Meet Our Team - National Dental Care
Gordon Towell

Gordon Towell
Chief Executive Officer

In the four years of Chief Executive Officer Gordon Towell’s leadership has made National Dental Care the fastest-growing healthcare group in Australia. Gordon has driven growth through both acquisitions and greenfields sites, and solid strategic investment in technology at all levels has revolutionised patient interaction and demand.

Gordon has a broad range of business experience in both executive and non-executive roles in blue-chip companies with 11 years in dental healthcare and senior roles IT. He specialises in managing fast-growth healthcare service companies, global business development, mergers and acquisitions and stock market flotations. Gordon’s relevant recent board experience has provided in-depth understanding of the challenges and complexities of healthcare organisations.

Gordon has strong interpersonal and leadership skills which underpin the rapid growth and development of the group.

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Mark Fisher
Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Mark Fisher manages finance, information technology, procurement, acquisitions, settlement, legal and facilities for National Dental Care. Mark leads strategic planning for future development with input from both the commercial and management sides of the business.

Mark has two decades of experience in international finance and capital markets in Australia and London. He was senior director at Credit Suisse in Australia, advising on strategic reviews and capital management on over $50 billion of successful transactions. In UBS in London he had oversight of healthcare franchises in France, Germany and Switzerland. He moved to Australia with KPMG in 2011.

Mark has collaborative relationships with the executive and management teams; and is accessible to all staff on operational matters. He sees management and executive roles as support and connectivity for the much-larger practice side of the business, which provides revenue generation.

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Derek Shearer
Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Derek Shearer is well known and admired for his collaborative skills which built his executive career in multinational companies. His success in growing businesses with outstanding commercial results in the healthcare, hospitality and retail spheres has come through his ability to create and deliver effective strategic plans for business transformation.
Derek has developed National Dental Care’s strategic direction for Australia-wide growth in top-flight dental practices, with ongoing excellence in clinician training, cutting-edge technology and a high level of patient care. His ability to collaborate at all levels of the organisation creates unique, customised best-practice systems and policies. These are patient-care focused and scalable for further growth.
Derek is also a well-regarded mentor and coach who demonstrates leadership in complex and dynamic environments, building his teams along with the business.

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Dan Drummond
Information Technology Manager

Information Technology Manager Dan Drummond built the highly-secure online dental management systems which have taken National Dental Care from its single-entity start five years, ago to an organisation of more than 60 fully-networked and fully-supported practices. National Dental Care is the only dental organisation which has completely networked practices across Australia, thanks to early investment in custom-building systems for growth and longevity.
Prior to this Dan had ownership of the IT systems in a mining analytics company which experience rapid growth, going from three sites to 155 sites internationally, over 13 years. He also has a broad range of IT experience in legal, educational and healthcare organisations, plus security and hosting work.
Dan enjoys bringing in new employees and mentoring their career development in the IT team responsible for the national network.

Jason Gent

Jason Gent
Financial Controller

Financial Controller Jason Gent loves technical analysis and problem-solving. These passions have driven his rapid career development from auditing at KPMG through to becoming a chartered accountant; then moving into business analysis for complex global corporations in diverse sectors.
Jason joined National Dental Care at the beginning, and in five years has created the customised systems needed for a new business model in the dental industry. His specialist skills and experience have been important in taking dental healthcare from individual businesses to a consistently top-quality, corporate network.
Jason’s passion from the start has been in creating scalable processes and workflows so that growth is efficient and self-sustaining. As National Dental Care is the fastest-growing dental group in the country, this work has enabled growth in the income-producing practice network without requiring major support growth.

Nikki Cox

Nikki Cox
DB Dental Operations Manager

Nikki Cox has a passion for health care and health administration which has taken her to Operations Manager of DB Dental. She has a wide range of experience, skills, and training in the industry, essential to her role in overseeing National Dental Care’s Western Australian operations.
In Nikki’s seven years as Operations Manager, she has supervised the development of the business, with her earlier hands-on roles giving her great insight into all aspects of the industry. DB Dental is now poised for further growth across the state, underpinned by National Dental Care’s commitment to clinical excellence.
Nikki’s career began in dental nursing and moved to nursing training and then into practice management after she began a family. Her flexibility in developing her skills and changing roles has given her an understanding of employee needs to attract and retain staff.

