Our Team

Lucas Dental boasts an experienced group of dental providers and auxiliary supporting staff which are all highly educated in the fields of dentistry. The entire team are dedicated to providing you with the personalised and gentle care you deserve.

Lucas Dental has been caring for the people of Adelaide for over 20 years. The practice includes 4 dentists, 4 oral health providers and a team of qualified, friendly clinical and administrative staff.

   

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Dr. Michael Lucas - Principal Dentist

Dr Michael Lucas graduated from Adelaide University in 1994. From here his passion for dentistry became stronger and stronger being the youngest dentist to hold a position within the Committee of South Australia Cosmetic Dental Society and the South Australian Oral Implantology Society.

After 12 years of growing his practice from 6 staff to 18 staff, Dr Michael Lucas in 2005 along with his wife Dr Tania Lucas opened up Adelaide’s largest solo dental practice, their dream! A practice which stood out from the rest and a practice where they could perform the highest level of comprehensive dentistry most other dentists could only think about.

Dr Michael Lucas has been in general practice for over 20 years and has special interests in providing complex dental care including such treatment as implants, crowns, veneers and bridges.

Dr Michael Lucas is well known throughout the profession as a dentist who does not compromise his treatment, but offers the best there is to offer and is also able to tailor treatment to suit the individual. He prides himself on spending time at the consultation appointment to educate and explain to his patients exactly what is going on.

He believes in being proactive in looking after your mouth in order to keep you smiling and chewing throughout all your life. “Just because you’re getting on in age, it doesn’t mean you have to have ugly looking teeth”.

Dr Michael Lucas also has a strong passion for the sea, which lead him to follow another love and find a balance in his life which involves being on the sea as well as in the surgery. Profishing Charters SA was created in 2008 and has become one of Adelaide’s most successful fish chartering businesses. We always wonder where Dr Michael Lucas finds the time between doing dentistry to running fishing charters, but we know for sure that he always has time for his lovely wife Tania and their three children.

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Dr. Tania Lucas - Principal Dentist and Special Interest in Orthodontics and Invisalign

Dr Tania Lucas completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 1996. Since graduation Tania has been devoted to the art of dentistry and her professional passion is creating and enhancing beautiful smiles.

Dr Tania Lucas has been practicing amalgam free (no mercury) dentistry since 1999 and through years of continued post graduate education has developed advanced restorative skills using bonded resin and computerised Cerec porcelain inlays, veneers and crowns.

Dr Tania Lucas’ passion for cosmetic dentistry has also led her to the field of orthodontics, in which she has a special interest. Dr Tania Lucas has been a fully accredited Invisalign provider with advanced training since 2008 and has also been admitted as a Fellow of the International College of Continuing Dental Education (ICCDE) following the completion of 3 years of comprehensive orthodontic training with the worldwide Progressive Orthodontics Seminars.

Dr Tania Lucas is also experienced in wisdom teeth removal and performs surgery under IV sedation with the assistance of a visiting anaesthetist. She is committed to continuing education and regularly travels interstate and overseas to further her knowledge in both general dentistry and orthodontics.

Dr Tania Lucas’ patients appreciate her gentle nature, honest and caring approach, and her passion and commitment to get the job done right.

Besides dentistry, Dr Tania Lucas enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with her friends and family (including her beloved Chihuahua) and of course a nice glass of fine wine!

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Dr Mathew Dawson - Dentist

Dr Mat Dawson graduated from Adelaide Dental School in 1997 and as such has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years.

Born and raised in Adelaide, Mat spent his first two years out of University in Tasmania and the next two years in London. Following that he returned home to Adelaide, working at a couple of locations before finding his permanent work home at Lucas Dental, where he has been for the last 14 years.

Dr Mat Dawson prides himself on being a general dentist and believes in always treating his patients as if they were family members. His professional passions include aesthetic improvements, Cad/Cam dentistry, digital imaging and helping patients achieve stability and health within their mouths.

Mat is a devoted family man, living in the Mitcham area with his wife, two boys, a dog and four chickens. He is a big Adelaide United fan and is active at the Cumberland United Football Club with his two boys. Mat loves the outdoors and on weekends can be found on the side of various football pitches and trail running in the local hills. Afterwards occasionally enjoying a nice meal and a glass of wine at the Ed.

