Geelong Team & Practice

Our practice and people

Located in the heart of Geelong, our practice sees people from all over the area looking for outstanding dental care and cosmetic treatments. Learn more about our experienced team below and find out more details about our practice.

Meet your Geelong dental team

Practice Manager

  • Ashwini Jacob

    I have 10+ years of dental experience, having worked across practices in New Zealand and Australia. Quality patient care is very important to me and being sure that patients receive the absolute best care while they are at the practice is one of my top priorities.  The most important lesson I’ve learned in my working career is that you can’t do it alone. You need a team to help you. You can accomplish great things together. Looking after my staff and supporting their growth has always been my number one priority.

    Outside work, I love long drives, dining out and spending quality time with my husband, my two children and my Golden Retriever.

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  • Dr Patrick Puckett

    Dr Patrick Puckett graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 and has worked at James Street Dental/Totally Smiles Geelong since 1992. From 1998 to 2000, Patrick completed the requirements necessary to attain Level I, II, and III accreditation with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry. In 2010, Patrick was admitted as a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. The college is the most respected post graduate institution in Asia-Pacific region. Patrick is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the International Team of Implantology, the Australian Osseointegration Society, the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry, the Australian Prosthodontic Society, the Australian Society of Periodontology, the Australian Society of Endodontology, the International College of Oral Implantologists, and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. Patrick’s areas of interests include all aspects of general dentistry including preventative and minimal intervention dentistry, root canal therapy (endodontics), aesthetic dentistry (tooth whitening, veneers), occlusal rehabilitation (crown and bridgework), and both the surgical placement and restoration of implants. Patrick attends many courses in order to be able to educate his patients as to the latest and most suitable treatment options available. Outside of dentistry, when he is not running around after his 3 kids, Patrick enjoys a game of cricket, football, seeing a good movie and travelling.   What is your favourite food? Salmon   Who is your favourite superhero? Batman   What is your favourite colour? Green

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  • Dr Erin Callahan

    Dr Erin Callahan graduated from The University of Melbourne with honours in 2004. She commenced practice at James Street Dental in 2005. Erin provides care in all facets of dentistry from preventative care and routine restorative dentistry through to root canal treatments, crown and bridge work, dental implant restorations and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, adult aesthetic orthodontics, and teeth whitening. Erin has undertaken considerable training through the Australian Academy of Dentofacial Aesthetics and focuses on whole face aesthetics, including the use of injectable fillers and anti-wrinkle agents to enhance cosmetic dentistry outcomes.

    Erin focuses on communicating effectively with, and understanding each individual, in order to best tailor customised treatment plans to the individual, their desires, expectations and budget. Erin also thoroughly enjoys providing dental care to her many young patients, her goal being for them to be happy and comfortable at the dentist, and improving their oral health. She believes a strong emphasis on preventative dental care is vital, not only to maintain and improve oral health, but also general health and quality of life.

    Erin is also a certified Inman Aligner provider. The Inman aligner is a fast, efficient and cost-effective method of straightening front teeth for adults. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Academy of Dentofacial Aesthetics and has attained Level I and II accreditation with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry. She regularly undertakes continuing education in order to maintain and enhance clinical skills and knowledge. Away from dentistry, Erin’s main interest is her horses. She spends many hours training and competing in eventing and show jumping; and hopes to breed and train top level sport horses in the Olympic disciplines.. She also enjoys cooking, reading, keeping fit and good food and wine!

    What is your favourite food? Seafood and Wine

    Who is your favourite superhero? Wonder Woman

    What is your favourite colour? Emerald Green

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  • Dr Jacqui Franklin-Jones

    Jacqui is the newest member of the Totally Smiles Geelong team.  Graduating from Melbourne University, Jacqui began her career as an oral health therapist where she gained widespread experience in both public and private practice.  She later went on to complete a bachelor of dental science at Charles Sturt University, spending a number of years in the regional towns of Orange and Albury.  Jacqui is a compassionate dentist who strives to ensure her patients have a pleasant experience, as well as providing them the knowledge to understand their dental health. Jacqui enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and participates in extensive continuing education to enable her to provide a high level of care that is both ethical and evidence-based.

    Outside of dentistry, Jacqui is an avid skier, wannabe yogi, and relishes in spending time with her friends and family.

