry, he also has special interests in restorative…

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Thorne Dental welcomed Dr Peter Norton to the team in 2005 as an associate dentist. Dr Norton graduated from the University of Adelaide with a dental degree in 2004 where he was admitted to the Dean's List and received academic prizes in Prosthodontics and Dental Clinical Practice.

When treating patients he adopts a no-nonsense approach and places great importance on preventative dentistry. Dr Norton ensures he takes the time to educate his patients on preventative care and the role it plays in achieving and maintaining lifelong oral health. In addition to preventative dentistry, he also has special interests in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

DR JOHNSON YE | Dentist Armidale
Associate Dentist

Dr Johnson Ye

Born and raised in Perth, Johnson Ye studied a Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and graduated in 2020. At UWA, he was also the recipient of the John Prichard Memorial Prize for Dental Public Health. Johnson moved to Armidale for a tree-change as he prefers the weather a bit cooler in summer. He believes in making the most of what he has been given for the greater good, so he's chosen to help people improve their oral health.

Dr Ye’s areas of interest are (in his own words):

  1. Preventative dentistry – educating patients on…
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Born and raised in Perth, Johnson Ye studied a Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and graduated in 2020. At UWA, he was also the recipient of the John Prichard Memorial Prize for Dental Public Health. Johnson moved to Armidale for a tree-change as he prefers the weather a bit cooler in summer. He believes in making the most of what he has been given for the greater good, so he's chosen to help people improve their oral health.

Dr Ye’s areas of interest are (in his own words):

  1. Preventative dentistry – educating patients on small changes can greatly improve oral health and quality of life.
  2. Minimally invasive dentistry – modern materials and approaches now mean treatments can be less destructive and more comfortable.
  3. Keeping abreast of the latest dental technologies and upskilling – the modern world is in a state of flux and dentistry is no exception.

Johnson enjoys being a dentist because it provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a broad cross-section of the community and help to improve the lives of patients.

He’s a self-confessed “history, politics and economics nerd”, a huge Formula One racing fan, enjoys watching cricketer Steve Smith score runs, watching documentaries, and listening to indie rock. Dr Ye is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and loves to use metaphors!

Sandra Marshall | Thorne Dental, Armidale
Practice Manager

Sandra Marshall

Sandra (Sandy) Marshall is the friendly face you see as you walk through the doors of Thorne Dental, Armidale. Sandy joined the practice fresh out of school in 2005 and has since progressed through the ranks to become Thorne Dental’s practice manager.

Joining the Marsh Street practice after high-school, Sandy went from sterilising instruments to Dental Assistant in a matter of months. Realising she wanted to pursue a career in the dental industry, she completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral health Education) shortly after joining the practice. Sandy also filled the role…

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Sandra (Sandy) Marshall is the friendly face you see as you walk through the doors of Thorne Dental, Armidale. Sandy joined the practice fresh out of school in 2005 and has since progressed through the ranks to become Thorne Dental’s practice manager.

Joining the Marsh Street practice after high-school, Sandy went from sterilising instruments to Dental Assistant in a matter of months. Realising she wanted to pursue a career in the dental industry, she completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral health Education) shortly after joining the practice. Sandy also filled the role of receptionist in late 2017 before taking on the role of practice manager in early 2018.

Being a practice manager can be challenging at times, but Sandy has relished the chance to take on the added responsibilities the new role provides. She also loves interacting with all the patients at Throne Dental, Armidale. She believes the relationships they develop at Thorne Dental are important and she places great emphasis on developing and maintaining a good relationship with everyone who steps through the practice doors.

Away from Thorne Dental, Sandy is a competitive Dragonboat racer. She also loves travelling overseas and spending quality time with her ‘fur-babies’.