The team at Country Living Dentistry

Meet Our Team

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Dr Vyla Ellis 


Keith & Bordertown


Dr Ellis grew up in Bordertown. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She began consulting in Keith in 2011. Vyla is committed to staying up to date with the latest advances to provide you with the best care for your smile. She is trained in Invisalign clear braces and enjoys utilising the latest technology to provide her patients with the best possible outcome.  


Vyla is passionate about health and education and is a director of St Ann’s College. In 2019 she was a South Australian finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards which recognised the innovation and technology utilised in our practices.  


Dr Ab Dhillon

Dr Dhillon graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He is no stranger to this corner of the world having lived in Nhill for 3 years during high school. He is a gentle dentist and very personable. Dr Dhillon is trained in a wide range of treatments and is constantly updating his skills. He has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. In his down time he enjoys swimming and training his labrador, Zeus. We are delighted to have Dr Dhillon lead our Naracoorte clinic. 



Dr Donna Mercado

Dr Mercado has a wealth of experience having spent many years working as a dentist in rural Victoria and lecturing for the University of Melbourne Dental School. Donna has exceptional skills in crowns, bridges and dentures for which she has completed postgraduate study. Dr Mercado consults in Bordertown Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Karina Egel
Oral Health Therapist
Keith & Bordertown

Karina graduated from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2009 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science in 2018. She  has spent her career working in dental clinics throughout country South Australia. Karina is excellent with children and when it comes to working with kids she is our most experienced practitioner. She is able to complete check-ups, fillings and extractions for children of all ages. Karina is also skilled in placing fillings in adults. She is passionate about improving oral health and helping you control and prevent dental disease. 

Tina Tsui
Oral Health Therapist
Bordertown & Naracoorte

Tina graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy in 2017. She has a special interest in children's dentistry and is skilled in completing check-ups, fillings and extractions for children as well as hygiene and preventive care for adults. Outside of work Tina can be found baking, learning electric guitar or trying her hand at photography. 

Christine McMurray Dental Hygienist

Chris McMurray 

Dental Hygienist


Chris joined the practice in 1989 as a dental assistant and soon identified the need for a local hygienist. Chris completed an Associate Diploma in Dental Hygiene at Gilles Plains College of TAFE in 1994 and has been providing hygiene services to our patients ever since. Chris is very gentle and is dedicated to excellent oral hygiene and preventive care. Chris is committed to gaining the most up-to-date knowledge in dental care. Chris helps patients maintain their dental health throughout their lives from teaching children to care for their teeth through to visiting the elderly in residential care. 

Tania De Barro Practice Manager
Janice Horne front office coordinator

Tania De Barro

Practice Manager


Janice Horne

Front Office Coordinator

Candice Austin

Front Office Coordinator


Tilly Hamilton

Dental Assistant


Maddi McFarlane

Dental Assistant

Shannon Densley

Front Office Coordinator


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