Braceless Choice provides all the treatment options you or your child needs in the one location.
We have a team of therapists with diverse skills who work together to develop an integrated approach to our treatment programs. They are all experienced at enabling children to relax both before and during their appointment. Where possible, we try to schedule treatments with several therapists back-to-back, to make your visits easier to manage. We can even help our younger patients with oral health education and regular preventative dental consultations.
Our practice is a bright, colourful space purposely designed to be welcoming and friendly to all of our patients – young and not-so-young. Our treatment rooms are warm and comfortable, and we offera bright and cheerful waiting room, complete with play area and TV, to help put nervous or anxious children at ease.
In fact, we do everything possible to make dental visits as fun and as interesting as we can for our young patients.
Dr Mariola Prokop
Dr Mariola Prokop – Dentist
BDSc (Hons), ADC Cert, Grad Dip Dental Sleep Medicine (UWA), FPFA
Dr Mariola Prokop qualified as a dentist 30 years ago, but first became interested in Early Intervention Orthodontics while still an undergraduate in Europe. As a general dentist, Dr Mariola could clearly see how effective this particular form of treatment could be for young children and was frustrated at being unable to refer her young patients to an orthodontist for early treatment. She found it upsetting to receive referrals for tooth extractions of healthy teeth in teenagers prior to the placement of braces. As a result, she began focusing on working and studying new trends in early interceptive dental treatment in Australia, Europe and the US.
Dr Mariola has always enjoyed working with children and is constantly learning so she can offer the best treatment for her young patients. She is very proud to be able to offer the choice between traditional Orthodontics as well as newer options including Functional Jaw Orthopedics (“Orthodontics without braces”) and Orthotropics. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine with UWA, providing her with specialised training in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) for both children and adults.
She is passionate about giving young children the very best start in life, both emotionally and physically, and experience has taught her that early intervention to treat small problems can help prevent bigger issues from developing.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
Lize Szarek – Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (OMT)
Qualified Dental Nurse
Studying BHSc Clinical Myotherapy
Lize has been with Braceless Choice since its humble begins in 2014. Currently working in the field of OMT with a background of dental and childhood education, she has a passion for early intervention and helping little people thrive and develop to their full potential. Lize attended many professional development courses especially Sandra Coulson’s found the most beneficial to her patients. Currently studying in the field of Clinical Myotherapy, Lize hopes to bring soft tissue body work with a focus on postural development in children, to the practice in the near future.
Dr Joanna Stryboch
Dr Joanna Stryboch – Osteopath
B.App.Sc (Clin.Sc), B.Osteo.Sc, Grad Dip Paeds
Joanna has been practising as an Osteopath since 1996, has postgraduate training in paediatrics, is also a lactation consultant (IBCLC) and Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) consultant. She has extensive experience working with children with oral, jaw and dental concerns.
Oral Health Therapist
Nattaya Khamphouk – Oral Health Therapist
Nattaya joined Braceless Choice as an Oral Health Therapist in 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Oral Health in 2013 at The University of Melbourne on the Dean’s Honours List. Since graduating, Nattaya has worked mostly in community dental health utilising all her skills in both hygiene and therapy.
She is highly experienced in working with young children and adolescents and strives to make every dental visit a fun and enjoyable experience for all. Her interest in early orthodontics and her motivation to expand her dental knowledge is what led her to Braceless Choice. So far it has been very rewarding for her to see the journey of each patient throughout treatment, and seeing how happy they are at the end with their new smiles.
Naturopath, Buteyko Practitioner
Julia Rudokova – Naturopath, Buteyko Breathing Retraining
Adv.Dip. of Naturopathy, Certified Buteyko Practitioner
Julia is a qualified naturopath and Buteyko practitioner. She has been helping people with asthma, OSA and other health conditions for over 7 years.
Julia works with both children and adults at Braceless Choice to assist them with proper breathing techniques, helping to reduce oral and other health concerns caused by mouth-breathing. She has also developed a comprehensive natural asthma treatment program which includes Buteyko Breathing Method, nutritional support and dietary changes.
Christie – Dental Nurse/Receptionist
Qualified Dental Nurse
Our receptionist Christie will be your first point of contact at Braceless Choice. Christie is very friendly, helpful and always smiling, and as a qualified dental nurse, she has a wealth of knowledge across all aspects of general dentistry. With a strong customer service background and years of dental experience, she joined our team at Braceless Choice in 2019. Christie is keen to extend her knowledge in early intervention and prevention orthodontics to help others avoid her own unhappy experiences with conventional orthodontics.
In addition to her main reception duties, Christie performs a full range of tasks behind the scenes, including managing our patient records, sending appointment reminders, following up on enquiries and looking after our accounts.