At PK Richardson Dental we know the value that exceptional people can bring to an organisation.

Our team have been hand picked to ensure that your experience at PK Richardson Dental is a positive and rewarding one.

Dr Joanne Richardson BDS  (Univ. of Sydney)   

Dr Joanne Richardson BDS (Univ. of Sydney)


Joanne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1978, following in her father’s footsteps as a dentist, and then worked in her father’s Sydney practice for over 20 years. After sailing to the Whitsundays she opened a practice in Airlie Beach, enjoying the relaxed Queensland lifestyle for over ten years while raising two children.

Once the children grew up she started travelling and working, as well as running a volunteer dental outreach program in India and Nepal for the last fifteen years. Joanne has worked in Singapore, New Zealand, Christmas Island, Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia. Joanne still travels regularly to Nepal to train community health workers in preventive dentistry.

Joanne enjoys bush walking, mountaineering and sailing, and meeting new people. As an active member of Rotary and Zonta, she is passionate about helping to make the world a better place by helping those less fortunate.

Dr Elliot Naftal BDent  (Univ. of Sydney)   

Dr Elliot Naftal BDent (Univ. of Sydney)


Elliot has been with our practice for 8 years. He has a calm and easy-going nature which his patients really appreciate. He takes real care to explain the different procedures and answer any questions you may have to put you at ease.

Originally from Melbourne, Elliot moved to Sydney and graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Sydney. His father is a dentist in Victoria, so Elliot has been immersed in the world of dentistry from a young age.

He is a big believer in preventive dentistry and patient education and is also committed to furthering his own education as a dentist. Elliot frequently attends advanced learning courses to maintain his knowledge and always keep up with the most current theories and practices in dentistry.  

Outside of the practice, Elliot is a very outdoorsy person who loves ocean swimming, golf and nature walks. He is a keen follower and participator in most sports and he also actively meditates.


Dr Tuan Dao (Hons) MDSC  (Pros) (Univ. of Sydney)  

Dr Tuan Dao (Hons) MDSC (Pros) (Univ. of Sydney)

Dr Tuan Dao is a registered dental specialist in the field of Prosthodontics in New South Wales. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 receiving a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours. Dr Dao then worked in private practice in Sydney for two years. During this time, he undertook and passed the Primary Fellowship exams for the College of Dental Surgeons.

In 2008, Dr Dao graduated from the University of Sydney receiving a Masters of Dental Science in the specialist field of Prosthodontics.

In July of 2009, Dr Dao was appointed Secretary of the Australian Prosthodontic Society (NSW Branch) and maintains an active role within the professional society.

Away from work, he enjoys playing sport and travelling overseas and experiencing different cultures.

Dr Zara Lyle BDS  (Univ. of Glasgow)     

Dr Zara Lyle BDS (Univ. of Glasgow)


Dr Zara Lyle graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Dental Surgery. During this time she volunteered as part of a dental scheme providing dental education and treatment to underprivileged and rural areas of Ukraine.

After working in both public and private practice in Scotland and Northern Ireland, she moved to Australia in 2012 to expand her experience. She has since worked in Western Australia, Queensland and most recently Sydney in both public and private practice.

Zara enjoys the variety of work general practice provides and is particularly passionate about preventative dentistry, paediatric dentistry and treating special needs patients.

When not in the surgery, Zara enjoys cooking, gardening, the theatre and travelling.

Marietta M Faltas RDH  (Registered Dental Hygienist)   

Marietta M Faltas RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)


Marietta is originally from Philippines, where she graduated Dentistry from Centro Escolar University, Manila in 1990. Her strong dental background enabled her to complete the Bridging Course for Dental Hygiene at Adelaide in 2002 in less than a year.

She has worked with various Dentists, Periodontist, Orthodontists and Maxillo Facial Surgeons at Sydney CBD prior to joining PK Richardson Dental at Maroubra. The combination of education and worked experience has provided Marietta with in depth knowledge in delivering patient care.
Apart from doing the Dental Hygiene position in Maroubra, she is also helping to manage a newly opened branch of Maxillo Facial Specialists Practice in Hornsby.

Marietta enjoys being outdoors and having quality time with her family during the weekends and holidays. She loves instrumental music, reading, cooking, picnic or stroll along the park or riverbank.


Sheena Beetlestone  Practice Manager     

Sheena Beetlestone Practice Manager


Sheena began her career as a dental assistant 22 years ago.  She has been at our practice for 12 years and started as a dental assistant and moved to the front desk as our senior dental receptionist.

Sheena takes pride in providing patients with a relaxed & comfortable environment so they will always have a positive dental experience.

Sheena also enjoys her travels around the globe and loves to meet new and exciting people.

She and her partner Mark love to escape most weekends to their yurt up in the hills behind Wollembi.

Connie Freedman  Senior Dental Assistant (Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting)

Connie Freedman Senior Dental Assistant (Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting)


Connie hails originally from the Philippines but has been Dental Assisting for over twenty years in Australia, including working for a prosthodontist and gaining her high qualifications at Randwick TAFE. She has been a vital part of our practice for over six years and has also been in charge of keeping our sterilizing procedures up to date ready for our accreditation.

Connie’s two boys have now grown up giving her more time to pursue her interests in Salsa dancing and bushwalking!