ANTHONY Hopkins has opened an orthodontic clinic in Clarkson.
Dr Hopkins trained and specialised in England before moving to Perth when he noticed there was a shortage of orthodontists and a growing population.
After working for a larger business for two years, he saw an opportunity to open a specialised practice, Oasis Orthodontics, in Clarkson.
“Ever since I qualified as an orthodontist in the UK, it has been my dream to own my own practice,” Dr Hopkins said.
“On moving to Australia in 2015 and working in the city and surrounding suburbs, I couldn’t help but notice the distance people would travel for professional, affordable orthodontic treatment.
“My own demographic research and discussions with local families led me to search for facilities to open a practice in the northern suburbs, a fast-growing suburb with lots of young families.”
According to his practice manager and wife, Nayha Patel Hopkins, the shortage of orthodontic practices has led to long waiting periods.
“We had been informed that there can be up to an eight-month waiting period to even get an initial assessment with an orthodontist,” she said.
“Opening a new community practice in Clarkson will provide patients, both young and old, with shorter waiting times for an initial orthodontic assessment.”
The practice opened on July 24 in the Key Largo Professional Centre.
One of Dr Hopkins’ goals is to approach local sports teams to provide players with mouth protection, a task made easier using his portable scanner that eliminates the need to have impressions.