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Friendly, caring and professional team of clinicians with over 50 years of combined experience.

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha

BDS, MOrth(Hons), MOrthRCS(Ed), MRACDS(Ortho), AOB Cert.

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha is the only Australian Orthodontic Board Certified Specialist Orthodontist in the Norwest area. Achieving Board Certification is the result of his commitment to clinical excellence and ongoing education. It also allows our patients to rest assured in the knowledge they are being treated to the highest clinical standards.

To achieve Board Certification a doctor must not only already be a Registered Specialist Orthodontist but also needs to have treated cases assessed by the Australasian Orthodontic Board. The cases must be nominated before starting treatment and the end results are then independently critiqued.

Achieving Board Certification is a highly-regarded industry accreditation. In addition to his commitment to orthodontic excellence, Dr. Shimanto also willingly shares his expert insight with the wider dental community through lectures and seminars, while utilising his knowledge of the latest techniques and technologies within the Norwest Orthodontics practice.

Raised in Sydney, Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha attended the prestigious selective Sydney Grammar School and completed his dental training at the renowned University of Sydney. He was awarded the RG Schamschula medal for research in Orthodontics.

After working as a general dentist in city and rural practices, he commenced his specialist training, resulting in a Masters of Orthodontics with Distinction, Membership to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh, and Membership in Orthodontics from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. 

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Orthodontists. He also hosts lecture and education events for local doctors and dentists to share the latest advancements and techniques in orthodontics. He has taught in postgraduate specialist training programmes and has an active interest in ongoing research.

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha lectures internationally on all aspects of orthodontic care with a special interest in aesthetics, orthopaedic treatment, and non-extraction treatment. He has published in international orthodontic journals.

Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his interests which include travel and cricket.

Watch the interview with Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha

Shivi Dev

Shivi Dev

Practice Manager

Shivi is our practice manager. Shivi is a qualified CPA and joined Norwest Orthodontics after close to a decade of working in the top tier firms Deloitte and Duesburys Nexia. She enjoys keeping busy at work and has helped many businesses flourish over the course of her career. Her focus constantly remains on providing premium service with flexible interest free finance plans that fits all budgets. Shivi has benefitted from Invisalign treatment herself and that sparked her desire to work in the field of Orthodontics.

Her observation of the professionalism, attention to detail and patient orientated focus of Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha and his team drew her to Norwest Orthodontics. She played a major role in Norwest Orthodontics establishing itself as a premier provider of the latest interceptive, aesthetic and non-extraction orthodontic services.

She is a gentle soul and is cherished by our patients and staff – especially as she is known to surprise patients and staff with random gifts!

Watch Shivi Dev's introduction video

Sandra Werdi

Sandra Werdi

Oral Health Therapist

Sandra studied Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney. She was an outstanding student and was recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Sandra was the Oral health therapist representative for the Faculty of Dentistry. She is experienced in treating patients of all ages and has worked at the Westmead Centre or Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and Nepean Dental Hospital.

She has also worked in a rural healthcare in the Central Tablelands. She donates her time to provide oral health education at pre-schools and aged care facilities. Rural experience at Central Tablelands. Sandra was selected to join the team at Norwest Orthodontics as the outstanding candidate from a very competitive and talented pool of candidates. She has an endearing sense of humour and is a ‘gym junkie’.

She also enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family outside of work.

Danya Darwiche

Danya Darwiche

Oral Health Therapist

Danya studied Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney. Throughout her time at University she excelled academically and was the recipient of all three academic prizes – the Dentsply prize for the most outstanding research project, Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia prize for achieving highest marks in dental hygiene and was also the winner of the Faculty of Dentistry Research Day.

Danya has worked in large health care settings at Westmead Centre of Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and Nepean Dental Hospital. She has also been involved in the implementation of public oral health programs as well as oral health promotion in pre-schools and aged care facilities. In her spare time Danya enjoys spending time with family & her friends, going to the movies and loves travelling.

Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray

Treatment Coordinator

Jessica Murray is our lovely treatment coordinator. She is the friendly voice on the phone and the warm personality that greets you when you come to visit us. Jessica has worked for many years in general and specialist dental practices and we are lucky to benefit from her wealth of knowledge and experience.

She is always willing to go out of her way and above and beyond to help our patients and her work colleagues. We love her exceptional work ethic and dedication. As a result, she is a friend and confidant to many of our patients.

Jess enjoys a busy personal and social life with family and friends. A true foodie, she is also a fabulous cook as our team and patients can attest too! Apart from cooking she likes to spoil her pet dog Rex.

Nicole Hendy

Nicole Hendy

Treatment Coordinator

Nicole has worked with Dr. Shimanto Purkayastha for several years and is a pillar of our reception team. She is loved by our patients and enjoys getting to know each and every one of them.

