About Us

Our Dentists

Our dentists share many years of clinical experience in all aspects of dentistry. We belong to our professional associations, and continually attend professional seminars and post-graduate courses to stay abreast of new developments.

Dr Jim Rushton


Dr Rushton graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1982. He worked on King Island for 18mths and then worked overseas, returning to Tasmania in 1991.

Jim enjoys all facets of dentistry, but has a particular interest in implantology. He was first introduced to implants in 1989 while working in London, and since then has completed many courses on oral rehabilitation with implants both here in Australia and overseas.

His motivation is and always has been to deliver the highest standard of care that he can for his patients and is supported by an enthusiastic and caring group of support staff.

Jim is a member of the Australian Dental Association, and has served on the Tasmanian Council for the past 12 years. He is currently the immediate past president of the Tasmanian Branch of the ADA.

Another keen interest has been to improve access to dental care for the less fortunate in our community through the National Dental Foundation (NDF) and is currently the state director of NDF Australia.

Jim loves living in Tasmania and enjoys everything the state has to offer. He has five grown up children.

Dr Kevin McGregor


Dr McGregor graduated with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 1996 with a Bachelor in Dental Surgery. Dental implants have been a focus from the inception of his career.

Years of domestic and international study and training in oral implantology, surgery, grafting and cosmetic dentistry has culminated in the ability to offer comprehensive implant treatment in our practice. Dr McGregor is a member of the ITI (International Team of Implantology) which focuses on the ongoing research and education in the field of Implants.

Kevin is highly focused on giving people their confidence and dignity back through comprehensive dental care. He is a great believer in spending time with people to understand their needs and to look beyond short term, narrow solutions.

Outside of work Kevin is is passionate about quality time with family and friends and has a love of adventure travel, food and coffee. He enjoys keeping fit and with the help of his friends he returned to long distance running and completed his first marathon in 2014 and Hobart’s arduous Point to Pinnacle.

Dr William Dimento


Hi! I’m Dr William Dimento, but everyone knows me as Will. I have been visiting Tasmania for the past ten years but can now call Hobart home. I love the lifestyle and friendly atmosphere, I can never fail to find someone friendly when I’m out and about. You can find me at any of the popular brunch spots on the weekend with my fiancé Lauren and our cheeky puppy Maisie. Together we have been exploring the national parks and trails, staying in our bright yellow camper. Our most memorable trip so far has been to the Bay of Fires, although Cradle Mountain was also magical.

At home I’m always trying to develop my handy man skills. Having purchased our first house in 2018, I am forever spending my weekends completing small renovations and tending to the yard. I love the accomplishment of learning, carrying out, and finishing improvement jobs. This tends to transfer across from the work that I do as a dentist, the satisfied feeling I get when I am able to help somebody and the pride in the details when it comes to doing a great job.  When not outside I love to research old cars and motorcycles, and watch cult classic movies.

Last year I made the decision to move to Hobart from my home town of Brisbane. My colleagues kindly recommended Dr Jim Rushton and Dr Kevin McGregor as an excellent place to start looking for a new dental practice to call home. The rest is history. There really is nothing like the welcoming and family feeling they have cultured here at the practice. Whether you are an existing patient here at Prime, or are looking for a new dental clinic I would love to meet you and your family. My goal is to provide personalised dental care to patients at any stage of life and to change perceptions about what it means to visit the dentist.

So come and say hi, I hope to see you soon.


Our hygienists are the back bone of the practice. Their role involves the detection, prevention, treatment and education of dental diseases. They all belong to the Dental Hygienists’ Association and regularly attend post-graduate courses.

Alyson McKinlay


Alyson has worked at Prime Dental since 2003. With over 30 years working in the dental profession she has a wealth of experience. Alyson loves working with her patients and enjoys the laughter, fun & sharing of experiences that each visit brings.

Alyson enjoys family & home; food, music, craft, trivia & a good chat. Walking her dog Reilly is another great enjoyment not only the exercise but meeting all the other pet owners, their pets & people walking by.

Alyson enjoys baking when the mood strikes and growing fruit & vegetables. Having inherited a garden of beautiful roses Alyson makes the most of the blooms & fragrances. She has received lots of tips for gardening from her patients, and as a gardening novice accepts & utilizes these tips.

Leanne Preece


Leanne had many years of dental experience as a dental therapist and dental assistant before completing her Dental Hygiene studies in Adelaide and joining the Prime team in 2003.

Leanne loves working with people of all ages especially children and the elderly. Outside of work she has many and varied interests including a passion for animals especially her two horses, dog and cat, learning languages (currently Spanish), working towards sustainable living and quenching her thirst for knowledge both personally and professionally by attending interesting courses.

Practice Manager

Helen Wilson

Patient Co-ordinator

Helen joined Prime Dental Practice in March 2003, the first week we opened our new premises in Gregory Street! She has had extensive experience working over ten years in the dental industry on the North West coast of Tasmania before relocating to Hobart with her family in October 2002. Helen is married with three adult children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the southern end of Tassie, bike riding on the Pipeline track, fishing off the Woodbridge jetty, good coffee at Salamanca, walking along the beautiful Southern beaches, showing it off and dining with family and friends from out of town.


Our administration staff are dedicated to making your visit to our practice as comfortable and convenient as humanly possible. On your arrival you will be offered a cool drink or a warm beverage, and made to feel at home in our patient lounge.

Our Administration Staff: Helen, Anna, Kim and Helena

Care Nurses

Our care nurses have all attained their certificates in dental assisting, and are involved in ongoing training with the rest of our team in all aspects of patient care. They are directly involved with your treatment and are instrumental in you having a relaxed, efficient and friendly visit.

Our Nurses: Hilda, Bek, Katelin and Ellie