Dr Alexys Ward
Hi, my name is Alexys Ward and I am the principal dentist at The Happy Tooth. I graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and since graduating I have completed over 40 additional courses in advanced dentistry including Implant Dentistry.
I grew up on a small farm near Maitland and now live on a farm close to Cessnock. When I am not in the Dental Surgery you will find me outside in the garden or with our horses and other animals. I have practiced dentistry in both Sydney and the Hunter Valley over the past seven years. The city experience allowed me to gain experience and expertise in advanced dental techniques using the latest equipment and technology. I took all of this experience to design and build my dream practice in Cessnock, Singleton and now Muswellbrook.
The Happy Tooth Muswellbrook has been fitted out with equipment of the 21st century to give you the best possible dental care, ensuring we have all of the latest top class equipment and facilities. I want each patient to have what I would want in dental treatment – that is treatment that looks great, feels great, and lasts as long as possible. I have always adhered to the philosophy of, 'if you are going to do something, do it well and always give it your best'.
Dr Paul O'Neill,
Hi, I’m Paul O’Neill and I’m thrilled to be part of the new Happy Tooth Dental Practice in Muswellbrook that is state of the art, in all aspects of dentistry.
I graduated in dentistry from the University of Sydney and spent my early years after graduation in the RAAF at Williamtown. Later, I moved with my family to Muswellbrook to establish a dental practice, and spent several years in the area before moving to the UK to practice. I recommenced practicing in Muswellbrook on my return to Australia and have practiced here ever since.
My family have all grown up in Muswellbrook and my wife Patrice and I are fortunate to have many friends in the area. Our family interests keep us busy and those who know me are aware I enjoy motorcycling whenever the chance arises. Patrice and I always endeavoured to provide a friendly family experience in our practice and are pleased the new practice has similar ideals.
The new practice has given me the chance to work with a dedicated and professional team with a wealth of experience. We are all very approachable, enjoy our dentistry and are here to help. I look forward to offering, along with my colleagues, a caring, friendly and professional service for all of our patients.
Dr Daehoon Kang
Hi, I’m Daehoon, I obtained a Bachelor of Dental Science degree at the University of Melbourne in 2009. I have been practicing dentistry in both the public and private sector, providing variety of dental treatments in the areas of restorative, periodontic, removable and fixed prosthodontic, endodontic, pediatric and exodontia. I am currently pursuing an academic path with main focus on implant dentistry.
My Korean background together with having lived in Australia for most of my life has helped me with the ability to practice dentistry in a culturally competent manner. I can also speak both English and Korean. My wife and I have recently moved from Melbourne to Scone and we really enjoying country life. On my days off I enjoy fishing with my wife (who is a much better angler) and one day hope to have my own farm.
Dr Richard Zhou
Hi, my name is Richard, and I am one of the happy dentists here at The Happy Tooth. I graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Sydney, as well as previously graduating with a degree of physiotherapy. Whether it be for pain relief or more complex restorative procedures, a visit to the dentist should not be dreaded.
I have always enjoyed working with people and pride myself in helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable with my gently chair side mannerisms. I enjoy all facets of dentistry, and look forward to helping you create that beautiful and healthy smile. Outside of dentistry I enjoy exercising and staying active. I also love to eat (probably more than I should!) Lucky there is no shortage of either here in the Hunter.
I look forward to meeting you all soon.
Jon Pride, Dental Prosthetics
Hi! my name is Jon and I graduated from Randwick Tafe with and Associate Diploma in Dental Technology in 1999. After 2 years of gaining experience throughout a diverse range of cases in the field of dental technology, I furthered my studies as a dental technician by upgrading my qualifications to a Diploma in Dental Technology. In 2004 I pursued my passion further by undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Dental prosthesis, graduating in July 2006 as a registered Dental Prosthetist. In doing so I also received the ‘Phil Harris Award’ for the best student overall. My studies continue today constantly gaining knowledge in the field of dentures and more recently implant retained dentures. In 2009 I was involved in the education of Dental Prosthetics at Randwick Tafe as the assistant teacher for implant retained dentures.
I have been working in Sydney throughout my career and am thoroughly enjoying escaping the city to work within the beautiful surroundings of the Hunter Valley, especially due to the abundance of golf courses, vineyards and exciting motorcycle rides at my fingertips.
Dr Julia Tarnay
Hi, I’m Julia, or Jules- one of the dentists here at The Happy Tooth! Having graduated with a Masters of Dentistry from La Trobe University in Victoria, my partner and I made the big move up to the Hunter!
I feel so privileged to be working with such an amazing team at The Happy Tooth, where the patients truly do come first. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry, and pride myself on being particularly gentle. I am well aware it can be very nerve racking for some patients to come to the dentist so I aim to make you as comfortable as possible by understanding your needs, whilst also improving your overall oral health.
Being from the country myself, I love relaxing the lifestyle and the friendly people here in the Hunter Valley region. In my spare time I enjoy bushwalking, going to the gym, tending to my pot plants, and partaking in all activities where food’s involved!
I look forward to meeting you soon to create a happy and healthy smile!
Dr Dharini Ravindra
Hi, I’m Dharini one of the dentists at The Happy Tooth.
I moved to the Hunter region from Sydney, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science followed by a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Sydney.
I am passionate about making everyone’s experience at the dentist a pleasant and enjoyable one. The friendly and welcoming environment at the Happy Tooth makes this easy to achieve. I believe all aspects of oral health are important and hope to work together with you to address your individual needs and concerns.
I feel privileged to practice dentistry in this beautiful part of the country and am keen to explore some of the renowned food the region has to offer. Outside of dentistry I love to travel, cook new foods and spend time with my family, friends and furry animals. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible!
Dr Graham Sutton
Hi, I'm Graham, one of the dentists here at the Happy Tooth.
I graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Sydney Uni in 1982.After graduation I practiced in Tamworth and then Forbes before finally making a permanent home here in Muswellbrook.
Since coming to town my wife and I have raised our two children, both girls, who both attended the local schools for their education.I have been a keen golfer on the local course and I have enjoyed many friendships and great times at the golf club.I have also been a keen tennis player and member of the local tennis club where I have also enjoyed many friendships and great competitions.
I ran my own dental practice in Muswellbrook for 30 years before I joined the team at the Happy Tooth.Since joining the new team I have been impressed by the excellent clinical setup of first class dental equipment and the professional and friendly staff have made me feel right at home.I am very happy to be continuing to treat patients as part of the Happy Tooth team and I look forward to being able to see my "old" regulars as well as new faces.