About Hunter Dental Group

From small beginnings, Hunter Dental Group has grown to offer our leading dental care at 4 locations throughout the Hunter Valley.

The team at the Hunter Dental Group strive to deliver the highest quality of dental care.

Our highly qualified dentists include members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and are committed to furthering their education both locally and internationally to ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date and advanced treatments.

Our friendly and caring dental team draw on their experience, knowledge, expertise and resources to make sure your experience with us is a positive, relaxing and professional one. We know how important it is to you that your well-being is in the right hands.

Dental Patients

Our Values

We pride ourselves on being part of a warm and friendly atmosphere. All of the staff on our team are friendly in nature, compassionate and caring individuals who put your wellbeing first.

Our philosophy is simple. We are dedicated to ensuring that your experience with us, whether it be a check-up or a serious treatment, is of the highest quality.

All of our staff at are provided with ongoing training to make sure you receive the most up-to-date, expert knowledge in dental services and treatments.


Dr George Patience
Dr George PatienceDentist
With over 35 years of experience he has become the familiar face of  his dental practices throughout the Hunter Valley.

With attention to detail Dr Patience strives to give his patients the most comfortable and friendly environment possible while looking after their individual needs.

Covering all aspects of general dentistry from check-ups through to mini dental implants he enjoys seeing his patients smiling happily and confidently through cosmetic dental treatments.

He has also branched out into Facial Cosmetics incorporating a new purpose built, state of the art modern facility inside of the Greenhills Surgery offering patients anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments.

You will find Dr Patience at Cessnock, Greenhills or Dungog Dental.

Dr Kelly
Dr KellyDentist

Emma graduated from the Univision of Glasgow in 2011. In her first year after qualifying, Emma won a national prize for her NHS clinical case presentation.

After three years, Emma left her practice in Glasgow to move to Australia. After a year working in private practice in Bondi, Emma joined our team midway through 2015.

Like all of our team, Emma is committed to keeping her skills and knowledge up to date and regularly attends courses. Most recently, Emma has attended courses on aesthetic dentistry (crowns and veneers), as well as removable braces.

Dr Kelly is a gentle dentist who has a very caring, holistic approach to patient care.In her spare time, Emma enjoys playing hockey and sailing.

Dr Margaret Kingston
Dr Margaret KingstonDentist

Margaret brings to hunter dental group over 10 years of experience in Dentistry.

Taking pleasure in building a strong foundation and relationship with patients and being available to meet their needs as they arise.

Margaret particularly enjoys treating children and their families, it is a very important role that children feel safe and are comfortable with the same face they see at the dentist year after year.

Dr Kingston has a keen interest in paedodontics (treating children) and minor oral surgery (extractions), however is experienced in all aspects of dentistry.

You will find Dr Kingston at Cessnock, Greenhills or Dungog Dental.

Dr Richard Cho.
Dr Richard Cho.Dentist
After studying a Bachelor and Master of Chiropractic, Richard went on to pursue a career in dentistry and graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours.

He has spent a number of years in rural practice in Western Australia and has since moved back to the east and practices from our Greenhills and Cessnock surgeries.

Richard prides himself on his careful and meticulous work. He has a keen interest in oral surgery, dental implants and restorative dentistry.
Above all else, Richard strives to do his best for his patients and always keeps their best interests at heart.

Richard enjoys fishing and maintaining old cars in his spare time.

Dr Emily So
Dr Emily SoDentist
Emily obtained her Bachelors & Honours degree in Psychology before completing a post-graduate degree in Dentistry at the University of Melbourne. She worked as a public dentist for NSW Hunter New England Health and as a private dentist in Sydney before joining HDG.

Emily strives to be a dentist trusted to deliver exceptional quality dental services, as she is a perfectionist at heart. She is a strong advocate of promoting oral health education and disease prevention. She believes her role as a dentist is to equip her patients with the knowledge and tools to improve their own oral health and quality of life.

