Dental team

team_Stephen-Ganko-Life-DentalDr Stephen Ganko

Our principal dentist, Dr Stephen Ganko graduated from The University of Queensland in 1983. He is a member of the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Society of Endodontists.

Dr Ganko has served the community of Stafford Heights at this practice since 1991. He loves all aspects of dentistry but excels at creating new and beautiful smiles for his patients.

On a personal level Dr Stephen is very actively involved in Rotary and other community projects. In fact his eldest daughter is currently living overseas working on the Shelter Box Campaign – a foundation providing emergency shelter and relief for victims of natural disasters. Dr Stephen also regularly contributes to Amnesty International and the Cambodian Centre.

Dr Stephen loves outdoor activities like kayaking, skiing, hiking and abseiling. He is a very keen musical enthusiast and a very busy man. In all things he is supported by his wonderful wife Rhonda and their four beautiful daughters.

Dr Penny Breen

Dr Penny Breen has been proudly caring for the dental needs of families since 2008 having practiced general dentistry in Brisbane and various regional centres.

Since graduating from the University of Adelaide, Dr Breen has enhanced her skills in cosmetic dentistry and in dealing with the anxious patient. She enjoys general and family dentistry and has a special interest in providing Invisalign orthodontic treatment.

Dr Breen has completed many post graduate courses including a mini-residency in prosthodontics and prides herself in keeping up to date with modern techniques so she can give the best to her patients.

Outside her clinical role, Penny invests quality time with her young family, quality food and outdoor activities.


team_Damien-Philp-Life-DentalDr Damien Philp

Dr Damien Philp has never been very far from our practice, growing up walking distance from the practice. He attended the local schools, Queen of apostles, St Anthony’s and Padua College before studying dentistry at the University of Queensland.

Damien enjoys all aspects of dentistry but particularly likes working with families and children to prevent problems and maintain healthy teeth for life. We have been very lucky to have found a dentist with such a gentle and caring personality.

Being involved in his profession important to Damien and he is a member of the Australian Dental Association and sits on the Queensland branch’s continuing professional development committee. He also regularly attends conferences and continuing professional development.

In his spare time Damien likes to stay active, playing soccer for local club, Newmarket. He also enjoys triathlons, surfing, hiking and skiing whenever he gets the chance.


team_Emma_Bowtell-Life-DentalEmma Bowtell

Emma Bowtell was welcomed to the team in 2016 as our friendly, caring Oral Health Therapist. Emma initially began her career working as a dental assistant, working across general dentistry, endodontic and periodontal practices. During this time she discovered her love for dentistry and went on to complete her Bachelor of Oral Health through the University of Queensland.

After receiving her qualifications she returned to periodontal practice as a hygienist where she assisted, before joining our practice as an Oral Health Therapist in March 2016. In her role she is passionate about giving patients pleasant and comfortable dental experiences.

Having worked in a specialist periodontal practice, Emma has a keen interest in treating and maintaining gum disease. She also enjoys treating children and helping them through their dental appointments that can often seem daunting.

Emma’s dual qualifications as a dental hygienist and dental therapist means she is able to perform: x-rays, gentle & thorough cleans for patients of all ages, fluoride applications, and routine dentistry on children aged 0-17 (including exams, scale & cleans, preventive fissure sealants, fillings, and removal of baby teeth).

Outside of work, Emma is a foodie! Either cooking at home, or out and about finding her new favourite restaurant.