L&R Dental

Meet the Team at L&R Dental

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. Dr Lewis Ferguson 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

Principal Dentist

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

Principal Dentist

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 Lewis Ferguson

Associate Dentist

Dr Ferguson grew up in the country Victorian town of Wangaratta and attended Griffith University on the Gold Coast for his degree in dentistry. He earned the Dux of Periodontology his final year of university. Dr Ferguson relocated to Toowoomba to join the L&R Dental team because he aligns with our practice ideals, and values the local community.

Because many patients are anxious when they come to the dentist, Dr Ferguson takes a particular interest in helping them overcome their fears. By helping patients relax during their dental procedures, he feels accomplished in protecting their oral health, which supports overall health.

Dedicated to continuing education, Dr Ferguson enjoys learning new techniques and technology, especially the ones that improve patient comfort.

To relax and stay active, Dr Ferguson challenges himself with bushwalking. There is nothing he enjoys more than a challenging walk with good company and beautiful scenery. Dr Ferguson has used his interest in bushwalking to see sites in all of the Australian states. Some of his favourites include Cable Beach in Broome and the climb of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. 

To exercise his mind outside of dentistry, Dr Ferguson challenges himself with a good read or game of chess. 

Emma Horton

Dental Hygienist

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.

Nicole

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.

Kym

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.

Tammy

Practice Manager/Treatment Coordinator

Tammy is a proud Toowoomba native. She earned her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in June of 2016 after joining our team in 2015, making a career change from franchising a retail store for ten years. Tammy says this is the most rewarding decision she could have made and finds the opportunities at L&R Dental endlessly rewarding.

She particularly appreciates the workplace atmosphere created by Dr Welsh and Dr Milford, who have hand-selected our entire team for their compassionate care of patients. Tammy enjoys her role of supporting the team and helping everyone be their best – both professionally and personally.

She enjoys coming to work every day, knowing she gets to share a laugh and a chat with our patients and her colleagues. L&R Dental truly takes care of patients, making Tammy particularly proud of being a part of the practice.

Tammy stays busy outside of the clinic by playing touch football and enjoying the outdoors. She loves the beach, spending time with her friends and family, and most importantly, creating lifelong memories with her two gorgeous daughters.

Sophie

Front Office Coordinator

Sophie spent the majority of her life and schooling in Lockyer Valley. She is in her final year of earning her Bachelor of Human Service’s Degree, majoring in counselling.

Sophie believes we are very fortunate here at L&R Dental to have a diverse range of patients from all walks of life. She deeply appreciates the daily patient interactions and the stories they share with us about their lives. 

For Sophie, working alongside a passionate and dedicated team makes coming to work every day enjoyable. 

Because she is so busy with work and studies, Sophie’s limited free time emphasises the simple things in life – a meal at a new restaurant with friends, bushwalking somewhere new, occasionally travelling or releasing her adrenaline bug.

Danielle

Front Office Coordinator

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.

A Healthy smile is just a click away.