Welcome to The Dental Bridge Program

About US

The moment we qualify as dentists, we are all face with the same questions:

  • How do I start my career as a newly qualified dentist?
  • Do I know enough to work in private practice?
  • Where do I find guidance and support?

As private practitioners, Jean and Corné have had to find the answers to these questions through trial and error, making mistakes along the way, but also finding inspiration and growth through mentorship.

They believe in giving back – and through the Bridge Program their vision is to empower and inspire the dentists of tomorrow. Building a community of like-minded dentists, where it is safe to ask the simplest questions, learning the essential building blocks of dentistry in private practice.


Dr. Corné Smith

Dr. Corné Smith BChD; PDD (Aesthetic dentistry) | The Bridge Program

Dr Corné Smith BChD, PDD

“I believe that dentistry is one of the greatest professions. It gives us an opportunity to be clinicians, to serve our community, restore natural beauty, and create lasting smiles, all while we can be entrepreneurs and business owners at the same time.” – Dr Corné Smith

Dr. Corné Smith graduated from the University of Pretoria. During her time as an associate dentist she had an interest in aesthetic dentistry from the start and gained experience in CAD-CAM and minimally invasive reconstructive techniques since 2006. She did a post graduate diploma in Aesthetic dentistry through the University of Western Cape, and a 2-year diploma in Orthodontics through McGann Postgraduate School of Dentistry (USA).

Dr. Corné also has an interest in the business side of dentistry and has grown her own practice from a small start-up to successful multi-disciplinary practice. She is an avid consumer of business books, podcasts and all things entrepreneurial, and is constantly looking for ways to improve the manner in which we do the business of dentistry.

In 2017 Dr Corné co-founded The Bridge Program, with a vision to empower and educate dentists. She believes that The Bridge Program should be a safe and inclusive space where we can share and learn together.

Being a passionate dentist, she has always been involved in several dental associations, and now serves on the Executive Committee of the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD). She is also a member of ITI (International Team on Implantology), South African Academy of Computerised Dentistry (SAACD), SADA (South African Dental Association) and is registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa).

Dr. Jean Van Lierop

Dr Jean van Lierop (BChD, PDD, MSc) | The Bridge Program

Dr Jean van Lierop (BChD, PDD, MSc)
Dr van Lierop is passionate about dentistry and he believes that every dentist has the ability to do great things. This passion has seen him complete his MSc in Restorative Dentistry and a PDD in Aesthetic Dentistry. He is a founding member and current president of The South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (SAAAD) and co-founder of “The Bridge Program”. With a strong belief in the value of sharing knowledge, Dr van Lierop has presented numerous workshops and lectures to local and international colleagues throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East.