Our Team

We have all worked together and enjoyed working together for such a long time, that you can’t help but notice.


James Bayford


James graduated from UWA in 1982. He owned a practice in Denmark (WA) for 9 years before becoming part of Hill Bayford and Associates Dental Centre in 1997. During this time (now 24 years) he has enjoyed long term relationships with many patients.


James tutored dental students part time at the UWA for 5 years from 2007. His favourite instruments in dentistry are dental floss and the tooth brush. These are the tools he teaches his patients to use themselves to prevent intervention in the surgery.



In his spare time he enjoys fishing, growing vegetables and flowers, walking and bike riding. He supports Perth Glory, Fremantle Dockers, Western Warriors, and Tottenham FC.


Rubin Kuppusamy


Rubin joined the team Hill Bayford & Associates Dental Centre in 2007. Graduating from UWA in 2004, he has worked in Karratha, Quairading, Narrogin and Mandurah and volunteered in India with Dentists Abroad, finally becoming a partner at Hill Bayford Dental in 2011. He was a part time clinical supervisor at OHCWA (UWA) for the Final Year Dental Students, a role he enjoyed for 4 years from 2013. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and in particular focusing on preventive dentistry.

On a personal note, Rubin gets a lot of criticism for being a Chelsea football club supporter. And he’s constantly coming up with contraptions to keep the snails from his 'vege patches' and building cardboard box forts for his two young daughter.


Chinh Tran


Chinh joined the Hill Bayford team in 2003, bringing a gentle female touch and perspective to our dental practice. During that time she also tutored dental students at OHCWA (UWA). Her attention to detail and natural rapport with children, makes her perfect to treat the whole family.

Chinh keeps busy caring for her 6 year old son on her day off as well as pursuing her hobby of making and decorating cakes. She also enjoys dining out with her husband and son and catching up with friends and family


Siany Hopkins


Siany joined Hill Bayford in 2015 after graduating with honours from UWA. She’s passionate about all aspects of dentistry but mostly enjoys providing excellent overall care, and helping anxious patients to feel at home in the dental clinic with her gentle, easy going nature. She finds it most rewarding when you give someone that confidence to smile again, or developing the trust that allows them to overcome previous dental fears.


Siany starts her day at the gym or with a run, which means she’s bouncing with energy by the time you see her at work. She is also a dog lover and enjoys nothing more than a coastal walk and coffee with her husband and puppy Dempsey. She’s passionate about educating her patients and enjoys treating the whole family from the little ones to the older generations.


Melinda Christiansen

Dental Hygienist

Melinda graduated from Curtin University in 1998 and joined Hill Bayford and Associates in 2012. Her experience and excellent skills are an asset to our practice.


In her spare time she enjoys camping and family holidays with her husband and two children. Melinda enjoys keeping fit by playing hockey on the weekend and walking the dog.


Our Staff

At HBA Dental we are fortunate to have a very friendly close-knit team of ancillary staff assisting with the day-to-day running of the practice. From your first phone call to our reception team, Antoniette, Eda, Haidee and Sophia, you will notice a commitment to making your visit here a pleasant one.

Then there’s Deb, Renae, Lena, Tracey and Kasia, our friendly and ultra-dedicated dental assistants who are there for you during your consultation, as well as working mighty hard behind the scenes.


We have all worked together and enjoyed working together for such a long time, that you can’t help but notice.