What Is A Paediatric Dentist

Paediatric dentists are a specialist group of dentists trained to provide comprehensive dental care for children from infancy until adulthood.

Newcastle Paediatric Dental Services is one of the first specialist paediatric practices in regional Australia, established in 2003. In September 2010 we relocated to our custom-designed facility in Brown Road. Our new home is fitted with three modern surgeries with a child-friendly feel.

Newcastle Paediatric Dental Service is one of the first specialist paediatric practices in regional Australia, established in 2003.

KidsSmile Team

Dr Helen Cornwell

Dr Helen Cornwell returned home to Newcastle in 2004 after years away for training. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in Adelaide after which she worked in regional NSW, SA and Victoria. Helen then moved to Melbourne to undertake her specialist training at The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children's Hospital, going on to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Helen is a Visiting Medical Officer at the John Hunter Children's Hospital as a part of their Cleft Palate team as well as working with the University of Newcastle as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer as a part of their Oral Health Unit.

Helen has lectured both locally and internationally on aspects of Paediatric dentistry, dental trauma and sport dentistry.

Current memberships (2015) include:

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australian Dental Association (Newcastle Committee Member)
  • International Association of Dental Traumatology

Helen is married to Tony (a physiotherapist) and together they have three infants-primary school aged children.

Interests outside dentistry include: running, swimming, sailing and camping whilst she enjoys music and theatre.

Dr Maria Pandey

Dr Maria Pandey is a registered specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, she completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide and worked as a general dentist in Melbourne and then Launceston.

In 2011, she returned to Melbourne to undertake specialist training in paediatric dentistry at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

After graduation, Maria worked in private specialist practice in Melbourne and then moved to Toronto, Canada, where she completed a fellowship in paediatric dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children.

On return to Australia, Maria moved to Newcastle with her fiancé, Cary. She enjoys swimming, yoga and travelling the world.

Dr Linda Nguyen

Linda graduated from the Melbourne Dental School with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2010. She was awarded multiple university prizes for her academic achievements. After graduating as a general dentist, she worked at Sydney Dental Hospital as an intern and paediatric dental resident. She also worked part-time in private dental practice. She was involved extensively with the Aboriginal Oral Health Project, which consisted of providing dental services in outreach dental clinics in rural New South Wales as well as metropolitan areas.

Linda returned to Melbourne in 2013 to complete her specialist training at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She was awarded grants for her postgraduate research project and presentations. During this time, she worked in private practices in Melbourne as well as Emergency Services at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Since moving to Newcastle, Linda has been exploring the wonderful attractions and sea change. Her avid interests include live music, axolotls, and delving into art exhibitions.

Kristie Sills
Dental Assistant
Kath Crosbie
Katie Cornish
Practice Manager
Carley Adams
Kathy McGuinness
Dental Assistant