Meet The Team
Once you have been a patient of ours for a while, you may well notice something often considered a little unusual amongst dental practices: We don’t recycle our staff. Our team members Marcia, Renee, Cheryl, Nancy, Paula and Aneta have all been with us for over fifteen years, all at some point commencing with us full-time, then returning from maternity leave to work with us on a part-time basis. We count ourselves lucky to be surrounded and assisted by such an able, mature and dedicated team. Karen, our Dental Hygienist has been with us for several years now, and we are all delighted with her commitment and enthusiasm; we are equally delighted with the response and the patient feedback we are receiving. Our latest additons to our team Tori and Romina, who have been am amazing additon to the team since January 2021. Over time, you’ll get to know and recognise familiar faces and names!
Dr. Philip Hand
Proudly born, raised and schooled in Melbourne and subsequently studying Dentistry in New Zealand, I first practised in Broken Hill and Geelong, and then on my return to Melbourne began practise with David in 1988.
Using the many skills honed over many years of continued and vigorous study, enables us to provide our patients with an informed range of options that allow them to decide on the treatment plan that suits them best to produce the beautiful smiles we all desire. Offering the vast array of dental treatments that we do, most commonly means that patients do not require referral to other specialties, thus making us more of a one stop shop. We cater for the entire range of dental services including whitening, smile makeovers, dental implants, gum and periodontal treatment.
A laser user since 2010, I am able to complete most restorative dentistry with little to no anaesthetic, perform single visit root fillings, non-surgical periodontal treatments and treat snoring with the unique NightLase laser snoring procedure.
I am an educator and International speaker and train local and overseas dentists in the use of the lasers for dental treatments.
I have completed over 200 hours of laser training at the prestigious Laser Aesthetic & Health Academy in Slovenia and I am undertaking an International Masters degree in Laser Dentistry at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Roma to be finished later this year.
Australian Dental Association Member (www.ada.org.au)
Australian Society of Endodontology Member
Australian Prosthodontic Society Member
International Team for Implantology Member
Australian Society for Occlusal Studies Member
Australasian Sleep Association
Married to Meri, I am the proud father of three daughters.
When not at work, I enjoy nothing more than being in the hills on my motorcycle, out cycling with the family, watching my daughters playing soccer through the winter season, or following my passion for rugby union
Dr. James Bartalotta
I have always had a passion for dento-facial aeshtetics, which has driven my carerer to focus on providing a variety of aesthetically driven treatment optiond for my patients. I have completed facial aesthetics training in cosmetic injectableles, a post-graduate diploma in digital orthodontics, and various other aesthetically focused courses.
Outside of dentistry, I enjoy spending time at the beach and keeping fit, with a particular interest in powerlifting. I’m is also an avid traveller, with my active lifestyle influencing my travels. I would consider my recent dental volunteering trip and trek to Everest Base Camp to be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of my life so far.
Footnote from Philip and especially David
We are delighted to have James on board with us at our practice, as he appears to have a focus on his career similar to that which we have always nurtured, and indeed has helped keep us together: James has a passion for the delivery of excellence in all aspects of our chosen profession, and also brings with him a more youthful approach, along with some fresh ideas about a dental career. We see in him just so much of ourselves in the early years of our own professional lives! Ah, to be young again!
This year, due to David’s catastrophic motorcycle accident just before Christmas, and his subsequent inability to work all year, James has stepped up to be with us full time in order that there is continuity: David’s patients are seen and given all the attention they deserve. Probably a bigger undertaking than he might have been expecting when he commenced working with us a while back, however he has risen admirably to the challenge, and we are all very grateful for his efforts; we gather those of you who have seen him are too!
Our Dental Hygienist Karen Clark
I am originally from Adelaide, SA where I graduated in 1998, with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene.
I initially worked in general private practice and a specialised unit within the Adelaide Dental Hospital which included treating periodontal disease, systemic disease and associated pathology, and with a facility to treat patients with special needs.
My time there encouraged my holistic focus and approach to dentistry. I was continually challenged to think more broadly about the situations that were presenting, adapt my clinical skills, and improve my means of communication to be more effective.
I then travelled, working and living in Switzerland. My work in private practice further refined my communication skills with both a new language and way of life to adapt to, before returning to Australia and moving to Melbourne in 2007.
After marriage, a couple of marathons and a couple of children, I found myself still loving working in my field. I’m an enthusiastic and empathetic person who will always try and look for answers. I enjoy my role in equipping people with the necessary skills and information that empowers them to make changes to improve themselves, and to take ownership of their own health.
I’ve more recently embarked on further study in Oro-facial Myology which is further educating me in a more holistic approach and understanding of how the different areas of our body operate and interact. Stay tuned!
Dr. Thilen Naidoo
Dr T’s passion is derived from his desire to improve the general perception of dentists. He enjoys creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for his patients, and ensures a visit to the dentist is one that they look forward to.
Dr T loves music and it plays a large part in creating his dental experience. You can often hear him singing along to his music of choice whilst working. He even takes requests!
Outside of dentistry Dr T enjoys playing soccer, basketball and golf, watching the Essendon Bombers and spending time with his friends, family and doggo Charlie.