Meet the team

Meet the team at Bicton and Cockburn Paediatric Dentistry …

Paediatric Dentists

Dr Peter Readman

Dr Peter Readman

Dr Peter Readman BDSc (Hons), MDSc, FRACDS, FPFA, is a specialist Paediatric Dentist in Perth, Western Australia. He completed both his undergraduate training in Dentistry (BDSc Hons) in 1994 and specialist training (MDSc) in 2000 at the University of Western Australia. Peter then took up a position to complete advanced training at Westmead Dental Hospital and the New Children’s Hospital in Sydney in 2001, working as a Senior Registrar. He completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in 2002 and was awarded the College Medal. Peter returned to Perth in 2002 and commenced Private Specialist Paediatric Dental Practice. He lectures to Dental undergraduate students at UWA, is a clinical demonstrator to Post graduate students and visits Princess Margaret Hospital for Children as a Dental Consultant. Peter enjoys all aspects of clinical Paediatric Dentistry with special interest in complex restorative management, Sports dentistry, Special Needs dentistry and dental trauma management. Peter has lectured in these areas widely within Australia and Internationally. He recently lectured at the 19th World Congress of Dental Traumatology with the topic of “Sports Dental Injuries”.

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (Past President ANZSPD WA BRANCH)
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Dental Study Group of Western Australia (Past President)
  • Dental Specialists Society of Western Australia
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

Dr Vanessa William

Dr Vanessa William

Vanessa William graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1996. After working in Private Practice for a number of years, she completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialising in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 2004, and attained her Fellowship at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons the same year. Since her return to Perth in 2005 Vanessa worked with Dr Peter Readman, becoming a co-owner of Bicton Paediatric Dentistry in 2012 and more recently Cockburn Paediatric Dentistry since its inception in January 2016. Further to her private practice commitments, Vanessa is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (WA Branch), is on the Board of Studies for Paediatric Dentistry for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and shares the position of Deputy Head of Department (Dentistry) at Princess Margaret Hospital.  Vanessa is invited to provide many lectures throughout the year for the continuing education of General Dental Practitioners; Oral Health Therapists and dental graduate and postgraduate students. Vanessa and her team at Bicton Paediatric Dentistry are dedicated to providing high quality dental treatment to all children in a friendly and caring manner.

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (President WA Branch)
  • Royal Australasian Academy of Dental Surgeons
  • The International Association of Dental Traumatology
  • Dental Study Group of Western Australia
  • Dental Specialists Society of Western Australia

Dr Rebecca Williams

Dr Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams completed her Bachelor of Dental Science degree at the University of Western Australia in 2005. She worked in a rural private practice in Esperance, WA, from 2006-2008, where her interest in children’s dentistry led her to undertake the full time role of Dental Registrar at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in 2009. Rebecca completed the three-year postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) degree at the University of Melbourne from 2010 - 2012. During this time, she worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as well as the Paediatric Department of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. Rebecca’s research was in the field of Molar-Incisor Hypomineralisation. Upon her return to Perth in 2013, Rebecca commenced her role as a Specialist Paediatric Dentist at Bicton Paediatric Dentistry. She also practices at Cockburn Paediatric Dentistry and holds a Consultant Paediatric Dentist position at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Rebecca also lectures in paediatric dentistry to undergraduate students, dental therapists and dentists. Rebecca is the current Secretary and Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (WA Branch) and is on the Pregnancy and Early Childhood Oral Health Committee. Her special interests include developmental dental defects, behaviour management, special needs dentistry and dental trauma.

Professional Affiliations

  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Dental Specialists Society of WA
  • Australian Dental Association
  • International Association of Dental Traumatology
  • Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association

Dr Sheyda Khadembaschi

Dr Sheyda Khadembaschi

Dr Sheyda Khadembaschi completed her Bachelor of Dental Science degree at the University of Western Australia in 2005, following which she worked in a rural private practice in Wongan Hills, WA for two years. Her interest in Paediatric dentistry led to an undertaking of a full time role as Dental Registrar at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in 2010. In 2011 until 2013, Sheyda completed the three year postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) degree at the University of Melbourne. During this time, she worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as well as the Paediatric Department of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. Sheyda supervised undergraduate dental students at the University of Melbourne Dental School and gave presentations at local and international conferences. Sheyda was also involved in continuing education for general dentists and dental therapists Sheyda returned to Perth in 2014 and commenced Private Specialist Paediatric Dental Practice, continuing education for general dentists and dental therapists and teaching of undergraduate dental students at the University of Western Australia. Sheyda has been consulting from the Bicton rooms from 2015 and the Cockburn rooms from 2016 and has regular general anaesthetic lists at Southbank Day Surgery. She enjoys all facets of Paediatric Dentistry, with a special interest in dental trauma and preventive dentistry as well as volunteering with the Kimberley Dental Team and the Red Cross. Sheyda also holds an appointment as Dental Consultant at Princess Margaret Hospital where she treats medically compromised patients and provides clinical tuition to Dental Registrars.

Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Dental Specialists Society of Western Australia

Oral Health Therapists

There are five Oral Health Therapists at Bicton and Cockburn Paediatric Dentistry. Asha, Sandy, Rebecca, Lyn and Joelle play a crucial role in preventive care, creating a positive and friendly relationship with families and providing parents with much appreciated anticipatory guidance. The Oral Health Therapists at the practice are highly skilled, dedicated, warm and friendly practitioners who undertake regular continuing education and are at the forefront of their profession in the management of children’s oral health.

FAQ

What is a Paediatric Dentist?

A Paediatric Dentist is a registered dental specialist who must have completed at least three years of additional full time study after their general dentistry degree. This additional training is provided under the supervision and direction of specialist dental and medical staff in various hospitals and university clinics, therefore giving the Paediatric Dentist a broad range of experience in managing the diverse oral health care needs of children.