Dr Garreth McBride,
Dental Practice Owner & Dentist

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

I have always been one to set myself a challenge, so at 18 I left Ireland to see if I could handle the moaning Pommies of Manchester. I bagged myself a dental degree in 2007 and an English wife into the bargain (she came with the degree!) but I soon realised that NHS dentistry didn’t fulfil my WHY as a dentist. In 2012 we went all-in on the Australian dream, and have proudly called Newcastle home ever since.

Armed with vision and determination, in 2017 I established The Good Dentist alongside my wife Katie. For me, dentistry is more than just teeth – it’s about connections. The connection you feel with your own smile, and also with the people that help you maintain it. I chose to be a dentist with the hope of making people feel comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can induce anxiety. The Good Dentist was designed to make you feel at home away from home, surrounded by people who genuinely want to make your experience an enjoyable one.

Fundamentally the patients that come to us are ‘The Good’ because without them there would be no ‘Dentist’.

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Dr. Jason Mallon, Dentist

Yes, it’s another Irishman at the Good Dentist! My journey is not too dissimilar to Garreth’s in that I also left Ireland to study dentistry in England when I was 18. I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 with my Bachelor’s Degree and my accent intact.

After a few years working in NHS dentistry, the lure of Aussie weather and better opportunities enticed me to Australia. My first job in this country was at Forbes Dental Surgery and West Wyalong Dental Surgery where I worked between the two practices. I absolutely loved my stint out in the bush and it really let me develop as a dentist and communicator.

Practising dentistry in a calm and gentle way has been the key to creating a less daunting experience at the dentist. Sometimes the dental chair can seem like a living nightmare to a patient and it is always my hope that my nervous patients can leave feeling like they are over their phobia. Thus, communication is essential in establishing what triggers these phobias and how we can work together to achieve our goal – putting a smile back on your face.

I hate losing teeth – I have a passion for root canal therapy and restorative dentistry. I also enjoy the cosmetic side of dentistry including Invisalign for straightening teeth and teeth whitening.

Finally, I have many pursuits outside of dentistry. My girlfriend, Mel, thinks I do too much! You’ll catch me on the golf course at any opportunity and throughout the week I’ll try to get a game of soccer and tennis in as well.

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Nicole Mudge, Dental Hygienist

Nicole Mudge, Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Nicole.

I began my dental career as a Dental Assistant but soon decided I wanted to do more. I was then enticed to join the RAAF where I had an opportunity to further my studies and become a Dental Hygienist. Six years later, I found myself wanting to return to private dental practice, so I discharged from the RAAF. This took me to Adelaide, where I again furthered my studies, and completed my Diploma of Dental Hygiene. I’ve now been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for the past 22 years.

I enjoy treating patients of all ages, providing professional and gentle preventative dental care. A big part of being a Hygienist is discussing your oral hygiene routine and providing you with individualised advice, instruction and recommendations to help you achieve optimal oral health. My aim is to provide quality preventative dental care, and oral hygiene instruction, to support and extend the life of the quality dental treatment provided by our Dentists.

To keep my skills and knowledge current, I regularly attend continuing professional education courses.

I enjoy playing field hockey and you can find me on the hockey pitch at least twice a week. However, playing smarter not faster is my motto these days.

I also enjoy beach walks and discovering great restaurants and cafes.

My two teenage daughters keep me thoroughly entertained and keep me up-to-date with all things on-trend.

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Jo Cabout

Jo Cabout, Practice Manager

Hi, I’m Jo the Practice Manager here at The Good Dentist. I’ve been in dental for around 9 years now and love being able to help people have confidence in their smile. In my spare time, I love to surf and travel around. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit with us at The Good Dentist.

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Alexis Ratcliffe

Alexis Ratcliffe, Receptionist

Hi, I’m Alexis. I’m the newest kid on the block at the Good Dentist. I made a big change 5 years ago by moving to Newcastle from South Africa to start a new chapter in my life. I enjoy being around people and sharing a laugh whenever I can. When I’m not working you’ll find me taking our Staffy, Franklin, for a walk or having a coffee date with my partner, Duggy. I am very grateful to be part of such a supportive team at The Good Dentist.

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Brooke Shoveller

Brooke Shoveller, Dental Assistant/Receptionist

Hi, I’m Brooke. You’ll find me out on the front desk answering your enquiries or working alongside the awesome clinicians here at The Good Dentist making you feel warm and welcome. Outside of business hours I immerse myself in my university studies as well as keeping physically active and participating in team sports. I am very appreciative to be working alongside such a close-knit team. I’m looking forward to seeing you here at The Good Dentist.

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Alex Klaassens, Dental Assistant

Alex Klaassens, Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Alex, I have been in dental for 11 years. I have recently moved to Newcastle from Dubbo with my family. If I’m not working at The Good Dentist you will find me with my family at the beach, watching the magic of sunrises and sunsets or finding something adventurous to do.

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Alicia Williams, Dental Assistant

Hi, I’m Alicia. I moved from my hometown of Forster to Newcastle in 2022 and started working in dental and have fell in love with it ever since. Every day is different, and I love helping and making a difference to people, especially giving them more confidence in their smile. If I’m not working, you will find me at the gym or spending time with my friends. I love working with such an awesome team here at The Good Dentist.

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