The team at The Village Dentist has been looking after the specialised needs of the elderly and their support staff at the Anglican Retirement Village (ARV) since 1985. Originally developed as a branch of Pennant Hills Dental Centre, recent years have seen the practice grow to become largely independent with opening hours now extended to 5 days per week.
The Village Dentist understands the complex needs of this community including poly-pharmacy, mobility issues and neurological conditions such as dementia. All practitioners are committed to providing the very best care considering each patient’s individual needs and requirements. Our facility offers the most modern and up-to-date setting in the retirement village sector. The surgery is designed for wheelchair access. A special hydraulic lifter is available to gently guide severely disabled or non-ambulatory patients into the chair to enable dental treatment they might otherwise be denied to be undertaken.
The days of full dentures are almost gone and most new residents have some or all of their teeth. Medications, dry mouth and poor oral hygiene can create significant dental decay and breakdown in a very short time. All residents of hostel and nursing homes are considered at very high risk of developing severe decay, gum disease and mouth infections, all of which can impact on general medical health. Rational dental care provides comprehensive care plans that take into account these many modifying factors that affect peoples lives and seeks to deliver appropriate oral health care for each one of us at the ARV.
Our preventative dental care programs and computerised dental recall system will help to maintain your oral and general health. The enjoyment of one of life’s greatest pleasures – the tasting, chewing and eating of good food should be your goal. Your family can rest assured that ongoing dental care is always close at hand.
Dr Oliver Cvekus – General Dentist
Language spoken: English
Oliver is a very accomplished Dental Surgeon with a special interest in Cosmetic Rehabilitation, Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology. He graduated from Melbourne Dental School as the No. 1 graduate collecting the RACDS award, John Iliffe Scholarship for the final year of BDSc, the ADAVB Prize for Top Final Year Dental Student and First Class Honours.
Since graduation, Oliver has placed high importance on continuing education in General Dentistry but especially in his chosen field of Oral Surgery, Implantology and Cosmetic Rehabilitation. He has invested significant time in further training in these fields with specialists in top institutions around the world. Included in these locations are South America, Australia, Germany and the U.S, to name a few. After gaining a Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has also completed many different courses in other aspects of dentistry to provide him with the best understanding of how Implantology is integrated into a complete oral rehabilitation for the best long term results.
Oliver believes in high-quality dental treatment with a scientific basis for long term success. This lack of compromise on quality gives his patients outstanding outcomes for their treatments, confidence through communication and understanding of procedures to be undertaken.
After a 10 year stint in Melbourne, he has migrated to Sydney to enjoy the weather and lifestyle that it has to offer. Not surprisingly, when he isn’t practising dentistry, Oliver loves the great outdoors. He has a large array of sporting interests which include snowboarding/skiing, mountain biking, surfing and keeping fit at the gym (to name a few). We are thrilled to have him with the team and believe his skill set to be a real asset to our patients.
Dr Tirza Harley – General Dentist
Language spoken: English
After having graduated from the University of Adelaide, Dr Tirza Harley moved to Jindabyne, NSW to develop her skills in the snow skiing and Emergency Dentistry. When the snow melted, she felt it was time for a new challenge and began with the No Brace Centre, on Collins Street in Melbourne.
Throughout her time at the No Brace Centre, Dr Harley spent many hours continuing her professional development in orthodontics, both in Australia and internationally. While Dr Harley is not a specialist orthodontist, she is passionate about Early Intervention Orthodontics and is continually undergoing a further study to understand how she can best care for her orthodontic patients. She has been teaching clinical skills in orthodontics over the past couple of years to her colleagues. Lately, she has become particularly interested in using her orthodontic knowledge and the latest technology to provide Invisalign to both her adult and teenage patients. In addition to orthodontics, Dr Harley loves generally treating young patients to ensure they have a great relationship with the dentist from the word go. For this reason, Dr Harley has developed a primary school’s oral health program which she presents to numerous of the local schools on an annual basis. Based on her contribution to dentistry in the local community she has recently been awarded a Fellowship with the Pierre Fauchard Academy in London.
Dr Harley later moved across Collins Street to further extend her scope of practice to include beautiful Cosmetic Dentistry including comprehensive restorative care and botox in order to create fresh natural-looking smiles in her adult patients because, as she believes, “they deserve confident smiles too!”.
In 2016, Dr Harley moved home to Sydney (much to her parents’ delight) with her husband to enjoy the sunshine and to develop her dental career here in Sydney. Dr Harley lives locally and in her spare time, Tirza is passionate about good food and loves to cook up a feast to bring her family and friends together. She also loves to hit the ski slopes and enjoy the fresh mountain air when given half the chance.”
Dr Roger Lindsay – General Dentist and Prosthetist
Language spoken: English
Dr Roger Lindsay (Syd. Uni. 1978) commenced practice at Pennant Hills in 1985 following an earlier career in the Royal Australian Navy and set up the modern dental complex at the Anglican Retirement Villages due to his special interest in the dental problems faced by our elderly community.
He is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is involved in a number of postgraduate societies including the Endodontic Society of NSW, the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry and the Australian Society of Special Care Dentistry.
Roger is particularly interested in crown and bridgework, endodontics, periodontics, special care (geriatric) and aesthetic dentistry. He aims to provide complete routine and emergency care for all patients of the PHDC. He maintains a vigorous postgraduate education regime.
Spare time is family time and as a keen sportsman, he takes great interest in all the ball sports, skiing and fishing.