Australian dental & oral health therapists' association

ADOHTA Executives

The ADOHTA Executive Council is made up of a representative from each state or territory.  A representative of the Australian Dental Council and A representative from the Editorial Board of ANZJDOHT (Journal).  The Executive Council meets face to face 2 per year and participates in teleconferences on the months it does not meet.

Dr Nicole Stormon 



Nicole is an Oral health therapist and Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2014, Nicole worked as both a clinical Oral Health Therapist and in research. Nicole observed in clinical practice and research that many people are denied adequate oral health care which can have a significant impact on daily life. Nicole has worked on a variety of topics in the field of Dental Public Health. Nicole is passionate about improving the oral health of populations such as the socially disadvantaged, people with special needs and Indigenous Australians through research.

Elizabeth Cobbledick

Vice President


Liz grew up in Shepparton in regional Victoria and graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice) in 2018.  Liz has been involved in the ADOHTA committees since 2014 and is now the ADOHTA Vice President. Liz has a strong interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral health and has spent some time working in the remote region of Cape York. Liz is currently the Oral Health Advisor for the Smile Squad school dental program at Dental Health Services Victoria which is a new Victorian Government initiative providing free oral health care for public primary and secondary school students

Hellene Platell

Director of Continuing Professional Development


Hellene graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1973. She worked in the School Dental Service for 12 months followed by numerous General, Periodontic and Orthodontic Practices whilst a part time Clinical Tutor with the Dental Therapy Course at Curtin University. In 1996, she did an orthodontic update to gain registration as a Dental Hygienist. She is currently employed in General Dental Practice, as a Clinical Tutor at Curtin University with the Bachelor of Health (Oral Therapy) Degree as well as with pre-clinical Periodontic tutoring for dental students at the University of WA.

William Carlson-Jones

Director of Finance


William ‘CJ’ Carlson-Jones is an Oral Health Therapist currently practicing in rural South Australia. Completing his Bachelor of Oral Health and Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science both from the University of Adelaide, CJ is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration (Health Service Management) with aspirations to facilitate accessible, high quality dental care for all Australians. He is the Finance Director for the Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA) and is a strong advocate for a team approach to dental care. He is a founding representative on the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community.

Dr Denise Higgins

Director of Research and Education


I graduated from The Victorian School of Dental Therapy in December 1990 and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in January 1991. I was a full time employee for the Victorian School Dental Service in Gippsland, Victoria. I worked in two fixed clinics located in public school grounds in Morwell and Sale, and also on mobile school dental vans servicing rural areas of Gippsland and The Latrobe Valley. In 1994 I relocated to NSW and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in the public dental service with Hunter New England Oral Health Service (previously Hunter Oral Health). I worked in several school based and community clinics within The Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. In January 2009 I commenced work as an Oral Health Therapist after gaining my qualifications in dental hygiene. I continued to work at The Maitland Hospital Dental Clinic as an Oral Health Therapist where I was originally employed as a Dental Therapist. I am currently employed as a Lecturer in Oral Health for the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with The University of Newcastle. My career involves mentorship, leadership, student and course coordination, sharing knowledge and love of oral health and empowering the future generations of Oral Health Therapists.

Leticia Masters (Goss)

Director of Membership and Sponsorship


Leticia completed the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Adelaide in 2010 and has worked clinically as an Oral Health Therapist in the South Australian School Dental Service and private dental clinics since graduation. Leticia was involved in ADOHTA SA/NT as a student and has been an executive member since graduation; she was elected as President of ADOHTA SA/NT in May 2013, ADOHTA Inc. Vice President in 2016 and was appointed ADOHTA Inc. President in October 2018.

Jessica Pennay

Director of Governance


Ms Jessica Pennay graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2015 with a Bachelor of Oral Health.  Jessica went on to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with extended adult scope in 2017. Jessica is currently working in the public sector at Oral Health Services Tasmania (OHST) in Hobart and is also part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Special Care Dental Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Jessica has a passion for community-based prevention and has been involved in pilot programs for improving population health. During her time at OHST, she has mentored OHT students from the University of Newcastle and continues to provide support for new graduates and fellow team members.

Tylen Burt

Director of Advocacy


Tylen graduated from CQU University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Following graduation, Tylen has worked mainly in private practice and also completed a period working in Indigenous health in rural and remote areas.  Tylen works in private practice, mainly for a biological science practice focusing on whole body care approach for all ages on the Sunshine Coast.  He is also a part of the Tooth Fairy & Co team. Tylen is extremely passionate about his role in the promotion of oral health and preventative care, working with special needs children and people of all ages, creating a positive atmosphere to overcome patient anxiety and encouraging better oral health habits and regimes. Tylen has been so fortunate to have worked with some amazing mentors which have helped broaden his ability and further develop himself as a clinician. Tylen has developed particular interests in the holistic approach, prevention is the best cure; and your mouth is the pathway to your body, and every part of the body is linked.   Tylen is an active member of the ADOHTA QLD committee before joining the national Board as Director of Advocacy. 

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