Dr Mat Dawson is always happy to tailor your dental outcomes to your specific requirements. He is always keen to show and explain the options that will achieve the results that suit your individual needs.

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Dr Nicole Dodd - Dentist

After initially studying a Bachelor of Oral Health, Dr Nicole Dodd completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 2013, and is enthusiastic and passionate about all areas of dentistry. She believes good oral health starts with orevention and understands every individual is unique, and will have different needs and requirements throughout their lifetime. Her ethical approach to dentistry aims to provide her patients with all the knowledge they need to ensure a life-long healthy and happy smile.

Her approach is gentle and caring, whilst providing the best possible service for all patients and their families, young and old. Dr Nicole Dodd also has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, using advanced restorative techniques in bonded resin and porcelain materials.

Continued education is important to Dr Nicole Dodd and she regularly attends a wide variety of study groups and courses to further her knowledge and skills in every-improving field of dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Nicole Dodd enjoys spending time walking the trails in the Adelaide foot hills with her Golden Retriever, Will. She also enjoys playing tennis and netball, water-skiing, cooking and has tried her hand at many facets of art – some more successfully than others!

With the help of Dr Nicole Dodd, it’s never too late to improve oral health and have a beautiful smile.

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Dr Raena Tabesh - Dentist

Dr Raena Tabesh graduated in Bachelor of Dental surgery with first class honours from University of Adelaide. Her academic research was about computer designed ceramic crowns which is published in the international journal of prosthodontics. She has been tutoring 2nd and 4th year dentistry students of University of Adelaide.

Raena joined Lucas Dental team in January 2017 where she enjoys offering full scope of general dentistry. Her particular interests lie with aesthetic and restorative dentistry using state of the art advanced technologies.

Raena is a passionate dental practitioner who takes pride in delivering high quality treatment in gentle manner. She believes in importance of spending time treating patients with anxiety to ensure providing stress free experience. Her focus is on building relationships, beautifying smiles and making positive changes in the lives of her clients.

Raena is enthusiastic about educating her clients, helping them understand the existing situation of their oral health and available treatment options to achieve their functional and aesthetic goals. She regards it as a privilege to be able to treat people for long term oral health wellbeing.

To further her dental expertise and stay at the cutting edge of technology, Dr Raena regularly attends to dental conferences, lecture and seminars of continuing education.

Outside dentistry Dr Raena enjoys painting, reading and designing craft wood home accessories with her husband.

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Michelle Kuss - Dental Hygienist & Tooth Whitening Consultant

Michelle graduated from Gillies Plains TAFE, South Australia in 1986 with an Associate Diploma Dental Hygiene and has since extended her qualifications in Local Anaesthesia, Temporary Restorations and Tooth Whitening. She has worked in private general practices in SA, NSW, Victoria and the UK.

She has spent several years and is currently a clinical tutor at the University of Adelaide for the Bachelor of Oral Health degree.

She has been active in her professional associations, is a member of DHAA – National and SA branch – and is currently serving on the South Australian committee. As SA Association President in 1922, she attended the international Symposium in The Netherlands.

Michelle was appointed to the SA Dental Boards’ Registration and Notifications Committee in January 2018.

She has a strong belief in preventive and minimal intervention dentistry and loves powered toothbrushes and the power of floss.

Michelle is married and enjoys spending time away from gums with her husband and son, travelling and cooking. In 2017 she joined a volunteer group treating children in Vietnam. She is trying to be brave supervising her sons driving practice with his recently acquired Learners Permit and did manage to sneak that Thermomix into her array of kitchen appliances.

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Julieann May - Dental Hygienist & Tooth Whitening Consultant

Julieann graduated from Gillies Plains TAFE, South Australia in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene. She joined Lucas Dental as a new graduate and Dr Michael Lucas hasn’t been able to get her to leave since.

She has a strong interest in Orthodontics and has gained experience in this field by assisting Dr Tania Lucas in her Orthodontic endeavours along with working for an Orthodontist in the city when she is not working at Lucas Dental.

