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. Mohamed Naqeeb – Dentist
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.
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.