Swansea Family Dental

Meet the Team at New Lambton Family Dental

Family Dental Group comprises two locations: Swansea Family Dental and New Lambton Family Dental.

Swansea Family Dental first opened its doors in 2005 and has since been treating patients around the Swansea, Belmont, Caves Beach and greater Newcastle areas. New owners took over the practice in January 2013, and a fresh team of dentists has arrived. They make a promise to all patients to work hard to meet your needs in the best possible way.

New Lambton Family Dental opened its doors in January 2015, and is now fully operational and equipped with brand new, state-of-the-art equipment, offering a broad range of treatment options ranging from general dentistry to more complex cosmetic and aesthetic choices, including dental implants and Invisalign.

Our mission is to provide the best possible dental care while ensuring we treat you like family. Your smile is our priority. Our team will look after your comfort, health, cosmetic appeal and satisfaction. 

We look forward to showing you the new face of dentistry. Take a moment to get to know our dentists and staff by reading through the biographies below.

Dr Ricardo Paez

Principal Dentist

Dr Ricardo Paez graduated from Central University of Venezuela in 2005. He worked in both the public and the private sector for two years before migrating to Australia in 2007.

In 2008, he finished his degree accreditation through the Australian Dental Council and immediately moved to Newcastle.

He belongs to various study groups and regularly attends seminars on most aspects of dentistry to remain up-to-date with the latest developments. He focuses on cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, performing high-quality work with his state-of-the-art CEREC machine, being able to offer same-day crowns, onlays and bridges with minimal intervention. Dr Paez is a Digital Smile Design Master, designing beautiful smiles for our patients. 

He also has a passion for realigning and straighten teeth so he can restore his patients' smiles using Invisalign, giving them back their confidence and happiness through their smiles.

Dr Ricardo Paez believes in treating every single patient as if they were his own family. With a gentle approach and a passion for cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, he is confident that he can change people's view on their dental experience.

Dr Maria Paez

Principal Dentist

Dr Maria Paez graduated from Central University of Venezuela in 2005. She worked in both the public and the private sector for two years before migrating to Australia in 2007.

In 2009 she finished her degree accreditation through the Australian Dental Council. Dr Paez is a Digital Smile Design member, advancing the art of dental aesthetics. 

Dr Maria has a passion for paediatric dentistry. Being a mother herself, she understands young children's needs and the challenges that parents face on how to keep their kids' teeth safe from decay.

Her soft approach and caring character have made her known at New Lambton Family Dental and Swansea Family Dental as the kids' favourite dentist. Kids, especially nervous ones, become very relaxed and at ease while Dr Maria performs whatever treatment they require.

Dr Maria takes this same approach for the 'bigger kids' (you know the ones) as well, making all of her patients very comfortable while they are in her chair.

She also has a passion for facial aesthetics, performing a wide range of treatments with anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers to complement your perfect smile with young, fresh facial features.

Dr Maria Paez believes in treating every single patient as if they were her own family. With a gentle approach and a passion for cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, she feels she can change people's views on their dental experience.

Dr Jonathan Michael

Associate Dentist

Dr Jonathan Michael attended Griffith University, Gold Coast and earned his Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science in 2015 before continuing on to achieve a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry. As an exemplary student, Dr Michael received the Award for Academic Excellence in both 2014 and 2015.

Dr Michael has worked with Family Dental Group since January 2018, bringing his experience and skills to both our Swansea and New Lambton dental clinics for the benefit of our patients.

Dr Michael appreciates being able to change people’s lives by improving their oral health and smiles with the personalised dentistry we provide to our patients. As a Digital Smile Design member, Dr Michael uses the latest technology for predictable and individualised cosmetic dentistry results.

When away from the surgeries, Dr Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, land and seascape photography and working on his hobby car.

Jude Burton

Front Office Coordinator

Jude joined us in January of 2018 with a background as a hairdresser and in the hospitality industry, making Jude a perfect asset to the Family Dental Group team where we believe in looking after our own patients like family.

One of Jude’s favourite aspects of working in dentistry is having such a positive dynamic among the team and how enthusiastic everyone is for their work.

When away from the clinic, you will find Jude volunteering as a firefighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service and fundraising for the Cancer Council.

Jody Avis


Jody joined the Family Dental Group team in 2015 after earing her Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Torrens Valley Institute and practising hygiene since 2002.

Before advancing her education, Jody began as a dental assistant when she found she wanted to play a more active role in helping patients become aware of how to achieve excellent oral health.

Jody loves her profession because it is rewarding to help patients gain a positive change with something as personal as their smiles.

Having grown up in Maitland, Jody has also lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

When she is away from the dental clinics, you will find Jody seeking her love of travel and keeping busy with her three children.

Evana Stewart


Originally from Wollongong, NSW, Evana attended Newcastle University, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. She began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant, earning her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2006.

Evana joined the Family Dental Group team in January 2018.

Because she values health and education, dental hygiene is the perfect career for Evana. She appreciates playing a role in patients’ lives by contributing to their transformation to happier, healthier lives as they gain control of their oral health.

She is passionate about making each patient’s experience pleasant and provides gentle treatment to support comfortable dental cleans and gum treatments.

Evana’s compassion extends to a lifelong love of animals.

Ann Parkinson

Dental Practice Manager

Ann is originally from Newcastle and has been a valued part of the Family Group Dental team since 2014. She is the practice manager at both our Swansea and New Lambton clinics.

Ann enjoys being part of a team of great people who strive to help patients love and learn about dentistry. She enjoys working with a committed team at both practices and values making patients feel like they are a part of the family.

When away from the practices, you will often find Ann exploring the world by travelling and spending quality time with her children.

Samantha Campbell

Front Office Coordinator

Samantha was born and raised in Newcastle and is a long-time dental professional having entered the field in 1983. Samantha earned her Certificate III in dental assisting in 2002 and now looks after the front office and our patients’ needs. 

Once she joined the Family Dental Group team in July 2016, Samantha realised that her love of dentistry comes from caring for the patients we serve. She also enjoys the new technology in the clinics and finds it exciting to be a part of such a modern practice.

When away from the dental clinic, you will often find Samantha hanging out with family and friends or listening to music.

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