Western Special Needs Dentistry is headed up by Dr Helen Marchant, a registered specialist in the field of Special Needs Dentistry. As one of Australia’s pioneers in Special Needs Dentistry, Helen has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors during her 30 year career, and is the sole Special Needs Dentistry specialist in Melbourne’s West.
Helen aims to create a calm, positive and happy dental environment, which often involves music requests, social stories and YouTube clips- proving that dental treatment can also be fun!
Dr Helen Marchant currently has been employed as a specialist in the Integrated Special Needs Unit at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne since 2005, and continues to work there part time. She has also worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, demonstrated and examined for the University of Melbourne and is also an examiner in Special Needs Dentistry for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
She is a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry (ASSCID), the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry (ANZASND) and the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA), based in Chicago.
Dr Marchant has a strong interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and particularly welcomes autistic children and adults to her practice.