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Our Team

Thorne Dental Team


Dr Geoff Thorne

I graduated from the University of Queensland in 1983 after being awarded a scholarship from Queensland Health. After practicing in North Queensland and Tasmania I moved to Armidale with my wife Karen and two young children ten years later.

Armidale, with its excellent educational facilities, national parks, and supportive community has proved an excellent place to raise a family and, since we arrived, Karen and I have welcomed another two children to our family!

I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and am particularly interested in the role of interceptive (phased) orthodontic/ orthopaedics in developing a beautiful smile, and how dentistry can play a role in treating sleep apnoea.

I ensure that I keep up to date by enthusiastically continuing my education and have undertaken additional training to become experienced in comprehensive restorative work and implant dentistry.

Dr Cristy Norton

I moved to Armidale in 2000 after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, together with prizes in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. I initially moved here for only two years and I’m still here sixteen years later! I have also spent several periods of time working in Tanzania and India.

I like being a general dental practitioner in a regional area as I get the opportunity to perform a wide variety of procedures. My areas of special interest include preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry and oral surgery and I participate in continuing education to keep up to date with new developments in the field of Dentistry. I very much enjoy the community spirit and multiculturalism of Armidale and find people to be very welcoming. I also enjoy the fact that a lot of the young children I first treated in 2000 are now away at university but come back in their holidays for dental care and often I will see three or four generations of the one family. It is an honour to be in a position where I know the family over a long period of time.

When I am not at work I enjoy travelling, textiles, woodwork, food gardening and love cooking and learning about foods from around the world.

Dr Peter Norton

I graduated from the University of Adelaide Dental School in 2004 with prizes in Dental Clinical Practice and Prosthodontics, and admission to the Dean’s List.

I joined Thorne Dental in 2005 and lived in Armidale for five years. I now live between Sydney and Armidale.

I believe in a no-nonsense approach to dental care. I have a particular interest in preventing dental problems for my patients through education and a range of preventive treatments. I also enjoy offering a range of services in cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry.


Dr Debbie Kung

After graduating from University of Sydney in 1988 I worked in Sydney until I made the move to Armidale in 2011. I am privileged to say that Armidale is now my home.

Dentistry allows me to connect with people from all walks of life which is really enjoyable. I take a pretty relaxed approach to most things in life and I like the unpredictable challenges that each working day brings me. I also ensure I keep up to date with current advance in our field so that I can offer the best service to my patients.

In my free time you can find me spending time with my partner and his three boys, doing trivia, Physie (a Physical Culture class), and teaching people how to train their dogs. I love animals, especially dogs, as they keep me young and busy. I also enjoy snow skiing, travelling, eating, cooking, and reading.

Dr Anubhav Verma

I moved to Armidale in 2016 after graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2015 but I am a NSW man through and through, having grown up in Sydney.

I strongly advocate evidence-based dentistry and am highly competent in all aspects of general practice. My areas of special interest include smile aesthetics and anterior restorative treatment; the latter being an area which had a personal influence on my decision to become a dentist. One of my personal strengths is the ability to make patients feel relaxed and at ease during their dental visits.

When I am not at the practice I am an avid photographer and have a keen interest in nature and wildlife photography, as well as a passion for cooking.