Our business is our central focus and compassionate care is our hallmark.

Meet The Dentists

Dr Omar Awni
Omar graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Dentistry in the early 90s, and after successfully completing the New Zealand Dental Council Registration Exams, has since worked in many private clinics in Australia and New Zealand.

Omar’s relaxed and soothing approach makes even the most anxious patient feel comfortable. Outside of work, Omar is passionate about his family and sports, especially football (Manchester United) and rugby union.

Dr Raghad Awni
Dr Raghad AwniBDS, NZDREX
Raghad graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Dentistry in the early 90s, and after successfully completing the New Zealand Dental Council Registration Exams, has since worked in many private clinics in Australia and New Zealand with her husband Omar.

She treats each patient as she would a family member, making sure the visit to the dentist is a positive experience. In her spare time, Raghad loves to spend time with her family, cook and travel.

Dr Haya Awni
Dr Haya AwniDDS (Melb), BSc (ANU)
Haya graduated from The University of Melbourne as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, and has experience in both metropolitan and rural Victoria. She is passionate about delivering honest, high quality patient-centered care.

Outside of dentistry, Haya enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new places to eat and drinking at least one Soy Mocha a day.

Dr Kamal Al Sammarray
Dr Kamal Al SammarrayBDS, ADC
Kamal graduated from the University of Baghdad College Of Dentistry in the early 90s, and after successfully completing the Australian Dental Council Registration Exams, has since worked in many private and public clinics in Australia including Monash Health and Royal Dental Hospital as a registrar in the prosthodontic department.
Dr. Barry S. Johnson
Dr. Barry S. JohnsonBDSc and LDS Founder of Carlton Dental
Dr. Barry S. Johnson, BDSc and LDS, is the founding member of the team, having been with the practice since 1975. He is now a well-known fixture in the Carlton area along Lygon Street. Captivated by the intricacies of dentistry, he pairs his passion for his profession with great people skills. The result is a diverse practice in which his skill and expertise enable him to specialise in complex problems with an eclectic mix of patients, including local university staff.

Meet The Support Team


Maria Gianninoto
Maria Gianninoto Senior Dental Assistant

Maria Gianninoto, the Senior Dental Assistant, has ably assisted Dr. Barry Johnson in general and emergency dental care for three decades. When not working, health and fitness are her main pursuits, and she is a 1st Dan in karate. She also enjoys movies.

Cheryl Caceres Gomez
Cheryl Caceres GomezSenior Dental Assistant / Clinical Coordinator
Cheryl works closely with Dr Kamal Al Sammarray with implant placements, wisdom teeth removals and invisalign treatments. She has over 12 years of experience both in nursing and administration of dental clinics.

On her days off she likes to watch movies, spend time with her family/friends and experiment cooking new foods.

Dalya Awni
Dalya Awni Dental Assistant
Dalya is an experienced Dental Assistant at Carlton Dental, who enjoys making the patients’ visit relaxed and enjoyable.

She is currently completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, with hopes to pursue a career in the dental field. Dalya enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and trying out new restaurants and cafes.

Kim Le
Kim LeDental Assistant / Receptionist
Kim has over 5 years experience as a dental assistant, she has experience assisting periodontics and general dentistry.

Outside of work, she loves animals and spends lots of time with her dog.

Mira Mihaljcic
Mira MihaljcicSenior Dental Assistant / Receptionist
Mira is a highly experienced dental assistant with over 20 years in the dental industry.

When she is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, going on long walks and reading.

Suchada Sawatdichai
Suchada SawatdichaiReceptionist
Suchada is an experienced receptionist, with over 10 years in the dental industry.

She enjoys cooking, riding her scooter, watching movies and loves cats & dogs.

Lovely family dentist with considerate treatment and generous staff. I can’t recommend Carlton Dental highly enough :)”

Charlotte Rogers, Google Review

“Saw Dr Haya for a check and clean, went so well I came back for whitening! A gentle dentist who explains every step, I felt very safe in her hands. Booking process was easy, even got a mug filled with goodies after my first appointment!”

Pedram Rajabifard, Google Review

I saw Dr Omar today as a first time patient. Really appreciated the care he and his nurse provided. They were warm, attentive to my needs and made the whole experience a very pleasant one. The reception staff have also been friendly and easy to communicate with. A lovely practice and will be back again!

Charissa Wu, Google Review

I am not one that likes going to the dentist, but Dr Omar and his daughter were so professional and so assuring and made me feel very safe and comfortable, would Highly recommend.

Travis Clarke, Google Review

Dr Awni is an angel. Since I moved to Australia I was avoiding going to the dentist because I always had horrible experiences. Now it’s stress free to go see the dentist. I was unable to chew properly or sleep, with her advice I can eat and sleep like everyone else. There is no one else we would rather see other than Dr Awni and all the staff at North Carlton Dental Group. Highly recommended!
Price: fairly priced
Clean: 10/10
Friendliness: 10/10
Dr Awni has very light hands, so when applying injection I didn’t find a single discomfort.
Massive thanks to the clinic for always seeing my husband and I even when we need to move appointments.

Renata Fonseca, Google Review

Dr Omar is the best dentist I have ever been to. He explained everything in detail and even took pictures of the teeth I needed work on and explained in easy terms for me to understand. He was caring, understanding and very knowledgeable. His dental assistants Cheryl and Dayla were as exceptional, they made me feel at ease, for someone who doesn’t partically enjoy going to the dentist. The whole team made me feel welcome and I would highly recommend to go to Carlton Dental

Daniel Bucca, Google Review