About Us

Caring, experienced and highly qualified, our team offers exceptional dental care and education for all our patients. Our goal is to help our patients achieve their oral health goals through our restorative and preventative treatments.

Our dentists and hygienists have kids of their own, and are all experienced with treating and looking after kids of all ages.

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Our Dentists

Stephen McCrea
Stephen McCrea

Dr Stephen
McCrea BdsSydney University

Steve was born and raised in Wollongong and completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Sydney University in 1988. He worked both locally here in Wollongong and in Newcastle before buying into this practice to join Keith Gray. Over the years, the practice has moved from Market Street, then to Kembla Street in 1996 and finally here to Ellen Street in March 2007.

Steve is committed to continuing education, keeping up with advances in dentistry and has a keen interest in technology. He lives locally and has two teenage children. Steve has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry involving complex composite work, crowns, restorations and the restorative component of dental implants. He also performs a lot of root canal treatment, but has a special interest in sleep medicine, working in conjunction with the sleep, ear nose and throat and respiratory specialists by assessing and fitting patients with anti-snoring oral devices worn at night. Away from work, Steve is a keen golfer and soccer tragic. He loves beach fishing but never catches anything. Steve works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Louise Johnson

Dr Louise
Johnson BDS
1st class honsSydney University

Louise Johnson

Louise graduated from Sydney University in 1993 with 1st Class Honors. She worked at Westmead Hospital and in private practice in Sydney before moving to Wollongong in 1997 to join Steve and to take over from the retiring Keith Gray. Louise lives locally and has two primary school age children. Louise is here from Tuesday to Friday each week.

Louise treats patients of all ages. She gets satisfaction from being able to improve her patients’ smiles through cosmetic, restorative and preventative treatment. Louise performs general restorative dentistry, teeth whitening, crown and bridgework, the restorative component of dental implants, root canal therapy and general preventative care and education.

Louise enjoys participating in continuing education so she can offer patients contemporary, proven treatment options. Patients are very comfortable with Louise and her soft and gentle approach. In her spare time, Louise is a keen long distance runner. Her family pet Douglas, the Labradoodle, comes to work with her each Friday as our therapy dog.

Sharmila Gangaram
Sharmila Gangaram

Dr Sharmila
Gangaram BDS

Sharmila graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1994 and worked in South Africa for 9 years before moving to Australia with her husband and son. Sharmila brings warmth and calm to this practice and looks after patients of all ages. Sharmila has a great skill in endodontics (root canal treatment) and often undertakes really complex and extensive restorative cases where multiple teeth are restored to improve function and aesthetics.

Generated by a real talent in oral surgery, Sharmila has undertaken further training at Sydney University in oral surgery techniques, so many patients who would have normally had to see a specialist, can be treated here. In 2016, Sharmila became a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, which required extensive study and examination. Sharmila works Monday to Friday.

To learn more about the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, visit www.racds.org

Charlotte Autore

Dr Charlotte
Charles Sturt University

Charlotte Autore

Charlotte was proudly born and raised in Wollongong and Stephen McCrea was her childhood dentist. She came to our practice for work experience in Year 12.

Charlotte graduated from Charles Sturt University in Orange in 2014. During this time she was awarded the year one prize for excellence in clinical dentistry, a Deans award, the award for excellence in Endodontics by Australian Society of Endodontology and the Gunz dental award for Endodontics.

Since this time she has worked for Charles Sturt University at the Orange and Bathurst campuses in their private dental clinic and has been involved in the teaching of all student year groups. As part of her teaching she has travelled with the students to the remote town of Brewarrina to provide free dental services to the local community. Charlotte sat the primary examination for the Royal Australasian college of dental surgeons in 2017, receiving commendations in all subjects. She is currently involved in orthodontic research with the University of Sydney.

She has particular areas of interest including treating children of all ages and Endodontics. She prides herself on a gentle and friendly approach to dental care ensuring that all patients are comfortable and share her preventive attitude.

In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and travelling.

Our Dental Hygienists

Tania Nichamin
Tania Nichamin

Tania Nichamin
b. oral healthUniversity of

Tania had worked with us as a chairside assistant for many years before completing her Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Newcastle in 2008.

Tania has a great rapport with patients and is able to steer people in the right oral health direction through her excellent treatment in the chair and through education about home dental care. Tania has excellent clinical skills and treats patients of all ages. She also sees many patients with disabilities and has had real success in improving these patients' oral health. Tania has completed further professional development in the area of periodontal disease, and is saving teeth for patients which would otherwise been lost.

Away from work, Tania loves to have fun, dressing up, parties, karaoke, and spending time with her husband Doug and their three children. Mojo (the dachshund) is the youngest member of her family, and takes Tania for long walks along the beach.

Laura James

Laura James
B. Oral HealthUniversity of

Laura James

Laura has also worked with us as a chairside assistant for many years. She was inspired by Tania, so went on to complete her Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle in 2016. Laura is kind and caring and loves her job. As part of her final year placements at University, she volunteered in West Timor. There she and her University team travelled to multiple remote villages treating adults and children with quite severe dental and periodontal conditions. While in West Timor she visited local pre-schools and orphanages educating the staff and children in oral health practices.

Laura also offers in chair teeth whitening, which has been really successful. Feel free to chat to her to see if you would be a good candidate for this treatment. Laura is great with kids and is happy seeing patients of all ages. In July 2017, Laura was awarded the Dental Hygienist of Australia Award for Outstanding Commitment in the Hygiene Profession. Laura has a son (Alex) who is starting school in 2018. Away from work Laura spends her time with her son and Golden Retriever, Bond. She enjoys movies, traveling and can be found at the occasional science fiction or fantasy convention.

Our Practice Manager

Angela Kiely
Angela Kiely

Angela kiely BScUniversity of

Angela has worked for us for over 20 years, and has been managing our practice for the last 12 years.

She grew up in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Angela has undertaken further education in Human Resource Management and workplace training and assessment. She has achieved two cycles of accreditation for our practice with QIP, looks after the HR needs of the practice as well as managing our business.

Away from work, Angela loves going on holidays, she has a keen interest in shoes and plays competitive tennis.

To learn more about Quality Innovation Performance, visit www.qip.com.au

Our Therapy Dog


DouglasTherapy Dog


Douglas is our therapy dog who works with us each Friday. He is a Labradoodle from Tamaruke, a breeder in Branxton in the Hunter Valley.

He is a beautiful dog with lovely manners who socialises with patients in the waiting room and smooches up to people for pats and cuddles, helping reduce stress and anxiety.

Away from work, Douglas loves the park and the beach, and spending time with the family.

To learn more about Tamaruke Puppies, visit www.tamaruke.com