Staff

Dr Alison Wissman

Alison received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide in 1992, and in 1994 completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry also from Adelaide. She returned to study in 2013 and has attained The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry L3 Accreditation (2015) and Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetics Dentistry with Distinction from Kings College London (2016). She is currently working towards a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist and expanding her options for adult orthodontic patients.

With over 20 years’ experience in private practice, Alison is a warm and friendly person who is passionately committed to making a lasting positive difference to her patients. She is proficient in all aspects of reconstructive and restorative dentistry with a special interest in Aesthetic and Implant dentistry. She is able to provide comprehensive dental care care for adults with missing, crooked or worn teeth. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The Australian Prosthodontic Society, and the;  Australian Society of Implant Dentistry. She loves her work. 

Alison has a 20 year relationship with Alice Dental Associates; she commenced practicing here in 1996, became a part owner in 2001, and commenced FIFO in 2013. When in Adelaide, she practices at the Fairview Park Dental Clinic.

She is married to Tim, they have 6 children (3 now adults), 2 cats and a big dog (Bouvier des Flandres). In addition to a busy family life, she enjoys cooking, the great outdoors and travel.

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 ten years, two 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.  

Imogen - Dental Receptionist

Imogen has been with Alice Dental Associates on and off for many years since the age of 13 years. In her school holidays she would come in and help her mother (Dr Alison Wissman) run the business. She is Completing her certificate 3 in Dental assisting while managing the Front office duties and interacting with our patients with her lovely professional manner.

Hayley - Dental Assistant

Hayley has been with Alice Dental Associates since 2016, she is a local girl from Alice Springs. Hayley started with no experience and being our youngest team member she has blossomed into our most efficient dental assistant! Hayley is great at assisting our patients to make them feel comfortable and at ease during their appointment while also assisting the dentist in a professional manner. You will be in good hands with our lovely Hayley. 

Taiya - Dental Receptionist / Assistant

Taiya is our newest team member! She also grew up in Alice Springs and started here with no experience. She has been an extremely quick learner and a great asset to our team! Taiya is Assisting all dentists, mostly Dr Alison Wissman and also helps out our reception team. She is very intelligent and can work in all aspects of the practice.  

Taiya’s bubbly personality and great energy will make you feel very comfortable here at Alice Dental Associates! 

Kathryn - Dental Assistant / Steriliser

Kathryn has been with Alice Dental Associates since 2015,  helping assist the Dentists and the front office team. She is also our Steriliser Super Star! 

Kathryn is completing her certificate 3 in Dental assisting, she has a sweet, lovely manner and has become our most reliable, long term employee!

Daisy - Dental Receptionist

Daisy is also from the East Coast and has worked in Dental with Kelly over the past 10 years. Daisy has recently had time off as she is now a mother of two, but luckily for us she has returned to help us part-time on our Reception desk. 

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

Paulia - 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.