Starting our practice in 1989, we have more than 26 years of experience in the local community. We moved to our current premises 16 years ago and the practice has grown from a one chair single practitioner practice to a four chair multiple practitioner practice.
We have seen generations of patients from the Riverland and surrounding areas including Waikerie, western Victoria, and Murrayland districts. There is something special about knowing a family from generation to generation. It is easy to be overwhelmed with pride when a child patient becomes an adult parent and brings his/her child into our practice. This act of continued trust is valued by our entire team, and we take that trust very seriously. No matter the specific dental care needs of each of your family members, we will treat each of you with the dignity and respect you deserve.
Our purpose is to be exceptional in the provision of clinically excellent dentistry from a professional and caring team. We provide lifetime solutions for patients who value their smile and dental health.
At Dental Care @ Berri, we aim to help our patients maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime as we believe that maintaining optimum dental health is essential to an individual’s overall wellbeing.
We believe preventing the onset of dental problems and oral diseases is extremely important. Therefore, we have a strong focus on providing comprehensive preventative treatment and implementing dental treatment at the earliest stages of disease development to all our patients, with the ultimate goal to delay or prevent extensive dental procedures and to extend the lifetime of restored oral tissues with as little intervention as possible.
We are dedicated to treat all our patients the way we would want to be treated. The well-being and comfort of patients are our primary concerns, we strive to practice in a gentle and compassionate approach for all our patients.We understand that making a decision about your dental health can be difficult, our dental practitioners will take the time to discuss treatment options with you based on your dental needs.
Dr. Dimitra Vrastaminos – Principal Dentist
Dr Vrastaminos was born and grew up in Berri before moving to Adelaide to undertake her dental studies. She graduated from the University of Adelaide and returned to work in Berri, after working in Portland Victoria during her first year out of University.
She has held various positions on the ADA (Australian Dental Association) including Riverland Country Councillor for the SA branch and the SA rep for regional and rural health advisory panel for the national ADA over the past 15 years. She regularly attends further education courses to keep up with advances in dentistry.
Dr Vrastaminos is married and has two sons. When not at work she enjoys walking and gardening.
Dr. Gareth Vaughan - Associate Dentist
Dr. Vaughans career has allowed him to work in the UK and Queensland, working as a principle dentist and practice owner, before making the decision to move to the Riverland to be closer to the family. He graduated as a dentist from Sheffield University in the UK bringing more than 11 years of experience to the practice.
Since joining our team, he has taken strides to ensure we meet the highest of expectations. Dr Vaughan has a keen interest in maintaining the unique family feel of the practice and promoting continual care for all the family with an emphasis on prevention.He is also an active member of the local and national dental association, keeping abreast of all the local dental current affairs.
Dr. Vaughan is married and has two children and when not at work he enjoys running.
Oral Health Therapist
Hanna Groundwater was born and raised in Adelaide, prior to moving to Wagga Wagga for studies. She graduated as an Oral Health Therapist from Charles Sturt University and enjoys educating all ages in oral health prevention and maintenance.
Hanna undertook several leadership programs whilst at university and was an active board member in the Oral Health Student Association.
Hanna enjoys spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time by the river and beach.
Dhanya Jacob graduated as an Oral Health Therapist from the University of Adelaide. She has a strong passion for dentistry, with a special interest in helping the marginalised sections of the society. She has previously been involved in promoting oral health among the homeless people in Adelaide and with several rural oral health promotions in India.
Dhanya has received The Colgate award for overall academic excellence in 2016, The Jane Chalmers Award for her excellence in Special Needs Dentistry and The Award Merit of 2017. She is a member of The Golden Key International Honour Society, through recognition of her academic performances.
Dhanya is married with one son. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exercising.
Sarah Mitchell graduated as an Oral Health Therapist from the University of Adelaide andsince graduating she has lived and worked in the Riverland.
Sarah has a keen passion for working with children and since graduating has gained a lot of experience performing complex dentistry on young children. She believes that positive dental experiences in early childhood sets children up for a lifetime of excellent oral health. She prides herself in helping very young or anxious children gain confidence in the dental setting.Sarah regularly attends continuing education courses in dental hygiene and pedodontics to keep abreast of current literature and dental advancements.
Sarah is married with 3 young children and when not at work she enjoys camping and water skiing with her family.