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Meet the Team

Dr Christopher Pantin, Dentist

Dentist Applecross Dr Christopher PantinChristopher graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and first opened a practice in West Perth before founding The New Dentist. He was introduced to Dental Sleep Medicine in 1989 and began successfully treating patients with sleep-disordered breathing. He is an Associate Professor at UWA, having developed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine.

The Applecross Village Dental Centre was acquired 15 years ago and leased to a corporate dental business (the polar opposite to our philosophy) until recently. When their lease expired, the premises were refurbished and re-equipped as a state-of-the-art facility. It was renamed The New Dentist to reflect its new fresh approach to holistic care.

In addition to Christopher’s expertise in CEREC restorations and implant treatment, he is a specialist in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. He has devoted the past 25 years to researching and treating this chronic medical disease with a dental solution. Find out more on the website.


Dr Valerie Bennett, Dentist

Dentist Applecross Dr Valerie BennettValerie graduated with honours as a dentist from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1985. She worked in the Special Restorative Department at the Perth Dental Hospital alongside specialist prosthodontists and endodontists from 1985 to 1990. At the same time, she was a tutor for the undergraduate dentistry program at UWA. Valerie joined Christopher in private practice in 1991.

Valerie was one of the first graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine from the University of Adelaide and UWA in 2014 — the first program of its kind in the world.

She has membership in several organisations including the Australian Dental Association, Australasian Sleep Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and attends meetings annually both nationally and internationally.

She is looking forward to getting involved in research associated with Dental Sleep Medicine.


Dr Rachael Pantin, Dentist

Dentist Applecross Dr Rachael PantinRachael was introduced to dentistry at an early age and worked in all aspects of the practice: from assembling gift packs, sterilising equipment, working in reception and assisting the principal dentist.

After completing primary and secondary schooling at Penrhos College in Como, she moved to NSW and became a 2014 graduate of Charles Sturt University in Orange NSW with a Bachelor of Dental Science. This undergraduate programme was chosen for it’s practical clinical emphasis and almost half of the 5 year programme was spent treating patients in country placements across NSW.

Following graduation she returned to WA and worked as a dentist in Bunbury for 3 years and has now returned to where her exposure to the dentistry began.
Rachael has undergone additional post-graduate training including orthodontics using the Invisalign® system, CEREC restorations, and is currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine at UWA.

For Rachael, dentistry was chosen over other science-related professions because patient care centred over patient interaction and practical clinical skills, both of which she enjoys. Part of her ethos is that dental visits shouldn’t be a chore nor fearful, instead they should form part of a holistic approach to general wellbeing.

Outside the practice, Rachael enjoys training for open water swimming events such as the Rottnest Channel Swim and Ironman events. She is also a competent violinist and enjoys travel.


Dr Sara Bolton, Dentist

Applecross Dentist Dr Sara BoltonSara graduated as a dentist from The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1992. Whilst there, she was responsible for implementing strategies to improve the oral health of the islanders. Sara concurrently studied at Curtin University to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion in 2003.

A Holistic View of Dentistry

Sara has always enjoyed treating children and anxious patients, converting them into fearless, regular dental patients. Her philosophy has always been to treat the whole person, realising that the mouth is but a part of you, and understanding the connection between your mouth, your body and your environment.Read more…

To this end, Sara went on to study at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine and graduated with Advanced Diplomas in Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine in 2014.

She continues to practise dentistry with a holistic attitude. Now, with her background in both conventional and natural medicine, she brings to the table a well-rounded approach in the treatment of you as a unique individual.

Sara has been part of a cohesive team working closely with with our dental hygienists and Gail Baker, her competent and caring dental assistant of the last 13 years, ensuring that patient care is paramount. She is extremely happy to be bringing these valued staff members with her to The New Dentist so that patients may continue to experience a high level of care.

Living an Empowered Life

Sara has completed courses in implant dentistry and regularly attends postgraduate seminars in all facets of dentistry. She also runs her own naturopathy business, Evolve Natural Health, which focuses on educating and empowering people to understand their bodies and the drivers of their conditions, so that they all may live happier, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Outside of work, Sara’s passions are food and the environment. She loves sharing recipes and inspiring friends and family with new ideas. When Sara has a spare moment, she enjoys running and gardening.

Having spent three years working in the National Health Service in the UK, Sara moved to Australia after the birth of her daughter. She worked in the government dental service in Bunbury before moving to Christmas Island, where she was the sole dentist for six years, providing services to both Christmas and Cocos Island residents.


Dr Gary Chung, Oral Health Therapist

Dentist Applecross Dr Valerie BennettGrowing up, Gary always knew he had an interest in working in a health related industry. When his mother received a set of partial dentures, he became intrigued with the knowledge required to maintain her new teeth for the long term. From then on, he knew that helping others stay educated regarding their oral health was the perfect career for him.

Gary attended and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2012. He continues to take professional development courses relating to oral health in topic like teeth whitening and perio.

Gary’s favourite part about working with the The New Dentist team is the ability to help patients feel confident in their smiles, and seeing them light up on a daily basis.

Outside of the practice, Gary enjoys living an active lifestyle and riding his motorbike. Get to know more about Gary when you book your next visit with us.


Our gentle, caring team is ready to help your entire family improve their oral health! Contact our practice today and use your health fund for your visit.