Staff

Dr Alison Wissman

With over 20 years’ experience in Private Practice, Alison is a warm and friendly person who is committed to making a lasting positive difference to her patients. With years of dedicated further study she is proficient in all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry with a special interest in Implant Dentistry. She uses modern technologies to facilitate her practice. She is a good communicator and practices with care and minimal intervention.

Alison graduated as a dentist from the University of Adelaide in 1992 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. In 1994 she was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry, also from the University of Adelaide. She attained Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry with distinction from Kings College London in 2016. In 2014 she undertook a Dental Implant study tour in Spain with world leaders in digital planning of dental implants: the Avinent Implant company and Race Dental. She completed the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry Accreditation in 2015.

Alison is an active member of the Australian Society of Implant dentistry; The International Congress of Oral Implantologists; a member of the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Prosthodontic Society.

Alison has a 23 year relationship with Alice Dental Associates. She commenced practicing here in 1996. In 2001 she became a part owner of the practice. In 2013 she moved to Adelaide with her family and began “FIFO”  one week a month. When in Adelaide she practices at the Fairview Park Dental Clinic.

Adults with missing, crooked, damaged or worn teeth often have more than one way to restore their dentition to full function and a confidant smile. I am able to provide options or a second opinion for complex dental care with common sense and the long term in mind. I believe a healthy mouth and smile is imperative for your overall well- being. I seek to develop trusting long term relationships…and care for your teeth…. for life.


Dr Joanne Richardson

Joanne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1978, following in her father’s footsteps as a dentist, and then worked in her father’s Sydney practice for over 20 years. After sailing to the Whitsundays she opened a practice in Airlie Beach, enjoying the relaxed Queensland lifestyle for over ten years while raising two children.

Once the children grew up she started travelling and working, as well as running a volunteer dental outreach program in India and Nepal for the last fifteen years. Joanne has worked in Singapore, New Zealand, Christmas Island, Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as for the RFDS in Western Australia. After spending a month in January 2016 in Alice Springs she has found it a hard place to leave, and although still travelling regularly to Nepal to train community health workers in preventive dentistry, she will be working regularly in Alice Springs.

Joanne enjoys bush walking, mountaineering and sailing, and meeting new people. As an active member of Rotary and Zonta, she is passionate about helping to make the world a better place by helping those less fortunate.


Dr Nevene Jayatilaka

Dr Jayatilaka is our Permanent part-time dentist that travels to Alice Springs fortnightly from Perth to treat his patients here at Alice Dental Associates. 

Nevene graduated in 1992 from the University of Western Australia. He was fortunate to have owned and run 2 extremely busy dental practices in rural W.A.

He loves working in Alice Springs as the patients are as nice as anywhere he has ever worked!

He completed further studies at the Las Vegas Dental Institute in 2009 in neuromuscular dentistry. 

He is a graduate of POS Orthodontics(fixed braces), which is one of the most comprehensive orthodontic training programs available to dentists.

He very much enjoys doing general dentistry, tooth coloured fillings, porcelain crowns and almost all root canal treatments.

When not doing dentistry, he is usually running his kids around to their various activities. He is a passionate musician, pianist and guitarist.

Dr Garry Wells

Garry is our regular locum Dentist all the way from the Sunshine Coast Queensland. Garry also graduated from the University of Sydney in 1970’s with Dr Joanne Richardson and covers Joanne here when she is off doing her Volunteering programs in Nepal. 

Garry is a lovely, honest, gentle Dentist that provides all general and cosmetic dental procedures. 

Emillie Thomasz - Oral Health Therapist

Emillie is our Oral Health Therapist from Mornington Penninsula - South of Melbourne. She Graduated from Charles Stuart University in NSW in 2016 and has been here practicing at Alice Dental Associates since. 

As an Oral Health Therapist, Emillie treats our patients of all ages for their regular hygiene/scale and clean appointments and can treat general dental procedures on patients up to the age of 26. 

Emillie is fantastic with young children! She has the patience and great professional skills to make their dental experience here comfortable and fun!  

Kelly - Practice Manager

Kelly is our Practice Manager here at Alice Dental Associates.   

Kelly is from the East Coast, Northern Rivers area and has been managing dental practices for fifteen years, three of those years here at Alice Dental Associates.

Kelly has a friendly and professional personality which makes her interaction and support to our patients a positive experience.  

Loren - Dr Alison Wissman’s Fly in Dental Assistant

Loren is from the East Coast and has worked in the Dental field with Kelly over the past 7 years. Loren previously moved to Alice Springs to help cover Kelly as she was on maternity leave at the end of 2018/start 2019. But luckily for us Loren has offered to continue her employment here as Dr Alison Wissman’s fly in fly out assistant. 

Loren has a very positive and bubbly personalty that lights up our surgery. She holds a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting and has the experience and professional knowledge to help assist any queries you have here at Alice Dental Associates.  


Holly - Dental Receptionist/ Assistant Manager

Holly started here at Alice Dental Associates in January 2019. Holly did her training at Larapinta Dental for 4 years, completing her certificate 3 in Dental assisting. 

Holly has the experience and professional manner to help answer any queries you have relating to your dental treatment here at Alice Dental Associates.  

Aline - Dental Assistant/ Receptionist

Aline has been with Alice Dental Associates since March 2019. She is originally from Brazil, but has lived in Australia since 2016.

Aline is a qualified dentist in Brazil since 2014. She has been working as a dental assistant in Australia for the past 3 years. We are very lucky to have her here with us on a 4 year working visa.

Aline has a lovely friendly manner with plenty of experience to help make your dental visits as comfortable as possible. 

Farah - Dental Assistant

Farah has been with Alice Dental Associates since February 2019. She is originally from India, but has lived in Australia since 2016.

Farah is a qualified dentist in India since. She has been working as a dental assistant in Australia for the past 3 years. We are very lucky to have her here with us on a working visa for as long as we can keep her.


Farah does a fantastic job assisting the dentists. She has a lovely manner towards patients which helps them feel very comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedure.


Sarah - Dental Steriliser/ Assistant

Sarah has been with Alice Dental associates since August 2018. She is the daughter of our senior dental assistant, Paulia. 

Sarah did her training here with us and she now has the experience and knowledge to follow the correct protocols in sterilising dental instruments and assisting the dentists.

Madeline - Dental Assistant Apprentice

Madeline is a young local Alice Springs girl who joined our team in February 2018 on a School based Apprenticeship. 

Madeline is studying at school, but she is also studying her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting and working with Alice Dental Associates 2 days a week training to be an amazing Dental assistant that will be an advantage to her career in the future. 

Madeline is a bright, enthusiastic young girl who has become a valued member of our team.

Paulia - Senior Dental Assistant

Paulia has been with Alice Dental associates since 2016, coming all the way from the United States where she started as a Dental Assistant in 1995. 

Paulia holds her Certificate in Dental Assisting (CDA) from the Colorado Department of Health. 

Paulia not only does a fantastic job assisting the dentists, she also assists our patients to help make them feel very comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedure.