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    The most professional and caring team to look after you and your family

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    When you come to Dental Essentials in Kingaroy, you can always expect exemplary dental services from a team who are passionate about dentistry. With years of experience, we provide a comprehensive range of treatments and will ensure that you get the care you need.

    All of our staff are extremely professional and will always make you feel welcome, offering a personalised service from start to finish. If you come for an appointment, we’ll carry out a detailed oral health examination, diagnosing any issues you may have and creating a treatment plan unique to you from this.

    We’ll also explain the rationale behind the recommended course of action and will ensure that you’re happy with your plan before proceeding.

    Tailor-made treatment

    At Dental Essentials, we offer all types of dental treatments and interventions, and will ensure that you only receive treatment that is appropriate and that meets your needs and means. 

    We are happy to discuss and develop treatment alternatives and options, and will outline the associated costs and benefits for your convenience. This means you’ll always be well informed to make the decisions about your treatment, and can choose what you’re most comfortable with.

    With our team of clinicians (dentists and hygienist/therapist), all highly trained, and all regularly updating their skills and knowledge through professional development, you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.

    For your peace of mind, no detail is left unchecked, including our infection control processess, which are impeccable.

    Our modern, clean practice is the perfect choice for all your dental needs.

    Our clinicians

    Dr Jonathan Pye: Director/Practice Principal

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    Dr Jonathan (Jono) Pye graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999.

    Upon graduation, Jonathan returned to the South Burnett to take up a position as dentist with Queensland Health.  During this time Jonathan worked closely with oral surgeons at both the Kingaroy Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Hospital, enabling him to extend his excellent surgical skills.  In later years, Jonathan returned to the Kingaroy Hospital on a casual basis as the visiting dentist for oral surgery.

    Jonathan and his wife Phuong founded Dental Essentials in 2004 (under the name of Pye DentALL Care) with the vision of providing the South Burnett community with excellent dental care.

    Jonathan has special interests in oral surgery, endodontics (root canal treatments), and cosmetic dentistry.  He maintains currency in all aspects of dentistry by regularly undertaking continuing education activities.  In particular, Jonathan has invested copious hours into professional development in his special-interest fields of both surgery and endodontics, thus enabling him to offer a wide range of treatment options for patients of this practice.

    Jonathan is a member of the Australian Dental Association, and practices dentistry in accordance with the high standards of the Association.

    Something many people do not know is that Jono is a local boy who did his schooling at Wondai and Kingaroy.  He spends most of his spare time on the family farm, helping in the running of the family agriculture business.  Jono always enjoys a good conversation about all aspects of farming and farm machinery!

    Dr Phuong Pye: Director/Practice Principal

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    Dr Phuong Pye graduated in 2000 from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours. 

    After working in both public and private sectors for several years, Phuong moved to the South Burnett to work at the Kingaroy Hospital Dental Clinic.  She was the Principal Dentist at the Kingaroy Hospital Dental Clinic for five years before joining her husband Jonathan in 2009 at the newly expanded Dental Essentials.

    Phuong has special interests in family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.  Continuing education is a priority for Phuong, and she joins Jonathan in continuing education activities to ensure her skills and knowledge are maintained to a high level.

    Phuong is also a member of the Australian Dental Association and is committed to delivering quality dental care in accordance with the Association’s standards.

    On a personal note, Phuong was born in Vietnam, and lived in Finland for 8 years before moving to Australia in 1986.  Phuong and Jonathan have two children who do their best to keep Phuong busy when she is not practicing dentistry.  Phuong enjoys reading and collecting books (especially vintage children’s books), and she also has a black belt in taekwondo!

    Dr Simon Lee: Dentist

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    Dr Simon Lee graduated with his Bachelor of Dental Science degree from the University of Queensland in 2012.

    Before joining the Dental Essentials team, Simon spent a year in the Northern Territory with NT Oral Health.  In addition to working in a government clinic within Darwin city, Simon also experienced travelling and working in remote indigenous clinics; an experience he found challenging but very rewarding.

    Having seen some of the barriers to oral health experienced by many people, Simon aims to create a positive experience for all his patients.  He ensures his patients are comfortable with minimal stress when providing treatment, and feels rewarded when they leave with a smile on their face.  Simon also has a strong focus on preventive care, with an aim to stopping and reversing dental degeneration.

    Simon is a member of the Australian Dental Association and keeps updated with the latest news in dentistry, as well as pursuing education activities to continue to build on his knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis.

    Personally Simon was born in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Brisbane.  Simon enjoys a casual game of tennis, but his passion for photography often wholly occupies his time, leading him to explore new places and subjects to add to his growing photo collection.

    Mrs Debbie Trace: Oral Health Therapist

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    Mrs Debbie Trace is a registered Oral Health Therapist, with dual qualifications in both dental hygiene and dental therapy.  This means that Debbie’s role is strongly focused on dental disease prevention for all patients, as well as the restorative needs of children.  Debbie works closely with all of the dentists at this practice to ensure that our patients’ dental health outcomes are optimised.

    Debbie is a member of the Australian Dental Hygienists’ Association, and regularly attends continuing education and professional development workshops and conferences.

    Debbie did her initial training as a dental therapist in 1982, followed by further training in 2005 to gain qualifications in dental hygiene.  Outside of the South Burnett, Debbie has worked in Brisbane, Mareeba, and Bundaberg, and in her other life as a farmer’s wife, Deb has travelled from central Queensland to central Victoria following the grain harvest.

