Dr Kyle Mervin is the mastermind behind the concept of Riverside Dental Spa, seeded by his interest in facial aesthetic treatments. He was the first dentist on the Central Coast to be using antiwrinkle injections, lip fillers and facial aesthetic treatments. His head and neck anatomy knowledge started with an undergraduate Science degree majoring in anatomy. He then went on to complete a PhD in the anatomy department where he supported himself by teaching anatomy to medical students, and of course then his dental degree. He went on the become a trainer at the Australasian Academy of Dentofacial Aesthetics where he taught national and international dentists for several years.
Kyle thinks “outside the square” and challenges the team to consider better ways of doing, well, everything. He is enthusiastic about new technologies and advances in the field of dentistry and loves learning the latest techniques.
In his undergraduate years Dr Mervin was a professional sprinter, with long curly locks. (Clearly he ran so fast his hair couldn’t hold on!) His most recent adventures led him to snapping his Achilles tendon when attempting to demonstrate to his children how to ride a mechanical bull. His rodeo days were over before they began so now he prefers to spend his spare time at home with his wife, 3 kids and Pomeranian (Obiwan Kenobi) singing enthusiastically on the home karaoke machine.
Dr Nicole Floyd
B.Med.Sc(Hons); PhD; B.Dent (Hons)(Syd)
Dr Nicole Floyd is inspirational and was described as “a bossssss” by Tanya Hennessy in her viral YouTube video on dentists. She is the queen of the juggling act of life. Nicole manages to be an amazing dentist (and therapist sometimes) to her loyal patients, a fabulous boss lady who inspires her staff to be their “best selves”, a loving mummy to her 3 young children (and staff sometimes) and a great friend. Everyone feels special, appreciated and heard around Nicole.
In a previous life, as a PhD carrying neuroscientist (like Amy on Big Bang Theory), Nicole studied at Washington University (St Louis, MO) which is in the top five medical schools in the USA. After she returned to Australia to complete her Bachelor of Dentistry (with honours) Nicole worked as a dentist in a practice in Northmead where she had worked as a dental assistant for 15 years. She also taught dental students for several years at the University of Sydney in restorative dentistry and root canal therapy.
Somewhere in there she managed to have 3 children in under 3 years, move to the Central Coast and open a brand new dental surgery from scratch. When she is not at work Nicole is taking her kids to after school activities and making school lunches. Nicole loves nothing more than a weekend catchup with friends and family – a BBQ with 20 kids all running around the backyard.
Dr James Scott
B.Sc (Hons); B.Dent (Syd)
Dr James Scott is seemingly unflappable and has a keen interest in orthodontics. James is one of the quieter members of the team but incredibly quick witted and often has us in stitches. James completed a Bachelor in Science as well as a Bachelor in Dentistry at the University of Sydney and worked in Newcastle before joining the team at RDS. His calming demeanour puts even the most anxious patient at ease.
After some recent home renovations James has conceded that his skills definitely lay in rebuilding smiles and not in rebuilding houses. He enjoys the detailed work involved in composite veneers and aesthetic dentistry. Creativity, attention to detail and his fine motor skills are the three traits that allows Dr Scott to achieve amazing clinical outcomes for his patients.
James is a doting dad to Olivia and Harry and has a new baby due in August. On weekends he enjoys cooking for his family and getting sandy at the beach. His creative side was also expressed in his interpretive dance of Daryl Braithwaite’s “The horses” which still lives on as a Christmas party legend.
Dr AJ Ambikairajah
B.Dent (Syd), B.Sc (Syd), Grad Dip Dent Implantology (CSU)
Dr AJ Ambikairajah was born in Ireland and emigrated to Australia in 1999. He completed a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Dentistry degrees at the University of Sydney. His Irish accent (and sense of humour) is still strong and the more excited Dr AJ becomes, the stronger his accent gets! With really exciting treatment plans, Dr AJ has to calm himself down so that the staff and patients can still understand him!
Dr AJ loves a chat and really enjoys the time he has with his patients discussing different treatment options and educating patients on oral health. He has a special interest in implants and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Implantology at Charles Sturt University. Continuing education and continuously upgrading his skills is what Dr AJ is passionate about.
He is caring and gentle and loves to tackle challenging dental issues.
Away from the practice, Dr AJ is married with 2 little girls. He enjoys playing Barbies and having tea parties (with the soccer or rugby on the tv in the background).
Mr Robert Wegner
Rob joined the Riverside Dental Spa team as the in-house denture specialist – making, adjusting and relining dentures. Rob has spent his career working as a dental technician joining the Australian Dental Prosthetist Association in 2007 and becoming a certified Prosthetist in 2009.
He brings a wealth of dental experience and knowledge from his family owned and operated denture clinic that has been established on the Central Coast for over 30 years. Rob produces the highest quality of denture work and his attention to detail ensures he creates the most aesthetic result for his patients.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys fishing, 4WD, and spending time with his wife and two young children.
Ms Jayde Mackie
Oral Health Therapist
Jayde started her career in Dentistry in 2006 as a dental assistant and has worked in various practices on the Central Coast and in Sydney. After completing her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and falling in love with Dentistry, she decided to further her studies, completing a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle in 2015. From there, Jayde went on to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy at the University of Newcastle and is now our resident Oral Health Therapist!
Jayde is dual qualified in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, allowing her to provide a greater range of preventive and restorative treatments to our patients. Her main areas of interest are Periodontics (gum diseases) and Paediatric Dentistry.
When Jayde isn’t in the clinic, you can find her at the beach with her two Boston Terriers, cooking up a storm, or planning her next getaway!
Ms Rhianne Sutherland
Oral Health Therapist
Our full of life Oral Health Therapist Rhianne brings highly contagious and effervescent exuberance to the team. She is friendly and passionate about her career and has way of making all patients feel welcomed. She loves to laugh and has the ability to make even the most nervous patients feel at ease. Her bubbly personality can be heard throughout the surgery as she giggles with patients and enjoys a chat.
Our younger patients’ instantly warm to Rhianne’s friendly nature, making their dental appointments something they and she look forward to. They even bring her “show and tell” if they have a new toy or pet photo.
Rhianne is a self-proclaimed perfectionist so her inability to pronounce certain names correctly is a source of amusement for the team and her patients as they often tease that she “nailed it”.
If you’re a fellow dog lover like Rhianne, be prepared to hear all about her beloved fur babies (crazy dog Mumma of four)!
Miss Skye Swan
Has been working in the dental industry for the past eight years as a dental assistant.
During this time she has developed skills in both general and cosmetic dentistry, administration and in mentoring trainee Dental Assistants.
In 2013 Skye graduated from Bachelor of Oral Health pursing her career as a Dental Hygienist.
Skye is enthusiatic about oral health and preventative dentistry and her goal is to ensure that her patients are educated in oral hygiene and are able to enjoy “dental health” as a result.
Mrs Melissa Gambrill
Mel has worked in the Dental Industry for the past 8 years as a Dental Assistant. Over these years she has taken on many clinical roles including all aspects of chairside assisting as well as taking on the temporary role as Acting Centre Manager.
In 2012 Mel furthered her career and pursued her passion for Oral Health by completing her Degree in a Bachelor of Oral Health. Mel brings to the Riverside team a broad knowledge of Oral Health and is enthusiastic about all aspects of preventative dentistry.
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