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 have been lucky enough to serve the Hunter community for the past few years 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.

 It has been fun working at The Happy Tooth and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and treating many families and Hunter locals. I take a more conservative and preventative approach to dentistry and value the trust my patients put in me. 

With a big smile and gentle hands, I look forward to meeting more of the community and keeping your smiles happy and healthy.

Dr Kashmina Farha


Hi,my name is Kashmina and I am one of the Dentists at The Happy Tooth Cessnock.

I have completed my Masters in Clinical Dentistry at La Trobe University, Victoria. I have a gentle and caring approach and enjoy providing quality dental care to adults and children. I believe in minimally invasive dentistry and am committed to providing ongoing preventative care and advice.
Outside of dentistry, I relish the opportunity to spend time surrounded by nature - hiking, kayaking and snorkelling. I also enjoy learning new skills - pottery, calligraphy and baking.

I would love to welcome you to The Happy Tooth  where we take a modern approach to dentistry.

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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