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Meet the Team Byron Bay

With staff members who are locals themselves, we’re proud to be part of this small but tight-knit community, with close ties to our long-standing patients.

Dr Jan Safranek - Lead Dentist

Dr Jan Safranek

Lead Dentist

I graduated from the University of Newcastle (UK) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After a year in general practice I undertook 3 years of hospital posts focusing on oral maxillofacial surgery. I pursued further studies, obtaining Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1999. I then returned to general practice.

Dr Ben Jones - Dentist

Dr Ben Jonas


Ben attended Charles Sturt University where he completed the Bachelor of Dental Science. Prior to joining the National Dental Care team in Byron Bay, Ben worked in both private practice and rural clinics around NSW. Having grown up in a small community town, Ben appreciates the vital role played by health professionals and the impact they can have on one’s wellbeing. He is a friendly, empathetic and dedicated individual who strives to deliver a high standard of individualised care to all patients. Ben has developed a keen interest in all areas of general dentistry and enjoys getting to know his patients. Coming from a sporting background, Ben enjoys keeping active by playing golf and running. He also enjoys relaxing at the beach with his wife Hannah, and their dog Leo.

Dr Helen Safranek - Dentist

Dr Helen Safranek


Originally from the UK, I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK, completing a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and obtaining a Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery in 1996. I have been working since graduating, in a mix of general practices and hospitals in the UK before moving to Byron Bay in 2004 and joining the team at Star Family Dental.

Dr Meritxell Jimenez


Meet Meritxell, an accomplished dentist and 2005 graduate of the esteemed International University of Catalonia. With over 15 years of experience, she has honed her skills in leading dental clinics in Barcelona, gaining expertise across various facets of dental care.

Michelle Dunnett - Oral Health Therapist

Michelle Dunnett

Oral Health Therapist

I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Prior to joining National Dental Care in Byron Bay in 2014, I worked as a full time Therapist and Hygienist in private practices throughout Brisbane including Tony Weir Orthodontics, Smile Central, and Mary’s Dental Practice. I have always had a keen interest in health and the human body, and found my passion for dentistry after graduating high school and working as a Dental assistant, and no matter what I do, I have always found myself drawn back to dentistry.

Chris Condsidine

Oral Health Therapist

As an Oral Health Therapist, Chris Considine strives to provide an oral health service that is both professional and contemporary, with a hint of laughter and fun-loving energy along the way.

Annie Pellatt


“We have put a lot of thought into how we can change the way Australians think about dental so we've developed our practices with you at the heart of everything we do. Our dentists, therapists, and hygienist are highly qualified and experienced, our practices are relaxed and professional, and our equipment and technology are state-of-the-art.”

Dr Antony Benedetto

Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee