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Meet the Dentists

At GWH Dental it is our responsibility to offer each and every patient the very best dentistry can achieve.

Your smile is not only a reflection of you but a reflection of us too. That is why our team of dentists and dental staff, led by Principal Dentist Dr Michael Harris, provide only the best individual treatment for each patient.

Principal Dentist Dr Michael Harris

The dentist:

Treating patients for more than 15 years has led Dr Michael Harris to understand that building long-term relationships helps deliver better outcomes.

It is the relationship with his patients that is the most important aspect of Michael’s work.

Understanding their needs means he can help them achieve their short and long-term goals. It’s his priority first and foremost.

GWH Dental is well-known in the community with a history that spans more than 50 years. Since taking over the ownership of the business in 2009, Michael has maintained a caring and honest approach with his patients. He is proud that his team also has the same goals and work ethics, and values their hard work.

Michael grew up on a farm in Dalby, in southwest Queensland, before moving on to St Johns College while studying at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

His first dental job saw him move back to the country at a private practice with Warren Crowther in Goondiwindi, Queensland.

In May 2001, Michael moved back to Brisbane and began work with Peter Ruzzene in Garden City Shopping Centre at Upper Mt Gravatt. Warren Crowther had by then introduced Michael to John Wallis in 2009 (the former owner of GWH Dental) and he bought the Godfrey and Wallis practice from Don Godfrey and John Wallis in December 2009.

His attention to detail has earned him trust among his patients and it is why he enjoys performing root canal treatments, implants, crowns and bridges.

The person:

When Michael is not working on bettering GWH Dental or the health and wellbeing of his patients, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

The dentist likes to keep fit and leads an active life. His hobbies include gardening, woodwork and trying to surf – and the occasional glass of red.

Dr Valentina Belonogoff

Dr Valentina Belonogoff is a highly skilled clinician with over 18 years experience exclusively in private practice.She has particular interest and expertise in cosmetic dentistry, and her fine eye for colour, shape and detail enables her to achieve beautiful aesthetic results for her patients. She regularly attends continuing education courses in order to implement the latest technological and scientific advances in the field of dentistry. Valentina has a caring gentle approach with an emphasis on preventive care whilst creating a comfortable and trusting environment.A Brisbane girl born and raised, she grew up in the household of a Russian immigrant extended family who instilled in her a firm understanding of ethnic culture and beliefs, as well as fluency in the Russian language.After graduating from the University of Queensland, Valentina spent a year travelling overseas before returning to Brisbane to start work in a large private practice in Beenleigh. After 5 years in this busy family practice, she took time off to start a family, and spent the next 8 years juggling babies whilst continuing to work part-time in an inner-city practice in East Brisbane. Being a mother of three of her own children gives her that special touch when managing and treating these lovely little patients.For the last few years, she has been working in a Bayside practice and is now very happy to be joining the team at GWH Dental.

When not improving smiles or mothering three active school age children, Valentina enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, pilates and entertaining family and friends.


Dental Hygienist Michelle Burnett

For over 20 years Michelle Burnett has worked in the dental profession, with 10 years devoted extensively to working with children as a dental therapist for the government. For the last 10 years she has worked as a hygienist, the majority of it with GWH Dental.

The area of dentistry that interests Michelle the most is prevention, which led her to volunteer dental work in Africa in 2010 and Vanuatu in 2011.

Her philosophy is moderation. The only time there should be excess is when prevention is involved!

Dentistry wasn’t a career Michelle had considered until her mother suggested it in her final year of high school, but she notes the opportunities she has been given have been amazing.  Michelle has had the ability to travel and it has enabled her to successfully juggle a professional career and family life.

She is married and has two children, and family is the most important thing to her. Michelle says one of the most enjoyable family outings is a bike ride to Wellington Point or Manly on a Sunday.

Reception and clinical staff

The team of 14 at GWH Dental also includes 10 reception, administration and clinical staff members who are highly trained in their professional areas and are always ready to help and assist you.  Local residents themselves, they have been familiar faces with the practice for many years, with one employee working at the family-orientated practice for 30 years and another for 20 years. It is this loyalty that has resonated with people who live in the in the area and that is the backbone of its strong database of return patients. All team members operate under GWH Dental’s strict privacy policy.