The concept for L&R Dental began with the dream of two dentists, Dr Leanne Welsh and Dr Rachael Milford, who wanted to invest their professional skills in an area with a strong local identity and a sense of community. During their time at university, they planned their dream dental clinic located in Toowoomba.
Both Dr Welsh and Dr Milford continually invest in their patients by implementing the latest technology to give Toowoomba families leading-edge dental care. Drs Gina Irwin and Phoebe Fernando found this idealistic approach to dentistry refreshing and joined our team, fully embracing life and work in Toowoomba.
At L&R Dental, we are patient-focused and gentle. Each member of our team became interested in dentistry because of the opportunity it provides to change people's lives by making them feel great about their smiles.
We are committed to delivering the finest dentistry in a warm and friendly environment. This makes taking care of your smile an easy, and even enjoyable, experience. You can learn a little more about our team by reading through our biographies. We can't wait to welcome you to L&R Dental.
Dr Leanne Welsh
Dr Leanne Welsh grew up in Toowoomba and completed her secondary education at St Ursula’s College. With family ties in the area, her goal was always to study at University, then return to serve in a professional capacity in Toowoomba.
Dr Welsh graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008, with a Bachelor of Dental Science. In partnership with Dr Rachael Milford, a fellow graduate of the UQ Dental School, Dr Welsh formed L&R Dental in 2012 to fulfil her aspiration of running her own practice.
Dr Welsh is passionate about dentistry and regularly attends courses to stay current on new techniques and materials. With a focus on prevention, Dr Welsh works closely with our hygienist to help her patients maintain optimal oral health. Dr Welsh has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and the construction of oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Outside of work, Dr Welsh is involved in the sport of Equestrian and spends her weekends competing in showjumping competitions throughout Queensland.
Dr Rachael Milford
Dr Rachael Milford stayed close to her hometown for her education, completing a Bachelor of Dental Science Degree in 2008 at the University of Queensland Dental School in Brisbane.
Dr Milford fell in love with Toowoomba, where she ultimately decided to plant her roots. She is passionate about community involvement and regularly organises and participates in both dental and non-dental events community-wide. She is an active member of Zonta and also hosts events for the Toowoomba branch of the Australian Dental Association.
She and Dr Leanne Welsh started L&R Dental in 2012, and Dr Milford has developed a sincere appreciation for the team she and Dr Welsh have developed. She often notes that the L&R Dental team works hard and always does their best.
As a people person, Dr Milford truly enjoys getting to know the Toowoomba families that trust L&R Dental with their dentistry. She especially enjoys the feeling of helping patients regain confidence with a beaming smile.
When she is not working in the dental practice, you will often find Dr Milford gardening or staying fit by riding her bike. She always enjoys learning something new, like home renovations, and enjoys the adventure of travelling.
Dr Gina Irwin
Dr Gina Irwin is proud to be part of the L&R Dental team. Dr Gina attended the University of Queensland where she achieved her Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons 1) in 1999. Gina has worked as a dentist in Chinchilla for 18 years before relocating to Toowoomba in 2019 with her husband and three children. She is looking forward to taking advantage of the fantastic schooling and lifestyle opportunities available in Toowoomba.
Dr Gina has an interest in all aspects of general dentistry, in particular orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and dentistry for children. All her treatments have a strong preventative focus and are delivered in a respectful, caring and gentle manner. She values the importance of constantly continuing to learn and improve her skills to provide the best treatment available today.
Gina was drawn to L&R because of the visible dedication and love Leanne and Rachael have for their dental practice and the commitment they share to providing excellent service and high quality dentistry with a smile. She looks forward to developing strong long term bonds with her patients so they trust her to keep their mouth happy and healthy for years to come.
When not at L&R being a dentist, Gina enjoys travel, movies, music festivals, art, bush walking, swimming, gardening projects, cooking, dining out and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Dr Phoebe Fernando
Dr Phoebe Fernando graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2000, from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has worked as a general dental practitioner for many years in various practices throughout New Zealand and Australia. Her interest in general Dentistry varies from oral surgery, endodontics, restorative therapy as well as educating patients in maintaining their oral health for a life time. All of these interests are supported with continuing professional development to deliver the best care for all of our patients.
When Phoebe is not busy running around after her children she loves to read, travel, cook and stay fit. She looks forward to welcoming new patients and continuing care for our regular patients at L & R Dental.
Our dental hygienist, Emma was born in Melbourne and attended primary and secondary school in Bundaberg before heading off to Brisbane for university. At The University of Queensland, Emma bolstered her clinical knowledge, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Health in 2001.
Emma joined our team in 2017 and has settled right in with developing a rapport with patients while she gives their teeth and gums that clean, fresh feeling our patients expect after a visit to L&R Dental.
Our dental hygienist, Emma, not only cleans teeth but also educates patients about best practices and the latest products to help them keep their oral health in excellent condition.
Emma shared that her favourite aspect of being a part of the L&R Dental team is making patients feel comfortable and informed.
When away from the clinic, you will find Emma with her beloved whippet, Beans, and enjoying the company of her family and friends.
Oral Health Therapist
Priyanka is an Oral Health Therapist that completed her bachelor’s degree at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. She was originally raised in New Zealand and did both her primary and secondary schooling there, before moving to Australia.
After studying some psychology at Griffith University, she realized that her interests lay somewhere else and that’s when she decided to pursue a career in the dental industry as an Oral health therapist.
Her passion is to work with children and adults in reducing their fear of coming to the dental clinic and ensuring that they leave with the thought of visiting again. Prevention has always been her main focus, identifying and dealing with the underlying problem before it gets worse.
Joining the L & R dental team was an easy decision as everyone shares similar values and strive for patient comfort. When she isn’t working with teeth, Priyanka loves to bake, binge watch Netflix shows, sew and explore the parks in Toowoomba.
Senior Dental Assistant
Hailing from Toowoomba, Kym began her career in dental assisting in 1994 and joined the L&R Dental team in 2017. She is currently working toward her Certificate III in dental assisting and consistently expands her skills through the full range of procedures we perform.
Throughout her career, Kym has worked with a number of dental teams, and truly enjoys the culture of L&R Dental because it is such a vibrant, patient-focused practice.
When she is away from the clinic, you can find Kym spending time with her family camping and adventuring on day trips.
Born and raised in Toowoomba, Danielle has earned her Certificate II and III in Business Administration and joined our team in 2017.
Danielle says what she loves about her job is the atmosphere of the practice, the personal interactions we have with our patients and the way every member of the team looks after our patients with such compassion.
Staying fit is important to Danielle, so you will often find her playing touch football in both summer and winter competitions. She also values quality time with her family and friends, and her most important treasure in life is making memories with her husband and two children.
Senior Dental Assistant
Nicole is from the small town of Hayden and joined our Toowoomba dental practice in 2015. She earned her Certificate III in dental assisting and continually expands her clinical skills by assisting in all types of dental procedures.
Drawn to dentistry by the clinical challenges, Nicole also loves working with the diverse range of patients in Toowoomba. She also enjoys her role on the L&R Dental team and the fast-paced culture of a thriving dental practice.
Outside of work, Nicole likes to say active with physical activities such as swimming, boot camps and running the local 5k Parkrun. She also loves to travel – both locally and overseas.