Dr Ben Dunster
General Dentist

Meet the Team at Dr Ben Dunster

'We provide high-quality professional treatment to our patients. We strive to deliver treatment with the utmost compassion, gentleness and respect. Our friendly staff creates an environment that will make our patients feel welcome and like one of the family. We are committed to delivering personalised comprehensive dental care for all of our community.' –  Dr Ben Dunster

Our practice is perfect for patients who want an alternative to the stuffy, clinical dental surgeries of the past. We believe in delivering the highest level of patient care and exemplary dentistry designed to enhance and protect your smile.

We also like to have a bit of fun and get to know the families in the Hornsby community. Developing long-term and meaningful relationships makes all of our hard work worthwhile.

We also love to see the look on our patients’ faces when their smiles look and feel fantastic.

Dr Ben Dunster

Principal Dentist

Ben was born in Christchurch, NZ and grew up on a farm in North Canterbury before moving to the hustle and bustle of Sydney in 1995.

As a New Zealand native, Dr Ben earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Christchurch University before attending Otago University for his Bachelor of Dentistry degree.

Dr Ben has worked in the Hornsby area since 1996 and enjoys being a part of this community. He purchased this dental practice in 2002 and recently welcomed an associate.

‘I love creating amazing smiles, treating children, relieving patients from pain and helping patients enjoy improved self-confidence.

Having a family-based practice is important, as I enjoy watching families grow. It is lovely seeing the children grow and develop into adults and anticipate what they will do throughout their lifetimes.

Interacting with multiple generations by educating the young and supporting oral health as families age is rewarding. It’s nice to educate the young so they develop a positive attitude toward their oral health and dentistry.’

When Ben is away from the clinic, you will find him spending time with friends and family – catching up over dinner or in a social environment. He loves his home, where he can chill and relax after a hectic week.

Ben also loves the beach, cinema, theatre, dining out, outdoor activities, sailing, skiing and cars. He strives to stay fit at the local gym.

Dr Clint Hazell

Dentist

Hornsby dentist Dr Clint graduated from Griffith University in Queensland with his BDS and earned the Academic Achievement Award and Excellence in Prosthodontics Award. He is a native of Quandialla, NSW and joined our team in February 2017.

‘I love the opportunity to help people improve their oral health, feel better about their smiles and increase their self-confidence.’

His experience and reputation as a gentle dentist make visits to the clinic enjoyable for patients of all ages.

When he is relaxing, you will often find him travelling and spending time with his wife and their dog.

Liz Pilares

Practice Manager/Reception

Liz brought her extensive experience and education to our clinic when she joined us in August 2016. She was a general dentist in her native country, Peru, and has more than ten years of experience in the health industry.

Liz earned her Diploma in Management and Health Management in Australia and has completed a first aid course.

‘I enjoy the opportunity to interact with our patients in order to offer them the best from me and our practice. I love to work behind the scenes to make sure the surgery runs smoothly every day. And of course, I love the challenge!’

When she is away from the clinic, Liz enjoys hiking and trekking. You will also find her watching movies and enjoying time with her husband and pets.

Lisa Pugh

Dental Assistant

Lisa hails from Port Talbot, Wales, and has worked with Ben on occasion since she moved to Australia in 1995. She has been with our Hornsby surgery since 2010 and worked at Westmead Hospital prior.

She sought her education from the Westmead Hospital Centre of Oral Health, and she has completed dental assistant certificates III and IV.

‘I enjoy the interaction I have with patients and learning new techniques and procedures. This is a great place to work with good camaraderie.’

To relax and have fun, Lisa often cooks Asian food and socialises with friends. She also loves to immerse herself in a good book and spends time walking.

Carol Healey

Dental Assistant

Proud to call Hornsby her hometown, Carol went to Asquith Girls High School and has worked in the industry for the last 40 years. Carol has worked in this clinic for the last 20 years.

‘I love talking with patients and helping them overcome any fears they may have at the surgery. I also enjoy the variety of work we do and that no two days are ever the same.’

When away from the clinic, you will find Carol catching up with friends and family. She also cherishes the time she has with her grandchildren.

A Healthy smile is just a click away.