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Dr David Casper BDSc LDS

Dr David graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1977 and has been in practice for over 40 years. Starting a practice as a single practitioner, he is now one of the Principal Partners of Mint Dental which boasts almost 40 staff consisting of Dentists, Oral Health Therapists and Clinical and Front Office Coordinators.

His main clinical interests have always been restorative dentistry and minor oral surgery.

Dr David says that he has seen many changes within the profession over the years but what hasn’t changed is his connection with his patients and the chance to meet many new and interesting people from different backgrounds and cultures.

When he’s not treating patients, he’ll be at Etihad Stadium watching his beloved Saints or travelling abroad with his wife Sally.

Dr John Zeffert BDSc (WA) LDS

Born and raised in Perth, Dr John graduated from the University of Western Australia 1976.

In the 1980’s John moved to Melbourne and became one of the Principal Partners at Mint Dental in 2010. His experience and patience are invaluable and is regarded as a mentor amongst the associate dentists and oral health therapists.

John has an interest with implant dentistry and works closely with several specialist dentists to provide implants to replace missing teeth.

When not practising dentistry, John can be found in the gym or on the tennis court. John visits Perth regularly, where the majority of his family still live.

Dr Dora Klein-Gelbak BDSc (Melb)

Dr Dora Klein-Gelbak is an accomplished dentist with 10+ years of experience working exclusively in Private Practice. She is graduate of the University of Melbourne a member of the Australian Dental Association and is at the forefront of modern techniques with a strong emphasis on professional development and continuing education. Dora has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry with a focus on conservative resin veneers.

Dora prides herself on providing the highest level of care for her patients in a caring, punctual, personable and highly professional manner and maintains a maxim of always putting patient comfort and care first. She has expertise across a wide range of dental procedures including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, paediatric and preventive dentistry, endodontics and minor oral surgery.

In her spare time, Dora enjoys cooking, travelling and attending the musicals that Melbourne has to offer.

Dr Bina Perelman BHSc MD

Dr Bina Perelman graduated with a Masters in Dentistry from La Trobe University in 2014. Before returning to life in Melbourne, she spent some time treating patients in the communities of rural Victoria including Bendigo, Mildura and Albury/Wodonga.

Dr Bina enjoys all aspects of general dentistry – in particular, preventative dentistry, paediatric dentistry and implantology. She takes pleasure in treating all ages, frequently volunteering her time to visit kindergartens and childcare services in hope of decreasing the anxiety associated with a child’s first dental visit.

As an active member of the Australian Dental Association and Australian Osseointegration Society, she continuously attends professional development courses to keep up to date with the best treatment modalities. In her free time, she is likely to experiment with new dessert recipes, spend time with her family or getting lost on a nature walk with her camera.

Dr Sandra Lew BDSc LDS

Dr Sandra Lew graduated from Melbourne University in 1976 and has been in continuous general practice. For 30 years she was the Principal Dentist at a nearby Caulfield practice until joining Mint Dental in 2016.

Her special interests include Children’s Dentistry, Endodontics, Dental Implants and Aesthetics. She has attended many Courses for Continuing Education and has embraced Minimally Invasive Dentistry. She regularly attends the Convocation of the RACDS, the European Society of Aesthetic Dentistry and the Australian Dental Association Congresses.

Dr Sandra takes great pride in retaining her patients for many years, seeing up to 3 generations of the same families.

She and Dr Harry Lew are proud parents and hands on Grandparents. Classical Music and Jazz are her passions and she regards close friendships as the greatest treasures in her life.

Dr Dhanya Sivathasan BDSc (Melb)

Dhanya had every intention of returning to her native Singapore after graduating, but (luckily for us) loved it so much in Melbourne she decided to stay!

She decided to become a dentist as she wanted to work within the health industry and enjoys working with her hands. What she likes most about dentistry is the potential to treat the disease immediately and to place patients on a sustainable plan that prevents future disease.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, particularly books on philosophy. Dhanya also enjoys traveling as well as trying out the different local cuisines each place has to offer.

Dr Galina Vinokurov BDSc (Melb)

Dr Galina graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008 and has worked in private practice in Melbourne ever since.

Galina is passionate about preventative dentistry and making the dental experience as stress free and pleasant as possible. Clinical interests include restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry and endodontics. Galina enjoys pursuing continuing professional education and in 2015 completed a master program in implantology with the global institute for dental education.

Outside dentistry, Galina enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls, reading and is currently addicted to podcasts.

Dr Melissa Shum BHSc (Dent)/ MDent

Dr. Melissa Shum graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry and a Master of Dentistry from La Trobe University in 2013. As an undergraduate, Melissa has accumulated several years of experience working in rural Victoria. She has practical expertise in all aspects of general dentistry. Her current professional interests include preventive care and minimally invasive techniques. She is passionate about her role in promoting health and wellbeing for the community at large. Melissa loves to spend her down time being a home chef, movie connoisseur, amateur painter and recreational gymnast and snowboarder.

Hygienists

Michelle Carthy AdvDip.Hyg (Adel) Gcert Dentistry (Adel) Dental Hygienist

Michelle began her dental career with the Australian Army, becoming a dental hygienist. After discharging, she went back to Adelaide to gain a Diploma in Dental Hygiene, then moved to Switzerland for the next 6 years to work with a Periodontist.

On her return to Australia, Michelle furthered her studies, gaining a graduate certification in Dentistry; providing advanced training in periodontal disease and prevention of tooth surface loss.

She has travelled interstate and worldwide to further her knowledge in gum disease management and hand instrumentation.

Michelle has over 26 years of dental experience and has now been part of the Mint Dental team for over 7 years. What she enjoys most about her role is being able to help people regain good oral health. Away from dentistry she enjoys activities such as horse riding, blues dancing, travelling and tinkering with cheese making.

Anna Harrison BOH (Otago) Oral Health Therapist

Originally from New Zealand, Anna graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Otago University. Work opportunities brought her to Australia and after a year in regional QLD, Anna moved to Melbourne to which she now calls home.

Anna appreciates all aspects of Oral Health Therapy but mostly enjoys building relationships and educating her patients on the importance of healthy teeth and gums.

Outside of work, Anna enjoys fitness, travel and anything outdoors.

Erika Pope B.App.H.Sc. Oral Health (QLD) Oral Health Therapist

Completing the Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Oral Health at the University of Queensland in 2005, Erika has since worked predominantly in private practices throughout QLD, NSW and SA. She moved to Melbourne in 2015 and has been part of the Mint Dental team since August 2016.

Dually qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist, Erika enjoys treating people of all ages with a strong focus on preventive dentistry. Erika also enjoys teeth whitening and helping patients achieve the healthy smile that they aim for. She likes her patients to feel completely comfortable throughout their appointments and feel confident why they return. As a keen traveller, Erika has taken her qualifications overseas with a short-term stint volunteering in Vietnam, treating preschool aged children.

Outside of work, Erika has two young daughters that keep her busy when she isn’t planning her next holiday.

Minh Thuy Le BOH (Melb) Oral Health Therapist

Minh Thuy graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Oral Health Sciences. She spent her first year working in the rural community setting, which allowed her to work closely with children at a young age and people from a variety of demographic backgrounds. She is known to be very gentle with patients and is very enthusiastic about a holistic approach to proactive prevention, minimal intervention dentistry and educating patients so they are able to maintain good oral health.

In her own time Minh Thuy enjoys hiking, cooking, drawing and reading about a variety of topics from nutrition and health to personal development, fiction and graphic novels.

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