About Us

Swansea Family Dental

Family Dental Group operates in two convenient locations in the Hunter area: Swansea and New Lambton.

Our facilities offer a comfortable and relaxed environment to ensure your visit with us will be enjoyable and pleasant.

Our equipment and sterilization processes comply with the Australian Dental Association standards. We use the latest technology and techniques in our equipment and materials to deliver the best possible results.

We offer a wide range of dental treatments, including:

  • General dentistry, cleaning, fluoride and plaque removal
  • Crowns, bridgework and veneers
  • Root canal therapy and implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Children's dentistry and preventive dentistry.
  • Derma Fillers and Wrinkle Treatment
  • One visit crowns and inlays with our Cerec technology
  • Invisalign
  • Conventional Braces

Swansea 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 have arrived. They make a promise to all customers 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 large range of treatment options ranging from general dentistry, to more complex cosmetic and aesthetics options, including dental implants and Invisalign.


Our mission is to provide the best possible dental care, while making sure we treat all our customers like family. Your smile is our priority. This means your comfort, health, cosmetic appeal and satisfaction are our big concerns. Our team of qualified professionals promotes comprehensive dental care, encompassing prevention and maintenance as well as treatment.

With a gentle approach and high-quality, long-lasting dental care, we like to change people's perceptions of dentistry. We understand that choosing a dentist may feel like a leap of faith, so we have created our customer promise to reassure you that you are in good hands.

The Family Dental Group Team

At the Family dental Group, all our clinicians and staff belong to various study groups and regularly attend seminars on most aspects of dentistry to remain up-to-date with the latest developments. Drs Ricardo and Maria Paez took a strong interest in trying to change people's experiences at the dentist and constantly receive positive feedback from their patients. Everyone is treated as if they are part of the Family Dental Group team. Doctors offer the best possible treatment, while preferring soft and gentle techniques to ensure an experience without trauma, especially when the procedure is quite complex. All our dentists are skilled and highly trained to deal with the restoration of broken or badly decayed teeth. They have performed countless CROWNS, BRIDGEWORK, ONLAYS, INLAYS, VENEERS and WHITENING, always making sure that the communication with their patients is 100% clear so they can fully meet their patients' expectations. A family-orientated practice, with most of the team members having children of their own, they are eager to help the community with their dental concerns.


Dr Ricardo Paez (General Dentistry)

Dr RP graduated from Central University of Venezuela in 2005. He worked in both the public and the private sector for 2 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 belong 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.

He also has a passion for realigning and straighten teeth so he can restore his patient's smiles using Invisalign, giving them back their confident and happiness trough 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 believes he can change people's view on their dental experience.

Dr Maria Paez (General Dentistry)

Dr Maria Paez graduated from Central University of Venezuela in 2005. She worked on both the public and the private sector for 2 years before migrating to Australia in 2007.

In 2009 she finished her degree accreditation through the Australian Dental Council.

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 save from decay.

Dr Maria's soft approach and caring character has made her known at New Lambton Family Dental as the kids favourite dentist, because kids, especially nervous kids, become very relaxed and at easy while Dr Maria performs whatever treatment they require.

She 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 Derma Fillers to compliment your perfect smile with a 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 believes he can change people's view on their dental experience.

Dr Neville Bo

Dr Neville Bo graduated from The University of Liverpool (UK) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He then joined the Royal Air Force as a dental officer for 6 years.

After leaving the military, he worked in general practice for 4 years, carrying out a mixture of private and NHS dentistry. He moved to Australia in 2013 and settled in the Newcastle area with his wife, and they now have two beautiful daughters.

He carries out all aspects of general dentistry, but particularly enjoys aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry. Dr Bo is now also offering fixed orthodontic (braces) treatment to help straighten patients' teeth and improve their smiles. Occasionally he helps out at the John Hunter Hospital with forensic dental work. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family and travelling.


Vitor Diogo

Vitor was born and raised in Portugal. He trained as a dental hygienist at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, graduating in 2001 and proceeding his studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 2002. In Portugal until 2006, worked in private practice, community school health and clinical supervision in the Dental Hygiene Degree at the University of Lisbon. In 2006 moved to Australia having since worked in private practice in Sydney and from 2010 has also lectured at the University of Newcastle BOH. Vitor has been an active member of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia since 2006 having held the position of Vice-President of the DHAA-NSW. Vitor and his family have recently moved to Newcastle in search of a better life style. His enthusiasm for excellence in patient care and prevention makes him a great addition to our team.

Jody Avis

Jody has 25 years experience in the Dental industry. Jodi began her career as a Dental Assistant working in Sydney and Melbourne. Her passion for the industry led her to pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist studying at Torrens Valley Institute in Adelaide graduating in 2002.

Jody has experience in all areas of Dentistry including Orthodontics, Cosmetics and Special needs.

She relocated to Newcastle in 2011, as has a a large base of satisfied patients that appreciate her gentle approach and attention to details.

Nurses and Front Office Coordinators

Ann Parkinson (Practice Manager)

Ann has been involved in the dental industry for the last 5 years, with plenty of reception experience before that. She gained certification in Dental Assistant in 2010 (Certificate IV). Ann is a very polite and efficient individual - if you need help with anything, she is the one to call! She possesses great communication skills, is very friendly to our patients and has proven to be a fantastic addition to our practice

Zorica Savic (Dental Nurse)

Born in former Yugoslavia, Zorica finished her nursing degree in 1996. After migrating to Australia with her family in 1997, she dreamt of working as a Dental Assistant; four years ago her wish was granted. Since then she has worked alongside orthodontists and general dentists performing oral surgery and dental implants. Her drive to explore more about the dental industry just keeps growing.

Margaret Mockton (Dental Nurse)

Margaret has lived in Newcastle all her life & is the mother of two beautiful boys. She spent a lot of her working life in departments stores retail, until ten years ago when she decided she wanted a career change and became a Dental Assistant. She holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, and Certificate IV in Dental Radiography. She is a hard working nurse and loves to have a chat to our patients!

Tahlee Corkett (Dental Nurse)

Tahlee is a young, motivated woman, with seven years experience as a Dental Assistant. She holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, has trained in Orthodontics treatment and also worked at a Specialist Practice in Restorative and Endodontics in London for two years. She is always thinking of the patient first and will do everything in her power to make the dental visit a pleasant one.

Samantha Campbell

Sam has lived in Newcastle all of her life. Happily married and a mother of 2. She has a Cert III and 35 years experience in the Dental industry acting as both a front office coordinator and a dental assistant.

Sam really enjoys high end dentistry, but has now discover a passion for front office coordination and admin work.

She enjoys running, chatting and getting to know new people. Sam is also a huge Kate Bush fan.

Jo Harris

Jo has been involve in the dental world for over 10 years. With lots of experiences in the private and public sector, she has been a great addition to the team.

When she is not dental assisting, she is working as a personal trainer! She is full of energy and definitely fills our practice with a lot of positive energy and charisma.

Sam B

Sam finished her Certificate III 6 years ago. She has been involved in the dental industry for about 7 years working in different private practices around Newcastle. She then moved on to work with one of the leading dental laboratories for over a year. After that she came back to dental assisting with the Family Dental Group where she has been working for the last 12 months.

She is a very gentle and caring person with great people skills and a passion to make patients comfortable in the chair. We are definitely very lucky to have her In our team!