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Beyond the drill: The Salmon family dentistry story

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Veronica Bardsley

29 March 2024, 12:00 AM

Beyond the drill: The Salmon family dentistry story

John Salmon Dentist, situated on Railway Parade, has been warmly welcomed by the local community. Having arrived at the practice last July, initially under the stewardship of Keith Lester, they officially took over the reins of the dental practice on September 1st, 2023. John runs the practice alongside his wife Rebecca, who serves as the practice manager. Hailing previously from a long practice in the Southern Highlands, they are enjoying the sea change! 



In an era where dentistry is increasingly corporate, John and Rebecca aim to defy this trend. For them, being a dentist means more than just providing services; it's about creating enduring relationships with their patients, "healthcare should be about caring for people," said Rebecca. John's commitment to his craft is evident in the fact that he has had clients follow him to three different dental practices. 


Recognising the anxiety that often accompanies dental visits, John is resolute in creating a soothing environment for his patients. Their philosophy is simple yet profound: to bring joy to their work while making a difference in people's lives. Unlike many dental practices fixated on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), John and Rebecca's focus remains squarely on compassionate care.



Moreover, they are eager to shed light on a government initiative aimed at promoting dental health among children. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule, administered by the NSW government, offers up to $1,095 in benefits over two consecutive years, covering essential dental services. The Salmon's advocacy for preventative dental care is their belief that early intervention can mitigate the need for extensive and costly dental procedures later on. You can find more information about this initiative here




John describes the transition as somewhat of a blur. The overwhelming support from the community has exceeded their expectations, keeping them busier than anticipated. Despite the challenges, they are steadfast in their commitment to serving the community and are working towards expanding their hours to accommodate the growing demand.


John and Rebecca Salmon embody a refreshing approach to dentistry—one rooted in genuine care, empathy, and a steadfast dedication to improving oral health for all. Have you had your regular check up? Give the Salmons a call on (02) 4233 1313 to book your appointment today.