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Meet the Team

For the expert staff at our centres, it is all about listening to patients and providing the right solutions. This requires the right team of dental experts, which is what we offer at About Smiles.

About Smiles was established to provide a full range of dental care after noticing that patients were not getting comprehensive and straightforward dental treatments in a single location.

Among our staff are specialists, who include a pediatric dentist, periodontist and an oral maxillofacial surgeon, and several specially trained dental hygienists.

For treatment requiring sedation dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, About Smiles’ patients are in safe and capable hands. Our team of dental experts are supported by our hi-tech facilities which include painless injection system, dedicated patient recovery rooms, an in-house lab and the latest in sedation dentistry technology.

Meet our caring clinicians

DR AODHAN DOCHERTY - Dentist BMedSci (SYD), BDent (HONS)(SYD)

Dr Aodhan Docherty is skilled in all facets of general dentistry and prides himself on rejuvenating smiles. Having graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Graduate Degree in Dentistry with Honours, Dr Docherty has experience in working in paediatrics, aged care, general family dentistry and emergency treatment.

Dr Docherty’s expertise includes root canal therapy, crown and bridgework, extractions, general and cosmetic dentistry. Eight years of graduate education and clinical experience has ensured that Dr Docherty works to an extremely high standard and strives to raise the bar for the benefit of his patients.

He places utmost importance on taking the time to formulate a long term and comprehensive treatment plan and discussing the options with his patients and the specialists with whom he works. With a relaxed and calming chairside manner, Dr Docherty goes above and beyond to deliver pain free dentistry and treats every patient as though they were family; ethically and compassionately. “I look forward to delivering a long term treatment plan for all of my patients to ensure good oral health and so they can be proud of their smile” is something that Dr Docherty strives to achieve in his care for patients.

DR CAROLINE CHUNG - Specialist Paediatric Dentist BDS, MDS, AdvDip (Paed), MRACDS (Paed), MRCSEd

Dr Caroline Chung is a registered specialist in paediatric dentistry. Her experience includes all aspects of paediatric dentistry, with a particular interest in dental trauma and emergencies, dental management of anxious children, decay in early childhood, and surgical management of impacted and supernumerary teeth.

Following her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney, she worked in general private practice in Sydney for three years and then moved overseas to further her studies and experience.

Dr Chung obtained her Masters and Advanced Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, and her Diploma of Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She then travelled in a professional capacity to places such as Malaysia, Canada and Germany, gaining a unique exposure to different cultures and backgrounds.

Dr Chung has now been working in specialist private practice in Sydney for several years, and also has two children to keep her very busy!

DR COLM GALVIN - Dentist BA (Trinity College, Ireland), B Dent Sc (Trinity College, Ireland)

Since graduation in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin, Dr Colm has been focused on enhancing his skills through regular courses and keeping up to date with new developments and techniques in dental care. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry but particularly enjoys helping patients overcome difficult past experiences and dental phobia. He believes that nobody should have to suffer to have a beautiful smile.

Dr Colm moved to Australia in 2011 and worked in different parts of the country before deciding to settle in Sydney, where he fell in love with the lifestyle, climate, beaches and culture. Known for a friendly demeanour which allows patients to feel comfortable during treatment, Colm loves communicating with patients and helping them to understand treatment options. This allows them to decide on what they feel is both affordable and best for them. His belief is that, "prevention is better than cure" and prides himself in helping patients understand dental disease to prevent problems before they occur.

As a self confessed dental nerd Dr Colm loves learning new treatments and techniques to enhance his patients experience and oral health. He regularly attends courses locally, in Europe and in the United States where he has studied at the prestigious Global Institute for Dental Education. His special interests include complex functional and cosmetic cases, wisdom teeth removal and implant dentistry.

When he is not creating beautiful smiles Dr Colm enjoys spending time with his wife, Luciana, their dog, Bobo, reading and personal fitness.

Dr DAVID ARGENT - Dentist BDS

David has had a somewhat eclectic background, starting his dental career in Canberra way back in the early eighties, before spending a few exciting years as a reporter and presenter with ABC radio.