She is an active member of the DHAA – National and SA branch and has served as a councillor for the association.

She has a very calming nature and gets a great deal of satisfaction from enabling very nervous patients to gain control over their fears.

Julieann is married with two daughters that keep her on her toes; we often hear her chatting with patients about stories of her family life and her two Cavalier’s Daisy and Lilly.

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Carolyn Crosato - Dental Hygienist & Tooth Whitening Consultant

Carolyn studied Advanced Diploma of Dental Hygiene at Gillies Plains TAFE, South Australia in 2014. Following graduation, she worked as a hygienist in both general and orthodontic private practices in Perth and recently moved back to Adelaide.

Carolyn joined Lucas Dental in May 2017 where she was able to continue developing her skills in orthodontics. Working closely alongside Dr Tania Lucas providing orthodontic treatment for patients of the practice.

Carolyn’s focus is on establishing rapport and developing positive experiences for all patients that she works with. Carolyn takes the time with each of her patients to discuss dental disease prevention and improving oral hygiene habits for optimum oral health.

She keeps up to date with the latest knowledge and advancements in dentistry through Continued Professional Development seminars.

Carolyn has recently married and is looking forward to settling in Adelaide. Besides dentistry, she enjoys playing soccer and keeping fit at F45.

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Ashleigh Vaskelainen - Dental Hygienist & Tooth Whitening Consultant

Ashleigh started her career as a Trainee Dental Assistant in an Orthodontic practice over a decade ago, activation her desire to promote good dental health and earning herself an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) from Tafe SA Gilles Plains in 2014. She has undertaken further studies in panoramic radiography and orthodontic treatment.

Ashleigh enjoys caring for our community’s dental health and is motivated to ensure out patient’s receive excellent care while undergoing their hygiene experience.

Her enthusiasm and passion for oral health has made her a valuable addition to our team. As a member of the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia, Ashleigh is committed to educating and motivating patients towards both improvement and maintenance of their oral health as well as their overall health.

Ashleigh has a special interest in teeth whitening and orthodontics, enabling her to advise patients on cosmetic issues while still keeping oral health at the forefront of their treatment plans.

Outside of the dental clinic, Ashleigh can be found staying healthy at F45 and playing Netball & Football. Ashleigh also has a 2 year old son, Hudson, who keeps her on her toes.

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Jenna Davey - Oral Health Therapist - Special Interest in Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Jenna is a wife and mum of three young and very active boys. She understands the daily battle of motivating young kids in establishing good oral hygiene and diet habits and can provide useful tips to help your family achieve optimal oral health.

Jenna graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2008 with a degree in the Bachelor of Oral Health as an Oral Health Therapist. Jenna’s role as an Oral Health Therapist encompasses three main roles, she is a dental hygienist, a children’s dental therapist and an adult dental therapist.

Jenna has over 10 years experience working in general dentistry and came to Lucas Dental with an abundance of experience in diagnosing and treating dental diseases in both adults and children. Jenna has a strong focus in paediatric dentistry and enjoys getting to know all the children and making their dental experiences as fun as possible. Jenna is often seen doing check-ups on the fluffy toys that kids bring along to their appointment, putting the little ones at ease and having a bit of a laugh!

Jenna is active in continuing education programmes and in 2017, completed post graduate studies at the University of Adelaide extending her scope and knowledge in adult dentistry and assists Dr Michael Lucas and his team in diagnosing and treating their adult patients.

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Elise Sutcliffe - Oral Health Therapist - Special Interest in Children & Adolescent Dentistry

Louise - Front Office Manager

Bianca - Front Office Coordinator

Tam - Front Office Coordinator & Clinical Coordinator

Trish - Front Office Coordinator

Anne-Maree - Senior Clinical Coordinator

Natalie - Clinical Coordinator

Carley - Clinical Coordinator

Chelsea - Clinical Coordinator

Brittany - Clinical Coordinator

Harriet - Clinical Coordinator

Lauren - Clinical Coordinator

Natalie - Sterilisation Nurse

Jasmine - Sterilisation Nurse