about us

Dr Nicholas Palfreyman

Prosthodontist 
BDSc (Hons), FRACDS (GDP), DCD (Pros) 

Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2007 before serving in the Australian Regular Army as a Dental Officer. During this time he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2011. Nick has worked in private practice in Ballarat and Melbourne since 2012.
 
Nick believes in giving back to his profession as much as possible. He has been involved in dental education at the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and University of Queensland. He is also regularly invited to present to his colleagues on topics of prosthodontics and dental implants. 
 
Nick is a member of several professional organisations, including the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Prosthodontists (AANZP), the Australian Osseointegration Society and the Australian Dental Association (ADA). He is involved in several committees including the Midwestern Group of the ADAVB and is the president of the Australian Prosthodontic Society Victorian Branch.
 
Further to his specialist training, Nick has a particular interest in crowns, bridges, dental implants, veneers, dentures, and cosmetic treatment. 
 
When he is not at the practice, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, catching the latest film, building furniture and trying to lower his golf handicap.

Dr Peter Apostolopoulos

Periodontist 
BDSc (Melb), GradDipClinDent (Implants), DCD (Perio) 

Dr Peter Apostolopoulos completed his undergraduate BDSc at the University of Melbourne in 2004. He then served as a Dental Officer in the Australian Army and Air Force at various locations around Australia, before returning to the University of Melbourne to complete postgraduate education in the GradDipClinDent (Implants) in 2010 and DCD (Periodontics) in 2015. His research thesis on Ridge Preservation has been published in the internationally renowned journal, Clinical Oral Implant Research.
 
Within periodontics, Peter is interested in the conservative non-surgical management of periodontal disease, oral hygiene education, periodontal surgery and implant surgery. He is actively involved as a clinical demonstrator in the education of dental students, oral hygienists/therapists and general dentists at the University of Melbourne and LaTrobe University. He is also a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Periodontology, Australia & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, and the International Team for Implantology.


 Away from the clinic, Peter enjoys hiking, travelling and reading.  As a proud local resident, you are likely to find Peter at one of Ballarat's many excellent cafes and restaurants, jogging around Lake Wendouree or in the crowd at a Sebastopol FNC match, amongst other places.  He is a keen fan and participant in many sports; also passionately supporting Manchester United football club and Collingwood football club. Peter is also fluent communicating in Greek.

Dr Theo Chan 

Dr. Theo Chan obtained his Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2004. In 2005, he completed the graduate dentist program at the Goulburn Valley Health (GVH) in Shepparton. He then returned to Melbourne and worked in private practice from 2006-2012, before returning to The University of Melbourne for his endodontic specialist training. Since graduating with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Endodontics in 2015, Theo has been working at Malvern Endodontics.
 
Theo has been actively involved in teaching at the Melbourne Dental School as well as CPD courses, including lectures, tutorials, hands-on workshops and clinical supervision, for the past 10 years.
 
Outside of endodontics, Theo’s interests include reading, painting and illustration, and athletics. He is also an avid tennis player and, as a member of the Sports and Social Committee, organises the annual ADAVB Tennis Day. Being originally from Brisbane, Theo supports the Brisbane Lions, and still reminisces about their glory days of 2001-2003.

Endodontist 
BDSc (Melb), DCD (Endo) 

Dr Brent Woods

Brent is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon living and working in Victoria. He completed degrees in Science and Medicine at the University of Queensland. Following this he undertook surgical training within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 2005 – 2007. Brent then completed a degree in Dentistry before moving to Melbourne where he completed specialist surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery within the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Brent then undertook further specialist training in facial trauma in Perth at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
 
He has trained and worked in many hospitals across Victoria and Australia, gaining experience in a wide range of Oral and Maxillofacial conditions, from minor oral pathology to complex facial reconstructive surgery. He has a special interest in corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery), facial trauma and dentoalveolar surgery including extraction of impacted teeth and dental implants.
 
Brent participates in ongoing education through regular attendance at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery conferences. He is a member of the RACDS (Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons), ANZAOMS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) and the ADA (Australian Dental Association). He is also involved in the training of junior medical staff through his appointments at several public teaching hospitals.
 
He conducts private practice at Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons in Brighton, through the Monash University Health Service, and with Midwestern Dental Specialists in Ballarat.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
BSc, MBBS, BOralH, GDipDent, FRACDS (OMS)

Dr Amanda Leen

Orthodontist

BDSc (Hons); DCD (Ortho); Australasian Orthodontic Board Certified

Amanda loves being an orthodontist and helping people smile. In her journey to this profession she completed a Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Melbourne, graduating with honours in 2005. Amanda then practiced as an Army dental officer working in Darwin, Sydney and Canberra, plus more remotely on exercises. Amanda went back to The University of Melbourne during 2011-2013 and completed specialist training to become an orthodontist.


Since 2013 Amanda has been in private orthodontic practice in Geelong, her hometown. Amanda is also staff specialist at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Amanda’s special interests in orthodontics are aesthetic smile enhancement with clear aligners (Invisalign), cases with orthognathic surgery (surgical jaw correction) and treating patients that need other dental care such as periodontics or prosthodontics for optimal outcomes.

 

Aside from treating patients, Amanda teaches dental and orthodontic students at The University of Melbourne, lectures to dentists at study groups and congresses and is actively involved in the Australian Society of Orthodontics as a committee member. She also enjoys keeping up to date by attending orthodontic conferences at every opportunity and has keenly embraced the digital future of orthodontics.

In her downtime, Amanda can be found baking, reading, keeping fit (running, pilates, yoga, gym, mountain biking…) or travelling somewhere to immerse in other cultures. She also likes taking her camera out to capture the world, especially whilst hiking to remote places.

 
 
 
 
 

Midwestern Dental Specialists
21 Raglan St North
Ballarat, Victoria 3350
Australia

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