Bowraville dentist responds to the call of the Nambucca Valley

Dr Josh Fitzgerald has returned to the Nambucca Valley after extensive experience in Queensland.

AS some households grow quieter with Year 12 graduates venturing out into the world, the allure of the Nambucca Valley continues to draw homegrown talent back to serve the community.

After earning his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University, Dr Josh Fitzgerald embarked on a career journey that took him through Mackay Base Hospital’s dentistry division and Cairns Base Hospital’s dental surgery.

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Yet, the gravitational pull of his hometown proved irresistible.

When an opportunity arose at the Wallace Street Macksville Dental Practice, it was an easy decision for the Fitzgerald family to make.

“This region holds a special place in my heart, and when the chance to practise dentistry in Macksville presented itself, I had the full support of my family to pursue my dream right here,” Dr Fitzgerald explained.

“Our practice is deeply rooted in the local community and committed to its long-term well-being.”

While Dr Fitzgerald gained invaluable experience during his tenure at two hospitals in North Queensland, he found himself drawn back to his roots.

“Dentistry has undergone significant evolution over the past three decades, and I’m thrilled to bring the latest techniques and practices to our local community.

“For example, the shift from reactive to preventative dentistry has been transformative.

“I’m passionate about promoting oral health and advocating for preventive measures,” Dr Fitzgerald continued.

“Modern dental techniques emphasise minimally invasive, gentle treatments utilising state of the art anaesthetic and ultrasonic technologies.”

Despite his professional commitments, Dr Fitzgerald remains dedicated to maintaining a balance between work and leisure.

“Growing up in Bowraville, I was deeply involved in squash and touch football, I also refereed for the local competition in the Valley.

“I’m eager to reengage with these passions and perhaps even join the local touch footy competition,” he shared with a smile.


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