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Dr Sam Gamsu ADC BDS (Witwatersrand)
Dr Sam graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1985 and received the Award for Merit in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, as well as the award for Oral Medicine.
Wanting a better life for his family and after being hijacked once too often, the Gamsu’s migrated to Melbourne from South Africa in 1997. Dr Sam joined Dr David Casper becoming a Principal Partner of Mint Dental.
Dr Sam is passionate about all aspects of dental care, which he provides with precision, patience and a gentle touch. He enjoys working with children, adults and elderly alike.
Outside of dentistry Dr Sam is married and has three children (who won’t leave home) 2 dogs and a cat. In his free time, Dr Sam is in the gym, walking the dogs or traveling abroad visiting family.
Dr Marianne Kagiaros BDSc (Melbourne)
Marianne graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 1991. After completing her studies she spent 3 years in country Victoria in private practice where she was able to work with and gain valuable experience from visiting paediatric specialists, oral surgeons, periodontists and endodontists. She is often advancing and updating her skills and knowledge, regularly undertaking continuing education courses. Marianne has also worked in highly esteemed practices in Brighton and Beaumaris.
Since joining the Mint Dental Malvern in 1996, Marianne has developed an intimate knowledge of local families and their needs. She has a vast knowledge of general dentistry with a particular focus on preventative practice. Her approach to dentistry is gentle and caring and is perfectly suited in treating anxious patients and children.
Outside of work Marianne loves spending time with her family and keeping fit.
Dr Ara Iyengar
Dr Ara completed her Bachelor’s degree in dentistry from India in 2009. To explore further opportunities and a keen interest to travel, she found herself a second home in Melbourne.
Ara successfully completed her Master’s degree in health and human services management from Deakin University, whilst simultaneously completing the Australian Dental Council exams to be registered as a general dentist in Australia. With the philosophy of restoring oral health, aesthetically and functionally, she has worked in both public and private practices across Melbourne. She makes time to keep herself up-to-date professionally by attending various conferences and courses relevant to her field.
Outside dentistry, Ara finds herself spending time with her pets and exploring Melbourne’s food culture.
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.
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