About Us

Ambience Dental is a practice that has been over 40 years in the making. A union of three talented and professional dentists, the practice prides itself on
providing high-quality dental care in a warm and supportive environment.

Here is the story of our 40-year journey and how we have grown from a small surgery to the full- service dental practice you’ll find today:

Our 40 Year Journey

It all began over 40 years ago when Dr John pearman, an enthusiastic and ambitious young dentist, moved from Sydney to take over the Figtree Dental surgery. The small two-chair surgery had only been open for six months at the time, but its bubbly and cheerful receptionist, Kim Sutherland, created a warm welcome for its patients and its new owner.

1985 – Dr John Saad joined the surgery as an associate dentist, paving the way to the Pearman and Saad Legacy and it was by no coincidence that he chose Figtree Dental. When Dr Saad was in his fifth year of dental school, he visited Dr Pearman for a filling. During the procedure, Dr Pearman said ‘by the way, when you finish dental school, you’re working here.’ And, fortunately for us all, so he did.

1987- Dr Saad progressed from associate dentist to partner and the surgery’s name was changed to the Pearman & Saad Dental Surgery. To account for the change, the practice was renovated and expanded into a four-chair dental surgery.

2010 – The final piece to the puzzle, Dr Ahmed Bedeir joined the practice as an associate dentist. He demonstrated excellent clinical skills and potential and by 2014 had taken on the role of practice principal.

2014 – To cater to the needs of its growing patient base, the surgery moved to Fairy Meadow and rebranded as Ambience Dental with Pearman, Saad, and Bedeir at the helm.

Today – you’ll still find Kim at reception, offering the same warm and bubbly welcome to our patients. However, the surgery has grown to encompass a myriad of accomplished dentists, hygienists and nurses who are passionate about providing dental care to the Wollongong and Illawarra community. The surgery is equipped to perform not only general dentistry but sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implants, full-mouth rehabilitation, veneers, teeth whitening and crown and bridge restorations. Whatever your needs, at Ambience Dental, we’ve got you covered.

Pearman & Saad Dental Surgery has been the nursing ground for many dentists in the Illawarra. Over the years the team has grown to encompass a myriad of accomplished dentists and efficient staff who worked towards serving the dental care needs of the Illawarra community with care and compassion.

Our experienced team of dentists, hygienists and nurses are fully qualified and equipped to perform General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants, Full-mouth rehabilitation, Veneers, Teeth Whitening, and Crown & Bridge.

Our Team

Dr. John Pearman

Dr John Pearman began his career as a dentist in Figtree in 1979 following graduation from Sydney University in 1978. John’s interests lie in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry including crown and bridge and implants. John has been restoring and placing implants for over 20 years. Besides Dentistry, 

John has a passion for fishing in the Northern Territory and South Australia; many of his patients enjoy hearing of his adventures and close encounters with the local wildlife.

John recently set up a dental facility in the Philippines to provide the local population with a badly needed service, in conjunction with an ongoing Rotary Medical/Dental mission.

Dr John Saad

With 36 years of clinical experience Dr Saad is the Senior Practice Principal and the Head of our clinical team at Ambience Dental. John graduated from Sydney University in 1985 and held a part time position as a clinical tutor at Sydney University whilst working with Dr Pearman in private Practice. John partnered with Dr John Pearman some 36 years ago and together they established the most trusted Dental Practice in the Illawarra with a reputation for delivering the highest quality dental care. Today we have grown to be a large team Practice with expertise in all facets of dentistry.

John places a strong emphasis on patient care and is passionate about patients being treated in a non-traumatic and compassionate manner. In 1987 John completed post graduate training and certification of Intravenous sedation in dental surgery, in London. Today, John oversees and directs our Sedation unit and working closely with anaesthetist Dr Bernard Negus to ensure the highest quality of care is given to our patients in the safest possible fashion. This unit offers patients an opportunity to have dental surgery performed in a sedated state with little or no recollection of the procedure performed. John is also appointed at Wollongong Day Surgery, Wollongong Private Hospital, and Shellharbour private hospital for patients requiring treatment under general anaesthesia.

John has a particular interest in Implant Surgery and Crown and Bridge work. John has completed extensive training under world renowned surgeon Dr Steven Chen and has completed numerous national and international courses in implant surgery and Implant Prosthetics. He is a proud member of ITI International Team of Implantology and a fellow of Academy of Dentistry International. John is committed to supporting Dr John Pearman’s ongoing volunteer dental mission in the impoverished regions of the Philippines.

Outside of his dental practice, John enjoys skiing, cycling, photography and food. Johns is also a mad St. George Illawarra Dragons supporter. John is very proud of the team at Ambience Dental.

Dr. Ahmed Bedeir

Ahmed Bedier graduated with Bachelor of Dental Science (BDs) in 2003. He then started working in a private practice along with the oral surgery department, Alexandria University – Egypt where he held the position for 2 years. He then became a member of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantology). After this, he was then attending all sorts of oral implant courses. 

