Getting to Know Your Ballarat Dental Professionals

Dana Street Dental is a centrally located dental practice in Ballarat. We exist to provide patients in Ballarat and surrounds with comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry.

We’re passionate about what we do and find great reward in empowering and encouraging our patients to better care for their teeth. Together, we can create and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come!

As a patient focused dental practice, we invest in the latest technology and are committed to ongoing education. This means that at our dental practice, you can enjoy efficient, effective and reliable dental treatment that is as quick and as comfortable as possible.

Our dental team will always be honest and upfront and treat you with care, compassion and respect. This is our promise to you.

Meet Our Team

Get to know your local dental experts a little better.

Dr Gilbert Ko is passionate about providing the highest quality dental care to all his patients. He takes the time to get to know his patients and ensure they feel relaxed during treatment. Dr Gilbert enjoys educating patients on maintaining optimal oral health and helping them achieve a smile they love!  

Gilbert enjoys all disciplines of dentistry with special interests in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. As well as taking care of his patients, he is also undertaking two postgraduate degrees. These include a Master’s of Aesthetic Dentistry at the prestigious and world renowned King’s College in London and a Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry (Implants) at the University of Melbourne. 

In his spare time, Gilbert enjoys catching up with friends and supporting his beloved Richmond Tigers! He is also passionate about travel and looks forward to being able to travel again soon! However, nothing beats spending quality time with his family.

Dr Wendy Peng graduated from Melbourne University in 2009 and have since done extensive training in the field of Orthodontics and Facial Aesthetics. In 2021, Wendy will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopaedics through the City of London Dental School. She is very passionate about improving the lives of her patients with airway-focused dentistry.

Wendy’s particular interest lies in practicing functional orthodontics – where the promotion of healthy facial growth and development in children is an integral part of the overall treatment. Wendy uses removable, fixed and myofunctional appliances combined with braces or Invisalign clear aligners to create healthy and beautiful smiles. She has an eye for detail and loves helping patients achieving the smile they have always wanted.

Outside of dentistry, Wendy loves spending time with family and friends as well as attending to her growing collection of indoor plants.

Having been in and out of the dentist chair as a child, Dr Derrick Mac grew passionate about dentistry from a young age. His early dental experiences have certainly shaped him into the dentist he is today.

Derrick strives to provide all patients with a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. He spends time with patients explaining treatment options and processes to ensure they feel at ease during their appointments.

Apt in all aspects of dentistry, Derrick has an interest in cosmetic and prosthodontic treatments. With a conservative approach, he enjoys helping his patients maintain their natural teeth. Derrick is dedicated to upskilling through a broad range of continuing professional development courses.

Outside of dentistry, Derrick is an avid photographer with a love for landscape and candid portrait photography. He also enjoys running and cycling and spending time with his friends and family.

Dr Claire Johnson graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2005, with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours. She has since worked primarily in private practice in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Melbourne and now Ballarat where she and her young family have settled to live for the long term.

Dr Claire’s extensive experience combines with her gentle and friendly manner to provide a positive and stress free dental experience for her patients.

Dr Claire is passionate about delivering the highest level of care in a wide range of dental procedures. This includes general family dentistry, dentures, implants, restorations, root canals and cosmetic dental work.

Away from the surgery Dr Claire and her husband are raising their two beautiful young children. She loves trail running and exploring the outdoors with her family and labrador.

Dr Holly, originally from New Zealand, loves being a part of the Dana Street Dental team where she is best known for her gentle touch and patient-centred care.

Dr Holly enjoys performing a variety of different dental services and strives to provide each patient the same level of care she would hope to give to her own family or friends. She is passionate about up-skilling, yet also highly upholds conservative and preventative care.

In her spare time, Holly loves outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and scuba diving. When indoors, she loves spending time with her friends and family, playing music, embroidering or indulging in a good book with a nice cup of tea.

Dr Paul was thrilled to join the amazing team at Dana Street Dental and move into the Ballarat region. Paul is dedicated to providing the best quality dental care to his patients and aims to deliver comprehensive treatment as a priority. Recognising that a dental visit is often daunting, Paul loves taking the time to listen and understand each patient’s individual needs, and aims to make everyone’s experience at the dentist a welcoming one.

Paul prides himself on evidence-based practice and believes prevention is always better than a cure, working with his patients to optimise their long-term oral health. To achieve this, Paul takes every opportunity to stay up-to-date by regularly attending dental conferences and courses. Paul also has a keen interest in Root Canal Treatment and Oral Medicine, with experience in management of obstructive sleep apnoea and disorders of the jaw joint.

When not busy with teeth, Paul loves getting out and about, and enjoys running, hiking and camping in Victoria’s regional areas. He’s also known to love a good feed, so is always keen to hear about hidden restaurant and café gems in the area.

Oral Health Therapist

With over 30 years in the dental profession, our Oral Health Therapist Tania is passionate about treating our youngest of patients. She believes in early intervention and prevention with fun visits to the dentist. To Tania, working with kids is not just about teeth, but building healthy smiles, minds and bodies.

Outside of Dana St Dental, she loves cooking up a storm at home for her family and friends, travels in the caravan to sample a wine or two, and walks with the furkids.

Hygienist

Sophie is an Oral Health Therapist with particular interest in periodontal treatment, preventative care, assisting with orthodontics and teeth whitening. She prides herself on providing excellent care to her patients with a focus on dental treatment that is as comfortable as possible in a calm environment.

Having moved to Ballarat in 2020, Sophie enjoys exploring the local area with her two daughters. Her other interests include pilates, running and eating out with friends.