about us

The Practice

We are a specialist orthodontics practice in Bentleigh and country Wodonga. For over 20 years we have been delivering better smiles and straighter teeth to children and adults.  Many of our grown-up patients now bring in their children to see us. Our staff are also inter-generational, with some team members accruing over 20 years of service. We think you will also ‘belong’ when you decide to seek treatment with us.

Our mantra is to deliver a bite (proper arrangement of teeth) and facial profile that is consistent with your family’s heritage.  We are reluctant to commit our patients to surgery except in the most extreme cases of jaw anomalies. Our philosophy is based on changing jaw shapes to accommodate malpositioned teeth using functional plates together with braces (Damon technique). This means that in the majority of cases, we do not need to remove teeth although occasionally,  we will advocate extracting teeth to ensure a stable result. Most of our patients finish treatment within 2 years although some complex cases may take longer.

Should you require Orthodontic treatment in Bentleigh or Wodonga, please contact our practice.

Meet the Team

Prof Tan – Orthodontist

Prof Tan is a specialist Orthodontist and Certified Board Member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists. He obtained speciality training at the University of Adelaide (MDS) with additional dental degrees (FRACDS, MRACDS (ORTH)) from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He obtained his Doctorate (DPHIL) from the University of Oxford and also trained as a scientist with Nobel Prize winner Gerald Edelman at Rockefeller University, New York.

Prof Tan is interested in science and has a research career outside the practice. He is Professor at the University of Melbourne where he runs a research laboratory on the genetics of brain diseases. Prof Tan has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is very familiar with evidence-based practice of dentistry. For his contribution to research in Australia, he was awarded the Amgen Australia Medal (1997) and the Special Achievement Award by the Australian Dental Association Vic Branch (2012).  His standing in research is recognised by being made a Senior Principal Research Fellow with the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council.

Prof Tan is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore.

Kelli Howland

Kelli has been our Treatment Coordinator and Practice Manager since 1992. She will be conversant with all aspects of your treatment requirements and is likely to be your first and last contact during your time with us.

As a Treatment Coordinator, Kelli is capable of communicating the details of orthodontic treatment and acts as a regular contact for parents and patients. Kelli is also our Client Services Manager and is the second in command of our Team.

Maree Healy

Maree Healy is our Treatment Coordinator and Laboratory Manager. She is responsible for obtaining and organising your dental records and generating written reports to keep you informed of your treatment and your responsibilities. You will find her helpful if you have any questions regarding any aspect of your treatment.

Dr Katie Xu

Dr Katie Xu is a graduate in dentistry from the University of Melbourne. Katie has a strong interest in  Orthodontics and will assist Prof Tan in many of the treatment procedures. Katie’s professionalism and Mandarin-speaking ability is appreciated by many of our Chinese-speaking patients.

Jane Lien

Jane Lien is a dental therapist from La Trobe University and has been associated with our practice since 2008. She is a superb clinician and truly appreciated by all patients fortunate enough to be treated by her.

Veronica Modra

Veronica Modra is a dental hygienist who has been with the Wodonga practice since 2004. Veronica is passionate about orthodontics and is well-loved by our country patients for her chairside skills.

Tara Williams

Tara Williams is our Branch practice coordinator in Albury/ Wodonga. Tara is well-placed to assist our country patients with any questions regarding their treatment requirements.


Our Difference

Our team leader Prof Tan practices contemporary Orthodontics using techniques that are based on scientific evidence. This means that you will receive treatment that is appropriate for your dental condition. Our motto is that you are our patient first, not our customer.  We will not try to sell you any products claiming to make your treatment go better or faster. Just a plain good diagnosis and good treatment methods. Visit one of our orthodontists in Bentleigh and Wodonga.