    Debbie and her husband Russell have five children, and four grandchildren.  While Deb no longer takes part in grain harvest contracting, she still manages to pack hay stacking, pumpkin picking and cattle chasing into her busy schedule.  When time permits, Debbie also enjoys sewing and knitting.

    Our team

    Cara van Schyndel

    Practice Manager

    Brooke Griffin

    Senior Clinical Assistant

    Anna Winter

    Senior Front-Office Coordinator

    Emma Tunstall

    Front-office Coordinator


    Cara is the practice’s longest-serving team member, having joined Dental Essentials in 2007 as a clinical assistant.   As the Practice Manager since 2010, Cara is involved in providing essential day-to-day management support not only to Jonathan and Phuong, but also to the entire team.  She does this with an energy and efficiency that has earned her the "Superwoman" tag!  She also spends parts of her work day at the front office, and in the treatment rooms.   Cara has qualifications in Dental Assisting, Professional Practice Management, and Work Health and Safety.

    In her spare time, Cara enjoys netball, cooking, camping, holidaying all over Australia and quality time with her husband, John, and their two children.

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    Brooke has been a valued member of the Dental Essentials team as a Clinical Assistant since 2013 and as Senior Clinical Assistant from 2017. Brooke has been working in the dental industry since she completed her schooling, and then completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2015.

    Brooke is usually teamed up with Dr Jonathan Pye to assist in providing great patient care, but she can also be found cheerfully helping out in the sterilisation room and front-office. Brooke’s versatility and efficiency make her a wonderful asset to the team, and she thoroughly enjoys working alongside, and leading, such a dynamic team.

    Brooke is a local girl, having lived in Kingaroy her whole life. Outside of work she enjoys catching up with friends, baking, and exploring the country side.

    Anna has been part of the Dental Essentials team since 2011, and her friendly face is usually one of the first to greet patients through the door.  Anna's primary role is to coordinate patients’ appointments, and to liaise with patients and the clinical team to ensure that patient experiences are exceptional!  Anna has Certificate III in Dental Assisting, and she enjoys the clinical aspect of her job as well.  

    Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, and overseas travel adventures.


    Emma has been a member of the Dental Essentials team since 2012, when she moved to Kingaroy from the Sunshine Coast.  Emma's caring nature makes her a perfect fit for the front-office, where she is always willing to assist patients in any way possible.  She also enjoys clinical assisting, and completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2016.  As our qualified Work Health and Safety Officer, Emma also works hard at keeping the practice safe for all our patients and team members.

    In her spare time, Emma often travels back to the Sunshine Coast to visit her family and friends, and regularly participates in activities with her church youth group.  Emma particularly enjoys overseas travel and aims to take an overseas trip each year.

    Ceinwen Cupitt

    Clinical Assistant

    Celia Fooks

    Clinical Assistant

    Sarah Birch

    Clinical Assistant

    Georgia Dennis

    Clinical Assistant


    Ceinwen joined Dental Essentials in 2009 as a trainee and completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting the following year.

    Believing that all patients have the right to be comfortable and to feel safe in the dental environment, Ceinwen does everything possible to ensure that they can leave with a positive experience.

    Ceinwen is a great team leader, and thoroughly enjoyed the role of Senior Clinical Assistant from 2014-2017. She now channels her extensive clinical skills into providing exceptional patient care, and helping other assistant’s achieve their own patient care goals.

    Ceinwen, Aaron and their little girl are spending 2017 focusing on their family, and are looking forward to meeting the newest addition to their family mid 2017. They love to spend time together with friends, family, music, and a hot barbecue.


    Celia is one of the caring clinical assistants found at Dental Essentials, having joined the team in 2012.  Since then, Celia has completed a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, and has taken on additional responsibilities in our on-site dental laboratory.

    Celia is happily married to Jason, and when she is not at work, Celia enjoys going camping and four-wheel driving with Jason, as well as baking, and catching up with friends.

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    Sarah moved to the Kingaroy area in March 2013 and began working at Dental Essentials in November of 2014.  She thoroughly enjoys her clinical assisting role, and has a Certificate III in Dental Assisting.  Sarah particularly likes being a part of such a warm, friendly team, and having the opportunity to meet new people and help them through their dental visits.

    Before coming to Dental Essentials, Sarah enjoyed working in a veterinary clinic, and in her spare time she enjoys helping out on her family’s farm in Monto. 

    Georgia has lived in Kingaroy for most her life, and joined the Dental Essentials team in 2016 to pursue her desire to work in health care. She is currently studying for her Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

    Georgia enjoys working with such a close-knit team to help patients meet their dental health goals.

    She is always keen for a chat with patients, and enjoys hearing their stories. Her warm and bubbly personality always puts people at ease and makes them feel welcome and cared for.

    Georgia loves spending time with her family on their small farm where she happily tends to the animals.

    Tamie Flanagan

    Clinical Assistant

    Tamie is one of the team’s Clinical Assistants, having joined Dental Essentials in 2016.

    Tamie enjoys the diversity of new skills she has learnt in her current role, as well as meeting patients, hearing their stories, and helping them through their appointments.

    Tamie grew up on a cattle and sheep station in outback Queensland, and has travelled extensively around Australia and the world. Her travels eventually brought Tamie and her family to Kingaroy, where they have been able to indulge their passion for camping, fishing, and the outdoors life.

    Call us today on 07 4162 8105 to book an appointment with our dentists in Kingaroy.

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