our difference

With so many dental practices in the area, it can be hard to choose the right dentist for you. We have the differences you are looking for in a Dental Surgery.

we stand for family and community

Buderim has a healthy and vibrant community which is the envy of the region. As our home, we love to be active members of our community and give back in a meaningful way.

As a client of Buderim Dental Surgery, you are considered to be part of our family, and your needs are considered with the same level of personal care as our own.

Why Choose Us

30 Years Combined Experience

Being qualified as a dentist is really a given, we all know that… but we assure you that our practice has all necessary qualifications and experience!
From our friendly receptionist to our junior team members, the highest standards in training and practices are always maintained.

Your Experience is what counts

Beyond the technical skills of dentistry, we provide a real human touch throughout all our service offerings.

We get to know you, get to understand your wishes, and work hard to help you achieve them.

We love to see your smile

No Judgement, no pain, no fear. Our goals are your goals, and we want your experience at our dental practice to be a pleasant one.

Visit Buderm Dental Surgery and find out just how rewarding looking after your smile can be.

Our People

Our team is the heart of our difference. We are passionate about creating great experiences in our Dental Surgery.

Shelly

Shelly

CEO of First Impressions

From the moment you walk in the door, Shelly’s bubbly smile will make you feel at home.

Shelley has worked as a dental receptionist, dental assistant and has helped run dental practices since the year 2000, making her contribution to the practice invaluable.

Originally from New Zealand, Shelley has moved to the Sunny Coast in 2017 and has worked at our practice since. Shelley and her family enjoy camping, being outdoors and bike riding.

Kirsty

Kirsty

2nd Officer of First Impressions

After completing year 12 in 2005, Kirsty started working as a dental receptionist and has enjoyed this role ever since. She moved to Airlie Beach in 2007 and spent 6 years on the front desk of a local dental practice as well as doing what she loves… fishing, boating and camping.

She returned to the Sunny Coast with her partner and has had a baby boy and a baby girl, whom now take up much of her spare time. Her favourite place is the beach, swimming and soaking up the sun.

Lorrina

Lorrina

Department of Youth

Lorrina is our youngest team member, but don’t get fooled by her young appearance, she is an excellent Dental Assistant. Training under Sally, her great attitude towards learning has seen her confidence grow with every new challenge. Lorrina’s favourite past time are spending time with her friends and wakeboarding.

Mel

Mel

The doctor's right hand

Moving from Armidale around five years ago, Mel worked on the Coast as a Dental Assistant and joined the team at Buderim Dental Surgery in 2018. Walking her French Poodle named Bentley and spending time with her family are among Mel’s favourite activities. 

Sally

Sally

The Book of Knowledge and Maturity

Putting people at ease with her cheeky jokes, Sally makes sure that the practice runs smoothly and precisely. You may find her at the front desk reception, assisting our dentists or training new team members.

Sally has worked in the industry since 2002 and her knowledge of all aspects of dentistry is very extensive. Sally has joined our practice in 2016 after moving from Townsville. Sally and her family are all very sporty and she loves going for a run. You may also find her walking her 2 lovely dachshunds.

Dr. Sara Merritt

Dr. Sara Merritt

Calm, Caring, Brilliant!

Sara is a New Zealand trained dentist who completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Otago University in 2016. She previously worked in Auckland before shifting over to join us in the Sunshine Coast and joined our team in July 2018. Sara strives to provide the highest quality of dental care to her patients and has a large focus on preventive dentistry.

Sara puts her patients at ease with her calm and caring approach and forms long lasting client relationships.

Sara places an emphasis on her professional development to refine her clinical skills and embrace new technologies.

Keeping fit is super important, so Sara plays sports and enjoys trying out new brunch spots! A keen surfer, Sara is often making her way out through the shore break in her spare time.

Christy Robinson

Christy Robinson

Passionate about Dental Hygiene

Christy who is originally from Scotland, began her career in dentistry in 2005 as a dental assistant at the University of Manchester Dental Hospital. After working as a dental assistant for 5 years she decided to advance her career and went on to study at the Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals where she graduated in 2013 with a dual qualification in Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene.

Christy worked between private and NHS practices in the Greater Manchester area for a further 2 years before pursuing her dream of moving to Australia.

Christy and her partner emigrated to Australia in 2015 and have finally settled in the Sunshine Coast after enduring 5 years of cold Melbourne winters! Christy has 2 children which keep her busy and they enjoy exploring the local area, enjoy bush walks and bike rides and have regular visits to the beach which the whole family love!

Christy is very passionate about helping patients improve their oral hygiene and has a kind and friendly nature which helps even the most nervous patients feel relaxed during treatment. Christy enjoys seeing both adults and children and has experience in treating patients with complex medical histories and special needs.

Christy focuses on building up a strong rapport with her patients and enjoys seeing them on a regular basis to keep them motivated in good oral hygiene practices and keeping their mouths in tip top condition.

Dr. Rene Nobrega

Dr. Rene Nobrega

Fun, Understanding, Knowledgable!

Rene is an internationally qualified general dentist with a Bachelor of Dental Science, completed in 1999 and a post graduate degree in Endodontics, completed in 2001.

Rene opened up his own private practice, where he became a respected clinician among his community. Rene lived, with his family, in Geelong Victoria for many years before they made the decision to head north to the beautiful Sunshine Coast in December 2014 to join Dental Practices in Kawana and Brisbane.

Rene always knew that dentistry had to be done differently, with no judgment, no pain and no fear. He also knew that a great patient experience was essential, so he purchased Buderim Dental Surgery, in the heart of the Buderim Village, back in 2015.

Rene is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of oral care to Buderim and the Sunshine Coast region. All treatments are approached with gentle hands and a deep understanding of his patients needs and wants before he begins. If you have been searching for an experienced, caring dentist that will support your treatment decisions and offer quality care across a wide range of treatments . . . an appointment with Dr. Nobrega is a must.

“I wish I had met a Dentist like Rene decades ago. That’s for sure.”

Steve Chellingworth

make smiling fun again

We are passionate about your healthy smile and committed to helping you enjoy it.