Our 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 Declan Collins


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.

Lizzie Giesen

Oral Health Therapist

After moving to Townsville following high school Lizzie Crooks worked for Matthew Lombardi as his dental assistant. It was the North Queensland family dental team that encouraged Lizzie to pursue a degree in oral health therapy.

Lizzie then made the move to Rockhampton to complete a bachelor of oral health at CQuniviersity. In her time at Rockhampton, Lizzie gained experience in both private practice and Queensland Health and spent time working in the school dental vans across Rockhampton. As an oral health therapist Lizzie is dual qualified as a dental therapist and hygienist and can treat people of all ages for both restorative and preventative dentistry. Lizzie has a keen interest in all areas particularly preventative treatment and oral health education.

Outside of being an oral health therapist, Lizzie enjoys baking, spending time with her family and friends and walking her dogs, Winnie & Toby on the strand.

Miryam Candela

Oral Health Therapist

Originally from Sunny Spain, Miryam made the move to Australia in 2010 and started her career in the dental industry. Initially working as a Dental Assistant, she discovered her passion for oral health, which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney. As an Oral Health Therapist, Miryam enjoys supporting her patients to learn about preventative measures on maintaining good oral health. Miryam also has a keen interest in keeping up to date with the latest advancements in dental health. Miryam moved to Townsville in search of the relaxed North Queensland lifestyle. When not at work, you will find her scuba diving, paddle boarding or looking for new dog beaches with her pug Paco

Melissa Lewis


Melissa graduated with Honours with a Degree of Dental Hygiene from Fanshawe College, Canada. After graduation Melissa worked in the Rocky Mountains of Canada’s west coast for three years, followed by a year in New Zealand, and now Australia has been home for nine years.

You might notice that she has a bit of an accent (that’ll be her Canadian roots coming through) but Melissa is a true Queenslander with a love for hiking, exploring and finding gorgeous waterfalls.

Melissa has a special interest in advanced periodontal treatment, in chair whitening and orthodontics, and with over 15 years’ experience in the dental industry Melissa will leave you in a relaxed mood with a healthy smile!

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