A 1988 graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Dr Ian Harper arrived in Australia in 2001 and made his home in Ballarat.
Ian’s standpoint is to always remember that he is dealing with a unique human being who may be highly apprehensive and could find a necessary dental procedure difficult or uncomfortable. His approach is one of understanding:
“Walking through the door always requires a commitment from my patient and I will do my best to honour that commitment by giving my best advice and best standard of treatment… I am not a head-in-the-clouds purist and I will not promise something that is impossible to deliver, but I will make you two promises: that I will treat you to the best of my ability and that I will make it as comfortable for you as I can”.
The main focus in Ian’s practice relates to restoring function where, often, it may have been missing for years, preventing the breakdown of existing dental function through careful preventive treatment and advice, and the realignment of crowded or crooked teeth in adults and teenagers through orthodontics.
Ian has always taken the view that there is no substitute for knowledge and that, as a general dentist, this requires a thorough understanding of every aspect of dentistry. He also brings a focus on constantly updating that knowledge with each new advance in the field.
Dr. Varun Chopra – Dentist
Varun completed his Masters in Dentistry from La Trobe University and has worked in regional Victoria before putting down roots in Ballarat.
Having personal experience of prolonged dental treatments as a child he has a deep empathy with nervous patients and is particularly gentle when administering anaesthetic to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
“I have a strong belief that with the latest technology and proper diagnoses, I can help you alleviate your concerns and achieve your dental goals”
He is always consuming knowledge in all aspects of dentistry so that he can have a well-rounded perspective of advancements and technologies, to be able to offer the best to his patients. He is passionate about helping his patients with not only preventative care but also rehabilitation, be that related to gum issues, simple cavities and fillings or restoring function and aesthetics through crowns, veneers or implants.
Dr. Mohamed Naqeeb – Dentist
Mohamed graduated from La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Being a Ballarat local for 10 years, he and his family love the quiet ambience and the friendly community that Ballarat possesses.
Mohamed likes to ensure that everything done in the dental chair is as comfortable as possible. He understands that dental anxiety is very real and makes dental visits less daunting for his patients.
Mohamed enjoys all aspects of general dentistry but is particularly interested in treating broken and cracked teeth as well as oral surgery.
Outside of the dental clinic, Mohamed enjoys sports, fishing and spending time with his family.
Dr. Zahra’a Albarki – Dentist
Zahra’a completed her dental studies on the Gold Coast at Griffith University.
She is relatively new here to Ballarat, however, living in Ballarat and working at Harper Dental has been an amazing experience.
At Harper Dental, she has found that everybody works together to provide the best possible care to patients, listen to their concerns, and address them in the best possible way.
She enjoys a lot of the aspects of dentistry, whether it’s helping patients get to grips with their oral hygiene habits at home, getting them out of tooth pain or addressing their cosmetic concerns.
And, of course, helping kids as well. She believes very strongly in instilling good oral health habits from a very young age and is passionate about being a part of that and enabling good oral health awareness.
Zahra’a loves to answer all the questions that our patients may have about their oral health.
Kero Nazeem – Dentist
Kero completed his dental degree on the Gold Coast at Griffith University.
He has had vast experience at clinics across the state, working in both Torquay and on the Mornington Peninsula before making the move to Ballarat. He loves the tight knit nature of the Ballarat community and has a passion to helping his community achieve and maintain healthy smiles.
Kero is also knowledgeable about the science behind a healthy smile and comfort in the dental chair, completing his primary examination as part of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons. He believes that a thorough understanding of the science behind dental procedures is key for great results. He strives to continually develop his skills, completing over 100 hours of professional development in the past year alone.
Kero has a special interest in restoring worn teeth, relieving dental pain, and empowering patients to care for and improve their oral health.
Amber Finnigan – Hygienist
Amber is passionate about treating children’s oral health and educating them in improving and understanding why it is important in keeping healthy teeth and gums. Amber also enjoys dental hygiene, preventing gum disease in both children and adults.
Amber also has a keen interest in Orthodontics and Invisalign/clear aligners and loves seeing great results after a completed treatment plan.