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Dr Benjamin Clothier
Principal Dentist


Ben grew up in Naracoorte, where he completed both primary and secondary school. Upon completion of high school, Ben moved to Adelaide to pursue his passion, and it was here at the University of Adelaide that he completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.

Ben has lived in Clare since graduating in 2007, with experience in both the public and private sectors of dentistry. He loves life in the Clare Valley, and greatly enjoys the privilege of being able to provide a comprehensive range of modern dental services to the local community.

Ben works hard to stay up to date with ongoing advances in dentistry, and strives to provide personalised dental care of the highest quality.




Dr Donna Furler


Donna grew up in Kadina; she completed a Bachelor of Oral Health at The University of Adelaide, where she graduated in 2005 as an Oral Health Therapist. She worked as an OHT in private & public practice including remote Indigenous communities throughout Australia.

From 2008 to 2010 Donna lived in East Timor, where she volunteered as a dental program coordinator. Donna’s experience in East Timor provided motivation to pursue her passion further. She returned to study & completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at James Cook University in Queensland in 2015. Donna returns to East Timor on a yearly basis to provide dental care.

Donna has recently moved back to SA and now calls Clare home. She is very pleased to have joined CVFD in 2016. Donna has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry, she enjoys working with patients to improve oral health & strives to provide dental care of the highest quality.


Dr Katelyn Maynard


Dr Maynard is a Clare Valley local, having grown up in Sevenhill.  She attended Watervale Primary School and Clare High School for her primary and secondary education.

Katelyn’s career in Dentistry started when she worked with Dr Clothier as a dental assistant during her gap year, before moving down to Adelaide to complete her Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Katelyn is enthusiastic about returning to her local community in the Clare Valley.

She strongly believes in working closely with patients to provide them with comprehensive and high quality dental care.




Lauren Cross
Oral Health Therapist

Formerly of Brinkworth and Quorn, Lauren began her dental career in 2008 by completing a dental assistant traineeship at the SA Dental Service in Port Augusta.

Lauren then went on to study the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Adelaide, where she graduated in 2012 as an oral health therapist.

In 2013 Lauren returned to work in Port Augusta, where she gained great experience in both dental hygiene and dental therapy.

Lauren has a great passion for dentistry and strives to help improve the oral health of child and adult patients alike.


Christy Clothier
Practice Manager

Originally form Naracoorte in the state’s south east, Christy made the big move to begin university in 2004 after completing her secondary school certificate and working for local hospitality businesses in Naracoorte.

Christy found her calling in occupational therapy at the University of South Australia after initially studying a year of science and education. Christy has called Clare home since 2008, working for the Yorke and Lower North Community Health Service, predominantly as a paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Christy’s experience in the health sector gives her a good grounding in practice management. She excels in and enjoys working with people from all walks of life and is a friendly presence and an invaluable member of the CVFD team.


Holly Salter
Dental Assistant/Receptionist

Holly joined CVFD in November 2014 as a dental assistant and receptionist after completing her year twelve studies at Clare High School. She has always lived in Clare and loves the local community.

Holly began her dental career in early 2014 when she completed a school based Vocational Education Traineeship in Clare with the South Australian Dental Service. This involved working two days a week, completing a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting whilst also doing year twelve & receiving her South Australian Certificate of Education. In October 2014 she was also awarded VET Student of the year from the Clare Lions Club, for proficiently managing part time work alongside of school.

Holly is currently undertaking further study to obtain her intra-oral radiography licence and Certificate 4 in Dental Assisting.


Marcia Dixon
Dental Assistant


Marcia spent her childhood years on the family farm in Robertstown. She completed her dental assistant training whilst working in a private dental practice in the Adelaide CBD.

Since returning to the mid-north, Marcia has maintained and extended her skills in dental assisting and now has over 10 years’ experience in the field.

Marcia holds her intra-oral and panoramic dental radiography licences and especially enjoys interacting with patients and being hands on clinically.


Alex Butterick
Dental Assistant/Receptionist


Alex lived in NSW for most of her childhood before returning to her roots and completing her high school years in Jamestown.

Alex found her passion when she started her dental career in 2010 where she undertook a dental assisting traineeship with the SA Dental Service.

This saw her work through multiple different clinics throughout the Mind-North including Clare, Peterborough, Kadina and Port Pirie.

Alex joined the CVFD team in July 2017 where she has since furthered her skills in dental assisting.

She has a keen interest in surgical and implant dentistry.

Alex loves being a dental assistant and hopes to continue to educate and motivate everyone on the importance of good oral hygiene.


Margie Starling


Margie was born at the Kingscote Hospital on Kangaroo Island and completed her schooling in Kingston in the states South East.

In 1994, Margie and her family moved to Hawker in the Flinders Ranges to manage the Hawker Hotel Motel.

In 2008, she had a big career change and took a position at the Hawker Medical Centre as a medical receptionist for the local doctor.

Margie continued working there for the next 10 years!

In March 2018, she moved to Clare to be closer to her family and joined the CVFD team in the role of dental receptionist.


Dani Willis
Dental Assistant/Receptionist


Dani Willis – Dental Assistant / Receptionist

Dani joined the CVFD team in 2017 and during 2018 has completed her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting.  



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