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 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 Den Sapkota Associate Dentist Thorne Dental Armidale
Associate Dentist

Dr Den Sapkota

Originally from Nepal, Dr Den Sapkota completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2008 with gold medals in basic science, prosthodontics, and clinical performance. He has since joined the Thorne Dental Team and brings over 14 years of experience and knowledge to the practice.

Dr Den practiced general dentistry for three years before specialising as an Orthodontist in Nepal. During this time, he practiced as a dental surgeon in government and private sectors across Nepal, attended several continuing education seminars and conferences and strived to deliver the highest level of care to his patients, ensuring…

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Originally from Nepal, Dr Den Sapkota completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2008 with gold medals in basic science, prosthodontics, and clinical performance. He has since joined the Thorne Dental Team and brings over 14 years of experience and knowledge to the practice.

Dr Den practiced general dentistry for three years before specialising as an Orthodontist in Nepal. During this time, he practiced as a dental surgeon in government and private sectors across Nepal, attended several continuing education seminars and conferences and strived to deliver the highest level of care to his patients, ensuring to put a smile on their faces during and after each appointment.

His quest to seek further knowledge led Dr Den to pursue a Master of Dental Surgery (Orthodontics) in China, graduating in 2017. After his specialist training his passion for dentistry and teaching led him to train and mentor dental students and dentists domestically in Nepal and internationally in countries including India, Poland and Switzerland.

He soon after made the move from Nepal to Australia where he worked in patient care within several dental surgeries in Sydney and Armidale. During this time Dr Den was also dedicated to studying for the Australian Dental Council exam so his qualification as a dentist could be recognised in Australia. In 2021 Dr Den became a registered general dentist with AHPRA in Australia.

Dr Den has a kind and caring demeanour and is fuelled by patient satisfaction. He takes a holistic approach to his work and believes that prevention is better than cure. His extensive experience combined with his clinical knowledge, allows Dr Den to offer exception dental care in all aspects of dentistry. From minor surgical procedures including wisdom teeth extractions, painless root canals, dental emergencies and managing patients with complex medical problems to improving aesthetics and restoring function with cosmetic treatments including dentures, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, and veneers.

He has a passion for modern dentistry and believes his job as a dentist is a combination of three professions; a doctor, an engineer and an artist.

Above all, Dr Den loves getting to know each of his patients and building long lasting relationships. “I enjoy helping people by either to get them out of pain, or help them improve their smile” he says.

Outside of the practice Dr Den lives an active lifestyle with his wife and young son! They enjoy playing instruments including the guitar and piano, traveling, and watching movies together. Dr Den also enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking for his family, reading inspirational books and practicing yoga.

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’.