Another reason to smile

Another reason to smile

10 June 2015 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

Upon Dr Wolfgang Evers’ retirement after 15 years, the search was on to fill some very big (and much-loved) shoes. Forty-two applicants from across Australia applied for the role of associate dentist at the practice but the successful candidate, Dr Stuart Craig, was already working in Townsville.

Hailing from Rockhampton, Dr Craig was a member of James Cook University’s first graduating class of students with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in 2013. After completing his studies, Dr Craig returned to Rockhampton, where he worked for a year before moving to Townsville in November 2014 with his fiancé Susan.

“Coming from Queensland and graduating from Cairns was an advantage, but most of all Stuart is a great bloke,” says marketing manager Sarah Arnold, whose husband, Dr Cameron Arnold, is the principle dentist at the practice.

While Dr Craig enjoys all forms of dentistry, he has a special passion for restorative and cosmetic work. He is currently completing a residency in this area with Dr Tony Rotondo, who is originally from Ingham.

“I’m keen to learn more about implant dentistry and will be dedicating my studies next year to that field,” Dr Craig says. “I also love working with children, especially since my balloon-twisting skills tend to be a hit with the kids.”

With a relaxed and friendly approach, Dr Craig invests the time it takes to really listen to his patients’ concerns.

“I always look at the overall health of a person’s mouth and like to focus on a comprehensive solution rather than any ‘quick fix’,” Dr Craig says. “I get real enjoyment from putting a nervous patient at ease. It’s important to me to develop lasting relationships with my patients.” 

Dr Craig says the genuine care that Dr Arnold and the team show their patients is infectious.

“I’m proud to now call myself a part of the team, alongside Dr Arnold, hygienists Monica and Laurelyn,” he says. “A smile is the first thing we notice in a person and having the ability to improve and sometimes even give back someone’s smile is what really gets me excited at work. My biggest career highlight so far was helping a patient rebuild his smile for his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be walking her down the isle with a beaming new set of pearly whites.”

Another reason to smile