About Us

More than just an Orthodontic Clinic

Wavescape Orthodontics is a warm, welcoming, state-of-the-art orthodontic practice located in Dee Why, at the very heart of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

We’re dedicated to creating beautiful smiles that help improve confidence and deliver a more functional bite – all in a caring and fun environment.
But most importantly, we’re a patient-focused practice where you are more than just a number, and treatment is more than just a set of braces.

Doctor Riaan Foot – Northern beaches Orthodontist

Dr Riaan Foot was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his undergraduate dental training at the University of Stellenbosch and it was during his time that he discovered a passion for orthodontics. He realised that orthodontics has immense potential, not only to improve smiles, but also to transform the lives of patients. He gained tremendous satisfaction from seeing the improvement in confidence and self-esteem following treatment, which inspired him to follow his passion.

Following graduation, Riaan worked as a dentist in a busy private family dental practice for 5 years. He enrolled and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Interceptive Orthodontics at the University of the Western Cape and, after moving to Australia, completed the primary examinations to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the final examinations of the Australian Dental Council granting him full Dental Board registration.

Riaan was subsequently accepted into specialist Orthodontic training program at the University of Sydney, completing the three-year full-time specialist training course, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics).

In recognition of his skills as a postgraduate student, Riaan was awarded the Australian Society of Orthodontics (NSW) prize for the best case treated by a student. He has also been honoured with membership into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Riaan has lectured both in Australia and abroad and accepted an offer to join the University of Sydney faculty as a tutor and lecturer to postgraduate specialist students.

He is currently a member of:

  • The Australian Dental Association
  • The Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • The American Association of Orthodontics
  • The World Federation of Orthodontists
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry.

Riaan holds positions as:

  • Honorary Clinical Associate at the Orthodontic Department of the University of Sydney
  • Consultant Orthodontist at Sydney Paediatric Dentistry.

His special interests include:

  • The use of temporary anchorage devices to expedite treatment results
  • Dentofacial orthopaedics
  • Innovative aesthetic treatments such as Invisalign and invisible braces.

When not looking after his patients’ orthodontic wellbeing, Riaan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, Cara and Walter

He is also a keen sportsman enjoying a wide range of sports such as surfing, scuba diving, snowboarding, kite surfing, squash, rugby, distance running and golf.

Vanessa – Receptionist

Vanessa is the smiling face who greets you when you visit Wavescape Orthodontics.

Returning to Sydney to start a family after 10 years in Ireland, Vanessa loves the lifestyle offered on the Northern Beaches. But it is seeing the amazing changes in peoples’ teeth and smiles, that she finds the most rewarding aspects of her role at Wavescape.

In her free time, Vanessa can be found actively supporting her children’s local rugby club, camping as much as possible, and walking the many invigorating coastal tracks for which the region is renowned.

Bianca – Dental Assistant

A native of Berlin, Germany, Bianca met her husband (a local northern beaches boy) in London, before moving to Australia.

Bianca has a background in hospitality management, but relishes the change of scenery with being involved in orthodontics.

She loves the opportunity to constantly learn and evolve at Wavescape Orthodontics.

In her spare time she likes exploring Sydney with her husband and 2 sons, catching up with friends and baking.