North Queensland Dental Team



Dr Matthew Lombardi (Practice Principal)

Ingham-born, Dr Matthew Lombardi grew up and completed his schooling in the district. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor of Dental science in 2007. Following graduation, Dr Lombardi moved to Townsville and has worked in private practice as well as having some experience working with Queensland Health.

Dr Lombardi has a gentle and caring chair-side manner and takes care in presenting and explaining in detail, treatment plan alternatives in all areas of modern, state of the art Dentistry and providing comprehensive, full mouth dental care. Dr Lombardi is a general dentist and has completed continuing education courses in Orthodontics, Laser Dentistry, Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry and Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Hailing from a large Italian family, Dr Lombardi has a love of food. Cooking is one of his favourite past times and is especially famous for his Spaghetti Vongole. He enjoys going to the gym, playing and watching all sports; particularly soccer and golf; and travelling.


Dr John Pulvirenti 

Dr John Pulvirenti was born in Ingham in 1947 and graduated as a dentist at the University of Queensland in 1968.

After graduation Dr Pulvirenti worked for Queensland Health on the School Dental Train in Northern Queensland before beginning his own practice in Atherton. From here Dr Pulvirenti purchased a practice in Home Hill before moving to Townsville and working side by side with his son, Dr Matthew Pulvirenti, also a dentist, before restricting his practice to orthodontics.

Dr Pulvirenti has always been interested in orthodontics and the way the shape of the face affects the growth of the teeth, as well as TMJ and Snoring/Sleep Apnea complaints.

As a general dentist Dr Pulvirenti has undertaken numerous post graduate courses in these areas and updates his knowledge by regular attendance at conferences and seminars.

Affectionately known as “Dr P” by patients and staff, John enjoys keeping fit in the gym, cycling, playing golf, eating out, music, travel and theatre.


Dr Declan Collins (Associate Dentist)

Dr Declan Collins was born in Townsville in 1991 and grew up and completed schooling in Charters Towers. He graduated from the pioneering first cohort of James Cook University’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree and began his professional career in Central West Queensland with Queensland Health.

Dr Collins shares North Queensland Family Dental’s patient centred approach to comprehensive treatment planning and aims to deliver a high quality, modern and a gentle experience. Dr Collins is a general dentist with an interest in restorative and preventive dentistry.

Growing up in North Queensland, Dr Collins is a fanatical Cowboys fan, with a love for many sports including rugby league, tennis and golf. He is also a keen fisherman and is relishing his return from outback Queensland to our beautiful coastline.


Dental Therapists


Karen Ward

Originally growing up in Prosepine, Karen Ward moved to Townsville to complete her Collage of Dental Therapy. After graduating in 1978, Karen worked for QLD Health for 25 years based in the Townsville, Whitsunday and Nanbour regions. During this time Karen was also able to complete her Diploma in Frontline Management.

Following her time with QLD Health, Karen spend 5 years in Private Practice for 1300 Smiles in Townsville, perfecting her clinical expertise in working with Children.

As a qualified Dental Therapist, Karen has extensive experience in treating children from 4-18 years for services including check-ups, cleans, x-rays, extraction of baby teeth and all restorative and preventive work.

Being a mother of 3 boys, Karen’s friendly and warm personality allows her to quickly develop a great rapport with all her patients to create a fun and positive dental experience. Karen looks towards making the relationship between her and her patients’ families a longstanding one founded on mutual respect and trust to help the children she treats develop strong and lasting oral hygiene routines, maintaining their teeth for the long-term.




Carla Lejarraga

Having completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health) at the University of Queensland in 2000, Carla moved to Townsville in 2001. However, since that time she has travelled on multiple occasions in the pursuit of perfecting her craft. In 2007, Carla undertook training in the United States with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in the area of Dental Hygiene. She also had training in the USA with the Buteyko Clinic of Ireland and is a qualified breathing educator. This field helps children and adults achieve proper nasal breathing habits to assist with lip seal and overall health benefits.

In 2010, Carla undertook further study to become an Orofacial Myologist, an expert in the dysfunctions of the muscles of the mouth and face. She works closely with dentists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists to achieve proper functions of the face and oral structures aiding in speech, oral habits and normal dental and facial development. Carla enjoys the preventative aspects of dental hygiene and helping people keep their own natural teeth for life. She has studied advanced periodontics instrumentation and is thoroughly competent in local anaesthetics and teeth whitening.

Carla is passionate about proper facial and dental development and in 2013 will launch The Smiley Face Clinic at Townsville Dental Care. This clinic is dedicated to helping parents and children achieve normal facial growth and development. The clinic will supply education in early childhood feeding, teething and soothing recommendations and products, oral habit correction through The Thumbsucking Clinic, and the provision of Orofacial Muscle Function and Better Breathing programs. This clinic is a first in Townsville.

Sharing a love for the arts and her local community, Carla enjoys performing on stage as a member of local theatre company, TheatreInq. She also is a caring wife and mother, with her husband Miguel and their daughters Amaya and Violet. Carla brings this same genuine care and supportive nature to her patients.

Jenny Page - Hygienist | North Queensland Family Dental  

Jenny Page

Jenny moved to Townsville from Bundaberg to commence her training as a Dental Therapist, where on completion, graduated with Distinction and Dux of her year in 1982. After a period of time in the field, she was invited to return to the Townsville Dental Therapist Training Centre, and was appointed Tutor Dental Therapist, a position she held until the Centre’s closure in 1986.

Having met and married a North Queenslander, she has worked in the School Dental Service for over 30 yrs in the surrounding areas of Townsville, Charters Towers, Ingham and Ayr.

In 2004, Jenny undertook the opportunity to expand her scope of practice and studied Dental Hygiene at the University of Queensland and Oral Health Promotion at the Queensland University of Technology. Ten years in private practice as a Dental Hygienist has provided her with extensive experience in all aspects of preventative oral health care. Additional training in advanced periodontal instrumentation has developed a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and an insight into the treatment needs of her adult patients.

Combining both clinical competencies has afforded Jenny the knowledge and expertise in being able to provide for her patients a gentle, caring and comprehensive approach to their dental requirements. Her more recently acquired qualification of treating the 0-4yr old age group and her many years of experience as a clinician, has enabled her to easily build a rapport and gain trust with all age groups, thereby providing a continuum of care for the whole family.

Living on acreage just outside of town has provided the perfect backdrop for rest and relaxation for Jenny, her husband Chris, and two children, Lauren & Alex. A keen interest in gardening is a prerequisite for the area. Reading crime thriller novels and cooking are favourite past times of Jenny’s as well as the planning of future overseas holidays.