Meet the team at the Special Needs Dentistry Practice

dr emma jay
special needs team

Dr Emma Jay

BDS, FRACDS (SND), Grad Cert Health Sci (DD)
Member of ADA and ANZASND, Registered Special Needs Dentist (Dental Board of Australia), RACDS examiner

Clinical Associate Lecturer and Clinical Research Affiliate (University of Sydney)

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Special Needs Dentistry), Australian Dental Association, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentists.

With almost 30 years experience, Emma has found that forming alliances with individuals results in a shared goal. Emma enjoys learning from persons with special health care needs to find solutions. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Developmental disability) USyd, where she undertook additional study in autism spectrum disorders and mental health.

Emma co-ordinated the largest dental restorative general anaesthetic waiting list for adults with special health care needs in NSW from 2000-11, liaising with anaesthetists and other medical disciplines. She was privileged to be part of the only Oral Motor Function Therapy (saliva control and feeding issues for children) and Rett syndrome multi-disciplinary management teams in NSW, for 7 years.

Emma assisted in the establishment of co-ordinated dietitian and oral therapist visits to reduce travel time for individuals with special health care needs during her appointment as Staff Specialist at Sydney Dental Hospital from 2012 to 2015.

Emma is currently a research affiliate with University of Sydney for providing mobile dentistry to long-term residential care facilities. Emma is the principal author of a prospective study using pre-set criteria, in the Journal of Disability and Oral Health (2008). She won best clinical research paper (for a person under 36) about the pilot study on treatment planning for persons with special health care needs (2002). Emma co-authored a chapter on Special Needs Dentistry in the Manual of Dental Assisting (2007 edition).

dr antonio

Dr Antonio Lee

BDS, MSc(Sedation and Special Care Dentistry)

Since graduation in 1995, Antonio has found enjoyment in looking after individuals with special health care needs in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. He has worked and taught in hospitals and clinics in both the public and private sectors. He loves thinking outside the box and is comfortable with working with his patients in overcoming issues particular to them.

Ashley Johnson


Senior Dental Assistant

Ashley has been working with Dr Emma Jay for several years. Ashley enjoys studying and has gained many qualifications, including Cert III Dental Assisting, Cert IV Oral Health Promotion and Diploma Aged Care. Continuing her passion for aged care, Ashley is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Health Science (Healthy Aging). In addition to her work and studies Ashley adores her two cats, keeping fit and going to the gym, traveling and exploring new places, nurturing and propagating indoor plants.




With over 20 years’ experience in administration, Cass strives to ensure patients and their representatives are made to feel welcome from their very first point of telephone contact with our Practice. Cass is available to answer questions relating to clinic and hospital appointment bookings and responsibly manages and maintains patient records. Outside of work, Cass has recently taken up acrylic painting with enthusiasm, loves to plan her next hiking adventure and spend time outdoors.

Sally Stewart


Reception/Dental Assistant

Sally creates a welcoming environment for patients with unique needs, providing exceptional customer service ensuring patients and their families feel comfortable and supported throughout their appointment.

toffee support dog


Support dog

We follow the ADA guidelines on support animals in the dental environment. Available or taken out of surgery on individual preference.