In 2004, he was the main dentist in the German hospital, Alexandria – Egypt where he acquired massive clinical experience especially in Root Canal Treatment. In 2010 he moved to Australia and proudly joined Ambience Dental.
In March 2012 he started, and has now completed, his Masters degree in Oral Implants in Frankfurt, Germany (Geothe University).

Ahmed is a surfer, tennis player (Wollongong comp first division). He also enjoys snow boarding and motor bike riding. He is a former basketball player; as a former member of two different clubs, he played for the team that won the Egyptian Basketball League in 1996.

Meghana Pai

Meghana graduated with a Bachelors of Oral Health (hygiene/therapy) in 2014 from Charles Sturt University. She has also completed her Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science (Advanced Clinical Practice) at the University of Adelaide in 2018.Meg has worked within the public and private sector of dentistry in rural and metropolitan areas of NSW and Victoria.

As an Oral Health Therapist, Meg enjoys the preventative and early intervention aspect of dentistry  and is passionate about tailoring diet and hygiene advice to suit the individual needs and lifestyle of her patients. Meg strives to provide comfortable and effective treatment and works collaboratively with the dentists and specialists at Ambience dental to ensure best treatment outcomes for her patients.

Meg has undertaken volunteer work in rural Australia at various Aboriginal dental facilities as well as travelled to Cambodia and South India to provide dental treatment to children living with special needs and poverty.

Besides her obsession with teeth, Meg enjoys bush walks, making jewellery, exploring cultures and cuisines through her travels and restaurant bucket list.

Aislinn Creagh

Aislinn Creagh graduated from Sydney University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy). Since then she has been working in the Wollongong area in private practice as both a dental hygienist and a dental therapist. As a dental hygienist, Aislinn provides periodontal treatment to all ages, including preventative treatment and treatment for gum disease. As a dental hygienist, Aislinn provides periodontal treatment to all ages, including preventative treatment and treatment for gum disease. As a therapist she sees children up to 18 years old providing exams, restorations and extractions and pulp treatment in primary teeth.

She endeavours to provide gentle and thorough care to all her patients, and will work with you to make sure your appointment is a comfortable experience.

Aislinn has a particular interest in patient education, which she believed is the start to any improvement in oral health, and she is always keen to address any questions or concerns. She also emphasises the significance of personalised home care plans, including the demonstration of oral care products and giving dietary advice.

Aislinn is committed to ongoing education and has attended many seminars and post graduate courses.

Dr. Ahmed Bassim

Dr. Ahmed Bassim graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2003 from Alexandria University. He then started working in The private sector and University hospitals in Egypt, gaining massive clinical experience in general dentistry. After that Dr. Ahmed attended numerous courses in Dental implantology and cosmetic dentistry in various countries in the world.

Dr. Ahmed has settled in the Shellharbour region since 2013, and has been working in the area ever since.

Dr. Ahmed has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, and Implant dentistry.

Dr. Ahmed Has a Masters degree in oral implantology from Goethe University( Frankfurt, Germany), also Dr. Ahmed is an accredited member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID), he is also a member of the of International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and a certified Digital Smile Design (DSD) member.

In his spare time, Dr. Ahmed likes to snorkel in Bushrangers bay, play soccer and read about history.

Chantelle Chapman

Chantelle has maintained the role of senior dental hygienist at Ambience Dental since Sept 2016 & has a wealth of experience in both general and specialist dental settings. Chantelle has worked in practices in both Sydney and the Illawarra regions and brings to Ambience Dental a passion and experience that is highly regarded. Beginning her career in the dental industry as a dental assistant during 1997 she went on to achieve her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2004.

Chantelle has several years of experience as a clinical educator with the University of Sydney, working in Westmead’s special care unit, educating students and caring for patients with special needs.

Chantelle is down to earth and very approachable, hosting appointments that are both light hearted and informative. Being a highly skilled dental hygienist, she has plenty of tricks up her sleeve to keep you comfortable in the dental setting & to keep you motivated with home care.

Chantelle enjoys keeping up with the changing face of dentistry. Her specialties are the management of gum and periodontal disease, preventive dentistry and caring for phobic and special needs patients.

Outside of her clinical hours Chantelle is a doting mother of two. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, kayaking, & sharing a laugh with family and friends.

Dr Amna Khattak

Dr Amna Khattak completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2009 from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan. Amna gained practical experience in public and private sectors including placement at a busy tertiary care hospital. Amna entered fellowship training programme in Maxillofacial Surgery in 2011 and gained valuable experience before moving to Australia.

Amna has special interests in paediatric and restorative dentistry and has also been involved in charity work in remote areas of Northern Pakistan. Amna is currently enrolled in MRACDS program with the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and intend to complete that by early 2021. She is also subsequently planning for a Diploma in oral implants. Meanwhile to keep herself updated in all aspects of general dentistry she regularly attends various national and international conferences and educational courses.

Besides dentistry, Amna enjoys cooking and baking and in particular loves learning and experimenting with different cuisines.

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