Who we are

Our team consists of four dentists; Jean-Pierre Devenish, Barry Geldard, Aileen Lucas and Amanda Lau; who are all members of the Australian Dental Association; (ADA) and our dental therapist Susan Wood who is a member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA). Between these five clinicians they have over one hundred years’ experience in the dental profession. They are all passionate about their work and on-going professional development.

In addition our friendly Support Team is here to assist you. Each and every one of them is important to us and plays a central role in providing quality dental and oral health care.

Dr Jean-Pierre Devenish (Principal)

Dr Jean-Pierre Devenish (Principal)

JP (as Jean-Pierre is known) and his family moved to Albany from South Africa in 2010. After qualifying from the University of Pretoria with Honours in 2001, JP completed a year of compulsory community service in a small African town where he enjoyed seeing elephants roaming the streets, and would fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring in the evenings. A little different to Albany - but Albany is now firmly home for JP, his wife and their three children - where they feel they have found paradise!

Before moving to Albany, JP ran his own Practice for seven years and now works alongside Barry as the new owner of our Practice. Barry is very pleased to welcome and be working with JP to ensure the on-going care of all our patients.

As a general dentist, JP enjoys all aspects of dentistry as well as having a particular interest in conventional Orthodontics and clear invisible aligners to straighten teeth. In 2015, he received a fellowship, FICCDE in Orthodontics from the International College for Continuing Dental Education. JP takes great satisfaction in witnessing a patients’ increased confidence due to their ‘new’ smile and believes everyone deserves a beautiful smile. He also has a keen interest in composite (white) fillings and enjoys providing full composite rehabilitations where appropriate. JP strongly considers patients should feel in total control in the dental chair and his focus is to make every visit as painless and pleasant as possible for each and every patient.

In his spare time JP enjoys painting, visiting the gym, gardening and taking walks along the boardwalk and beach with his family.


Barry Geldard

Dr Barry Geldard

Barry qualified from Sheffield University, UK in 1977.  Initially working in Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield;  he then moved to private practice in UK before coming to Albany to do a 6 month locum.

Like so many others, Barry fell in love with Albany and bought the Practice at 78, Aberdeen Street in 1982. Since then he has renovated and extended the building in Albany’s heritage style to provide a welcoming and comfortable place to work and visit.

After more than 35 years, Barry is still passionate about providing dental care and particularly enjoys working in a regional setting where he is able to offer a wide range of services.  From April 2015 Barry will be working at our Practice in Aberdeen Street on Monday and Tuesday each week and he continues to provide treatment to patients in theatre at Albany Regional Hospital.

When not at work, Barry enjoys Albany's outdoor lifestyle and will be found either cycling, bush walking, or in his kayak. As a keen photographer he might also be spotted taking photographs of our stunning landscape.

Barry is always keen to encourage others to join and enjoy the dental profession and provides mentoring and guidance to others, as an employer and colleague, and also in his role as an Honorary Clinical Consultant to the University of Western Australia.


Aileen Lucas

Dr Aileen Lucas

Born in Scotland, Aileen qualified from Dundee University in 1982 and worked in private practice in England before immigrating to Australia in 1995. In addition to her initial qualification, Aileen gained a Graduate Certificate in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide in 2001. In 2003 she joined Barry J Geldard Dental Practice, after working in private practice in Albany and the public sector in Grafton NSW.

Aileen is a keen sailor and a long time member of Princess Royal Sailing Club Albany. Those who visit Aileen will know that there is always a lot of laughter coming from her surgery.

 

Amanda Lau

Dr Amanda Lau

Amanda graduated from the University of Western Australia with Honours in 2009. She also completed an additional research Honours degree, focusing on composite restorations (white fillings). Whilst at university, Amanda undertook several placements in rural and remote locations around WA and Darwin, and knew she wanted to work in the country. She moved to Albany in early 2010 to work at Barry J Geldard & Associates Dental Practice. She thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle, especially the opportunities to go fishing, hiking and camping.

Outside of work, Amanda is the lead cellist in the Albany Sinfonia Orchestra. She also plays soccer for Polonia FC, and umpires and plays basketball.

Amanda enjoys all aspects of dentistry. She is particularly enthusiastic about preventive care, and is keen to assist you in attaining and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Amanda regularly attends professional development courses to ensure that her knowledge and practices are consistent with the highest of standards. Recently she travelled to Vietnam as a volunteer to provide dental treatment at orphanages with the Christian Health Aid Team.

Susan Wood

Susan Wood

Susan joined our team in 2014 as our Dental Therapist. Graduating from Curtin University in 1989, and with over 20 years’ experience in private practice in Perth, Susan enjoys working with patients of all ages. A strong believer in preventive care, Susan has also volunteered her time to provide dental care and treatment, including to Tibetan refugees in The Indian Himalayas as a team member with the Tibetan Dental Project.

Susan now lives in Torbay (to escape the Perth heat!) with her husband (and 2 dogs), and is enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle. Besides dentistry, Susan enjoys travelling; cycling; horse-riding; swimming and generally keeping fit. As a keen gardener, she has been very busy and is well on the way to establishing a new garden at their Torbay home.

We now have 3 ‘Susan’s in our team! Appointments are available with Susan, our Therapist, every Wednesday.

Our Support Team

Our caring Support team are here to assist you.