“Good teeth are essential for a healthy long life, and to smile and enjoy all the good times. My philosophy is to empower people to look after their long term holistic wellbeing, and to provide top notch dental care to help my patients achieve their goals. My favourite part of my job is getting to meet people from all walks of life, and sharing stories with each other.”
Dr Jacob graduated from Melbourne University, and has worked in both public and private practices in Melbourne and Castlemaine. Together with his wife Dr Rachel Chang, Jacob was attracted to the natural beauty and community spirit of Gisborne, and founded Gisborne Family Dental in 2017. Jacob has undergone further education in the field of orthodontics, is an accredited Invisalign provider, and continues to undergo a wide range of professional development. Jacob also has special interest in cosmetic dentistry and is proficient with minor oral surgery.
On a work day, you may find Jacob rehearsing dad jokes, picking up a coffee from a local cafe, gawking at a classic car on the sidewalk of Gisborne, or all of the above. When not at work, he enjoys sampling Melbourne’s best restaurants with his wife, pretending to be a dinosaur chasing his children around the house, and hitting a few tennis balls.
“I love that my job gives me the ability to change someone’s life – whether it be giving a child a very enjoyable first dental visit, setting them up for a very positive dental journey, or giving someone the confidence to smile widely, proudly and without pain! Having known some of my patients for over a decade, it’s been a privilege to have them entrust me with their dental care and I’ve seen the difference good dental health and a beautiful smile has made in their lives. I really enjoy the human side of my work, getting to know the individuals and families I look after, and tailoring my approach to suit them.”
Dr Rachel graduated from Melbourne University with Honours, and has since committed herself to further her knowledge and skills, particularly in the area of Orthodontics (Braces & Invisalign.) She worked for many years in private practice in Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, before founding Gisborne Family Dental with her husband Jacob. With three young children of her own, she has a particular interest in treating children where her petite hands, patience and gentle (but firm!) demeanour come in very handy.
When not at work, Rachel is more or less a professional taxi driver, mediator and snack provider to her kids- thus is the life of a mum! Born in Wollongong, NSW, but raised in Melbourne, she loves her coffee and would list her ultimate treat as a skim latte and being able to drink it while it’s still hot 🙂
“Gisborne is such a beautiful community and it’s a pleasure caring for patients of all ages – from the young to the young at heart! My goal is to alleviate the stress and anxiety that often comes with attending the dentist. There is nothing more fulfilling than when patients leave feeling relaxed and empowered, with a big smile on their face.”
Dr Emma Chang graduated from La Trobe University in Bendigo with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry and Masters in Dentistry.
She spent a number of years working in Albury Wodonga in private practice gaining broad experience in general dentistry. Since then, Dr Emma has done further education in Orthodontics and has a special interest in early intervention orthodontic treatment. She is excited to have returned closer to her hometown Melbourne to be part of the team at Gisborne Family Dental, joining her sister Dr Rachel and brother in law Dr Jacob.
Known for her caring and gentle nature, Dr Emma finds it particularly rewarding to work with children and nervous patients. She enjoys spending time getting to know her patients and easing any anxiety through easy to understand treatment plans suited to each individual. Dr Emma believes in equipping patients with knowledge and being proactive with prevention so the least amount of dentistry is needed in the years to come!
Outside of dentistry, Dr Emma is a true “homebody” and loves relaxing evenings with her husband Simon and furbaby Billy alongside some delicious takeaway Indian food.
“The best part of my job is the countless ways I get to make an impact in the lives of my patients whether it be through an easy breezy first dental visit or in a life changing smile transformation. These experiences are personal and I love the confidence it builds in my patients as they flash their pearly whites! People from all walks of life come through our doors and it has been a joy to get to know them over the years. With the help of my amazing team – hopefully now a dental appointment is no longer a scary chore but a stress free visit where you are warmly welcomed and feel comfortable.”
