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 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


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.

Karen Ward

Dental Therapist

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


Carla holds a Bachelor Applied Health Science (Oral Health) from the University of Queensland and has practiced as a Dental Hygienist since 2000.

Carla Lejarraga is Australia’s leading expert in thumb and finger sucking habits of children and is the founder of The Thumb Sucking Clinic. A clinic the first of its kind in Australia – she empowers children to kick their thumb sucking habits and combat their long-term effects.

She also teaches Orofacial Myology practice to Dental and Speech professionals from all over the world and is regularly sought to lecture locally and internationally regarding her work in child facial development.

When Carla’s not busy doing Dental Hygiene, raising her four children, performing in her local theatre company, planning fantastic costume parties with friends and family, or high-fiving her young patients for the amazing results they’ve achieved, you’ll find her planning the expansion of The Thumb Sucking Clinic. It’s her unwavering goal to see every thumb sucking child experience the life-long benefits of her program.

Marian Ellman | Hygienist | North Queensland Family Dental

Marian Elliman


Originally from Cairns, Marian has worked in Townsville as a Dental Hygienist for over 25 years.  She has experience in both general practice and specialist orthodontic practice.

Her initial training was as a School Dental Therapist, graduating from the Townsville training centre in 1978.  In 1992 she qualified as a Dental Hygienist after studying in Adelaide.

Marian’s positive attitude and easy going nature enables her patients to enjoy a friendly and relaxed treatment experience.

Throughout her career, Marian has maintained a keen interest in staff training.  She worked for Brisbane TAFE as a workplace assessor for trainee dental assistants.  She has developed clinical training programs and encourages staff to pursue further studies.

Marian has also enjoyed working as labourer for her husband Des who is a (now retired) carpenter and builder.

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