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Meet the Team

At Toowoomba Orthodontists, we care about you and your smile. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality service and the latest in orthodontic techniques and technology from the very first moment you walk through our doors. The whole team at Toowoomba Orthodontists works together to make sure your treatment journey with us is both successful and enjoyable.

Our Specialist Orthodontists are passionate about keeping up to date with cutting-edge orthodontic treatments, and our highly skilled Oral Health Therapists work closely alongside them to ensure you receive the very best results. Dr Smith, Dr Turnock, and Dr Close lecture locally, nationally, and internationally on digital orthodontics, spark aligners and the Insignia customised bracing system.

The staff members at Toowoomba Orthodontists work hard to create a fun, caring environment for all of our patients. We want your orthodontic treatment journey to leave you smiling from start to finish.

Dr. Ashley Smith

Orthodontist - BDSC (HONS), MDSC (QLD)

Dr. Ashley Smith completed his general dental training at The University of Queensland in 1980 with honours. In 1981 he was Australia`s `Top Dentist` at the hospital on Thursday Island. Between 1982 and 1983 Ashley worked as a general dentist in England, during which time he decided to train as an orthodontist. Ashley completed his specialist orthodontic training at The University of Queensland and was the first orthodontist in Australia to complete a three-year master’s degree in orthodontics.

After graduating, Ashley commenced practice in association with Dr Reg Wenck at our current location. Ashley is a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the International Federation of Orthodontists and the Australian Damon Study Group. He is a registered orthodontist with AHPRA. Ashley is passionate about keeping up to date with the art and science of orthodontic care. He regularly attends local, national and international conferences, to ensure the latest developments in orthodontics are provided to his patients. Ashley lectures locally, Australia wide and internationally.

Ashley enjoys family time with his wife and two children. When not at the practice Ashley is often found training on his mountain bike. Despite moving to Toowoomba in 1987, Ashley continued his love of competitive sailing, having represented Australia in several world championships.

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Turnock


Dr. Chris Turnock completed his general dental training at The University of Queensland in 2002 with first class honours. In 2003, Chris commenced private practise in Ipswich. During Chris’s time as a general dentist, he successfully completed the primary examinations for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and decided to train as an orthodontist. Chris completed his three-year specialist training at the University of Melbourne, gaining a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. He also holds the British specialist orthodontic qualification. Chris is a certified member of the Australasian Orthodontic Board (AOB) and a registered Specialist Orthodontist with AHPRA.

Since becoming a specialist, Chris has worked in Hawthorn East and Malvern in Melbourne’s Southeast. In April 2010, he joined Ashley at Toowoomba Orthodontists. Chris enjoys teaching and has spent several years teaching future dentists and orthodontists at the University of Queensland. In addition, he presents lectures locally, Australia-wide and internationally. Chris also strongly believes in maintaining the standards of the dental and orthodontic profession. He is a past president of the Australian Dental Association Toowoomba Sub-branch, and the immediate past president of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Queensland branch (ASOQ).

In his free time, Chris regularly attends professional conferences to ensure he continues to get the best possible results for his patients. Chris, his wife Catherine, and son Will enjoy being part of the Toowoomba community, as well as travelling within Australia and overseas. Chris likes playing a social game of golf, watching competitive rugby and dining out at any new restaurant he can find.

Dr. Emily Close


Dr. Emily Close was awarded a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 2004. After graduation, she was commissioned into the Royal Army Dental Corps and spent several years treating soldiers and their families. Emily worked throughout Europe and overseas, including an exchange posting to the Australian Army. She completed postgraduate exams and was awarded a diploma from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

In 2010, Emily immigrated to Australia, working first at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, before beginning her orthodontic training at the University of Queensland where she obtained a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry. Additionally, she completed the Membership in Orthodontics, a specialist orthodontic examination directed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Emily is a registered specialist with the AHPRA. She is also a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the Australian Orthodontic Board and the Australian Dental Association.

Keeping up to date with advances in the profession and interacting with her colleagues is important to Emily. She regularly attends local and international conferences and belongs to several dental study groups. She enjoys the opportunity to pass her knowledge on to those beginning their careers through her involvement in the teaching programme at the University of Queensland.

Emily loves outdoor sports, so when she isn’t at work, she is usually outside enjoying Toowoomba’s beautiful parks and surroundings with her husband Gareth and their dog.



Sam returned home to Toowoomba after living in Emerald for 4 years. She spends her spare time travelling and competing on her horses in polocrosse, often representing her state.



Kelly recently joined the Toowoomba Orthodontists’ team, after several years experience both in QLD and VIC. She enjoys working in orthodontics and seeing patients leave with a smile they’re proud of.  Kelly loves spending her spare time staying active, walking her dogs and visiting her family in Brisbane.



Carmen is one of our experienced Oral Health Therapists and has been part of the Toowoomba Orthodontists team for many years. She enjoys making patients feel relaxed and at ease within all aspects of their treatment. Carmen loves spending quality time travelling and camping with her husband and two sons.



Emma joined the Toowoomba Orthodontists team almost six years ago as a clinical nurse and has now advanced to the position of our highly trained Treatment Coordinator with a certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Radiography. Emma works closely with the Orthodontists. She will assist taking photographs, explain your treatment, costs involved and organise any future appointment requirements. In her spare time, Emma enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and miniature dachshund Honey.



Kerry is our Practice Manager and has over 10 years of experience in the dental industry. Kerry is dedicated and passionate about Orthodontics and is constantly looking for ways to improve the levels of care our patients are offered. She has completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Radiography. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys spending time with her son Zavier and Jack Russel Zink.

Amy, Larmeika, Caitlin, Karli, Grace, Clare, Maggie and Laura


Our clinic staff are here to look after you during each appointment you have with us. Please feel free to ask them any questions you may have during your treatment.



Shona joined our team in May 2021 and was appointed Reception Coordinator in November 2023; combining her many years of administration and customer service skills. Shona was born in North Yorkshire, England and immigrated to Australia in 2019 where she spent 6 months travelling before settling in Toowoomba. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and friends and visiting the coast.

Serena, Kate and Kimberley


Our receptionists are always the first to greet you with a warm and friendly smile. Whether it is at the front desk, or on the phone,  Serena, Shona, Kate and Kimberley will be more than happy to assist you. If you have any enquiries in regards to your appointment scheduling, financing or treatment, or if you are a new patient with or without existing treatment, please don’t hesitate to call us. You are in exceptionally capable hands with these lovely ladies.

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