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The Friendly Faces of Nova Smiles Dental

Your Wallsend Oral Health Team

The team at Nova Smiles DentalEach of our dentists and team members shares a vision to deliver friendly, gentle care to everyone that steps into our practice.

Together, we’re driven to change the way you and your family feel about visiting the dentist.

Get to know our wonderful team by reading a bit about us below. We are more than happy to answer any of your questions you may have prior to making a visit to our practice. Feel free to call us on (02) 4951 6666 or contact us online.

We look forward to seeing you in our family-friendly practice soon!

Dr Jenny Hong – Owner (Dentist)

Dr Jenny Hong, DentistAs a family dentist, Dr Jenny finds the most fulfilling part of her career in helping her patients become more confident about their smiles. She loves a good coffee, good conversations and getting to really know her patients.

Part of what makes dentistry interesting for Dr Jenny is the relationship between a person’s oral health and the rest of their body.

Realising that our mouths are a window into our overall health and that dentistry is an invaluable means to restoring our bodies to good health and goes far beyond just having straight clean teeth.”

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Daniel Kung – Owner, Practice Manager

Daniel KungDaniel’s background is in business, with a passion for dentistry. He and his partner, Dr Jenny have invested their time and energy into building a private practice where their vision of a family-friendly environment with down-to-earth care is matched with technologically advanced services in a modern facility. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business through the University of Technology in Sydney.

I really like when I see big smiles from the patients at the end of appointments. It’s great to know they will be leaving the practice a lot happier and can fully enjoy their smile.”

In his time away from work, Daniel loves exercising and finding new places to eat.

Dr MaryKate Glynn (Dentist)

Dr Mary KateFor Dr MaryKate, the most fulfilling aspect of her job is helping patients take control of their oral health and feel confident in their smile. She provides gentle preventative care and aesthetic, functional dentistry to improve her patient’s oral health and general wellbeing.

Obtaining a Dental Education

Dr MaryKate graduated as a Dental Practitioner with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from University College Cork, Ireland. She also holds Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

In Her Spare Time

When she’s not at the practice, Dr MaryKate enjoys travelling. So far, she’s been to 24 countries and counting. She also likes getting outdoors to keep fit, and catching up with friends and family.

Dr Angela Xuan  (Dentist)

placeholder profile imageWhen Dr Angela was young, she loved visiting the dentist and always had a great experience at the practice. It inspired her so much that she knew she’d eventually grow up to become a dentist herself. Now, at Nova Smiles Dental, she is able to work with patients every single day and help them restore their oral health to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. She couldn’t be happier.

Dr Angela attended the University of Sydney, graduating in 2021. Here, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology. She also received her Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Being able to help patients feel great about their teeth, and seeing how confident they become after a treatment is one of my favourite parts about doing what I do.”

When she isn’t crafting beautiful smiles in the practice, she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family, seeing the latest movie, or trying new local restaurants. Get to know more about her and how she can help you achieve your smile goals hone you book a visit with us today.

Dr Matthew Hong (Dentist)

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Having orthodontics (braces) as a child inspired me to become a dentist. Being a dentist allows for lots of attention to detail and artistic work, as well as helping people.”

Obtaining a Dental Education

To prepare for his dental career, Dr Matt earned a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Melbourne in 2021. While studying, he gained experience in many community clinics in Melbourne.

To stay abreast of the latest in dentistry, Dr Matt takes professional development courses. He has a particular interest in oral surgery, orthodontic and periodontal treatment. For Dr Matt the most rewarding aspect of being a dentist is helping people. He also wants to be there with them on their journey to optimising their oral hygiene and wellbeing.

In His Spare Time

Outside the practice, Dr Matt enjoys cooking and baking. In particular, he loves to make handmade croissants and is always looking to improve them. Dr Matt also likes hiking, going to the gym, and looking after his plants at home.

Keissha – Dental Assistant

placeholder profile imageLooking to make a career change from the field she was working in, Keissha decided to give dental assisting a go and loved it straight away.

I find it very interesting, and like that there is always so much to learn.”

Keissha finds it fulfilling to help people have a healthy mouth and make them feel happy with their smile.

To prepare for her role, Keissha earned a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting. Her future aspirations include pursuing additional training, which may mean earning a Certificate 4 in Dental Assisting, or becoming an oral health therapist, practice manager or dentist.

In Her Spare Time

Outside the practice, Keissha enjoys going to the gym, playing soccer and socialising with friends.

Mursal – Dental Assistant

Mursal AhmadMursal is one of our caring and friendly Dental Assistants here at Nova Smiles Dental. She holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

Mursal’s biggest passion is helping and seeing patients smile after each treatment.

Outside of the practice, Mursal enjoys listening to good music and keeping up with gym and fitness. She feels like a valued team member at Nova Smiles Dental and hopes to see you smiling in the practice again soon!

Mursal looks forward to welcoming you in to the practice.

Makaela – Dental Assistant

MakaelaMakaela has been a dental assistant since 2011. In 2013 she completed a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting. Makaela joined our practice team after moving from the Gold Coast to pursue a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy.

I have been fascinated by the dental field from the moment I started, but I particularly enjoy educating patients on the importance of good oral health and helping them work towards their smile goals.”

She holds a current student membership to the ADOHTA and ADA.

Outside the practice, Makaela loves to be active at the gym, ride her bike, climb a mountain, visit the farmers’ markets or go for walks along the beach.

Chelsea – Dental Assistant

ChelseaWith friends in the dental industry, Chelsea was attracted to this exciting field.

I was very drawn to the educational and professional aspects of the industry and I wanted to be a part of it.”

For Chelsea, she enjoys seeing the transition in patients’ oral health and the positive changes in the appearance of their teeth. Chelsea finds it highly rewarding to be a part of that journey-seeing our patients’ reactions and being able to work alongside such a lovely team. Helping with fillings is the most fulfilling aspect of her job.

When she’s not at the practice, Chelsea love to be outside in the sun amongst the trees. She also likes to read classic adventure novels and is always teaching herself to learn new and inspiring things.

Indiana – Dental Assistant

placeholder profile imageFor Indi, it’s fulfilling to help people feel comfortable during their appointment and empowered to care for their teeth so that each patient can walk away with a smile on their face.

I love being a dental assistant, as I love helping the community and putting a smile on people’s faces.”

In 2019, Indi completed a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting and is currently studying for her Certificate 4 in Radiography.

Outside of work, Indi loves spending time outdoors, travelling, camping, going on adventures, going to the beach, and shopping. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends and her pets.

Make Your Appointment Today

We offer complete smile options to patients of all ages, including young children. We invite you to request an appointment today; same-day dentistry is also available.


Nova Smiles Dental | (02) 4951 6666