Dr Jessica Manuela
Dr Jess Manuela was born in Tasmania and grew up in the Kingston area before moving to Adelaide to pursue her dental degree. During her time at the University of Adelaide she received numerous awards and scholarships including the Australia and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry award, the Pierre Fauchard Academy award for leadership and clinical excellence and the Rotary Health Scholarship. In 2014, she founded Dental South in the charming suburb of Margate and in 2017 a second sister clinic in Blackmans Bay.
Dr Manuela’s dedication to community and providing access to Tasmanian Aboriginal patients was recognised through being awarded the 2017 St Lukes Healthier Communities award, the 2017 Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year award, 2017 Telstra Young Business Owner for Tasmania and the 2018 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year. She was also the chair person for oral health promotion for the Australian Dental Association Tasmanian Branch (2013-2016).
A strong believer in holistic dentistry, Dr Manuela is passionate about educating her patients that the mouth is connected to the body. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, in particular getting children into good habits early, cosmetic dentistry and Dento-Facial Aesthetics (anti-wrinkle injections, dermal filler treatments, thread lifts and CGF microneedling). Guiding values that are important to Jess for business, dental care and life are integrity, love, compassion and good communication. Growing up in a large family of 10 siblings, she understands the struggles some families have with accessing dental care so being a genuine and caring human firstly has always been imperative in directing decisions and treatments respectfully for good long-term health outcomes.
In Dr Manuela’s spare time she enjoys hiking and seeing Tasmania, spending time with her partner and dog (Koko-Bear), playing guitar, gym yoga, meditation, cooking and eating. Two of the most rewarding and difficult things Jess has done is the 5-night Western Arthur Ranges hike and a 10-day silent meditation sit. Jess hopes to do Aboriginal studies in the future and continue to mentor young adults in business and the indigenous community.