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Back row, left to right: Lesley MacManus, Michelle Keys, Heather Holden, Dr Joel Abraham, Dr Duane Perera Front row, left to right: Bria Rose Cusack, Carley Mauger, Rosalind Kennedy, Mary Ann Robles, Nathaniel Layug, Dr Garret Robles

A Different Sense Of Adventure Inspired by a passion for rural and remote dentistry, a shared sense of adventure and the use of top-notch equipment, dentist Dr Garret Robles and his wife Mary Ann Robles have built two unique, complimentary dental practices to keep their sense of adventure alive. FEW dentists could list “the beauty of the outback skyline and sunsets” as one of the best parts of their job, but for Dr Garret Robles, travelling the outback is part of his 9-5. Dr Garret and his wife Dr Mary Ann Palma-Robles, a senior visiting academic from the University of Wollongong and James Cook University, established Project Outback Dental (POD) almost two years ago, followed by paediatric and special care dental practice MYTOOTHDOCTOR six months later. POD is North Queensland’s only private mobile dental surgery servicing

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rural and remote north and central west Queensland. The agile, off-road dental van is professionally fitted with complete dental equipment available in city surgeries. POD also has a state of the art self-contained mobile dental chair able to be deployed in any remote location; and a portable digital dental unit to treat patients with special needs at home, in hospital wards, and aged care facilities. It was whilst teaching at JCU two years ago that Dr Garret was inspired by the university’s focus in rural and remote dentistry and envisioned having his own private dental van – providing affordable, quality and consistent services in the outback. “We travel Queensland’s Overlanders Way regularly from Townsville to Julia Creek, and to Outreach Service locations of the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service (TAIHS),” says Dr Garret. “The farthest north we’ve taken our ‘pod’ or ‘tooth shuttle’ as kids call it, was in Normanton, responding to an invitation by North West Remote Health; and the furthest west is at a cattle station.” “MYTOOTHDOCTOR was initially established so that POD clients

DUO Magazine April 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...

DUO Magazine April 2017  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...