Dr Kathryn Briggs (Dr Kat) grew up in a country town in Far North Queensland, where as a child her love of dentistry was sparked by her local dentist. This formative dental experience made such an impact she not only looked forward to attending her appointments but was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry! Following this passion, she completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 2013. After graduation Kat worked as a General Dentist in Adelaide, before relocating to Melbourne to complete a dental residency at Monash Medical Centre, Specialist Dental Unit.
Seeking to broaden her experience further, Kat accepted a position working in the United Kingdom as a Senior House Officer within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and subsequently as an Oral Surgery Specialty Dentist at the University of Bristol Hospital. While abroad, she also undertook a series of honorary traineeships, specifically at the renown Eastman Dental Hospital, Royal Derby Hospital and Oxford University Hospitals. Prior to returning to Australia, she was privileged to volunteer as a senior dentist in Senegal with the medical charity Mercy Ships. During this time, she developed a keen interest in oral surgery and with a view to help kids have the positive dental experience she did – paediatric dentistry.
Drawing on her diverse clinical experience, Kat enjoys working together with her patients to provide a high standard of dental care individualised to best suit their needs. Having also obtained a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) from QUT for which she received the Deans Award, Kat strongly believes in communicating well and educating patients regarding their oral health.
Kat continues to keep up to date with her professional education and the latest in dental research and is a published author herself on temporomandibular joint disease, and the dangers of vaping on oral health. In addition to working as a dentist, Kat has been involved in clinical tutoring at both the University of Adelaide and University of Bristol and presently holds the position of Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.
Kat’s (Other) Loves
- Witling away hours with a cup of tea and a good book!
- Cooking (albeit experimental at times)
- Hiking – with a food based reward system…