    Favourite food – Vietnamese vermicelli salad with salmon

    Favourite colour – all things pastel but especially blue

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  • Dr Darren Thrift

    Darren was born and grew up in the country town of Warburton, apart from the three years he spent living with his family in England. Darren studied dentistry at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1984. He moved to Warrnambool where he worked for a total of six years. A few years were spent in Melbourne working part time and completing a fine art degree, before moving to Geelong in 1994.

    In 2000, Darren completed a part time 2 year orthodontic course for general practitioners, adding to the services we can offer at our practice.

    Outside of dentistry Darren’s interests include art and travel, cooking and cycling.

    What is your favourite food? Malaysian   What is your favourite colour? Indigo

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  • Dr Simon McPherson

    Simon graduated from dental school at Melbourne University in 1995. He spent much of his first years travelling overseas and working locum positions around Australia. He worked as a civilian contractor to HMAS Cerberus from 2000 to 2007. The highlight for Simon was being mentored and performing wisdom surgery under general anaesthetic alongside one of the local oral surgeons. Simon then moved to Geelong and began working for James St Dental in 2007. After completing numerous implant courses, Simon commenced placing dental implants at James St Dental.

    Amidst the GFC and the uncertainty with business in the region, and with a young family to provide for, he left JSD in 2011. Simon practised at Collins St alongside a speciality-trained prosthodontist, there, he enhanced his cosmetic bite rehabilitation and implant skills. Simon also completed short courses in Invisalign and Smilefast orthodontic tooth movement. Simon has experience in all facets of dentistry, including cosmetic solutions. Simon takes the time to speak and work with patients to achieve the best possible solution/outcome for them. Simon takes great satisfaction in providing excellent results.

    At that point Simon returned to JSD in May 2016 after suffering a life threatening illness at the end of 2015. Simon notes that his life experiences have taught him compassion, humility and patience. Outside of dentistry, Simon tends to spend most of his time with his family. He enjoys listening to music and getting creative in the kitchen. Simon places a lot of emphasis on prevention of oral diseases, because as the old age states “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of the cure”.

    What is your favourite food? Vietnamese


    Who is your favourite superhero? Daenerys Targaryen


    What is your favourite colour? Aqua

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  • Dr Ban Sabary

    With 25 years of dental experience Dr. Ban Sabary moved to Australia in 2001 and has lived in Geelong since 2007.

    Graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery Dr Sabary furthered her education by obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in General and Preventative Dentistry in Brisbane in 2004. With a profound passion for aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Sabary is dedicated to enhancing her skills continually. Her focus lies particularly in full smile rehabilitation through techniques such as veneers and crowns, aiming to restore a confident, functional, and naturally appealing smile for her patients.

    Dr. Sabary is proficient in a wide array of dental procedures, ranging from routine fillings and root canals to improving periodontal health and prosthodontics. Additionally, she places significant emphasis on preventative dentistry and oral health promotion, advocating for the importance of instilling good oral care habits from a young age to benefit patients throughout their lives.

    Beyond her professional endeavours, Dr. Sabary enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, reading books and loves creative art and gardening.

    Favorite food: Iraqi Beryani – and Thai.

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  • Brigitte Winchester

    Brigitte graduated as a Dental Hygienist in 2007 in Perth and has worked the past few years in Melbourne. She is now excited to call Geelong home. Brigitte is passionate about making a visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible. She prides herself on her gentle and thorough cleans

    In her spare time you will find her raising her young family and enjoying the best cafes Geelong has to offer.

How to get to our practice

Practice details

17-19 James St, Geelong

On-street parking

On-street parking

When are we open

Opening hours

  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Upcoming Holidays

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Some common questions about our Geelong practice


  • Can I choose my Geelong dentist?

    Absolutely - or if you are new, we can also recommend which member of our team may be available soonest or which may have experience with your unique situation.

Find our dental practice in Geelong

Totally Smiles Geelong provides dental care to Geelong West, South Geelong, Drumcondra, Rippleside, East Geelong, Newtown, Manifold Heights, Herne Hill, Thomson, Newcomb, Belmont, Bell Park, Hamlyn Heights, Breakwater, Whittington, Geelong North, North Geelong, Highton, Fyansford and surrounding suburbs.

17-19 James St, Geelong VIC 3220

Our Geelong Dental Team

“Our team is amongst the most experienced in Geelong, which is why so many people choose us for their dental needs – and why we create such strong relationships with our patients”

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