Making Tweed smiles sparkle
DENTAL prosthetist Paul Hargrave is the fifth generation of his family in the Tweed Valley.
From his great grandmother, the first woman of European descent to be born in the Murwillumbah hospital, to his kids Eli and Asha, Mr Hargrave and his family share a close relationship with the place they call home.
“It's just a lovely place to live,” Mr Hargrave said.
Mr Hargrave and his wife Simone opened the Northern Rivers Denture Clinic in Tweed Heads about a year ago, after almost 30 years' experience in the industry.
Mr Hargrave was given his first job as an apprentice by John Cooney at a Tweed Mall dental clinic before he worked in various places on the Gold Coast, serving patients at Frank Ekerick Dental for 17 years before it closed last year.
This gave Mr Hargrave the chance to start his own business.
“I started out as an apprentice and moved forward from there,” he said.
“It's satisfying to see my finished product in the mouth, and, of course, owning my own business is satisfying, too.”
Mr Hargrave believed making the dentures himself, as opposed to sourcing them from overseas, gave his patients peace of mind and made his job even more satisfying.
“It gives the patient a more satisfying treatment that if anything goes wrong, they can just come straight back to us.”
Simone Hargrave believes operating a family business has strengthened their relationship.
“You hear all these horrible stories about couples working together, but it's better now than it was before,” Mrs Hargrave said. “We're here for the long haul; it's the best place, and it's our home.”