New Lambton Family Dental

Meet the Team at New Lambton Family Dental

The team at New Lambton Family Dental


New Lambton Family Dental is comprised of passionate dental professionals and a caring team who want to see each patient realise their best oral health and smile goals.

We are equipped with state-of-the-art dental instruments and technologies, and we offer comprehensive treatment options, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and skin treatments. We also offer CEREC same-day crowns and restorations to help our patients get the treatment they need without waiting.

Our goal is to provide comfortable and predictable dental care while ensuring that you feel like family. At New Lambton Family Dental, we are all about our patients and their goals, and we serve New Lambton, Adamstown, Kotara and beyond.

We look forward to meeting you and your family members, and in our New Lambton, NSW dental clinic, we treat patients of all ages.

We invite you to learn more about our friendly team members by reading the biographies below. 

Dr. Maria Paez | New Lambton Dentist

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

Her soft approach and caring character have made her known at New Lambton 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.

Jody Avis | New Lambton Dental Surgery

Jody Avis


Jody joined the team in 2015 after earning 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 clinic, you will find Jody seeking her love of travel and keeping busy with her three children.

Kellie Gleason | New Lambton Family Dental

Kellie Gleeson


Kellie has over a decade of experience in the dental industry and began her career as a dental assistant. She is commencing the Dental Therapy Adult Scope course at the University of Newcastle.

She passionately believes that education, prevention and early intervention are vital for maintaining optimal oral health and subsequently overall health. With her gentle approach, Kellie prides herself on working with a broad range of patients, including those with dental anxieties as well as children to make every visit positive.

Outside of work and study, Kellie enjoys art and photography as well as spending time with friends, family and her entourage of pets including two dachshunds.  

Sophie McCann | New Lambton Family Dental

Sophie McCann

Dental Assistant

Sophie was born and raised in Newcastle and has been our most valued member of New Lambton Family Dental since 2017.

Sophie started her career in business administration and then moved on to dental. She has been in dental for four years now and has a passion for caring and providing her utmost care to all our patients.

In her spare time, you will find Sophie spending time with her partner, Aaron, and her beloved dog, Jack.

Kathleen Doherty | New Lambton Family Dental

Kathleen Doherty

Dental Nurse

Kathleen has been a dental nurse since 2012 and has known Dr Maria since she first started. She loves working with kids and helping them understand the importance of good oral hygiene, diminishing their worries and contributing to their wellness.   

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful boys. She likes to go for runs in the bush and is currently in her third year of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Newcastle.

Jude Burton | New Lambton Dental Surgery

Jude Burton

Front Office Coordinator

Jude joined New Lambton Family Dental in January of 2018 with a background as a hairdresser and in the hospitality industry, making Jude a perfect asset to our 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.


Ann Parkinson | New Lambton Family Dental

Ann Parkinson

Office Manager

Ann has been a valued part of the New Lambton Family Dental team since 2014. She is our practice manager.

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 and values making patients feel like they are a part of the family.

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

We Want to Help You Achieve Your Best Smile.