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Meet our staff

Meet the team that helps our Specialist Orthodontists with the smile transformations at Embrace Orthodontists. Each of our staff members is highly experienced and passionate about making you smile.

Our clinical team




Madellyn graduated from the Westmead College of Dental Therapy in 1983 and went on to study Dental Hygiene at the University of Queensland and Public Health at Queensland University of Technology, achieving a Bachelors Degree in Health Science.


Madellyn has attained a wealth of experience working in the dental profession for over 30 years in many different dental settings across the ACT, NSW, QLD and Northern Territory. She has enhanced her orthodontic skills working alongside Dr Spiro Pazios since she joined the Embrace Orthodontists team in 2006.

The field of orthodontics is constantly evolving and Madellyn finds this both exciting and challenging. As new technologies are introduced, she thrives on learning these new skills, which benefits both the practice and our patients.

Madellyn is a professional, friendly member of our staff who loves her work as part of the Hygienist team and is committed to providing excellent service to our patients.




Kathryn has been a vital part of the EO team since 2007. Kathryn graduated from Gilles Plains School of Pava Dental Studies, Adelaide in 1989 and has worked in both general dentistry and orthodontics ever since. Prior to that, she worked in orthodontic and periodontal surgeries as an assistant.


Transforming smiles and seeing patients evolve is one of Kathryn’s favourite parts of orthodontics. The wonderful team at Embrace makes it a fantastic place to come to work every day.

Kathryn is passionately involved with the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) and has held many roles within the association including being the DHAA President in 2017. She is particularly committed to their professional development programme and annual symposium.

Outside the workplace, Kathryn has three grown-up girls (with beautiful EO smiles) and enjoys running, reading and making quilts. She loves to travel, especially to the UK, where she indulges in her love of all things historical.




Claire joined Embrace Orthodontists in 2013. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Oral Health and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting. Her specialist training includes Panoramic Radiography, Intra-Oral Radiography, and General Anaesthesia & IV Sedation.


Claire’s industry experience includes Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontics & Dental Implants as well as General Dentistry. Claire brings a wealth of experience to Embrace.

A keen traveller, Claire is passionate about exploring beautiful parts of the world. A recent adventure was conquering the Kokoda Track, which she describes as physically challenging and an experience of a lifetime. We always look forward to hearing her plans for her next adventure!




Brenda joined the Embrace team in April 2015 after moving to Canberra with her family. Brenda is an Irish National and a natural people person with her Celtic warmth and sincerely caring personality.


Brenda’s orthodontic career commenced in Sydney in 2000 and includes achievements such as NSW DAA (Dental Assistants Association) course Dux followed by UCC (University College Cork) Colm O’Sullivan and Sensodyne awards (best academic results and highest achieving overall student).

Brenda is passionate about orthodontics and loves the variety of her work. She particularly enjoys making patients feel comfortable and well informed.

She strives to ensure patients have consistently positive experiences and enjoys getting to know them during their orthodontic journey.

Outside of her work Brenda is kept busy with her husband and three children, her labradoodle Olive, a wonderful group of friends and a busy family life. She adores the seasons in Canberra and is grateful to enjoy a great work life balance.

Our Dental Assistants

Lasma, Jessie, Siri, Melina, and Katrina

Headed up by our clinical manager Stacey, our warm and friendly team of orthodontic assistants undertake various duties to ensure the smooth running of our clinical treatment area. They also provide an exceptional treatment experience for our patients.

Between them, there is a wealth of experience in the dental industry, with extensive knowledge in various fields including orthodontics, general dental and prosthodontics.

Most of our assistants are formally qualified, attaining Certificate III and IV qualifications, to ensure our patients receive the best level of care. Many of our assistants have a broad knowledge of the practice areas and are able to work simultaneously between our treatment area, reception, treatment coordination and in-house lab.

Our assistants are involved with taking intra-oral photos, 3D scans, impressions, and assisting our doctors and hygienists, as well as promoting good oral hygiene for our patients.

Dental assistants

Our Receptionists

Bec, Katie, Erin, Therese and Krista

Erin, our reception manager, started at Embrace Orthodontists in 2003. Drawing on her years of experience at Embrace as a trained dental assistant, Treatment Coordinator and receptionist, Erin has developed an A-class team of skilled receptionists who are ready to welcome you at your appointment.

Many of our receptionists are extremely knowledgeable about the different treatment types available to our patients. If a patient has a concern during treatment, or wants to know what to expect at an appointment, our receptionists are happy to assist them over the phone.


Our Treatment Coordinators

Aryah, Jo, Tanisha and Amy

Our friendly and supportive Treatment Coordinators are your liaison during your initial consultation - and throughout your treatment. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that your orthodontic journey at Embrace is a positive and enjoyable one.

Each of our Treatment Coordinators brings valuable skills and knowledge to the team with combined clinical experience and customer service in general dentistry and orthodontics. Together, they provide support and advocacy for our patients, ensuring all patient needs are met and questions answered.

Treatment coordinators

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