Our Family Looking After Yours for the Last 20 Years
Dr Johann Pretorius and his highly qualified team are pleased to offer you a centre for dental excellence in a fully equipped, modern dental facility in Providenciales. After qualifying and running his own practice in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr Jo moved to London and spent over 8 years running two practices there, one in Oxford Street, Central London.
He has over 30 years experience and has attended numerous advanced dental courses and pioneered the first preventative dentistry program in the Turks & Caicos, introducing a dental hygiene service which now caters to full time residents and seasonal visitors alike.
Dr Jo provides comprehensive general dental care including examination and diagnosis, fillings, extractions, crowns and bridges, endodontics, cosmetic dentistry and of course emergency treatment and pain relief.
He works on a daily basis with Beth Otto-Darko a highly qualified dental hygiene therapist. Beth trained in the UK to provide not only hygiene treatment but also fillings for children and adults. Beth is joined by Lise Gula, hygienist, on a part time basis. Lise is our longest serving member of staff who was trained in Canada. Together they spearhead a strong preventative dentistry program which includes new patient orientation for children to set up a lifetime of good dental care.
In 2011 he introduced Nitrous Oxide sedation (laughing gas) to the practice – another first for the Turks and Caicos islands and the only general dental practice offering this service. Nitrous Oxide relieves anxiety, reduces sensitivity and is widely used in dental procedures throughout the world.
Dr Jo recognises that patients in the islands often need advanced dental care from specialists not resident in the islands and he therefore introduced:
Consultant Orthodontist – Dr J Victor Eagan who provides braces and Invisalign. Dr Eagan travels from his very successful practice in Michigan USA and has become extremely popular with all his patients here. He has trained all the staff at Dental Services to work with braces and Invisalign – providing full continuity of care for orthodontic patients when he is not on island.
Consultant Periodontists – Dr R Ed del Amo and Dr J Mellado who provide periodontal surgery and implants. Dr E del Amo and Dr J Mellado have been providing specialist periodontal services to patients from the islands at their practices in Florida for many years and Dr Pretorius was delighted when they offered to travel to the islands and work directly in the Dental Services clinic. Dr Mellado is now a Director to the Board of Periodontology in the USA. Their services include implants, gum surgery, sinus lifts, bone grafts, Botox and fillers.
At Dental Services the whole team aims to ensure that residents and visitors’ dental requirements are properly diagnosed and treated calmly and professionally, so that their time in these beautiful islands can be spent with a pain free and confident smile!
For your convenience between our staff we can speak English, French, Spanish, Creole and Africaans.
Dr. Jo Pretorius
BDS – WITS 1979
Post Graduate Courses
Crown and Bridgework
New Horizons in Dentistry
Endodontics – Eastmans Hospital London
Hypnosis for Anxiety Management
Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation
Dr. Jo as he is affectionately called, has over 30 years experience in general dental practice, including 8 years in Oxford Street, London, before taking over Dental Services in the Turks & Caicos islands in 1998.
He pioneered the first preventative dentistry program in the islands, introducing a dental hygiene service which now caters to full time residents and winter visitors alike.
BA (Hons), RSA Dip, LCCI Dip.
Freelance Business Manager
Christina came to Provo with Dr Jo in 1998 and is the business manager and administrator. Originally she worked behind the scenes for Dental Services but recently has been spending more time in the office to help cover the front desk and in particular manage the weekends when the specialists work in the practice.
Magda has been with the team since 2011 she has studied for her Dental Assistant Diploma and is now an integral member of the day to day practice. She assists Dr Jo and has worked with the periodontists on their visits to the island.
Magda has also been trained by Dr Eagan and Lise to work extensively with orthodontic patients in assisting with adjustments and all aspects of their treatment.
Mrs. Lise Gula
Dental Hygiene Diploma
Root Planing Course
Orthodontic Speciality Training
Periodontal Speciality Training
Lise has been a dental hygienist at Dental Services since 2006. She studied in Halifax, Canada and graduated from the dental hygiene program in 2005.
She is qualified in all dental hygiene procedures, including disease prevention, deep cleanings, recall cleanings, bleaching techniques and participates in continuing education.
Lise also has extensive additional training in both periodontics and orthodontics. She loves getting to know her patients and providing gentle, effective care.
Miss Beth Otto-Darko
BA Honors Degree Biology Manchester Metropolitan University, England
Post Graduate Diploma of Higher Education Dental Hygiene and Therapy, Newcastle University, England
Beth joined the Dental Services team in 2017 from the UK and has proved very popular with both new and existing patients of the practice. She is qualified in all aspects of dental hygiene as well as administering local anesthetic and performing fillings on both children and adults.
As part of the team she is trained by Dr Eagan in orthodontics and by Dr del Amo and Dr Mellado in advanced periodontal treatment. Beth prides herself in making sure her patients are at ease and comfortable throughout their treatment.
Dr. José R. Mellado
Dr. Mellado has practiced periodontics and implant surgery since 1993; after five years in Philadelphia, PA, he established offices in Coral Gables and Hialeah, FL in 1998. Having earned a D.M.D. at the University of Puerto Rico in 1990, followed by a 1993 Certificate in Periodontics from Temple University in Philadelphia, he was granted an M.S. from the Graduate School of Oral Biology in 1994, also at Temple University. Commitment to excellence in patient care has remained his highest priority.
With this educational mix emphasizing dentistry’s biological and scientific underpinnings, Dr. Jose R. (Pepe”) Mellado throughout has maintained academic associations. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor and then Clinical Associate Professor at Temple University’s School of Dentistry from 1993 to 2010. Since 2015 he has held a Clinical Assistant Professorship at the Gainesville campus of UF. While engaged in research, Dr. Mellado published in refereed journals.
Throughout his career he has remained committed to serving the discipline and the integrity of periodontics, at state and national levels, in addition to a full-time private practice. Selected in 2007 as an Examiner of graduate periodontists—those seeking Diplomate Certification from the American Board of Periodontology—he was elected as Director of that distinguished national Board in 2012. In 2017-2018 he is Chairman of the Board. Since 2016, he has been a Director of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, as well.
Dr. Mellado participates in numerous professional societies; additionally, he holds appointments for both Examiner and Expert Witness for the State of Florida.
Distinguished by his ethic of cutting-edge learning, Dr. Mellado speaks often of his “beautiful family.” He is married to Dr. Ania Cabrerizo, who is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They are dedicated parents to three sons, Sebastian, Marcos, and Julian.
Dr. R. Eduardo del Amo
“I always knew I would become a dentist and entered dental school without a particular field of dentistry in mind. In my sophomore year in dental college, I was leaning toward becoming an oral surgeon, but I found the day-to-day routine quite monotonous…”
Dr. J Victor Eagan, DDS
For Dr. J. Victor Eagan, orthodontics isn’t just an interest, it’s in his blood. Dr. Eagan is the son of Dr. John Eagan, the first African American orthodontist in the state of Michigan and the third African American orthodontist in the world.
He started working in his father’s office when he was 10 years old, and he’s known since then that he was going to be an orthodontist, too.