Staff Profile

Staff Profile


    • Dr Sam Patel – (BDS) 1988

      Sam is a very experienced co-owner of the practice who has worked as a dentist for 29 years. He’s a proud husband and a father of three who keeps active with cycling, golf and cricket. After 20 years in Townsville he’s well known around town as a loud, exuberant, friendly person, as well as a knowledgeable dental professional who has great relationships with his patients both inside and out of the practice.


    • Dr Graham Tegg – (BDSC) 1981

      Dr Tegg has been with the Dentist on Paxton family for over 33 years and is a valued and respected member of our staff. In this time his charm, charisma and witty sense of humour have endeared him to patients and colleagues alike, with family members of several generations in his care. Graham likes to spend his spare time on the golf course or enjoying a glass of Pinot with his wife Jeanine.

    • Dr Jiten Rao – (BDS) 1990

      Known as Jits to his friends and patients, this energetic and funny dentist is a co-owner of the practice who is easily able to motivate staff. He is a very experienced practitioner, having qualified as in the UK twenty seven years ago before moving to Townsville in 2005. Many know Jits as a lovely soothing presence; who loves spending time with his wife, three kids and big, loud extended family.

    • Dr Osmo Hautaniemi – (BDSc) 2013

      Osmo Hautaniemi, known to his patients as Dr Oz, joined our practice in 2015 and is our youngest dental professional. He is a meticulous and friendly practitioner who graduated as an Academic Awardee from James Cook University and loves all aspects of general dentistry. You may be surprised to learn that Dr Oz is the proud owner of a Bonsai collection, which he has tended to for over 15 years.

    • Georgia Stainton- Dental Hygienist

      Originally from the coastal town of Bowen, Georgia completed her bachelor of Oral Health at LaTrobe University in Bendigo, Victoria. She likes working in rural areas generally, but what’s most important to her is making sure patients find every visit a pleasant one. Georgia loves the local outdoor lifestyle, especially motorbikes, horse riding, camping and fishing.

    • Michelle Tetley – Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist

      Michelle has a wealth of hygiene experience after practicing in Australia and internationally for 20 years. In her three years at the practice she’s established a reputation as an easy going, wise person as well as a highly proficient hygienist and oral health therapist. Michelle loves keeping fit and healthy, cooking for her family of four and has a passion for travel.

    • Katie Martens – Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist

      Katie is a bubbly personality who we have had the pleasure of working with for a year and a half here the practice. As well as being a friendly dental professional, she’s our ZOOM whitening specialist with years of experience in in-chair whitening. She’s occupies her time with her beloved boxers Lily and Lexy and new husband Tim.

    • Megan Lazaredes- Practice Manager

      Since starting here 14 years ago, Megan has helped turn Dentist on Paxton into a highly accessible and friendly local practice, while raising two beautiful children with her husband Nick. Megan is known for always making time to look after each staff member and patient personally and likes to wind down by relaxing on the beach and doing cross fit.

    • Rachel Poole – Clinical Manager

      Rachel is the practice’s versatile Clinical Manager, who you may also see assisting in the rooms or working at the front desk.  She is an invaluable long-serving staff member who has worked at the practice since 1998! Rach listens to variety of music and often enjoys camping and roller skating with her two children and husband Troy.

    • Kerry Leather – Dental Assistant

      Kerry is a considerate and hardworking member of the team who puts smiles on people’s faces with her funny stories and nice surprises. She has worked as a dental assistant for 27 years but is a lifelong motorsport enthusiast who loves playing tennis with her family and taking longs walks with her dog.

    • Shontel Ashcroft – Dental Assistant

      Shontel is one of our well known and loved all-rounders at the practice – after working here for 7 years, she has a wealth of dental knowledge! You may see her smiling face in reception or in the rooms assisting Dr Tegg. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her two beautiful children and husband Dwayne.

    • Sarah Pendreigh – Dental Assistant

      Sarah joined the Dentist on Paxton family four years ago and is one of our skilled and valuable all-rounders; working at the front desk as well as in the rooms as a Dental Assistant. Between work and boot camp, you’ll find her spending time with her family and friends or cooking up a storm in her home.

    • Christine Aidone- Dental Assistant

      Crissy worked in beauty therapy before beginning her career as a dental assistant two years ago. She is a very friendly assistant who loves to have a chat with patients when they come in to the practice.

    • Jessica Baumbach – Dental Assistant

      Jessica has loved working as a Dental Assistant for the last 11 years, with dreams of one day becoming a dentist or hygienist. She is a Feline Enthusiast with a 7 month old kitten named Faith who keeps her busy when she’s not working or training with the girls at Bodies By Rachel.

    • Sally Cowan – Dental Assistant

      Sally is a friendly and experienced staff member who has previously worked as a skin therapist. She has been a Dental Assistant for 5 years,and is now looking to go a step further with her career in oral health by studying Bachelor Oral Health at CQU.



      Megan Stathooles- Dental Assistant

      Meg has worked as a Dental Assistant for 3 years and is also currently studying nursing at CQU. She was raised in Townsville and is a calming, relaxing assistant who makes people feel comfortable and at ease in the practice.

    • Sharon Cameron Front Office Manager

      Sharon’s friendly smile is often the first thing you see when walking into the practice, and after working here for 26 years she is a favourite among patients and staff alike. She likes playing tennis, doing yoga, spending time with her three grown-up kids and walking the hill regularly with her husband, Darren.


      Meeta Rao – Front Office Coordinator

      Meeta is one of the friendly faces that greet you from our front desk. She has worked at the practice for ten years and loves to catch up with returning patients when they come in. Outside work hours she loves watching a variety of films, spending time with her three children and going for ladies lunches.


      Krishna Patel -Back Office

      A Harry Potter nut, Krishna , as well as front office duties, is responsible for the social media  and proof writing our marketing material. In her spare time, she can be seen at Townsville Central , eating chocolate, drinking coffee, eating Mexican food or enjoying a movie!