Meet the team


Dr Michael Thorpe

BDSc Hons (QLD)

Michael Thorpe graduated from the University of Queensland Dental School in 1984 with First Class Honours. Michael worked in private practice at the Sunshine Coast for two years and then in London, UK for another two years. He then completed an MBA from UCLA in California in 1990. Michael returned to Brisbane in 1991 was involved in a variety of businesses. He practiced privately for many years and in 2006, he opened Newmarket Dental at Newmarket with another dentist. He sold that practice and then established Everton park Dental in 2015. Michael was born and raised in Ashgrove and recently took over the operations of Allen Family dental from Peter Allen. The practice has recently been refurbished and is now open as “the Avenues Family Dental.” Michael enjoys all facets of dentistry and attends continuing education programmes. His interests include all sports, business, travel and reading. He and his wife Antoinette have three teenage sons.


Dr Matthew Nangle

Hons (Abdn), PhD (Abdn), BDSc Hons (Qld)

Matthew received an Honours degree in Neuroscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1999. He then completed his doctoral studies at Aberdeen before moving to Australia in 2004 where he worked as a research scientist at the University of Sydney. During this time Matthew published more than twenty articles in reputable scientific journals. After moving to Brisbane in 2011, Matthew completed his Honours degree in Dentistry at the University of Queensland, where he is also a Senior Lecturer. Matthew specifically enjoys general dental practice because of the varied and rewarding experiences it brings. He is also an elected member of the Council of the Australian Dental Association Queensland. Matthew and his wife also keep busy with three young and boisterous children.


Dr Peter Allen


Peter started private practice at Strathpine and practiced there for 31 years. In 2000 he bought the Ashgrove practice and continues to practice there today. His wife, Frances and he have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. They have a busy life and he is a frustrated fisherman, sailor and golfer. (Although barred from many golf courses for too many miss hits!) His goal in practice is simply to give the best dental care possible with the least financial burden. He is glad to be part of the new team at the Avenues Family Dental to share the responsibility of that care.


Dr Miriam Tane


Miriam graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, attaining her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2004. After graduating Miriam moved to Australia, practiced in Queensland Health for two years before joining Dr Peter Allen in Ashgrove and Bray Park. She has been a local Dentist in Ashgrove now for over ten years.  Miriam enjoys delivering quality dental care to her patients and endeavours to do so in a comfortable and calm atmosphere. Healthy mouths are her passion and she is at Avenues Family Dental on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and alternative Saturdays and Mondays. She is always happy to see new patients. Outside of work Miriam enjoys spending time with her growing family, two boys, as well as yoga, hiking, rock climbing and reading. 


Dr Annette Gareis

Dr. Annette Gareis graduated from Dentistry at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. On completing her dental studies Annette worked in the UK for a few years, she has also worked in South Africa and then Australia since 2001. Annette has worked in both NSW and QLD. Annette also holds an Honours degree in Medical Science, majoring in Molecular Biochemistry and during her time in NSW, Annette completed a Diploma in Business studies. Annette has worked in the Ashgrove area since 2005 and lives locally. Annette will ensure that you receive the highest standard of dental care in a friendly and welcoming manner. Annette happily performs all aspects of dentistry. Outside of dentistry Annette enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, travelling, Pilates and outdoor activities.


Mary, Katie, Jenny, Sabrina, Abi, Alex


Mary Terese Littlebody, Katie Waters and Jenny Bourke have been at the practice for over 20 years between them and have much experience.

Sabrina Pizzica, Abi Schumann and Alex Clayton are junior Dental Assistants that went to school at Mt St Michaels and have joined the team in the last few years with lots of enthusiasm.