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Dr Antony Benedetto
Chairman & Dentist, National Dental Care Erina, NSW

Clinical Oversight Committee Chair Dr Antony Benedetto guides the committee as they regularly share advice on patient need and clinical direction to National Dental Care’s executive team. Antony, a lead dentist at National Dental Care Erina, believes the COC provides vital clinician input to senior management as well as reassurance to dentists that patient outcomes are at the forefront of organisational planning.
Antony obtained a Bachelor of Medical Science and a Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Sydney and undertook further studies with an implant course in Cambodia and an exchange program in Japan. He has practiced as a dentist for the past decade in Tamworth, Taree and the Central Coast. He has also completed many Continuing Professional Development courses, with a particular interest in CAD/CAM digital dentistry.
Antony enjoys helping people and finds solving their dental problems very satisfying. He performs a wide range of dental treatments, which means patients can have most of their concerns addressed in-house.

Gordon Towell

Gordon Towell
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Gordon is responsible for setting the companies vision and overall direction, and leading his executive team to implement the National Dental Care strategic plan to ensure the best possible outcomes both for our partnered practices and patients.

With over 30 years’ experience in the health, technology, and media sectors, Gordon has built up a broad range of business experience. Prior to his role at National Dental Care, Gordon has held both executive and non-executive roles with “blue chip” companies including; Director – Strategy, Marketing and Operations of Dental Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bupa; Non-Executive Chairman of AIMEDICS – developer and manufacturer of Type 1 diabetes nocturnal hypoglycaemia monitoring devices; CEO of IBS Automotive – global leader in automotive software systems; Non-Executive Chairman of Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd; Non-Executive Director of Netregistry, Australia’s largest provider of domain names; Group CEO of the GEON Group – a leading print and mail communications business in NZ and Australia; Managing Director of Granada Business Technology, a subsidiary of the Granada Group PLC; and Managing Director of the Compel Group PLC.

Dr Nick Morton

Dr Nick Morton
Clinical Director, DB Dental, WA

COC Western Australia representative Dr Nick Morton is Clinical Director for DB Dental and advises on clinical issues within the 18-strong group of practices in Western Australia. Nick values the COC for the opportunity for experienced dentists to share knowledge and offer direction to the executive on clinical matters.

Nick qualified from King’s College, London in 1990. He spent 23 years practicing in private practice in the UK. During that period he spent a great deal of time enhancing his skills in all aspects of dentistry to provide his patients with a fully comprehensive dental service.

His particular interests are dental implants, adult orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and the use of lasers in dentistry. He moved to Australia in 2013 to join DB dental and enjoys mentoring dentists learning new techniques.

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Dr Nasr Bachawaty
Lead Dentist, Elite Dental, VIC

COC Victorian representative Dr Nasr Bachawaty is lead dentist at National Dental Care Keilor Elite Dental. He has managed that practice since 2009 and has practiced dentistry for 20 years.  Nasr became the Victorian COC representative early in 2018, to speak for the growing number of National Dental Care practices in the state. Nasr sees the COC’s role as vital to create balance, bringing the clinician’s perspective on the human side of operations to the executive team.

Nasr trained at the University of St Joseph in Lebanon. Since then he has worked in his own clinic and managed private sector clinics in Lebanon and Australia. He has worked in all areas of dentistry and likes making people look good, feel good and stay good with good oral-hygiene habits.

Nasr particularly enjoys aesthetic and restorative dentistry for its ability to give people back their confidence, with procedures like full-mouth restorations.