Emily is experienced with providing dental care to patients with special needs, dental phobia and learning disabilities. She frequently visits aged care facilities in the Hunter region.

In her spare time, Emily loves singing and playing her ukulele, and has an interest in beauty and travelling. In particular her previous dental volunteering trip to rural Cambodia was one of the most memorable and rewarding.

HeatherOral Health Therapist

Heather is our Oral Health Therapist and has been with our HDG for over three years. In this time she has built an excellent reputation with patients and their families.

She believes in a very relaxed yet professional environment in the surgery. Her management of children is exceptional; being a mother she knows that children are unpredictable and require a versatile approach to care.

Heather takes time to get to know patients, plays games, provides education and places a strong importance on prevention.

Heather works closely with the other Dentists in the practice, ensuring you get a multidisciplinary approach to patient care as you are treated by a team of health practitioners, not an individual.


CindyPractice Manager
Cindy has been with Hunter Dental Group for the past 9 years joining Dr Patience again after a 7 year hiatus while looking after her growing family. Previously working with Dr Patience, Cindy learnt all aspects of chair-side assisting and returning again to work on the reception desk. She soon moved into a managerial role and became one of our Practice Managers.
Melissa W
Melissa WPractice Manager
Melissa has been with Hunter Dental Group for 14 years now starting out as a Dental Assistant/Receptionist in March 2003. She quickly picked up all aspects of assisting, working between the Greenhills and Cessnock surgeries with Dr Patience and Associates. By 2009 Melissa moved into more of a managerial role and is now one of our Practice Managers at Cessnock, Greenhils and Dungog Dental.
NarelleDental Assistant
Narelle joined Dr Patience team in 2002 and is our familiar face at Dungog Dental. With a background in Nursing Narelle soon learned all aspects of chair-side assisting, while also learning the reception desk. For 15 years she has been and continues to be a real asset to our team.
MeredithDental Assistant
Meredith has been with Hunter Dental Group for over 11 years and is a fully qualified chair-side dental assistant. Meredith is also fully trained in giving HydraFacials and Derma Pen treatments in our Greenhills Facial Renu room located inside the Greenhills Surgery. With her vast knowledge in assisting and being able to offer these treatments she is a real asset to our team.
RebeccaDental Assistant
Rebecca joined our practice in early 2008 and came to us as an experienced Dental Assistant. She quickly learnt all aspects of our surgery including chair-side assisting, laboratory and is also often found on the reception desk at Greenhills Dental.
Melissa P
Melissa PDental Assistant
Melissa P joined our team in 2009 as a new studying Dental Assistant. She has taken on many roles through the years as assisting Dr Patience with general anesthetics, learning the ins and outs of the dental laboratory and always being the friendly face with the Canadian accent at the front desk.
Jodie has been working beside Narelle and Dr Patience at the Dungog surgery for the past 6 years. She is the bubbly front desk receptionist at Dungog, always offering a friendly smile.
TeganDental Assistant
Tegan joined our practice as a trainee Dental Assistant in March 2014. She is now a qualified Dental Assistant and is highly skilled in the surgery, laboratory and on the reception desk. Tegan’s bright smile is recognized throughout our Cessnock Surgery.
CassidyDental Assistant
Cassidy joined our practice as a trainee Dental Assistant in March 2014. Cassidy is now a qualified Dental Assistant and has become quite familiar with both the surgery and the reception desk. Cassidy’s friendly face is recognized highly through our Greenhills and Cessnock practice.
Rest in Peace
Rest in PeaceChelsey
Chelsey was a new face to our practice. While still studying to obtain her Certificate III in Dental Assisting her skills in the surgery were becoming more diverse everyday while learning beside Dr George Patience in all aspects of chair side assisting.

Forever in our Hearts

TanyaDental Assistant
Tanya is a new face at our Greenhills Surgery joining our team in 2016. She is a chair-side assistant with over 15 years experience. With a friendly smiling face she is an asset to our team with her vast knowledge of chair-side assisting.