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SAMUEL "call me Sam"
Soh says dentistry is an area
"that you really don't know a
whole lot about until you see
it in action".
But although he didn't neces-
sarily know what he wanted to
be while growing up, Sam has
nonetheless joined the family
Waikerie's newest dentist
comes from a Melbourne family
of six children with his "sister
at the top and five boys below".
His father is a dentist and
his older sister also worked in
the industry, before studying to
become a minister.
A younger brother is in the
fourth year of a five year Bach-
elor of Dental Surgery at Ade-
laide University, the course Sam
"My parents are happy I did
dentistry," he said.
"I like to use my hands and
interact with people and I knew
I wouldn't be content to sit in a
little office cubicle all day.
"I really liked art and I see a
lot of art in dentistry which is
what really drew me in."
The new graduate has been
in Waikerie just five weeks and
is currently working one to two
days a week, including time at
Loxton, but anticipates his hours
"People are really nice here,
that's one of the things I've
found about the country," he
"The staff here are also well
trained and they make sure I
run on time or as close to time
"I haven't had a single dis-
gruntled patient when they leave
Sam, a self-professed golf
tragic, paid tribute to his new
mentors, Dr Mark Moore and
Dr Ales Krecinic and said when
he wasn't working, he could be
found at the golf course.
Sam also enjoyed his first
schnitzel night at the Waikerie
Club last week.
"I love schnitzels and I didn't
realise how packed it would be,"
Sam said people could call
Waikerie Dental Practice on 8541
3166 to book an appointment.
WATER levels at the Hart and
Ramco lagoons near Waikerie
are being drawn down as part of
ongoing wetland management
The project, run through Natu-
ral Resources SA Murray-Darling
Basin (SAMDB) and Riverland
West Landcare, aims to re-create
the drying and wetting process that
naturally occurred before river
Natural Resources SAMDB wet-
land ecologist Emily Hoffmann said
regulating structures on the Hart
and Ramco lagoons -- which are con-
nected to the River Murray -- were
closed in December to draw water
"This year Hart Lagoon will
be completely dried out, while
Ramco Lagoon will only be partially
dried," she said.
"Originally the drawdown
phases were scheduled for last year,
but this was prevented by high weir
pool water levels and early winter
Ms Hoffmann said the wetlands
ecosystems benefited from the wet-
ting and drying regimes.
"You can already notice fring-
ing vegetation germinating on the
newly exposed wetland bed at Hart
Lagoon," she said.
"This is going to be great habitat
for birds and other animals when
we refill the wetland later this year.
"Another benefit of the drying
phase at Hart Lagoon is the removal
Management plan on track
Sam knows the drill
WAIKERIE Dental Practice has welcomed its newest dentist Samuel Soh (centre) to its team. He is pictured
with colleagues Tanya Lehmann and Lee-Anne Ellis.
PHOTO: Kaitlyn Opie
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