Our Team

Dr David Cao – Principal Dental Surgeon

imgpsh_fullsize Dr David Cao, founding principal of Hawthorn East Dental, obtained his Bachelor of Dental Science at University of Melbourne in 2004, after completing VCE at Melbourne Grammar School in 1999. He gained his experience working at Caring Dental Group, Malvern East Dental and Dental Perfection, before establishing his own practice.

Dr Cao is a caring and highly experienced dentist, with extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry and all aspects of general dentistry. He is a preferred provider of Invisalign and Myobrace and certified in the use of Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX/Dysport). Dr Cao is also an accredited dental surgeon at Bellbird Private Hospital.

David takes pride in his gentle and calming approach to dental procedures, with a large following of patients whom have fear of the dentist. This includes both children and adults. He aims to build rapport and patient’s confidence with each dental visit.

Dr Cao is a member of ADA, OM and Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, dining out and spending time with his wife and two kids.


our-team1Anja is the newest member at Hawthorn East Dental. Joining the team in 2017, Anja holds a certificate III in dental assisting. Her primary role within the practice is to assist Dentist Dr. David Cao with patients during treatments, as well as front of house duties, such as answering your calls and questions and greeting you when you visit us. Anja has a warm and caring nature, the wellbeing and comfort of patients during treatments is of high priority to her. She ensures that every patient is treated to the best of her abilities and likes to go above and beyond the expectation of patients.

During her spare time, Anja can often be found baking and testing out new recipes in the kitchen, her favourite being a cookies and cream cheesecake. She also enjoys going out to different restaurants for great food and enjoys finding new cafes with awesome coffee! Anja can also be found relaxing reading a good book or watching interesting documentaries. She also enjoys being surrounded by family and friends and enjoying the simple things in life.


out-teamEmma joined our team here at Hawthorn East Dental with her certificate III in dental assisting and considerate nature. After working numerous years with Dr. David Cao, it is Emma’s role to help you with your appointment and account enquires and answer any other questions you may have. Making sure you as the patient is well informed and satisfied. Emma’s role also includes assisting the Principal dentist Dr. David Cao in providing the highest level of quality dental care to his patients. Emma takes pride in ensuring that your visit to the dentist is as relaxing and pleasant as it should be!

Outside of work Emma is often found by a lake or river throwing the ball for her 9 month year old to chase, her dog. Archie the Australian Kelpie. Emma enjoys caring for her kelpie and car and loves taking them away camping and fishing when she gets the chance.

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