Copper Coast Dental Wallaroo Is owned and operated by Dr. Satera Papageorgiou and Dr. Wayne Lowe and was established in January 2017. When news spread that there was space for hire in the newly built Wallaroo Foodland complex on Owen Terrace it was the ideal opportunity for Copper Coast Dental to expand. Copper Coast Dental Wallaroo prides itself on being deeply entrenched in the local community and providing a highly personalized service to its clients.
Dr. Papageorgiou and Dr. Lowe share a long history of working together in dentistry, since 1986, and had commenced practice in Kadina in April 2011. After the success of the Kadina practice, it was an obvious decision to join forces and establish Wallaroo Dental.
Wallaroo is a growing town which we are proud to be a part of. Our practice aims to employ local staff, and to support local businesses and community as often as we can.
Since graduating in 1973, Dr Lowe has worked primarily in private practice and has gained a wealth of experience. Taking over his first practice in November 1975 in Findon as 23 year old was challenging and demanding, but proved to be a rewarding and successful experience. However growing up in the Northern Territory gave Wayne itchy feet, and he relocated to Cairns for a couple of years in the mid 80s before returning to Adelaide. After working as an assistant dentist in city practices, Wayne established Bridgewater Dental which grew to become a busy practice in a small town, much like the Wallaroo experience. As well as owning and operating his own practices he has worked in large group practices such as the McIntyre Road practice in Para Hills West with Dr Papageorgiou. He has also worked in the remote aboriginal communities west of Katherine, another professional challenge that he shared with Satera.
Wayne enjoys the wide range of treatments available in dentistry, with special interests in aesthetic dentistry, crowns and bridges, treatment for the aging population and preventive programs. The changes in dentistry over his career has stimulated his enthusiasm for the profession. A particular awareness has developed of the unique challenges of the senior members of our community, many of whom are retaining the majority of their natural dentition into their 70s and 80s. He is committed to ongoing education and continuing development.
Being the father of two adult children, Wayne can easily slide into chatting about how wonderful his three grandchildren are. A keen sportsman, he has an active interest in the Essendon Football Club and is a firm believer that Roger Federer is the ideal sporting role model. Living in Wallaroo is vastly different to growing up on a cattle station on the NT/SA border and Wayne has embraced it with enthusiasm.
Dr Papageorgiou graduated in 1986 and immediately commenced full time work at the McIntyre Road dental practice. This is a busy multi chair practice in Para Hills West and within 5 years Satera had risen from being an assistant dentist to becoming the sole owner of a thriving business. An astute businesswoman and excellent clinician, she also opened practices in Greenwith and Mawson Lakes which soon became successful and expanding practices. Satera and her husband Steve own a residence in the Wallaroo marina and were approached regarding setting up a dental practice in the Port road medical and pharmacy complex in Kadina that was built in late 2010. Dr Papageorgiou and Dr Wayne Lowe established Copper Coast Dental Kadina in April 2011. Satera and Wayne later formed the Maitland Dental practice in 2016. This was as a result of an approach by the Maitland Health Centreboard as the previous dentist had left the area.
It was the obvious progression to establish a practice in Wallaroo and thusCopper Coast Dental Wallaroo was opened in early 2017. This was an eventful year for Dr Papageorgiou as she decided to sell her Adelaide practice due to her increasing commitments on the Yorke Peninsula.
Professional development is something that Satera holds dear to her heart.She has actively pursued appropriate continuing education and dental courses throughout her career. As well as many short courses she completed a post graduate diploma in dental implantology. This has developed her implant skills significantly more than most general dentists and she is able to place dental implants in house. Dr Papageorgiou is a members of AADFA (Australian Association of Dental Facial Aesthetics) and has achieved competencies in the administration of dermal facial fillers and facial muscle relaxants (Botox).
Satera and Steve have three adult children. Their daughter Anna and her husband James worked as pharmacists for Newbery Chemists in Kadina and Wallaroo until moving back to Adelaide in 2018. Satera is a keen adventurer and has travelled to the Arctic and Antarctica, and is soon heading to Lapland to view the northern lights.Satera has a naturally vibrant nature and innate enthusiasm and she applies these traits to her professional and personal lives.
Introducing Genevieve Mackay. Genevieve Joined Copper Coast Dental Wallaroo in January 2020 as a dental hygienist. Having been working within the dental industry for 30 years, first as a dental assistant and then retraining to become a dental hygienist. Genevieve is passionate about helping patients from all walks of life especially those with dental phobias, enabling them to maintain great oral health. Genevieve also enjoys educating the broader community about oral health, frequently visiting schools, kindergartens and nursing homes to speak on the matter. In her spare time, she enjoys undertaking home renovation projects and is currently doing so in Moonta, along with gardening, cooking, travel, fishing and socializing with friends and family.
Dental assistant and receptionist. Emma joined our team in April 2018 and has brought a breath of youthful enthusiasm to the workplace. Initially trained as a dental assistant, Emma has also started duties on reception. She is born and bred in the area, and her family run a farm at Kulpara (her dad is a 5th generation farmer). Emma is actively involved in local sports and spotting her photo in the Country Times sports section is a lunchroom competition, much to her displeasure.
Dental assistant and inventory control. Sue was born at Wallaroo Hospital and has lived on the Copper Coast most of her life. She worked in retail until 8 years ago when she decided to retrain as a dental assistant. Sue applied for a position when Copper Coast Dental Kadina was founded in 2011, and has been part of our team since then (Sue, Satera and Wayne are the three who were there when we opened our doors in Kadina on 26 April 2011).
Senior receptionist and back office number cruncher and planner. Irene has had many years in the dental field and joined our Kadina practice in 2015. When we opened the Wallaroo practice in January 2017, Irene was on front desk and is the point of call when patients visit or contact our practice. Irene and her builder husband, Trevor, are North Beach residents. Irene has embraced her sea change, and it is a big change from her Broken Hill birthplace.