Dr Alexys Ward

I am Alexys Ward and I am the principal dentist at the Happy Tooth. I have graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and since graduating I have completed over 40 additional courses in advanced dentistry.

The Hunter has always been my home. I grew up on a small farm outside Maitland and now live on a small farm outside Cessnock. As a family, we bred cattle and sometimes exhibited them at shows including Cessnock and Sydney. Outside dentistry, I am passionate about animals and gardening.

Over the past seven years I have practised dentistry in both Sydney and the Hunter Valley. The city experience has allowed me to gain expertise in advanced dental techniques using the latest generation equipment and technology. I have used this experience to design and build my dream practice in Cessnock.

The Happy Tooth has been fitted out with equipment of the 21st century to give you the best possible dental care, I have sought out top class equipment and facilities.  I want you to have what I would want in dental treatment- treatment that looks great, feels great and lasts as long as possible. I have always adhered to the philosophy of, ‘if you are going to do something, do it well and always give it your best’.

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 Dr alexys ward and family, family vineyard 2017

Dr alexys ward and family, family vineyard 2017


Dr Andrew Murphy


Hi my name is Andrew Murphy. I hold a Degree in Biochemistry from Dublin University, and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Liverpool Dental Hospital. After graduating in Dentistry I returned to the 'Emerald Isle' to work in private practice for a number of years.

En route to Australia in 2010 I worked a term as a volunteer in India where my skills in oral surgery were particularly appreciated. I’ve subsequently worked in the private practice in cosmopolitan Brisbane before joining the wonderful team at The Happy Tooth in August 2012.

My special dental interests include root canal treatments (stemming from research studies as an undergraduate), cosmetic dentistry and providing what is known as 'evidence based dentistry'  thus using the most up to date material and modern techniques for patient treatments.

In my spare time I can be found exploring the many cellar doors or perhaps at the beach surfing and kite surfing. I look forward to us meeting and that you can experience the modern and very friendly atmosphere here at The Happy Tooth.


Dr Wendy Nguyen


Hi! My name is Wendy and I am one of the dentists at The Happy Tooth. I graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Radiography before also completing the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Originally from Sydney, I am very excited to explore the Hunter Valley region and keen to try new cafes/restaurants and would love to discover the secret spots! I also love travelling, cooking and going to local markets. 

It has been fun working at The Happy Tooth as everyone has been so warm and welcoming, including the patients! I love my job and my aim at every appointment is to make sure you have the most comfortable and pleasant visit possible. I look forward to meeting everyone and keeping your smiles healthy!


Dr. Bonnie Hope-Allan

Hi, my name is Bonnie Hope-Allan. I am an enthusiastic and energetic person, who is passionate about dentistry as well as the overall health and well-being of my patients. I graduated from Charles Sturt University and hold a Bachelor degree in Dental Science.

Outside of dentistry, my interests are in exercise, travel and my two beautiful dogs Jazz and Millie. Having moved here at the start of 2016, The Hunter has been very welcoming as a community, and I look forward to meeting you here at The Happy Tooth


Hi! my name is Jon and I graduated from Randwick Tafe with and Associate Diploma in Dental Technology in 1999. After 2 years of gaining experience throughout a diverse range of cases in the field of dental technology, I furthered my studies as a dental technician by upgrading my qualifications to a Diploma in Dental Technology. In 2004 I pursued my passion further by undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Dental prosthesis, graduating in July 2006 as a registered Dental Prosthetist. In doing so I also received the ‘Phil Harris Award’ for the best student overall. My studies continue today constantly gaining knowledge in the field of dentures and more recently implant retained dentures. In 2009 I was involved in the education of Dental Prosthetics at Randwick Tafe as the assistant teacher for implant retained dentures.

I have been working in Sydney throughout my career and am thoroughly enjoying escaping the city to work within the beautiful surroundings of the Hunter Valley, especially due to the abundance of golf courses, vineyards and exciting motorcycle rides at my fingertips.


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