Your Team - National Dental Care

Dr. Peter Butcher

Dentist  |  BDS (Syd)

I graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Sydney in 1978, after which I came to Inverell to work for Dr Jim Auld and Dr Ian McKenna. I obtained my own practice in 1981, and have worked there ever since.

I have a special interest in minor oral surgery and restorative surgery, particularly in warn dentitions.

Thao Nguyen

Oral Health Therapist  |  BOH (Syd Uni)

Thao graduated from Bachelor of Medical Science at University of Technology, Sydney in 2011 and from Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney in 2015. After finishing her studies in Oral Health, she was selected to participate in the graduate program which focused on the delivery of preventative dental services and creating oral health programs to rural Aboriginal communities. As a result, she was placed in Inverell where she has since established a close relationship with the community and growth fond of the country life so has decided to remain.

Outside of dentistry she enjoys travelling, photography and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Ricky Sandhu

Lead Dentist  |  BDS Dentist

Dr Ricky Sandhu joins the Armidale community with a skilled background and education in Endodontics and surgical dentistry. He is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry and his drive to give his patients the very best health outcomes has motivated him to continue his education into areas of specialisation. He is currently in the process of attaining a Masters of Science (MSc) in Oral Implantology from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

He values giving patients an experience that is gentle and restores their smiles. This includes providing major reconstruction such as implants, including all-on-4 implants,

He has lived and studied across the world, joining us directly from Perth.

Beyond his dedication to his patients, Dr Ricky enjoys spending his time with his family. His wife is a registered nurse, and they have two wonderful children who are 6 and 4 years old.

Dr Zoe Commandeur

Dentist  |  B Dent (Syd)

I graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Sydney and am a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. I have worked as a general dentist in various community clinics and hospital specialist departments in Sydney for the past eight years. My main interests are restorative dentistry, dental care for medically compromised patients and preventative/minimal intervention dentistry. I keep up to date with current best practice by regularly attending continuing professional development courses and seminars. Outside of work I enjoy bushwalking and spending time with friends.

Dr Ed Montgomery


Dr. Ed Montgomery enjoys all aspects of general dentistry.

He spends his days commuting to Inverell from Glen Innes where he ran his own dental practice there for 25 years. With the objective of slowing down, he says “I sold it last year to give myself time to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’, spend more time with family, farm and bicycle.”

“I spent the first 25 years of my life in England, so I am grateful for the Aussie sunshine.”

On a personal note, Dr. Ed says he has enjoyed providing dental services overseas to those who are in need, “I have done aid work in Laos and Kiribati, and my wife says that’s what inspires me most.”

As well as enjoying life as a dentist, Dr. Ed is very family-orientated. He says, “my wife Deanna is a fifth-generation grazier from Pinkett who loves horses. I have two grown-up boys living in Brisbane and a blonde energetic primary school-aged daughter.”

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