About Us

It’s ALL in the name!

Carew Dental Limited was founded by our principal dentist, Melbourne Carew, and his wife, Joanna. We are so proud of the reputation Melbourne has built over the past 16 years that we named our new practice after him!

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Our Ethos

The ethos at Carew Dental is simple: to offer exceptional cosmetic, implant and general dentistry in a luxurious, stress-free environment.

We are also immensely proud of the relationships we build with our patients, focussing on your experience throughout your treatment journey. We believe visits to the dentist should not be stressful and we enjoy working with you every step of the way to ensure you feel comfortable, receive outstanding treatments, and just love your smile.

We also recognise that traditional weekday appointments are not convenient for everybody, so we have a flexible appointment schedule that includes evenings and weekends.

Our Location

We can't wait to see you

Our practice is conveniently located just off the A1 on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead (NE11 0JU).

Our main client-base is from around the North East, but there are no geographical restrictions on who we can treat. In fact, because of Melbourne’s reputation for outstanding cosmetic and implant dentistry we regularly welcome patients from across the UK and beyond.

When you arrive at Carew Dental, you’ll find a large patient car park as well as a fabulous patient lounge with complimentary drinks, free Wi-Fi, magazines, sofas and even a laptop workstation.

Meet our awesome team

Dr Melbourne Carew, Principal Dentist

  • Qualified from Newcastle University in 2005
  • Owned his own dental practices since 2010
  • Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practice
  • Certificate (obtained) and Diploma (in progress) in Implantology from the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology
  • Primary care dental champion for the Clinical Research Network
  • Honorary Treasurer for the Faculty of General Dental Practice (Northern Division)
  • Committee member for North East Private Dentists

Melbourne absolutely loves his profession! In addition to practising dentistry and developing specialist skills such as implantology, Melbourne is involved in the research of patient experience and is currently working with Newcastle University, sponsored by the National Institute of Health Research, to find new innovative ways of using technology to improve patient understanding of treatments.

When Melbourne is not practising dentistry, you will find him cooking a delicious elaborate meal, or hooked to a rugby match or Formula One. He’s also dad – and stepdad – to three children, and loves getting out and about walking in the beautiful Northumberland countryside with the kids and two dogs in tow.

Joanna Carew, Managing Director

Joanna is Melbourne’s wife and has a non-dental background. She has extensive hospitality experience, including running her own luxury guesthouse, and she brings these experiences into the practice to ensure patients enjoy their whole experience at Carew Dental. Away from the practice Joanna is training to be a solicitor and divides her time between studying law and managing the practice.

Joanna is a true country girl and lives with Melbourne and their family in a small village in the Tyne Valley. Away from the practice you will almost always find Joanna out of doors, relaxing on family walks, hiking in the hills, or hacking out on her Irish Sports Horse, Marcus.

Dr Gary Stacey, Associate Dentist

  • Qualified from Newcastle University 1983
  • Taught Periodontology at Newcastle University Dental school
  • Vocational and General Professional Trainer (Postgraduate Dental training) for a number of years
  • Owned two dental practices previously
  • Previously member of the Local Dental Committee in South Tyneside
  • Member of British Society of Periodontology
  • Member of North East Private Dentists.
  • Mentor for Straumann (helping qualified dentists learn about and gain experience of dental implants)
  • National 'Dentist of the Year’ 2018

In the little time away from work he tries to keep fit by cycling, fell walking and ski-ing. Loves playing and watching tennis.
Like Melbourne, is a very keen cook and loves visiting breweries and interesting restaurants particularly when abroad. He is a long suffering Newcastle United season ticket holder of many years. He is married and has three adult children.

Kayleigh Nelson, Dental Nurse

Kayleigh has been in dentistry since 2017 training and qualifying as a nurse. (GDC registered)
Before this she was in the Catering industry and received her Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery. She has also completed a Level 2 course in Mental Health Awareness.
Kayleigh is extremely interested in progressing her career by working alongside experienced dentists during procedures such as implants and cosmetic smile makeovers.

When Kayleigh is not at work, she spends most of her time with her 4 dogs. She loves cooking and trying out new foods and appreciates a beautiful sunrise/sunset.

Alfie Thirkettle, Dental Assistant

Alfie is the eldest of the Carew-Thirkettle children and is training with us to be a dental nurse. Alfie has always had an interest in science and the human body and has recently studied Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics a-levels at Bootham School, York. Alongside working at Carew Dental, Alfie is now studying Philosophy at Newcastle University.

Maisy Rumble, Receptionist

Maisy has worked in health care settings since leaving school, more recently moving in to dentistry as a receptionist. She loves getting to know the patients and providing excellent customer service whilst keeping up to date in all recent changes in regulation and compliance.

Maisy has a degree in psychology with criminology and her NVQ3 in Health and Social Care, Maisy hopes to further her knowledge in patient care and looks forward to the new adventure at Carew Dental.

In her spare time Maisy loves taking long walks in the country side and spending time with her family and friends.