One of the most organised people, she is one of the reasons for the smooth running of our patients appointments. Before working with Dr Shimanto Purkayastha, Nicole spent many years in both administration and clinical care. This has allowed her to understand all aspects of our patients experience from making appointments to actual procedures.

Outside of her work which she is passionate about, Nicole is a social butterfly and loves fitness – on the weekends she can often be found at the beach!

Amber Elizabeth

Amber Elizabeth

Treatment Coordinator

Amber has worked with Dr Shimanto for several years in both administrative roles and as his personal assistant. She attended the University of Western Sydney where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She is responsible for managing Dr. Shimanto’s professional, research and teaching commitments.

In addition to being highly organised, Amber is one of the funniest and friendliest people you can meet. She is often responsible for all the laughs and smiles that we hear and see every day.

Amber loves animals and in her spare time she loves swimming at the beach.

Gail Arapeta

Gail Arapeta

Administrative Support

Gail joins our admin team with over 30 years’ experience working in the dental industry. Originally from Northern Ireland, she was the practice manager of a busy dental clinic for 6 years before moving to Australia and joining us here at Norwest Orthodontics. Gail is our accounts manager and enjoys helping our patients find payment plans to best suit their needs. In her spare time, Gail enjoys visiting her son who lives in London and travelling with her husband!

Paris

Paris

Receptionist

Paris has joined our reception team with an extensive background in customer service and administration. Her warm and lively personality is one of her best features, helping all our patients feel comfortable from the moment they step into our practice.

In her spare time, Paris enjoys time with her friends and family as well as spending time outdoors.

Megan Ingram

Megan Ingram

Clinic Coordinator

Megan is absolutely amazing at co-ordinating our clinic and is able to multi-task to an extraordinary extent. Her high energy and dynamism blend extremely well with the fun atmosphere that she has helped create in our clinics. Megan has years of experience working in specialist practices.

Megan believes that orthodontic treatment has lifelong benefits for our patients and helps us make sure that the time they spend in our practice is a memorable, fun and enjoyable one.

Recently married to her husband Luke, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the movies!

Jazmin Smit-Comer

Jazmin Smit-Comer

Dental Assistant

Jazmine is the newest team member to join Norwest Orthodontics!  After having orthodontic treatment of her own, she decided to embark on studying to be a dental nurse herself and her kind and pleasant nature make her a wonderful addition to our team.  She makes all of our patients feel at ease and loves chatting and getting to know every single one of them!  In her spare time Jazmine enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring Sydney!

Monika Singh

Monika Singh

Dental Assistant

After becoming interested in orthodontic treatment and how it could improve the lives and confidence of patients, Monika joined our team with a background in general dental. She enjoys nursing and assisting chairside as well as in our sterilization room, assisting Norwest Orthodontics in maintaining our strict sterilization protocols. When she’s not at work, Monika enjoys spending time with friends and her partner!

Kathrina Nichols

Kathrina Nichols

Dental Assistant

Kat moved to Australia with her family when she was only 16 years old.  She was originally from Texas and still possesses a delightful American accent.  Kat choose to join the Norwest Orthodontics team after seeing the results achieved by Dr Shimanto’s patients.  She has a bubbly and friendly personality making her an invaluable member of our team.  Outside of work she loves to play sports, go to the movies and spend time with her family and friends.

Gwendy Au

Gwendy Au

Dental Assistant

naturally soft, pleasant and friendly nature. She has many years’ experience in dental nursing and chose to focus on orthodontics after seeing firsthand the transformation that Dr Shimanto’s patients have and the positive effects it has on their overall wellbeing, health and happiness.

Gwendy is a fitness buff and enjoys spending time with her family and Fiancé when she’s not at work.

Jessica Hendy

Jessica Hendy

Dental Assistant

Hendy joined Dr Shimanto’s practice after spending many years working in oral health care settings. She is particularly adept with putting at ease fearful children and patients due to her extensive experience in special needs healthcare. Hendy is naturally friendly and sociable and is a favourite of many of our patients – several of whom stay in contact with her long after they have finished treatment.

Outside of the clinic she is an avid sportsperson and loves playing netball and hockey. One of her favourite pastimes is dancing.

Taylor Cooper

Taylor Cooper

Dental Assistant

Taylor joined the Norwest Orthodontics team after many years of experience as a dental assistant in orthodontics in Queensland. Taylor is wonderfully competent and calm – making orthodontic treatment for even the most anxious patients a smooth and enjoyable process. Recently married, Taylor enjoys spending time with her doting husband and being active outdoors!

Martinica

Martinica

Dental Assistant

Martinica is our newest dental assistant! Her love for working with people made her the perfect addition to our team and seeing the confidence that straight teeth can bring patients is her favourite part of the job. Martinicia lived in South Africa for 12 years and having a big Portuguese family means she is fluent in Portuguese. She is also a professional makeup artist, so in her spare time she loves making over her friends & clients!

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