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

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.

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 due to commence a degree in philosophy at Newcastle University later this year.

Megan Rubbi, Receptionist

Megan is a First Class Graduate in Journalism form the University of Leeds, and has an extensive background in hospitality. She enjoys greeting patients to the practice and making sure they feel welcome.

In her spare time, Megan loves to paint and be creative. She also loves nothing more than spending time with her friends and family.