Our People | 27 April, 2021

An ANZAC Story with Shannon Byzdra

Cotton Tree Implant Dentistry & Perio Care's Shannon Byzdra started her dental career in the Royal Australian Navy.  Ahead of ANZAC Day 2021 we sat down with Shannon to talk about her service and to gain her thoughts on the importance of Anzac Day and remembering.

Now Practice Manager for a business specialist practice on the Sunshine Coast, Shannon’s time in the Navy feels like a lifetime ago. “My time in the Navy seems like a blur now! I originally joined the back in 2009 after leaving school and spent my 12 months in training to become a Combat Systems Operator. I was always passionate about Dentistry and was successful in gaining a lateral transfer to the ADF Dental Branch in 2012, where I completed my Cert III and IV in Dental Assisting.”

Shannon discharged from the Navy in 2018 and moved to the Sunshine Coast to raise her young family and purse a career in the ‘civilian’ dental world. She says the transition to civilian life took a few years, Although, most of my Navy career was spent in a dental clinic on a shore base, it took quite a few years to fully adapt to becoming a civilian again, which is hard to explain! Anyone who has served for such a big block of their life would understand the feeling” explains Shannon.

Today Shannon balances her Practice Manager career with a busy home life that includes her partner Dan, her children Jett (9) and Everly (5) and stepchildren Aylah (13) and Tao (11). “We have a big and busy but super fun home! We all love spending our spare time on the beach, surfing, playing with our dogs, fitness and adventuring in our MultiVan” says Shannon.

Like most who have served their country, Anzac Day is a special day for Shannon.  This year she will spend time with her family attending one of the beach dawn services on the Sunshine Coast and then watching her school aged children march in the Anzac Service and connecting with others who share a history of military service. During my time in the Navy, I developed quite a few close bonds that have shaped the person I have become today. I always enjoy catching up with colleagues and friends from my time in the Navy and meeting new people along patients who have also served. It is great to share that bond of military service!”