Tharusha Naidoo

Tharusha Naidoo is DOH licensed Dental hygienist and hails from the sunny and spicy city of Durban, South Africa. With a zest for life greeted by a friendly smile, she embarked on an ambitious trajectory in qualifying as a dental hygienist from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Residing in the city of gold – Johannesburg – Tharusha excelled at her job at reputable practices for the last six years, leaving all her patients with lasting impressions.

During her years of studying, she was afforded the opportunity to be part of several outreach programmes. As a student dental hygienist, she was exposed to delivering primary health care in turn allowing her to grow into her career. She then progressed and joined the well-known Choonara Orthodontics team in Johannesburg which enabled her to provide superior oral health care to many patients she crossed paths with.

Baraa Saleh

Baraa Saleh is a DOH licensed Dental Hygienist. Baraa graduated from the Royal Medical University in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015, with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in Odonatological Prophylaxis where she researched dental phobia and dental anxiety. She is committed to helping patients understand the importance of good oral hygiene. She is gentle yet thorough while cleaning their teeth but also, takes the time to educate people about dentistry. Understanding not only how, but also why one must care for their gums and teeth, ensuring they follow all the right steps to achieving good dental health.

She possesses a calming and gentle demeanour that is especially suited towards children and adult patients who have dental phobia or anxiety. In 2018, she studied pedagogics and attended a Children’s Rights training program with the United Nations Convention, which further increased her knowledge of treating anxious children.

While working in national and private healthcare entities in Sweden, Baraa focused a lot of her clinical work on tobacco prevention and cessation and has actively helped patients quit smoking habits to gain better oral health. She has been invited to multiple peer lectures to share her knowledge and case studies on tobacco cessation. Baraa provides a range of dental treatments ranging from teeth cleaning to identifying dental issues and ensuring patients follow healthy dental routine.

Michaela Green

Michaela started her career as a Dental Hygienist in South Africa where she worked alongside one of South Africa’s prominent orthodontists. Working closely with the orthodontics team allowed her to incorporate orthodontic considerations and understand the pivotal role dental hygiene plays in the success and outcomes of orthodontic treatment. Her role as the dental hygienist in orthodontics, as it is a key and important one! From education to assessment, to supportive therapies during orthodontic treatment and maintaining oral health, Michaela has a unique and frequent opportunity to impact her patients’ oral health while they undergo orthodontic treatment.

As she carefully cleans patients’ teeth, Michaela, who is frequently complimented on her “soft hands,” helps them maintain proper dental hygiene. She takes pleasure in working with patients of various ages and socioeconomic statuses and makes sure their sessions are not only fun but also educational.