Ryde Family Dentist was established in 2012, building upon the long heritage of the premises, which have hosted dentists since the 1940s, when horses trotting along Victoria Road were a common sight. Some patients have told us stories of their visits to the dentist here as children in the 1940s and 1950s. Located in West Ryde, our name represents our commitment to looking after the wider Ryde communities.

Our practice principal is Dr Ines Despot, who took over from Dr John Trevor Lewis in early 2012. Dr Lewis had run the surgery since 1977. Upon taking over, Ines refurbished the practice and installed modern dental technology. Next, inspired by new national healthcare standards, she improved the way the practice was managed by introducing comprehensive quality systems and training regimes for staff. Ines works in association with a selection of other dentists; currently Dr Komal S. Shah, formerly Dr John T. Lewis, Dr Benjamin D. Robinson, Dr Edward G. Wells and Dr Antony Langov.

We are committed to providing high quality and reasonably priced dental care to the community. Bupa, Medibank and CBHS private health insurers have selected us as preferred providers, but our services are not just for their clients — anyone is welcome to visit us.

Dr Despot and Dr Lewis


Our Dentists


Dr Ines Despot
née Ines Nurboja – BDS Hons (USyd), LLB Hons (USyd), MHLaw (USyd) – Principal Dentist
Ines graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 2000. Here since 2001, she has been become a pillar of dentistry at West Ryde, rewarded with a large and loyal patient base from the surrounding communities. Her specialities include cosmetic dentistry, crown and bridge work, implant prosthetics and endodontics (root canal therapy).

Ines is a very friendly and highly skilled dentist with a natural ability to make her patients feel welcome and comfortable, especially families with children of all ages. Maintaining a consistently superior standard of care is her formula for keeping the practice strong, developing herself, and satisfying the community.

Dr Komal S. Shah
BDS BSD Hons (UA) – Associate Dentist
Komal grew up in West Ryde and Ines was her family dentist when she was a child. Far from fearing the dentist, Komal enjoyed seeing Ines so much that it inspired her to become a dentist! After she completed her dental studies at the University of Adelaide, she returned to Sydney and successfully applied to join our team.
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