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Dental Head Start has always been about helping dental students become great dentists, and over the years, we’ve interviewed dozens of successful dentists to hear their journeys and tips for younger dentists. However, with the end of the year looming up and grad season upon us, I thought it would be interesting to turn things around a little, and actually hear things from a new grad’s perspective. And I couldn’t think of anyone better to chat with than Anthony and Yasmin.

Anthony and Yasmin are finishing their first year out as dentists, but even from the get go as wide-eyed dental students, they were doing incredible things for the community. In their final year of dental school, they were the President and Secretary of the Sydney University Dental Association (SUDA) and are both now continuing to engage with the industry through their roles in the ADA NSW’s Recent Graduate and Advocacy committees.

This was such an insightful conversation hearing Anthony and Yasmin’s fresh perspective on their job hunting process especially as a couple, different mentorship styles and finding the right balance between having confidence as a new graduate dentist, but also understanding their limitations. This is a heart-warming episode full of words of encouragement that I think one that our student listeners in particular will really enjoy!


12:43 – Reflections on Anthony and Yasmin’s dental school experience.

27:32 – Yasmin discusses post graduate decisions and transition to private practice.

44:25 – Anthony talks about what mentorship looks like, and the different levels of mentorship.

56:46 – Management during your first few weeks in practice and instilling confidence in the new workplace.

1:08:13 – Anthony and Yasmin talk about their involvement outside of work.

Dr Anthony Yammine

Originally from the shores of Sydney, Anthony obtained both his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) degrees from the University of Sydney before making the move to Tamworth.

During his studies, Anthony was actively involved with the Sydney University Dental Association (SUDA), serving as President in his final year. Anthony was the recipient of many prestigious awards during dental school and was honoured to accept the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Scholarship in 2018, and the David Stanley Hall Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Prosthetic Dentistry in his final year. Upon graduation, Anthony was a top five finalist for the Australian Dental Graduate of the Year Award.

Alongside his studies, Anthony published two research papers and has also been a demonstrator in head and neck anatomy for the past six years. After moving to Tamworth, Anthony maintains his involvement with the University, now as a lecturer in head and neck anatomy.

Dr Yasmin Samiee

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Yasmin enjoyed a few years in Sydney before relocating to Tamworth to join the Happy Smiles family. She is known for her warm demeanour and patience, and is interested in working with families and children.

While studying, Yasmin dedicated herself to improving the student experience through the Sydney University Dental Association, serving as an elected representative for four consecutive years. She was honoured to accept the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation Scholarship during her studies. 

Outside dentistry, Yasmin loves singing, piano, and guitar and spending time with her partner and their cockatiel. She enjoys giving back to the community, having provided volunteer dental services through many charity organisations.

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