Dr Hemalatha Nathan graduated in 1976 from the University of Singapore (now National University of Singapore), has a postgraduate Diploma in Preventive Dentistry and Public Health from the University of Sydney (1982) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (1991).She has spent the last forty years in the dental field, working as dentist both with the public and private sectors and has been involved with teaching both the dental undergraduates and the oral health therapists. She helped with starting up and overseeing the course for oral health therapists. Her passion is the provision of holistic and practical dentistry for all. She believes strongly in dental health education and making the patient fully aware of his oral condition. This will in turn assist the patient in making the right decision about the treatment he needs and will provide the knowledge and ability to keep his oral health in sound condition. She is choosing to work part-time in Smile Makers Dental Clinic because she feels that the philosophy of optimum, relevant care practised by the members of this clinic matches her own values of providing comprehensive care which is customised to the patient.