Dr Jill Fisher

Dr Jillian Fisher
Lead Dentist, National Dental Care Chermside, QLD

COC Queensland representative, Dr Jillian Fisher, is lead dentist at National Dental Care Chemside. She has worked at Chermside for the past two years and prior to that at Brisbane’s Post Office Square practice for three years. Jillian believes it is an honour to have a voice in the COC, which considers all perspectives and encourages robust discussion. Jillian is proud to bring the views of her Queensland cohort to the group and the executive team.

Jillian’s parents are dentists and she was a part-time dental assistant at 14, then a hygienist and therapist. She graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with first class honours and worked for an orthodontist and a prosthodontist in her first two years out.

Jillian is passionate about treating special-needs patients in the general anaesthetic theatre in the practice. She sees their personalised care with the same practitioner as vital for reducing anxiety associated with hospital admissions.

Dr Rod Wills
Lead Dentist, National Dental Care CBD Dental, NSW

COC NSW representative Dr Rod Wills is lead dentist at National Dental Care CBD Dental in Sydney. He began his practice here more than four decades ago and has a keen interest in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Rod believes the COC is a great forum to bring different ideas together to create common goals. He also enjoys the opportunity to mentor younger dentists and share his experience.

Rod has long been involved with technological developments in dentistry and was one of the early adopters in Australia using CAD/CAM technology two decades ago. From high school days he has been passionate about both biology and mechanics; dentistry combines his twin interests.

Rod has studied aesthetic rehabilitation in Italy in recent years and has completed many post-graduate studies and professional development courses. He also enjoys the social side of dentistry; building long-lasting relationships with his staff and patients.

Dr James Min

Dr James Min
Dentist, National Dental Care Darwin, NT

COC NT Representative, Dr James Min, is the Lead Dentist at National Dental Care Darwin. After making the move to Darwin in 2013, James has serviced the NT for almost 5 years and has formed a great reputation and is highly sought after. He takes tremendous pride in his work as he provides treatment to all of his patients in a conservative and meticulous manner.

James is always keen to expand his knowledge and enjoys learning to use new equipment and technology. Whilst enjoying all facets of general dentistry, James has a keen interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics and oral medicine.

James has a goal of making patient’s visit to the dental surgery a relaxing and comfortable experience whilst walking away with a smile.

During his spare time, he enjoys travelling, DIY projects, car enthusiast and sports.

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Dr Sarah Caruso
Lead Dentist, National Dental Care Mawson Lakes, SA

COC SA Representative, Dr Sarah Caruso is the Lead Dentist at National Dental Care Mawson Lakes. Sarah has wide ranging experience in all aspects of general dentistry with extensive further education and interests in cosmetics and smile makeovers including implants, veneers and  clear aligner orthodontics. She is also at the forefront and skilled in the latest advances in minor oral surgery (extractions), laser dentistry, root canal therapy and digital ceramic restorations and smile design.

Sarah  is a member of the Australian Dental Association federal and SA branches and a past supervisor at the University of Adelaide dental school. She has also contributed to oral health programs and education in both Cambodia and Vanuatu as a volunteer dentist and educator.

Sarah has a caring and approachable manner, she has lived and worked in the northern suburbs of Adelaide all her life. She is married to Adrian (a physiotherapist) and has a young daughter called April. In her spare time she loves exploring new places and nature with her family and her spaniel Stella.

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Dr Alex Poli
Lead Dentist, DB Denal Melville, WA

COC WA Representative, Dr Alex Poli is the Lead Dentist at DB Dental Melville. Dr Alex Poli migrated from the United Kingdom to work with DB Dental. He is a general dentist with a special interest in Implants. In recent years he has also focused on Invisalign, and been helpful in supporting training to other dentists in Perth, Western Australia. This sparked his greater interest in clinical contributions and education. He sees the Clinical Oversight Committee as a way to contribute a fresh perspective to dentists across Australia.

Michael Alscher
Chairman

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Nathaniel Thompson
Non-Executive Director

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Gordon Towell
Executive Director

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Dr Antony Benedetto
Non-Executive Director

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Michael Lukin
Non-Executive Director

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Mark Fisher
Company Secretary

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