Our Dental Team

Dr. Joseph Chau BDSc. (Qld), FICD, Principal

Dr ChauDr. Chau's parents, who were at the time residing in Hong Kong sent him to study at Nudgee College (Queensland), which is one of the Great Public Schools.

On completing secondary education he enrolled in the Dental Faculty at Queensland University. In his final year he received a bursary from the Tasmanian government. In return he had to render dental services in Tasmania for 1 year.

After working for 3 years Dr. Chau and his wife, Irene, decided to make Tasmania home and he commenced private practice in 1969.

As well as running a successful dental practice he has also achieved many professional accolades.

During the period of 1974-1995 he was heavily involved with Australian Dental Association (ADA) of Tasmania as a dedicated committee member. From 1982-1984 Dr. Chau was President of the Tasmanian Branch of the ADA. In 1980 and 1995 he was elected treasurer for both National Dental Congresses held in 1980 & 1995.

Dr. Chau was elected a "Fellow of the International College of Dentists" on the 21st July 2000. This honour was in recognition of his service to the Dental Profession.

Whilst the practice has many patients that are coming from 3rd generation families, we also welcome new patients. Dr. Chau currently works 4 days a week in a most enthusiastic manner. He thoroughly enjoys the company of his staff and patients.

The success achieved over the past 40 years could only happen with the support and dedication of his fantastic staff and loyal patients.

He has a quote that he instills with his family and staff being, "whatever you do in life, make sure you strive to be the best". This can truly be demonstrated by Dr. Chau's success. In his spare time, Dr. Chau enjoys gardening, fishing and golfing.

Dr Chau has a son Steve who manages a software development business called Verdant (Tasmania) Pty Ltd. Verdant specialises in custom software development for the private and public sector. The business has been established for over 15 years successfully commercialised several applications in the Health and Distribution industries. The organisation is a progressive business focusing on smart mobile web technologies. In his spare time Steve enjoys yacht racing on the river Derwent. Steve has three children, Oscar, Isabella and Isaac.

Dr. Chau also has a daughter named Joanne.  She is presently employed as a Financial Planner with a large International Chartered Accounting firm based in Hobart.  She has over 20 years experience in the financial planning industry (and enjoys the client contact and the ever changing environment of the industry).  She also enjoys cruising the Tasmanian waters in their yacht with her husband Rick and their two children, Alice and Finn.

Dr Chau is fluent in English and Cantonese.

Dr. Fiona Tann BDS (Adel), FRACDS

Dr Fiona TannFiona grew up in Launceston before moving to South Australia to study Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. Fiona joined the RAAF while at university and served as a Dental Officer until late 2001 when she moved to Tasmania and commenced working with Dr Chau. Fiona became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2003.

Since starting with Dr Chau in 2001, Fiona has developed strong relationships with many of her patients, and has enjoyed providing all aspects of general dentistry during this time. 

Fiona enjoys spending time with her family and their menagerie of pets. She enjoys bushwalking, spending time at the beach, running and swimming.

Dr. Nicholas Wong BDSc (QLD)

Dr Nicholas WongNicholas grew up in Malaysia and moved to Brisbane to complete his Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining Dr. Chau’s practice in 2015, Nicholas has travelled and worked in many rural parts of Australia, gaining knowledge and experience in all aspects of dentistry. Having spent a year as part of his clinical placement here in Hobart, Nicholas enjoyed it so much that he had decided to return when the opportunity came along.

Nicholas performs all aspects of General Dentistry, restores implants and has a special interest in Facial Injectable and Dermal Fillers. 

Outside the clinic, Nicholas spends his time with his friends and his dog, Rus. Nicholas also enjoys hiking, bush walking and camping as well as playing soccer and badminton. Being a foodie, Nicholas also spends his free time experimenting with cooking recipes as well hunting for the best café/restaurants in town.

Dr Wong is fluent in English and Malay /  Indonesian.

Dr. Chris Yip BDSc (Hons) (QLD)

Dr Chris YipDr Chris Yip grew up in the north western suburbs of Sydney.  He received his Bachelor of Dental Science with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland, and was awarded numerous prizes including the Australian Dental Association Prize and the Australian Society of Endodontology Prize.  He joined Dr Chau's practice in 2017. 

He is an avid San Antonio Spurs supporter and spends his weekends exploring Tasmania.  

Dr. Valerie Hach DDS (Taiwan)

Dr Valerie HachDr Valerie Hach was born in Taiwan and received her dental degree from National Taiwan University in 2002.  Her training was recognised by Australian Dental Council in 2013, and became an Australian Citizen in 2017. Dr Hach joined Dr Chau’s practice in 2016 and enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Her gentle and kind approach has made all new patients feel relaxed.

Dr Hach speaks fluent Chinese, Taiwanese and some German. She enjoys bushwalking, cooking, classical music and playing the piano. 

Associate Professor Ralph Reid BDSC, MDS, FICD - Endodontist

Dr Ralph ReidI was born in Brisbane in November 1945. I graduated as a dentist from the University of Queensland in early 1969 and then worked at the Hospital Dental Clinic in Stanthorpe for almost two years. Late in 1970, I bought a general dental practice in Goondiwindi (a small town, five hours by car west of Brisbane). I practiced as a general dentist there for the next ten years. During this time, I married my beautiful wife Christine and we had three gorgeous children – John, Penelope and Jill.

In 1979, I sold this practice and went back to being a full time student, at the University of Adelaide. For the next two years I studied endodontics and received my Master of Dental Surgery degree, allowing me to be registered as a specialist endodontist. The family returned to Brisbane where I established a specialist endodontic practice in the CBD. I have been a member of the Australian Dental Association since graduation as a dentist. I joined the Australian Society of Endodontology in 1978 and was Federal President of that Society from 1995-97. I was also a member of the Dental Study Club of Brisbane and was President of it in 1999. I am an International member of the American Association of Endodontists and an inaugural member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists. I was the Australian representative to the International Federation of Endodontic Associations 1997-2007, being the Regent Director for the Oceania region 1998-2007. During this time I was Chairman of the Education Committee. In 2004, I was President of the Sixth Endodontic World Congress in Brisbane. I have been Editor of the Australian Endodontic Journal since 2006, during which time it has become recognized as an international endodontic Journal. In 1999, I was invited to become a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, teaching Pathology (previously) and Endodontics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have published research in the International Endodontic Journal and have lectured to numerous local groups. I have been asked to be the External Examiner for the Post-Graduate programmes in Otago (New Zealand) and Melbourne. I am now a visiting specialist to a number of dental practices which I enjoy very much.

I am a keen (although not brilliant) golfer. I have played fixture squash and for ten years was a rugby referee. I enjoy cooking and eating, as well as fishing, exercising, travelling, classical concerts and opera. The joy of my life is my family which has now been expanded by four beautiful grandchildren – two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Lucy Nichols BOHSci Oral Health Therapist (Hygienist)

Lucy NicholsLucy has always been interested in dentistry, following in her late grandfather, Dr Brian Gedye’s footsteps.

She recently graduated from LaTrobe University with a Batchelor of Oral Health science (Hygiene and therapy), allowing her to work as our Hygeinist, and also as a dental therapist. Her kind and compassionate nature is gaining her a great rapport with our younger patients.

She grew up in Hobart and always wanted to return home to practice following university.

Lucy enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her rabbit, Parsley.  She has an interest in photography, fashion and interior design.

Lucy joined the practice in 2014 and loves working with patients of all ages. 

Dr. Coreen Ho BDS (Adel)

Dr HoDr. Coreen Ho received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide in 1984. After working with Dr. John Austwick for 2 years, she joined Dr. Chau's practice at 1 Scott Street, Bellerive in 1986.

Dr. Ho enjoys all aspects of general dentistry (with strong emphasis on overall patient management including prevention and education) particularly working with children and their families.

Dr Ho can is fluent in English and can understand and speak some Cantonese.

Dr. Justin Huang BDS (Adel)

Dr Justin HuangDr. Justin Huang was born and raised in Melbourne and completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He joined Dr. Chau's Bellerive practice in 2013 after gaining experience in both private and public dental sectors.

Dr. Huang enjoys all aspects of dental care and also has a special interest in preventive dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Huang is a provider for ClearCorrect.

In his spare time Dr. Huang enjoys spending time with his wife Elaine, family and friends. He also has an avid interest in photography and exploring the beautiful scenery that Tasmania has to offer.

Dr. Simon Hinckfuss BDSc, DCD(pros), cert.PerioMS(Minn, US) - Implant specialist

Simon established Periodontal Associates after returning from living and working in the USA. He is a registered specialist periodontist with the Dental Board of Australia and is the only Periodontist in Australia who is also registered as a Specialist Prosthodontist. His practice is now restricted to Periodontology including periodontal regenerative procedures and dental implants but he still enjoys using the expertise he gained as a Prosthodontist to optimise treatment planning when working with referring dentists and other dental Specialists.

Simon gained his undergraduate degree (BDSc) in dentistry at the University of Melbourne in 1995. Following graduation he entered the RAAF as a Dental Officer after which he spent 6 years in general practice in Geelong. He then completed a 3 year full time specialist degree in Prosthodontics (DCD) at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and a further 3 years full time specialist training in Periodontics at the University of Minnesota, USA. His research at the University of Minnesota focused on the effect of surgical experience and surgical guide design on the accuracy of dental implant surgery. He has published research in the fields of Prosthodontics and Periodontology in international journals.

Simon is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, the Australian Society of Periodontology, the Australian Dental Association, and the International Team of Implantology. In 2011 he was elected the President of the Victorian branch of the Australasian Osseointegration Society.

He keeps up-to-date with the latest procedures and is actively involved in mentoring. Simon lectures in Australia and overseas on a regular basis.

Kelly-Jane Young (Practice Manager)

Kelly-JaneThis year Kelly celebrates 21 years of working with Dr Chau. She started as a dental nurse and over the years has worked her way up to her current role of Practice Manager. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful mentor and leader guiding us on a daily basis, with a team of 32 staff between the Hobart and Bellerive practice we sure keep her busy. Staff and patients that have had the privilege to know Kelly over the years will know that where ever she goes she always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face.

Kelly is also an amazing mum to her two beautiful children Harry and Daisy, and we cannot forget little Coco her four legged fur baby