Our Team

Meet our Team

The LARA dental team

Our friendly team of professionals will work with you individually throughout your dental care to ensure your experience with us is as comfortable, convenient and positive. We are confident you will be completely satisfied with the level of care you receive in our practice from our highly skilled team, in a modern practice using the latest technologies and the very best materials.

As your dental treatment is only a part of the dental experience at LARA dental, competent and caring staff is important. You will spend a large portion of your time interacting with our front office coordinators, our clinical coordinators, and our dental hygienists/therapists. Our LARA dental team works hard to make the flow from one area of our practice to the next a seamless event. Our dedicated team are well trained and passionate about all scopes of dentistry and dental management.

Many of our staff members have been us for a long time. We know you will find consistency in the philosophies of the entire LARA dental team.

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you

Learn more about our brilliant team by reading our bio’s on this page.


Dr Charlie Kahwagi

Principal Dentist

After Graduating from the University of Melbourne he worked in Melbourne and Portland before commencing work at LARA dental in 1994.  He continued to work in Melbourne and Lara for several years and in 1996 along with Dr Storey became principal dentist of LARA dental. Over the past three decades, Dr Charlie Kahwagi has been dedicated to providing exceptional high-quality dental care with an emphasis on patients’ individual needs and goals.

Recognising the importance of Oral health on a person’s general health and wellbeing, his philosophy is educating his patients on all suitable treatments so they can make an informed decision on all options to achieve their individual current and long term dental goals. Charlie’s unique approach, gentle touch and his ability to make even the most nervous of patients feel relaxed and in control is well renowned.  His dental care is of the highest standards as he uses only the latest materials and techniques to ensure the optimal outcome for all his patients.  These aspects along with his ability to develop long term relationships with his patients have led to an extensive word of mouth referral base. He has committed himself to many years of training especially in the field of Orthodontics, Implantology, Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Charlie’s knowledge and ‘love’ of orthodontics fuelled by his passion for learning, has led him to lecture for Progressive Orthodontic Seminars. As a respected lecturer and mentor, Charlie teaches orthodontics to other dentists in Australia and overseas. Charlie is very humbled and proud to be able to provide dental care to the Lara, Geelong and wider community and is devoted to upholding the highest standards of his profession. Charlie prides himself on keeping the practice up to date and values professional and personal development for himself and the entire LARA dental team.

Charlie lives locally with his wife, two teenage kids and three dogs and in any spare time likes to be active with attending Richmond games, playing soccer and participating in his hobbies which includes electronics, radio communications and camping.

Whilst continuously attending many courses and seminars, he also holds memberships with the following Associations/Societies:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Progressive Orthodontic Group
  • Australian Association of Dento-Facial Aesthetics
  • Australian Society of Implant Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Australian Osseointegration Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Prime Practice

“I strive to achieve people’s individual dental goals, from single tooth concerns to complete oral rehabilitation, using proven modern techniques.  Amazing outcomes can be achieved when there is a successful dentist – patient partnership. Seeing the positive impact that successful dentistry can bring to our patients along with the long term relationships that are developed with them, and being able to deliver this in a professional,  friendly and relaxed environment is the most rewarding aspect of my profession”.

Meet our Team

Dr Geoffrey Storey

Principal Dentist

Dr Geoffrey Storey graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry (with honours) from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and then practised for a number of years in inner-city Melbourne. Dr Storey then relocated his then young family in 1991 to the Geelong region and begun practising in Lara.

His years of experience giving dental care to Lara and the greater community have allowed him to develop a special rapport with his patients. He values the long term wellbeing of all the people in his care which is reflected daily in the services he provides. He is committed to the continuing education of all his staff and frequently attends seminars and Congress to ensure patients have the latest techniques available and best possible support for all their dental needs.

He holds membership in the following Associations:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Dental Association Southern Group
  • Geelong Orthodontic Study Group
  • Progressive Orthodontic Group
  • Prime Practice – Total Care Foundational Member

“Your individual dental requirements will vary throughout your lifetime and it is my goal to provide guidance and dental care so you can achieve a beautiful, healthy, pain-free mouth. I wish all my patients to feel confident when they smile”.


Dr Will del Rio


Will completed his Masters of Dentistry at Latrobe University in Bendigo in 2016 and joined the LARA team in 2019. Since graduating he has worked in Melbourne and Ballarat in both public and private practices. Will was born and educated in Geelong and is so excited to return to the Geelong area for work and the lifestyle benefits the area provides.

As all the dentists at LARA Dental, Will has a holistic approach to dentistry and is committed to providing high-quality dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment with a strong emphasis on patient comfort and welfare. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry with special interests in preventive and cosmetic dentistry and is a firm believer about educating his patients about all possible treatment options. He believes preventive treatment leads to great oral health which then follows on to overall better general health.

Will enjoys live music, following and playing soccer and travelling.

“I strive to reduce the need for major dental work, treating minor problems before they become major ones and look forward to meeting you and providing exceptional dental care for you and your loved ones”

Oral Health Therapy Department

Dani – Oral Health

Theresa – Oral Health

Ines – Oral Health

Clinical Team

Nely – Hygiene Clinical

Kara – Clinical

Vanessa – Casual Clinical

Melissa – Clinical

Maria – Sterilisation

Front Office and Administration Team

Chris – Practice

Jeordie – Front Desk

Kylie – Front Office

Cazz – Clinical

Geraldine – Practice Development

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