About Us

Camberwell Children’s Dentistry is a paediatric dental clinic in Melbourne.


Welcome to our specialist paediatric dental practice. Our paediatric dentists are Drs Margarita Silva, Jane Lee and Debra Elsby. Our entire team is committed to the prevention of oral disease and the provision of quality, affordable and comprehensive dental care for children of all ages.

Drs Silva, Lee and Elsby use a team approach with their support staff to provide professional care in a child friendly environment. Good oral health in children is a partnership between the dentist, parent and child. Our approach includes dental dietary and oral hygiene advice, long term treatment planning-including orthodontic and other specialist referrals as well as care and management of dental disease.
Our “tell, show, do” technique is widely recognised as the preferred method to introduce children to dental care.

We offer in-clinic dental treatment,  occasionally with sedation, and specialist dental treatment under general anaesthetic in a hospital setting, if your child requires this type of care.

Every visit begins with a comprehensive oral examination where our paediatric dentists will discuss your child’s oral health needs with you in detail. This includes growth and development (crowding), oral habits that can cause long term damage to the development of a good bite and diagnosis of cavities, gum conditions and prevention.

Drs Silva, Lee and Elsby are active in teaching at The University of Melbourne and continuing education for dentists, and contribute to many organizations. They are all members of the Australian Dental Association, Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD). All three have held positions on the executive committee of the Victorian branch of ANZSPD. Dr Silva is a past president and Dr Elsby is presently the treasurer.


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Dr Margarita Silva
Practice Founder

Dr Silva was the first registered paediatric dentist in Victoria and has been involved in teaching paediatric dentistry at the University of Melbourne since 1984. She was a member of the Dental Board of Victoria.

She graduated in dentistry with Honours from the Technological University of Mexico then practised as a general dentist for two years before undertaking her Master of Science at the University of Minnesota in Paediatric Dentistry.

She taught postgraduate students at the University of Monterrey, Mexico and at Louisiana State University in the USA.

Margarita is very keen on prevention, diet and good oral health. She has ample experience in behaviour management of anxious children. She has travelled to Cambodia several times to work with underprivileged children and assist with teaching students at the dental school in Phnom Penh.



Dr Jane Lee
Practice Principal

Dr Lee graduated in dentistry from the University of Adelaide and practised as a general dentist for two years before obtaining a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Paediatric Dentistry from the University of Melbourne in 2008.

In addition to her private practice commitments Jane is a lecturer and external examiner at the University of Melbourne and is a consultant paediatric dentist at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

She has a special interest in paediatric trauma and treating children with special needs.

Jane has volunteered in Phnom Penh in Cambodia with underprivileged children and lectured at the University to the local dental students there. Her volunteer work has recently taken her to The Kimberley, in Western Australia where she works with indigenous communities, and plans to return regularly.



Dr Debra Elsby
Practice Principal

Dr Elsby graduated in dentistry with Commendation from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2006. She practised in general dentistry for a year before continuing her general professional training which included a 6 month surgical position at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Since immigrating to Australia she has worked at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital as well as in private practice.

Deb graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Paediatric Dentistry in 2014. Her special interests include treatment of anxious children and those with special needs.

Deb has been involved in teaching dental students at the University of Melbourne and her volunteer work has included time treating the underprivileged children in the Kingdom of Tonga.



Our Team

Drs Silva, Lee and Elsby are supported in their care of your child by our devoted and experienced team.


Oral Health Therapist – Ms Thi (April) Nguyen

April graduated with Honours as an oral health therapist (BOH) from the University of Melbourne in 2009. She is qualified as both a dental therapist and dental hygienist and is passionate about helping patients to achieve optimal oral health.

She provides dental advice and education to her patients, empowering them to take responsibility for their long term oral health and maintaining healthy teeth for life. April has a friendly and warm approach to dentistry and believes that every visit to the dentist should end with a big smile!


Treatment Coordinator – Leonie

Leonie is a qualified dental nurse and the smiling face at the reception desk. She travelled to Cambodia with Dr Silva and Dr Lee and assisted them with treating children in orphanages, schools and the slums in Phnom Penh. Leonie has been with the practice since 2005 and loves her work with our patients and their families. She works closely with our families whose children require treatment under general anaesthetic, liaising with the hospital and anaesthetists.


Senior Nurses – Sophie and Hannah

Our senior nurses Sophie and Hannah love helping your children enjoy their dental experience at our clinic. Their clinic responsibilities ensure the most efficient and happiest possible visit of you and your child to our dental practice. Sophie has worked at dental practices in both London and Melbourne.


Receptionist – Simone

Simone has worked at our practice for 6 years now and is the friendly person you will often hear on the telephone or see at the front desk. As well as her front desk duties Simone assists us with many administrative tasks. She has a strong science background which enables her to support the practice in many areas.


Dental Nurses – Tara and Evy

Our friendly dental nurses Tara and Evy are here to help us and your children with their visits to our clinic.