Our Team

We have a specialist team of highly skilled Dentists, Dental Nurses and Tooth-fairies ready to cater to all your needs.

The Pyramid Family Dental Team

BA, BSc, BDSc, GradDipDentimplantology - Owner and Principal Dentist

Dr Darren Gertsch

From the frosty Canadian prairies to the tropical heat, I have been a Cairns resident since 2014. I graduated from the University of Queensland and one of my personal goals was to open a dental clinic in a small country town that would remind me of my home town in central Alberta. I enjoy being part of a small community where everyone supports and helps each other. I have a strong passion for dentistry and improving my patients' life. My first university degree was in Psychology and I strive to help anxious and nervous patients to be comfortable with their dental treatment. I enjoy getting to know my patients and love hearing about their lives each time I see them. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, travelling, catching a good movie and barbecuing.
Clinical Coordinator/Senior Dental Nurse

Charlene Homes

I am a Cairns local, I have been living in the Aloomba and Gordonvale area for the past 16 years. I am a bubbly, happy and outgoing person. I enjoy spending time with my family especially my children. My relaxation is a glass of wine and a good movie or tv series.

I have been in the dental industry for the past 11 years. I am qualified with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, but I am working towards my Certificate IV. I have experience in business administration and accounts departments however I prefer being a Dental Nurse. I specialise in infection control, working with children and clinical operations/promotions. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know those that come into the clinic. I will be working with Dr Darren and the team to brighten your smile. We hope to see you soon.

Senior Dental Nurse

Nyree Whyte

I was born and raised in Mossman. I made the move to Cairns when I was 20 years old, after the completion of my hairdressing apprenticeship, in which I travelled throughout Australia and overseas for various competitions.
From the age of 5, I learnt Highland dancing and competed in many competitions and exhibitions for several years throughout QLD.
14 years ago, I made the decision to follow a long time interest of becoming a Dental Nurse. I have a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, with many years experience.
I have a special interest in Implant placement, surgical extractions and comforting those patients with dental anxiety (having come from a background of dental anxiety myself)
Changing smiles is also a very rewarding part of my career.
In my spare time, you will find me spending time with my husband and young children, enjoying the outdoors and challenging myself with different hikes.
Business Manager/Reception

Valentina Venica

Italian born and bred, Australia has been my home since 2005. I have a background in foreign languages, although I have been working in allied health for the past few years. I truly enjoy engaging and getting to know our patients, ensure they are always welcomed with a smile and address any concerns they may have before they start their dental treatment - helping people on their journey to good health is very rewarding to me.
When I am not at work, you will find me spending time with my little family, gazing at stars with my telescope, and performing Cabaret.
Reception/Dental Nurse

Tupou Morel

Born in the beautiful islands of Fiji, I have called Australia home since childhood. I have spent the last 7 years here in Cairns and am a wife, mum and small business owner. I am currently undertaking my Cert III in Dental Assisting, working alongside an amazingly dedicated team who thrive on putting their patients first. Though I have only started in the dental industry, I am looking forward to a bright journey ahead. When I'm not working, you can always find me spending quality time with family/friends, studying or online shopping!
Senior Dental Nurse

Scott Ridley

Originally from the central west of NSW, I trained in Sydney and have worked in both private and public sectors along with health fund clinics and detention centres both on and offshore. My main interests in dentistry are surgical teeth removal and implant surgery. Outside of work I enjoy exploring all that Cairns and the surrounds have to offer, especially the reef. I look forward in assisting our dentists to help transform your smile whether it be a simple or more complex dental treatment.
BSc BDS - Dentist

Dr Chrystal Scholl

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, I moved to Cairns in 2016 where I completed my dental degree at James Cook University. Before the move abroad, I completed a Bachelor of science with honours which included several post graduate publications. I am passionate about dentistry and endeavour to provide a pain-free experience by taking on a gentle and caring approach with all my patients. I am very pleased to be a part of the Pyramid Family Dental team!

Outside of work you can find me enjoying good food and wine, exploring the outdoors and painting with watercolour. I’ve also got a special interest in astrology!

Reception/Dental Nurse/Dental Student

Tara McGrath

As a current dentistry student, working in a dental surgery is the place to be. I am very passionate about healthcare and plan to work in remote communities after I graduate from university. I am a Gordonvale local, and attended both Gordonvale State Primary School and Gordonvale State High School. I love to play piano and touch football. When I’m not working or studying you can find me with a family bar of chocolate, watching True Crime documentaries and painting.

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