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Recommendations of a Dentist and Psychologist for kids in Canberra?

By gourmetmumma - 7 January 2011 38

Hi all… I am in search of a good family/kids dentist and a good child psychologist.

We moved here not long ago and we are living Northside, but I’m willing to travel if needed. I have called Smile Lounge and also the ACT health dental clinic and there seem to be minimum 2 month wait for both.

I’d love a local dentist around Belconnen or Gungahlin areas, but I’m willing to travel further for a kids psychologist that specializes in issues of anxiety, negativity, and building confidence and resilience in kids.

Any suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.

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Recommendations of a Dentist and Psychologist for kids in Canberra?
Mrs G 1:51 pm 07 Jan 11

I second Britta Hannaford in civic.
She’s very friendly, incredibly professional, appears to be very knowledgable, and errs on the side of conservative approaches (i.e. not ripping out wisdom teeth just for the hell of it as recommended by another dentist.)
She’s also a mum so should relate to kids better than some.

LadyoftheLake 1:36 pm 07 Jan 11

For a Dentist (in Belconnen) who is great with kids and their parents I totally recommend Dr Andrew Gordon in that big medical centre you can see from Coulter Drive. He has been my dentist since I was a teen and has also taken fabulous care of my son for the past 12 years.

Cnr Nettlefold St & Coulter Drive
Belconnen, ACT 2616
Ginninderra Medical and Dental Centre
Tel: 02 6112 7111

gospeedygo 1:13 pm 07 Jan 11

gourmetmumma said: Gospeedygo…are you thinking I’ll need the child psychologist to deal with the after effects of the dentist??

I for one certainly have never been back a second time!

missme 1:08 pm 07 Jan 11

Oh and I have never worked or am working for any of these practices in case you think I may be drumming up business… I’m actually studying to be a ‘charlatan'(psychologist) lol

missme 1:06 pm 07 Jan 11

Being myself involved in the dental industry for 12 years I can recommend a few places. Although they are not necessarily Northside;
Evatt dental care, Janine Mylonas and Heather Apthorpe
Nick Jowitt in the city
Jo Newton in the city
Helen Cullinan in Curtin
Britta Hannaford in the city
I’m not sure how busy each practice is or how costly, but these practices generally have a good reputation and friendly staff. Finding the right dentist is always a personal preference so what might be great for one person may not necessarily be suitable for the next
Good luck 🙂

gourmetmumma 12:34 pm 07 Jan 11

Gospeedygo…are you thinking I’ll need the child psychologist to deal with the after effects of the dentist?? 😉

gourmetmumma 12:26 pm 07 Jan 11

Thanks for the great feedback everyone I’ll follow it up.

VG – I was prepared for at least one small minded comment about the child psychologist. You don’t know me or my family so if you have nothing constructive to say, then don’t say anything at all. Perhaps if I continue to do all I can, including spending money on ‘these charlatans’ my kids will grow up to be well adjusted, secure, confident adults, not like some people who like to post inconsiderate comments to other people on forums.

troll-sniffer 12:20 pm 07 Jan 11

I forgot to mention that DR Loc Lam is my response to the dentistry question, not the charlatan part.

lilmisschatterbox 11:24 am 07 Jan 11

We have taken the kids to a number of psychs for various issues and have not had much luck. Certainly no one I’d recommend. We might try Dr Lam if we are unlucky enough to have the need again.

Dentists – Dr Peter Wong at Deakin was great. Wasn’t the kids’ regular dentist but they made room for an appointment at short notice for an emergency and he handled it so well he now sees both the kids. Not exceptionally warm but nice enough to keep the kids relaxed and has a very kid friendly environment and staff. 6285 3166.

vg 11:04 am 07 Jan 11

“but I’m willing to travel further for a kids psychologist that specializes in issues of anxiety, negativity, and building confidence and resilience in kids.”

Eff me! Isn’t that a parents’ job? Talk to your kids, spend some time with them and don’t waste money on these charlatans

Fiona 10:46 am 07 Jan 11

Try the APA website for psychs http://www.psychology.org.au/

mp2615 10:25 am 07 Jan 11

Marshal O’Brien is also a very good psychologist. Worth the trip to Deakin.

troll-sniffer 10:20 am 07 Jan 11

Dr Loc Lam in Lonsdale Street is a world-renowned lookerer-afterer of kiddies anxieties, highly recommended by a raft of once-insecure kids across the nation’s capital.

schmeah 10:19 am 07 Jan 11

I don’t know about a psychologist but if you’re on the Northside try Dr Chris Quoy at the Wakefield Gardens dental practice. The practice staff are so friendly you’ll probably fall out off your chair, and Chris is very thorough, engaging, eager to help and friendly.

I went there because another dental franchise (based in Civic) were total rubbish; the staff were rude and snarly and totally inconsiderate. I was having a wisdom removed once, but this didn’t stop the assistant staff (not connected with my procedure) from bursting in the door and quizzing the dentist about his digital camera. Then, when it was all over there was no consultation about my remaining wisdoms other than a request to make another appointment to come back and have the other removed the following week. No thank you!

gospeedygo 10:17 am 07 Jan 11

So….not much faith in dentists eh?

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