Meet our doctors’ right-hand women who help make your dream smile possible.
Laura joined The Ortho Practice in November 2012 as our Manager. Originally from London, Laura has over 11 years experience in orthodontic practice management. Laura’s career brought her to North Queensland in 2004, and having travelled back and forth between London and Australia over the last eight years, she finally settled in Sydney in 2012.
At The Ortho Practice, Laura is responsible for the day-to-day management of the practice, people relations and the implementation of operational strategies.
Laura is ‘living the dream’ in Australia, enjoying outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, snorkelling and going to the beach. She also has a passion for cooking and spends most rainy days happily baking in her kitchen.
Dr Larissa Knodler
Larissa joined The Ortho Practice team in April 2014 as a hygienist. Larissa graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2000, and has since worked in both general and specialist practices here and in London. She has gained extensive experience working as a general dentist.
Larissa’s dental passions lie in orthodontics and periodontics and she enjoys working with both children and adults. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her young family. Her three children keep her very busy! Larissa also loves travelling, catching up with friends and keeping up-to-date with the latest information in the dental world.
Alanna joined The Ortho Practice in January 2009 after completing her Higher School Certificate. Her first role with us was as a dental assistant before moving to reception and treatment coordination. Alanna has now completed her education at the University of Newcastle to become a Dental Hygienist in 2015. She has had many years of orthodontic treatment herself, so she really understands the patient experience.
Born and raised in the Eastern suburbs, Alanna enjoys watching movies, playing touch football, travelling and swimming at Clovelly beach.
Ali Sarwari joined The Ortho Practice team in December 2020 as a Dental Hygienist.
Ali started his dental journey in 2016 while working as a Dental Nurse at Armadale Dental Clinic in Western Australia. During this time he realised how much he enjoyed helping others and so began his advanced diploma of Dental Hygiene at TAFE in Adelaide, South Australia. Following the completion of his studies, Ali relocated to Tasmania to live and work for a year before finally settling in Sydney in November 2020.
Ali’s warm and welcoming personality makes both patients and staff feel at ease in his presence. When he isn’t at work, Ali can be found bodyboarding at Maroubra Beach or hitting the gym with protein shake in hand.
Invisalign® Treatment Coordinator
Tristan joined The Ortho Practice in June 2017 and began her role as Invisalign® Treatment Coordinator soon after.
Tristan oversees all things Invisalign® and Dental Monitoring at the Ortho Practice to ensure treatment runs smoothly for each one of our patients. Her in-depth Invisalign® consultations are often the first step in many of our patients’ orthodontic journeys.
During these consultations, she not only explains the entire treatment process, but also provides quotes and estimated treatment timeframes based on the patient’s main goals.
Having worked directly with our doctors for over 2 years, she is privy to their wealth of knowledge, skills and experience and continues to learn more and more about orthodontics every day.
Outside of work, Tristan enjoys exploring new places, cooking and designing. She also loves animals and the environment, and is always looking for ways to make her home and workplace more environmentally friendly.
Tom joined The Ortho Practice as a Dental Assistant in 2019 whilst in his final year studying a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy at Newcastle University.
In 2020, Tom graduated and transitioned into the role of Oral Health Therapist at our Kincumber practice. As a big kid at heart, Tom excels with the care of our younger patients and has developed a particular interest in orthodontics.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys the beach, gym and travelling. Tom has a collection of crazy socks, keep an eye out at your next appointment.
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