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58 Elphin Rd, Launceston

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Our Surgery

Ottaway Dental is a general practice dental surgery which provides comprehensive dental care to people of all ages. We accept all Private Health Funds (but we are not a preferred provider for any fund). We also treat children under the Medicare Rebate Scheme as well as patients with a DVA Gold Card.

We are fully computerised, including digital Xrays.

All of our laboratory work, including crowns, denture, mouthguards etc are provided by Everything Dental a local business.

We have established good working relationships with the local specialists, where we can refer patients to as required.

Our practice is located in the specialist hub found on Elphin Road, with parking at the rear of the building. The building was converted to a modern surgery in 2008 with lots of natural light, providing a pleasant working environment.

The surgery has full disabled access.


Our Staff



Dr Wayne Ottaway, born in Western Australia, moved to Tasmania upon graduating from UWA Dental School in 1986, to work with JM Pickup and Associates. During this time he consolidated his general dental knowledge and developed techniques particularly in tongue tie, implants and cosmetic dentistry. Heavily involved in the Australian Dental Association (ADA), Dr Wayne Ottaway was the youngest ADA state president and has served on Dental Board of Tasmania, Dental Prosthetist registration board, Australian Dental Council, State ADA council (28 years) and the Federal ADA council (20 years).

Volunteers his time to present lectures to midwives and lactation consultants, General Practitioners and to final year medical students. Wayne is married to Di, a registered nurse who works at the Emergency department, and they have two boys; James studying economics at Monash University in Melbourne and Lewis in his final year at Scotch Oakburn College.

A keen hockey player, Wayne manages to still run around and play during the season and enjoys playing for Tasmania in the veterans’ tournaments. He is also the president to his local hockey club, Launceston City Hockey Club.


Dr Ruthy

Dr. Ruthy Hernandez grew up in Queensland Australia. She decided to relocate to Tasmania and work after visiting and falling in love with the fertile landscape, lifestyle and multicultural society.

Dr. Ruthy is a compassionate dentist who strives to provide patients with the very best dental care experience. She invests her time understanding them and ensures that patients received the best quality results. She is very passionate working with people who have dental anxiety and enjoys working with children. She helps patients rediscover their smile and inspire total confidence in them. In particular, she is a goodwill ambassador, devoted to domestic and international global oral health awareness and education. Dr. Ruthy is the co-founder of Children Feeding Program in The Philippines. Ruthy’s family is active philanthropist with a vision to fight hunger and eliminate global malnutrition.

She keeps a fine balance between life and leisure activities. In her spare time she loves exploring Tasmania, horse riding and volunteering at church as a pianist.



Abby started working as a dental assistant in early 2012, after having a year off after graduating year 12 in 2010 at Scotch Oakburn College. Abby completed her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting in 2013 and since moving to Ottaway Dental has moved into the practice manager roll.

Abby grew up on a small farm at Rosevale with her family and now lives on a small acreage in Westbury. Away from work, Abby enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and riding her horses (usually before and after work) and competing in show jumping competitions.




Gabrielle (known as Gab) went to school at Riverside High School and Launceston College. Gab had never really given dental assisting a thought but was kindly offered a full time job at the end of 2013 and thought why not?

Gab started her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting traineeship in January 2014. Gab was half way through her traineeship in September 2014 when Wayne was in need of another full time dental nurse ASAP. Nikki recommended Gab and Wayne kindly took over her traineeship in which she became a qualified dental assistant in January 2015.



Lucy went to school at Riverside High School from 2010-2013 and after graduating continued her studies at Launceston College where she studied a large range of subjects. Lucy has always been interested in dentistry so in January 2015 she decided to commence her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting through an online course Foundation Education, she then luckily gained work experience with Wayne very soon after.

Lucy needed to complete 120 hours of work experience which she completed in between full time school and working 2 casual jobs. Wayne offered Lucy a permanent part-time position with us and she started in January 2016.


Abbey graduated in 2014 at St Patricks College. Not knowing what she wanted to do, Abbey then became a receptionist. Abbey has a twin sister called Olivia. Liv became a dental assistant after she finished school and not too long after Abbey followed her sister’s footsteps and joined the team at Ottaway Dental.

Abbey will be starting her traineeship for her Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

Our Community

Community Involvement

Ottaway Dental proudly support the following local charities and sporting clubs:


Supporting Local Artists

Exhibiting artworks of the following local artists in our surgery, of which most pieces are for sale.

Peg Smith – Peg is a local artist who specialises in the use of watercolours, especially paintings of the East Coast of Tasmania.

Brian Mooney – Brian is an artist whose paintings are figurative, and include landscapes, ‘genre’, portrait and wildlife. He uses a variety of media including pencil (colour and black and white) as well as acrylic, oil watercolour, egg-tempera, casein and mixed media.

Lindsay Gardam – Lindsay is a well know artist for his African paintings as well as portraits, local landscapes and wall murals.