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58 Elphin Rd, Launceston

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Our Surgery

Ottaway Dental is a general practice dental surgery which provides 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, dentures, mouthguards, implants and snore guards are provided by local laboratory Everything Dental.

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

Our practice is located in the medical precinct 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 disabled access.


Our Staff

Wayne - Dentist

As a child Wayne lived in Perth and country areas around Perth as his father, a teacher, was transferred. Moving back to Scarborough in the 1970’s. Wayne won a music scholarship to Perth Modern School, (for cello and voice) then university of Western Australia.

Upon graduating end of 1985, Wayne moved to Tasmania working 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).

Dr Ottaway has presented 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 children; both living in Canberra.

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

Dr Ruthy - Dentist

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 - Practice Manager

Abby grew up on a small farm out of Launceston and now lives on small acreage in the Meander Valley area. After taking a gap year following the completion of her year 12, Abby started working as a dental assistant. Abby went on to complete her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2013 and since moving to Ottaway Dental, has moved into the Practice Manager role.

Abby is a keen equestrian, owning three horses and a miniature, regularly riding when she’s not at work and competing in show jumping events on weekends. When not competing she enjoys riding out with friends, especially trips to the beach. Abby is also involved in Jumping Tasmania Northern Branch as a committee member.

Abby also enjoys catching up with friends and family, reading, drawing and spending time with her kelpie Dusty.



Carol is a proud George Town girl who started work at the local George Town dental surgery when she was 16.

Carol has been married to Lyndon since 1987 and lives on a farm in Pipers River. She returned to dental assisting at Dr Pickup and Associates in 2002 after having 13 years at home with her children. Carol has three adult children, Ricky, Sarah and Nathan.

Carol joined Ottaway Dental in September 2017 to help out as a casual and went full time in December 2017.

Carol enjoys gardening, reading, going to musicals and concerts, especially Keith Urban and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Unfortunately for Carol, working with Wayne on and off since 2002, she has heard most of his jokes multiple times.


Kristy was born in Brisbane, Queensland and lived there for the first few years of her life before her family made the move to Launceston, Tasmania when she was 5 years old. After finishing year 12 Kristy wasn’t too sure what she wanted to do career wise and then just stumbled into dental assisting in 2011 and loved it. She finished her certificate 3 in dental assisting in 2012 and her certificate 4 in dental assisting in 2014.

Kristy joined the team at Ottaway Dental in June 2018 and is enjoying it all, especially Wayne’s jokes!

In her spare time, Kristy enjoys taking her dogs on adventures exploring new places, spending time with her partner Nick, doing house renovations and baking, especially sweet treats to bring to work.


Polly grew up on the central coast of Queensland. After completing college, she moved to Brisbane to study Communication Design and Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration. Shortly after she commenced working in the marketing and advertising industry.

In 2009, Polly’s recently retired parents found themselves on a four week tour of Tasmania. Like most Queenslander retiree’s, they were captured by Tassie’s beauty. Upon returning home they sold up and relocated to Tasmania calling Launceston home in mid-2010. After several visits, Polly not only decided to call Launceston home, she decided on a career change, embracing the dental industry in October 2011.

Polly’s dental career started in reception, but she soon found that she was curious as to what was happening in the treatment room. At any given opportunity, Polly was the first to put her hand up to work chairside. In 2015 Polly decided to enrol in Certificate III in Dental Assisting to enhance her knowledge and has aspirations to complete the Certificate IV in the near future. Polly joined the Ottaway Dental in July 2018 and is still adjusting to Wayne’s sense of humour.

In her spare time, Polly enjoys cooking, shopping online and still finds time to dabble in illustration.

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.