Martina Lavery Dental & Skin Studio
Meet Our Team
Dr Martina Lavery
Principal dentist Martina Lavery studied dentistry in her native Ireland, in Belfast, before migrating to Sydney after meeting her husband in Adelaide, where she was on a forensic dentistry scholarship at Adelaide University.
Martina was introduced to the Hills district by her husband, who grew up in Winston Hills. She fell in love with the family-focused, green and relaxed feel of the area and has been working in the Hills district, primarily focusing on family dentistry, for 17 years now. In fact, the shops where Martina’s studio is now located is where her husband used to cycle to as a boy after school, to buy sweet treats! (This was many years before he realised the error of his sweet-seeking ways.)
Martina has been practising in Norwest as well as working as a children’s dentist at her husband’s practice, Norton Street Dentistry. She has also volunteered her dentistry services at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance at Allambie Heights and continues to treat many patients with disabilities in private dental practice, which makes access to quality treatment much easier and prompt for these patients rather than waiting on public dental lists.
Martina loves the process of working closely with patients to build trust. She sees it as a great privilege to work on people’s teeth and takes this responsibility seriously, undergoing professional training in communications, psychology and neuropsychology so that she’s better able to make patients feel comfortable by using a caring, empathetic approach.
'I am a huge advocate and believer in 'brain training' – or the buzz word at the moment, neuroplasticity – where we can actively change patients' attitudes and thinking towards dentistry using positive suggestions during treatment.'
Martina is passionate about taking a holistic approach to treating the overall wellbeing of the patient, working closely with a network of health professionals to refer patients when needed.
With a keen interest in aesthetics, including art and design, Martina has recently expanded her credentials into skin rejuvenation, completing her studies at the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics and Training, which enables her to offer skin treatments to her patients. A trip to the dentist doesn’t have to end with teeth; lip enhancement really frames good dental work!
When not working, Martina’s time is occupied by her two energetic, beautiful boys who are the sunshine of her world and, of course, have great teeth!
Lael Gard - Practice Manager
‘I have just moved up from the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, but I have resided in Kellyville and am loving Sydney!’
Lael joined our team after earning her Certificate III in dental nursing.
‘I love being able to come in and be a part of a team where I am valued and constantly learning. I love knowing that while my day is much the same, it is made up of different tasks every day.’
Lael’s family keeps her busy in her spare time. You will usually find her spending quality time with her husband and two boys.
Cecilia Naidu - Clinical Coordinator
Originally from Stanhope Gardens, Cecilia has over 10 years experience in dental assisting. She also has experience in accounting and administration, but her passion is in the medical industry. She is particularly gifted in caring for patients and helping them achieve their health and cosmetic goals. She is one of the newest members of the Martina Lavery Dental and Skin Studio team.
‘I enjoy meeting new people and gain self-satisfaction in assisting and helping others. I get to perform a variety of procedures, including challenging ones. We are always learning something new’.
In her spare time, Cecilia enjoys trying different restaurants and venues, as well as cooking and hosting for others. She also dabbles in event planning on the side.