Rest of the team

Principal/ Lead Dentist

Dr Thomas Morrison

Born in Bahrain, with Kiwi parents and raised in the UK, Dr Morrison is somewhat of a bitsa. He trained in Newcastle upon Tyne but was swift to depart the... Geordie gloom for the sunny shores of Oz. After a couple of years in Townsville he relocated to the Gold Coast. Having married a beautiful Gold Coast girl, Ellia, he is here to stay! He his interested in all aspects of dentistry from Invisalign to sleep issues and routine fillings to cosmetic work.

The travel bug bit him young and he has been lucky enough to visit all corners of the globe from back packing in Bolivia to arctic adventures in Alaska. In his free time he loves to challenge himself with a spot of rock climbing and enjoys getting dirty with Sandy (his Land Cruiser).

Associate dentist

Dr Caroline Gehlhaar

Dr Caroline was born and bred in England, qualifying at Manchester University. She worked in London and did a stint at Manchester Children’s Hospital before... making the move down under in 2012.

Since moving to Australia she has worked in several practices from The Capricorn Coast to Northern NSW but has now settled on the Gold Coast and has been part of the Toothpaste Family since 2016. She likes to make patients feel at ease and especially enjoys her appointments with children and those that are a little nervous. Seeing her regular patients every six months with their families is her favourite part of the job!

When she’s not at work Caroline likes a baking sesh, a beach trip, a bush walk, or a weekend away exploring the country with her partner Nick and daughter Sadie.

Associate dentist

Dr Keith Harper

Dr Keith Harper is a Gold Coast local, having completed his Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science followed by the Graduate Diploma of Dentistry at Griffith university, he has continued... to provide outstanding dental care to his local community for over a decade.

Keith has a strong passion for smile makeovers. A makeover can be as simple as some subtle changes to one or two teeth to hide imperfections, or as complex as an entire rehabilitation of your mouth.

He uses state of the art digital design to create your new smile in the most conservative way possible, utilizing minimal preparation of the teeth to preserve the natural structure and strength of each tooth. He is a registered Invisalign provider, and has a wealth of experience using porcelain veneers and crowns, composite bonding, and whitening to achieve your dream smile while also working within your budget.

He is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry, and strives to ensure that even the most anxious of patients can have a positive experience at the dentist. Patient education is something that Keith values highly, often using photos and scans to give you a guided tour of your mouth, ensuring that you're never in the dark about your dental health. Throw in his sense of humour, and you're in for a jaw-dropping experience (pun intended).

Associate dentist

Dr Meral Layik

Meral is a warm and gentle dentist who has been working in family dentistry for the past 25 years. She has vast experience in cosmetic dentistry and treating patients with gum disease. ...
She’s originally from Turkey, where she graduated from dentistry in 1994, gained her PhD in Periodontology in 1999 and owned a private clinic. Meral with her husband and 5 year old daughter moved to Australia in 2004. She completed her accreditation in Melbourne in 2005 since then she worked in public and private clinics . Prior to moving to the Gold Coast for the sunny weather and lifestyle, she ran a successful practice in Geelong.

Meral has a very caring and positive personality. She enjoys talking to her patients and getting to know them to decide what the best treatment option is best for their case. Meral places high emphasis on the gentleness of her procedures and always tries to conduct treatments in a painless and efficient manner. In her free time, Meral loves reading, getting out in nature and spending time with her family and friends.

Associate dentist

Dr Leah Bennett

Dr Leah Bennett graduated from Griffith University and held a Bachelor of Dental Science and Graduate Diploma in Dentistry in 2009. Since graduating, she has remained a Gold Coast local, gaining valuable experience working in private practice. ...
Although following her passion for dentistry, she has previously studied interior designs and biomedical science. Dr Bennett keeps up to date with the latest development by regularly attending continuing professional development courses.

Dr Bennett is experienced in all areas of dentistry including Dental Check-Up and X-Rays, Teeth Whitening, Hygiene Services, Fillings, Crowns, Periodontics, Bridges, Oral Surgery, Root Canals, Dental Implants, Endodontics & Wisdom Tooth Removal.

In Dr Bennett’s spare time she enjoys arts & craft, spending time with her husband and her 3 young boys.

Practice Manager

Claire

Toothpaste’s resident pocket rocket has 23 years experience both chairside and at the front desk. From health funds to dental triage, the weather forecast to the latest... episode of The Batchelor, she’s got you covered. Her toddler, Alby Boy, takes after his Dad and can’t get enough of all things cars and power tools. Also she is a regular visitor to the dog parks and beaches of the Gold Coast with Pixie, her first child.

Clinical co-ordinator

Rose

Rose has been in the dental industry for 13 years since the tender age of 16. A multi talented team member that Toothpaste is lucky to have on board. She has a... beautiful little girl, Mahli, that keeps her and her partner on their toes. As well as being an avid table tennis player she loves to cook and always keeps the Toothpaste team well fed.

Assistant / Receptionist

Renae

Renae has been in the dental industry for 6 years. A multi talented team member both in the surgery and on reception. Renae is an avid dog lover, who... even has a treat jar at the front desk to spoil any pooch that may walk past our front door.

Renae is a hard worker and if she is lucky enough to have any spare time away from Toothpaste you can guarantee it will be spent with a nice cup of tea, a good book and her 4 legged son Cyrus.

Dental Assistant

Laura

Originally from the UK, after travelling to Australia on a holiday visa Laura has since decided to call Australia home....Laura has been in the dental industry for 8 years and is a very competent assistant for all general and surgical procedures.

Wanting something good to watch on Netflix? Laura is your go to!

Dental Assistant

Krystal

Krystal qualified with her certificate 3 in dental assisting in 2010, and since then has worked in busy private practices on the GC. After a... small break in her career to have her 2 children Flynn and Willow, Krystal has eased her way back into the industry working with us part-time for the last 5 years.

Krystal is a valued, reliable member of our team who always bends over backwards to help us out at short notice when we need an extra hand.

In Krystal’s spare time she enjoys camping with her friends and family, watching reality tv and a cappuccino decaf!

Dental Assistant

Jo

From the UK, she has been in Oz for a few years. You wouldn’t know it from either working with her or being a patient on the other end of her skills... and efficiency but she arrived late to the dental profession qualifying as a dental assistant in early 2019. She loves interacting with patients and helping them through the dental experience.

A mum to two boys and her dog, Albie, the family love all sorts of travel, especially an ozzie caravan adventure. She manages the local kids basketball team and she specializes in whipping up tasty desserts in the kitchen.

We would love to help!

We strongly recommend you attend for a full check up to properly assess and address all of your concerns. We are willing to book you in for a limited consult to deal with a specific issue but please be aware that this blinkered approach may result in greater issues in the long run.

Call the front desk today to book your comprehensive or limited consultation.