Dr Garreth McBride

Dr Garreth McBride
Dental Practice Owner & Dentist

Welcome to The Good Dentist! I’m Garreth McBride the dentist and the owner of The Good Dentist in Newcastle NSW.

I’ve wanted to become a dentist since the age of 11.  All because it was my dream to kiss as many dental nurses as possible by the age of 13.  If you ask my wife she will tell you I failed.  It must have been the accent!!

Born in Ireland, I moved to Manchester, England to go to University where I graduated in 2007.

I worked in a variety of public and mixed private practices in the UK before I realised another dream.  In 2012 my wife and I took a chance and emigrated to Australia, directly to Newcastle.  We haven’t looked back.

I am not your average dentist, and The Good Dentist is not your average dental practice. I believe that everything is connected, and that’s why at The Good Dentist we focus on optimising your overall health not just your dental health.

We won’t just treat your symptoms and give you pain medication for a toothache.  We won’t fill a hole without first working out how it got there.  Together, we work to eliminate the cause of your health issue.

We want to work with you, to create the healthiest version of you.

Amy Calvin

Dr Amy Calvin
Associate Dentist

Dentistry is part of my DNA. I have always been drawn to helping others and have a strong sense of community. I enjoy getting to know people, understanding their oral hygiene goals, and promoting an overall healthy lifestyle, so that their smile starts from within.

Orange, NSW, has been my base for over the past decade, where I studied, graduated, and worked as a dentist. I completed my science degree followed by dentistry at Charles Sturt University. Both degrees saw me awarded the Dean’s Award for academic excellence, and the very day my registration was official (2017), I began working.

Life long learning is paramount to me and I’m proud my achievements in dentistry have been recognised. I was on the cover of the Dental Association magazine in 2020 and a guest on a prominent dental podcast in 2021. I’m currently undertaking a postgraduate diploma study in restorative and aesthetic dentistry that is taking my knowledge to the next level.

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Kacie Dragojlovic

Kacie Dragojlovic
Oral Health Therapist

I’m Kacie Dragojlovic, the most recent addition to the team. I am an Oral Health Therapist that graduated from the University of Newcastle.

I was born and raised in southern California, in sunny Los Angeles. I moved to Australia a few years ago and have been settled in Newcastle ever since.

I originally set out for a career in the arts, either working in a museum, owning a gallery, or being a famous photographer. I came as close as acquiring a Bachelor of Art History degree before I decided to change direction.

Although my attraction to the dental field came later in my life compared to others, I am very passionate about helping everyone achieve a happy and heathy smile. Whether it’s just a check-up and clean, a simple filling or anything in between, I’m your gal! I will always look out for your best interest and make it a point to address the root of the problem.

Outside of work you will usually find me buried in a book, at the beach, or both. I also spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen as I love to cook and bake.

Jo Van Tiel

Jo Van Tiel, Business Manager

“Being part of such an innovative, calming, and welcoming environment at The Good Dentist is rewarding in itself and to then also be able to assist in providing patients with the type of care any individual would expect for their own family is extremely fulfilling.”

Danielle Baker

Danielle Baker, Front Office Coordinator

“I love being a part of such a warm and welcoming team! As a part of the good dentist team I feel like I’ve become a part of a family. We provide patients with a calming and approachable practice where they can feel truly cared for.”

Jess Buchanan

Jess Buchanan, Dental Assistant

“Working at The Good Dentist has made me gain a new family, not just with my fellow work colleagues but also the patients. Everyone is always so welcoming and I love knowing anything is possible at The Good Dentist, always chasing our dreams with our energetic and positive vibes.”

Melissa Pantalone

Melissa Pantalone, Dental Assistant

“When you come to The Good Dentist it’s more then just a dentist appointment, it’s an experience. The Good Dentist family go out of their way to give top quality service from the moment you walk in the front door, with the aim of providing the best dental care possible”

Johanna C

Johanna C, Dental Assistant / Receptionist

“The Good Dentist is not your usual dental practice. Working amongst the team feels more like a lifestyle choice, meeting great patients and helping to provide honest and exceptional treatment. From the moment you step through the door and when you leave, you will be feeling happier and more positive then you did before. In my free time you will find me soaking up the sun at the beach of surfing or off-road tripping somewhere.”

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