Our Team

Dr Taz, Edwina and our team offer high-end, gentle dental care that will leave you feeling seen, heard, and understood. Our dedicated team pride themselves in creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for you on arrival. Building relationships, providing quality treatment and utilising technology delivers a straightforward approach to dentistry, so that you are comfortable and informed of your dental options, resulting in the best possible outcome. We value your thoughts and we’ll never rush you to make a decision, consulting you at every step of your treatment.

Taz Elgammal

Dr Taz Elgammal

Dentist & Director

Bio

Taz as he is well known is a humble, easy going guy who can always be seen with a smile on his face. He is always up for a chat and believes thorough communication and a great dental experience are integral for patients. As our principal dentist, Taz comes to Kapunda Dental with a treasure trove of experience in all aspects of dentistry. Ever since graduating, Taz has enjoyed being able to appreciate South Australia’s country towns providing dental care throughout the state at major rural regions including Victor Harbor,, Balaklava and central Norwood.

Taz has a laid-back demeanour, but his attention to detail is what his dental students know him for when he taught at The University of Adelaide. Extending a finer touch to his genuine areas of interest, including cosmetic and digital dentistry, surgery and dental implants and offers IV Sedation for patients who require extra care.

A family man through and through, Taz shares two handsome boys with his wife. If you can’t catch him on the phone, it is likely that he’s gone fishing if the weather is fine. If it is windy, no worries, give him a call.

Dental Facts

Taz has been practicing as a dentist since his graduation from dental school in 2006. Taz has enjoyed teaching and tutoring dental students at Adelaide University and has dedicated two years to volunteering in Africa, where he acquired the majority of his surgical skills. His particular area of interest lies in surgery and dental implants, leading him to pursue extensive studies, including obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Implants from the esteemed Sydney University. Taz has also completed the Implant Master Program at the reputable BII Institute in Sydney and the Master Implant Program in association with Saville University in Spain.

Taz is officially registered with both AHPRA and the National Dental Board and proudly holds membership in the ADA, showcasing his commitment to professional standards in the field of dentistry.

Edwina Plueckhahn

Edwina Plueckhahn

Oral Health Therapist & Director

Bio

Edwina is a proud part-owner of Kapunda Dental and Oral Health Therapist with ability to provide majority of dental care to patients of all ages. Edwina has always had a driven and passionate personality, so when she met and later married her farming husband back in 2019, she decided to tackle ways to improve access to dentistry in rural areas. She swapped surfing for gardening and thongs for boots. Luckily, she already knew how to drive a manual ute, which has come in handy on the farm.

Starting her career in Jamestown offered a wonderful experience, where community spirit highlighted to Edwina how wonderful country living can really be. Time in the country led to bonfires and playing tennis on weekends, she admits however she has never been able to swap the pool for the netball court and prefers to be seen at the local pool early in the morning.

Since progressing her career to the country, Edwina and her husband have welcomed two beautiful girls who provide their lives with simple unfiltered joy. Edwina hopes that women can feel successful at all areas of their lives including mum life, farm life and dental life. Although, don’t start talking teeth with her, because she may never stop.

Dental Facts

Edwina prides herself on being a rural dental professional since graduating from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2016. Edwina has practiced throughout the Mid North including Jamestown, Balaklava and Riverton. To be able to offer extended care to her patients, Edwina advanced her studies, completing a Bachelor in Dental Science (First Class Honours), two additional Graduate Certificates in Oral Health Science (UAdel) and Dental Therapy (UMelb).

Edwina has obtained a BSc.Dent Honours (First Class) degree, focused on maternal and child oral health in coordination with ARCPOH’s SMILE Study. As a clinician Edwina’s approach is gentle, holistic and caring, tailoring treatment and preventive oral health education to patient’s specific concerns. She believes it is important for patients to understand how oral health can affect general health and loves to have a chat to help improve patients’ confidence around their own oral health behaviours.

Edwina is a past President of the Australian Dental and Oral Heath Therapists Association SA/NT (ADOHTA).

Amber Warner

Amber

Dental Assistant

Bio

Amber is a welcome addition to our team at Kapunda Dental. Having been born and bred in the Light Regional Council area her whole life, Amber is excited to begin a full-time traineeship and Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Having an eye for detail and a hard work ethic, Amber has blended in straight away, amazing us with her initiative and ability to learn new skills. With a love of camping, she regularly visits areas around the Mid North and Barossa with her family and friends.

Edwina Plueckhahn

Shaylah

Dental Assistant

Bio

Shaylah is one of our wonderful dental assistants who has recently graduated with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting from TafeSA. Growing up in Freeling and going to school in Kapunda, Shaylah was keen to stay close to home and has been a welcome addition to our KD team. A lover of the outdoors will have Shaylah camping and fishing on weekends. As are team grows, we are so glad to see a smile on Shaylah’s face each morning when she walks through the door!

Edwina Plueckhahn

Livvy

Dental Assistant

Bio

Livvy joins the KD Team as a experienced dental assistant and receptionist. Livvy is a kind soul, who calms our practitioners and patients with her gentle chair side manner. Hailing from England, Livvy brings with her dental experience and the most wonderful british accent. Though she has come from one of the colder countrys, Livvy hasn’t spent a winter in Kapunda yet, so we did advise her to pack a woolly jumper to work these days. You will see Livvy at KD on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Jessica Whittlesea

Jessica

Administration

Bio

Our local girl Jess is originally a cardiac nurse who opted to change careers into dentistry, where she has grown from reception to a well-respected manager.

Born and bred as a country girl originally from the Mid North, we love that Jess decided to make Kapunda her home. With significant administration skills and strong background in dental management, Jess is our go to girl when it comes to anything software and administration based. Jess will always go out of her way for clients, making them her number one priority. Jess delights in watching her clients go through cosmetic transformations and reflects on the impact that it has on their self-esteem and wellbeing.

In her spare time Jess can be found at the local netball courts, where she currently volunteers her time as netball secretary, coach and umpire for the Kapunda Netball Club. Jess enjoys spending time with her close knit family and friends, along with camping and travelling in remote areas of Australia. Jess is currently taking time out on maternity leave with her fur-babies and her first newborn child.

Edwina Plueckhahn

Amber

Receptionist

Bio

Amber comes to us from a diverse allied health background. Before coming into dental, Amber completed her diploma of Remedial Massage/relaxation massage therapy and worked closely with sports injury clinics to help bring patients back to full strength.

Amber has spent the last 6 years working and learning all she can about dental. She is very understanding and compassionate, she is committed to giving every patient the best care possible.

When Amber’s not behind the desk at our Kapunda clinic you can find her playing hot wheels cars with her son and dancing with her daughter. If she’s not there she is performing in musicals or singing on stage.
With over 20 years of stage experience, you can almost guarantee she will be humming whatever tune is on the radio.

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Email

admin@kapundadental.com.au
 

Phone

(08) 8847 2244
 

Open Hours

Mon - Fri: 9AM to 5PM
Sat: by appointment

Address

Unit 1, 7-21 Main Street,
Kapunda SA 5373