Shivi is our practice manager. Shivi is a qualified CPA and joined Norwest Orthodontics after close to a decade of working in the top tier firms Deloitte and Duesburys Nexia. She enjoys keeping busy at work and has helped many businesses flourish over the course of her career. Her focus constantly remains on providing premium service with flexible interest free finance plans that fits all budgets. Shivi has benefitted from Invisalign treatment herself and that sparked her desire to work in the field of Orthodontics. Her observation of the professionalism, attention to detail and patient orientated focus of Dr Shimanto Purkayastha and his team drew her to Norwest Orthodontics. She played a major role in Norwest Orthodontics establishing itself as a premier provider of the latest interceptive, aesthetic and non-extraction orthodontic services. She is a gentle soul and is cherished by our patients and staff – especially as she is known to surprise patients and staff with random gifts!
Jessica Murray is our lovely treatment coordinator. She is the friendly voice on the phone and the warm personality that greets you when you come to visit us. Jessica has worked for many years in general and specialist dental practices and we are lucky to benefit from her wealth of knowledge and experience. She is always willing to go out of her way and above and beyond to help our patients and her work colleagues. We love her exceptional work ethic and dedication. As a result, she is a friend and confidant to many of our patients. Jess enjoys a busy personal and social life with family and friends. A true foodie, she is also a fabulous cook as our team and patients can attest too! Apart from cooking she likes to spoil her pet dog Rex.
Nicole has worked with Dr Shimanto Purkayastha for several years and is a pillar of our reception team. She is loved by our patients and enjoys getting to know each and every one of them. One of the most organised people, she is one of the reasons for the smooth running of our patients appointments. Before working with Dr Shimanto Purkayastha, Nicole spent many years in both administration and clinical care. This has allowed her to understand all aspects of our patients experience from making appointments to actual procedures. Outside of her work which she is passionate about, Nicole is a social butterfly and loves fitness – on the weekends she can often be found at the beach!
Michelle is a tour-de-force ensuring our practice runs smoothly. She joined our team after several years working in general and specialist practices in administrative, managerial and patient care roles. Michelle has a ‘never say never’ attitude and combined with an eye for detail she is amazing at ensuring patients are seen on time and have a pleasant and smooth journey through treatment. Our patients really appreciate how easy she makes the whole process for them. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys gardening and spending time with her son.
Personal Assistant to Dr Shimanto Purkayastha
Amber is Dr Shimanto’s personal assistant and attended the University of Western Sydney where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She is responsible for managing Dr Shimanto’s professional, research and teaching commitments. In addition to being highly organised, Amber is one of the funniest and friendliest people you can meet. She is often responsible for all the laughs and smiles that we hear and see every day. Amber loves animals and in her spare time she loves swimming at the beach.
Oral Health Therapist
Sandra studied Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney. She was an outstanding student and was recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Sandra was the Oral health therapist representative for the Faculty of Dentistry. She is experienced in treating patients of all ages and has worked at the Westmead Centre or Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and Nepean Dental Hospital. She has also worked in a rural healthcare in the Central Tablelands. She donates her time to provide oral health education at pre-schools and aged care facilities. Rural experience at Central Tablelands. Sandra was selected to join the team at Norwest Orthodontics as the outstanding candidate from a very competitive and talented pool of candidates. She has an endearing sense of humour and is a ‘gym junkie’. She also enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family outside of work.
Oral Health Therapist
Danya studied Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney. Throughout her time at University she excelled academically and was the recipient of all three academic prizes - the Dentsply prize for the most outstanding research project, Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia prize for achieving highest marks in dental hygiene and was also the winner of the Faculty of Dentistry Research Day.
Danya has worked in large health care settings at Westmead Centre of Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital and Nepean Dental Hospital. She has also been involved in the implementation of public oral health programs as well as oral health promotion in pre-schools and aged care facilities. In her spare time Danya enjoys spending time with family & her friends, going to the movies and loves travelling.
Megan is absolutely amazing at co-ordinating our clinic and is able to multi-task to an extraordinary extent. Her high energy and dynamism blend extremely well with the fun atmosphere that she has helped create in our clinics. Megan has years of experience working in specialist practices. Megan believes that orthodontic treatment has lifelong benefits for our patients and helps us make sure that the time they spend in our practice is a memorable, fun and enjoyable one. Recently married to her husband Luke, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the movies!
Taylor joined the Norwest Orthodontics team after many years of experience as a dental assistant in orthodontics in Queensland. Taylor is wonderfully competent and calm - making orthodontic treatment for even the most anxious patients a smooth and enjoyable process. Recently married, Taylor enjoys spending time with her doting husband and being active outdoors!
Gwendy is one of our most loved nurses. All our patients are drawn to her naturally soft, pleasant and friendly nature. She has many years’ experience in dental nursing and chose to focus on orthodontics after seeing firsthand the transformation that Dr Shimanto’s patients have and the positive effects it has on their overall wellbeing, health and happiness. Gwendy is a fitness buff and enjoys spending time with her family and Fiancé when she’s not at work.
After several years working in general dentistry Merinda decided to focus her career on Orthodontics after she had seen the results achieved by Dr Shimanto’s patients. She is an invaluable member of our team and is responsible for the running of our laboratory and sterilisation services. Merinda is extremely social and finds the favourite part of her job is chatting with her colleagues and patients. Outside of work Merinda enjoys cooking, especially baking and her partner is the lucky test subject for many of her gourmet creations.
Jessica Hendy joined Dr Shimanto’s practice after spending many years working in oral health care settings. She is particularly adept with putting at ease fearful children and patients due to her extensive experience in special needs healthcare. Hendy is naturally friendly and sociable and is a favourite of many of our patients – several of whom stay in contact with her long after they have finished treatment. Outside of the clinic she is an avid sportsperson and loves playing netball and hockey. One of her favourite pastimes is dancing.
The newest member of our team, Sandy, comes to us with 4 years of experience in the dental field. Her relaxed, pleasant nature makes her both a reliable member of our clinical team and easy for our patients to chat too at their appointments!
When she’s not at work, Sandy enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her puppy Morgan, as well as baking and playing video games.
Originally from Ireland and still possessing a wonderful Irish accent, Lisa moved into the field of Orthodontics after several years working in high dependency health care settings in the ACT. She moved to Sydney with her fiancée Michael and came highly recommended to begin working at Norwest Orthodontics several years ago. Her compassion, humour and kindness have endeared her to all our patients. After seeing the benefits of Orthodontic treatment, Lisa embarked upon Invisalign treatment for herself with Dr Shimanto Purkayastha. She is a true social butterfly and enjoys an active social and outdoor life. Together with her fiancée Michael, Lisa is a true ‘rev head’ and loves attending and watching V8 supercar races.