Jane received her dental degree at La trobe University. She was afforded the unique opportunity to work in various public dental clinics around regional Victoria for a few years before joining Gisborne Family Dental. Through the years, Jane’s philosophy has centred around the holistic care of an individual, focussing on education, prevention and minimally invasive treatment.
Jane has special interest in treating children with her relaxed, silly and gentle approach and also in cosmetic and restorative dentistry where she allows her perfectionist nature to thrive. Jane is continually keeping a head of the curve through a broad range of professional development.
Outside of dentistry, Jane can be found obsessing over her very cute old dog or over her next snow trip. She also has a keen eye for art and photography and you may even find some of her work in our clinic! On the weekends, Jane is an active member of her local church.
“To me, modern dentistry is about achieving the best outcome for patients with the most up-to-date treatment, ensuring a comfortable experience the whole time. My favourite thing about my job is being able to transform a patient’s previously negative experience into a rewarding one they want to share with their loved ones. As I continue to work with patients, making sure they feel heard and comfortable, I can see their confidence grow. Ultimately, I want patients to feel safe and empowered on their dental journey and confident I will be there to help along the way.”
Nardin grew up in Melbourne before moving to Bendigo for her studies. Since then, she has spent most of her time exploring regional Victoria, working in both the public and private sector. She enjoys all facets of dentistry, from routine examinations to complex extractions and everything in between. With her gentle nature, she enjoys working with anxious patients and taking the time to work through all questions, no matter how big or small! Nardin regularly attends continuing professional development to ensure she is consistently delivering excellent dental care. Outside of Dentistry, Nardin can often be found spending time with her very large, very loud family – usually for a very large meal. She also loves exploring regional Victoria and is always looking for getaway recommendations!
“I understand how visiting the dentist can be daunting for some people, so I strive to provide all my patients with a relaxed and comfortable experience.
The best parts of my job are that I have the opportunity to help people solve problems with their oral health, improve their comfort levels and self-esteem. At the end of the day, a happy patient is what makes me happy. This to me is one of the best privileges of practising dentistry.”
Kevin grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and completed his Bachelor of Biomedicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Melbourne. He has experience in treating patients in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. He is committed to providing gentle and quality dental care for all his patients, and makes it a top priority to ensure each patient’s individual needs are looked after. Kevin enjoys practising all aspects of dentistry but is particularly interested in restorative dentistry and oral surgery.
Outside of work, Kevin is a classical musician, loves exploring and making good food and coffee, and is an avid fan of The Office.
“It is so rewarding for me to help empower my patients during their dental journey, whether it be dealing with a first-time wobbly tooth, creating a confident smile or overcoming some fears together. To see the positive effects of good dental health and to get to know my patients and their families is something I really enjoy! It is very important to me that my patients feel at ease and that we approach their dental care together, making choices that suit their individual needs.”
Megan graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and has worked in both public and private dental clinics across Victoria before joining Gisborne Family Dental. She has a gentle and empathetic approach to dental treatment and is particularly passionate about treating patients who are dentally anxious, always ensuring they feel comfortable during their appointments. Megan also has an interest in paediatric dentistry and endeavours to make dental visits engaging and enjoyable for children.
Outside of dentistry, Megan is a big foodie and a bit of a coffee snob. She loves cooking for friends and family, and is always searching for a great new restaurant to try. Megan also enjoys camping and travelling to experience new places.
“Being an oral health therapist, I am fortunate to be able to work with a variety of people from different ages. Whether it is making a child’s first dental visit as memorable and exciting as possible or working with adults to improve their gum health, it is always rewarding. My aim is to ensure that my patients always feel comfortable and at ease during their appointments – with my gentle nature and thoroughness – making sure they leave with a smile.”
Nardeen completed her Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Melbourne. During her studies, there were several placements that she rotated through, including metro and regional community clinics and the Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre. Nardeen currently lives at home with her family, with her 18 year old younger brother. In her spare time, Nardeen enjoys spending time with friends and family, cozying up with a good book or playing video games.