Our Founder - Dr Au Eong Kah Chuan
Dr Au Eong graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1992 and went on to serve the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as a dental officer at the SAFTI in Pasir Labar Camp and Government Dental Clinic at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
After a short stint working in a not so ideal private practice, he felt that it is best for him to create a clinic of his own that he can deliver the ideal treatment for his patients. That’s how the first clinic was born.
Greenlife Dental Clinic started as a humble practice in 1996 in Yew Tee MRT station and it was also the first dental clinic to be located inside a MRT station. Dr Au Eong has more than 20 years of rich experience and is currently doing only orthodontics (braces) and implant treatment for his patients.
Dr Au Eong’s main focus is to build a team of dentists that can provide good, ethical dentistry and able to treat the patients’ problem like their own. His criteria for selecting his dentists are strict and demanding – one with an ethical mind and a kind heart with a pair of gentle hands.
Good dentists are hard to find and this is the reason why we grew so slowly. His stringent selection of dentists has paid off in a big way as patients have come to trust the Greenlife Dental Clinic and this can be seen by the endless referrals of our patients to their loved ones and friends. This is the testimonial of the trust and peace of mind that no matter which dentist take care of their dental health, they can be assured of the high quality of care and value for their money.
With his strong leadership and inspiring vision for his clinic, he is able to gather a team of dentists and staff and slowly grew it to a group of 6 branches with our flagship clinic still located in our birthplace at Yew Tee.
Dr Au Eong is a keen believer in volunteerism.
He said, “When you volunteer, you are doing it with your heart and passion”.
He extended his national service as a Dental Officer as a Major in the Dental Section of a Combat Surgical Hospital whereas most National serviceman cannot wait to be discharged from reservist!
He also volunteers his time with the SAF, NAVY and AIRFORCE to perform numerous social civic mission trips to serve our neighboring countries in Indonesia and Thailand in addition to his extended In-camp training sessions.
Dr Au Eong believes strongly in an attitude of gratitude and giving back to the underprivileged locally and around the world.
This strong passion to serve has brought him to render his dental skills in the remote villages of neighboring South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, and to high mountainous places like the Himalayas belts of Nepal, India, China, and more exotic tropical lands of Africa like Zambia and Madagascar.
He said “We are blessed to be a health-care professional and the benefit should not be restricted to those patients within our dental clinics. It should goes beyond the clinics to reach out to those who have difficulties coming to the clinics”.
He also volunteered his time over the weekends at a local nursing home to treat the bed-ridden patients and participate in helping out elderly patients at senior activity centers and the foreign worker dental clinic locally.
Making all our clinics CHAS and PG accredited is also another way of serving the lower income families and showing our gratitude to all the pioneers of Singapore who contributed their blood and sweat to build our homeland to what it is today.
Dr Au Eong’s intense desire to help with those in need has crystallised into the vision, mission and purpose of Greenlife Dental Clinic.
“To bring the joy of dental care beyond the clinics to serve the world regardless of social, economic or geographic barriers.”
“To become a social enterprise that transform lives positively around the world through dentistry.”
“To inspire and empower our dental team to make a positive difference in their lives and those around.”
The reason why we exist is to serve others so that they can become better and in turn, they go and inspire and empower more people to become better. This will create a positive chain reaction that will impact our team, our community, our country and our world. This is our purpose, our calling or our cause for our existent as Greenlife Dental Clinic.
As a keen naturalist, Dr Au Eong spends many hours during his free time, observing the great variety of flora and fauna on our little island.
He believes that through education and raising the awareness in conservation of our natural resources and protecting our biodiversity will benefits for many generations to come.
Dr Au Eong had a few unusual dental patients of the wild and had been involved in exciting dental procedures like pulling teeth for an antelope, root-canal for a tiger, jaw surgery for a kangaroo in the Singapore Zoo and extractions of teeth for a Indo-pacific Pink dolphin at the Underwater World at Sentosa. This indirectly allows him to return to his childhood dream of being a veterinary surgeon!
Dr Au Eong’s other hobbies include astronomy, fossil collection, photography, keeping of tropical fishes and clay target shooting. He was part of Team Singapore in the 2003 South-East Asia (SEA) Games held in Philippines. Being a national shooter, the training and competitions around the world took up much of his time away from the clinic and family.
He retired from competitive shooting after the SEA Games to re-focus his energy on dentistry and family. He may resurrect this passion in shooting in the future.