Prior to joining About Smiles, Dr David Argent has more than 30 years experience in private dental practice in northern Sydney, both in Chatswood and Wahroonga. He takes pride in the quality of all his clinical work and regularly attends professional development courses to keep up-to-date with the rapidly-changing world of modern dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, David is a keen cyclist and Tae Kwon Do black belt. He also enjoys snow skiing and learning (struggling!) to play the bass guitar. His favourite pastime though is just relaxing at home with his family. Find out more about Dr David Argent here

 

DR MARK MINGJIE LU - Dentist BAppSc(SYD), BDent (HONS)(SYD)

Dr Mark Lu graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Graduate Degree in Dentistry with first class honours. He has worked as a health professional for many years which has enhanced his understanding of a patient’s needs, and he practises all aspects of general dentistry, with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. He is experienced working with patients of all ages and particularly enjoys paediatric dentistry.

From his own childhood painful dental experiences including root canal therapy without local anaesthetic, he has developed a deep understanding of two things: firstly how much a patient suffers when they experience tooth ache and, secondly, the vital importance of daily oral hygiene. Since the day he started practising dentistry, he has been determined to deliver pain free dentistry.

Dr Lu speaks both English and Mandarin fluently and takes the time to discuss treatment options comprehensively with all of his patients so that they understand the pros and cons of these options before making any decisions. He is happy to answer any questions, taking into consideration both function and aesthetics, and his goal is always to provide optimal oral care with long term functional stability. He takes great pleasure in his patients’ satisfaction and beautiful smile after treatment.

DR NICK MESSENGER - Dentist BDS (SYD)

Dr Nicholas Messenger is a graduate from the University of Sydney, with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Since graduating in 1993 Nicholas has gained extensive experience in general and cosmetic dentistry with a particular interest in periodontal therapy and endodontics.

 

His calm manner has gained the trust of his many patients in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs over the past 22 years and, having been a local most of his life, you may have seen him on the tennis court or golf course, sports he enjoys when not in the dental chair. He has a keen interest in philosophy and lives in the Eastern suburbs with his wife and children.

 

ESTHER WILSON - Dental Hygienist AssocDDH (Curtin)

Esther is a valuable new member of our team and already proving to be extremely popular.A recent arrival from Perth, WA, she is now settling into Sydney and getting used to our city’s traffic!

Coming from a multi-disciplinary practice in Perth, she is experienced in all aspects of periodontal care, dental hygiene and implant cleaning.She works closely with all our dentists and prides herself on attention to detail, ensuring you get the best possible results from your hygiene visit.

Esther has added qualifications for in-chair teeth whitening and can advise you if this procedure is right for you.With her empathetic, gentle nature she will put you at your ease and answer any of your questions.She will explain how you can improve your oral hygiene at home as her understanding of the preventative role in dental health is fundamental to her work.

SARAH PICCIOLINI - Dental Hygienist BOH (Newscastle)

Sarah is a qualified Dental Hygienist, having obtained her Bachelor of Oral Health at University of Newcastle. Sarah works closely with all our dentists to provide quality preventative care in both general and cosmetic dentistry.

Sarah has a passion for improving and maintaining optimum oral health. Friendly and approachable, she is continually striving to keep up to date with the latest preventative dental techniques to ensure a comfortable experience and the best outcome for her patients.

With 9 years experience in the dental industry, Sarah worked as a dental assistant prior to her degree. She has completed an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition, complementing her passion for preventative care, and is happy to share her knowledge to educate patients in ways they can improve their oral health and maintain a healthy smile.

Sarah has worked in multi-disciplinary roles as a hygienist and is qualified in providing in chair teeth whitening.

 

SELAH CHOI - Dental Hygienist BOH (Newscastle) Diploma Dental Technology (NSW TAFE)

Selah Choi graduated from the Bachelor of Oral Health at University of Newcastle and Diploma of Dental Technology at TAFE NSW. She is qualified as a Dental Hygienist as well as Dental Technician, and works closely with our dentists to provide a complete preventive care. Selah is focused in education and personalised oral health program for each one of her patients, ensuring great care in the most comfortable dental environment. Her preventive role is fundamental for preservation of natural dentition as well as successful maintenance of any cosmetic and reconstructive work including dental implants.

To ensure highest level of care, Selah is constantly updating herself through research and external courses, she recently successfully completed a nutrition and dietetic assistance course at TAFE.


Our friendly team

About Smiles’ strong patient focus is based on listening to their needs and providing the right types of solutions. We endeavour to make our procedures reasonably priced while also being able to deliver ideal outcomes for our patients.

No matter if it is for a nervous patient or a parent who is responsible for their children’s dental needs, About Smiles can provide excellent customised care and service.

We have a large number of patients who we consider lifetime patients because they know we look after their best interests.

About Smiles is also strongly family focused and we are involved in the local community where we encourage kids to cultivate good dental habits.