Speakers

Sahil Bareja

Sahil is an Oral health therapist with dual qualifications in dental hygiene and dental therapy. Sahil graduated from University of Sydney with Bachelor of Oral health and further completed his Graduate certificate in Oral health science from the University of Adelaide to expand his skills in adult restorative dentistry. Sahil has completed his Certification in Oral Myology from Graduate School of Behavioral sciences (USA), which qualified him as a Certified Orofacial myologist.

Along with working in private practice, Sahil also teaches at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney as a Clinical educator. He is also a founder of a dental education app called Mydentalhealth, which enables patients to take responsibility of their oral health while at home unsupervised. Sahil is the current Director and Chair of Communications of NSW Dental Hygiene Association of Australia (DHAA) and constantly attends professional development courses to expand on his current skills.

Sahil has a particular interest in Sleep medicine and he is currently finishing his Masters in Sleep medicine from University of Sydney and he is currently practising full-time in his own clinic, down in South coast Illawara region

Professor Mark Bartold

Mark is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide and formerly  Professor of Periodontics  and Director of the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre, University of Adelaide. He is a past President of the International Academy of Periodontology, the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology, and Division of Periodontics of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.  He is an Editorial board member of 10 international dental journals, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research, Periodontology 2000 and Clinical & Experimental Dental Research and Editor of the Australian Dental Journal and Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology. He has received numerous awards for his research contributions the most recent being the Straumann/IADR Award for Periodontal Regenerative Medicine and the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Periodontal Disease. His research interests are on the use of periodontal stem cells for periodontal regeneration and periodontal/systemic health interrelationships.  Professor Bartold has authored over 320 scientific articles.  In addition to pursuing his ongoing research and lecturing interests he works half time in private specialist periodontal practice in Adelaide

Kimi Broadbent

Kimi is the Owner and Principle instructor at The Pilates Vibe and an Educator for Polestar Pilates Cert IV and Diploma courses in Victoria.
She has been teaching the Pilates method since 2009 and has worked alongside some of Melbourne’s best sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists and osteos.
Her interest and strength as an instructor lies in her ability to analyse a person’s static and dynamic movement patterns, communicate to the client what is or isn’t moving efficiently (and why) and then designing a specific program to resolve the issue. Even though her work is complex, she has a lighthearted way of making clients feel comfortable and cared for within the space.
Kimi has many sporting interests and successes including basketball, netball, cycling and running. Her most recent achievement was completing the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek with her husband in Nov 2017 and placing as a top 10 finalist in a world wide teacher competition, the Pilates Anytime Next Teacher Competition.
Kimi is an instructor who leads by example and her passion for life and making movement fun is contagious. She continues to educate aspiring teacher trainers through Polestar Victoria and is regularly attending local, national and international Pilates conferences to keep up with the latest in movement science.

Deb Brown

Deb is a Dental Hygienist with a Grad Dip in Restorative Dental Hygiene. She has worked in a variety of health care settings over the past 30 years in both hospital and private practices providing care in general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, TMJ and facial pain. Deb holds a Cert IV TAE and Grad Cert in Clinical Teaching. She was a clinical supervisor, lecturer and examiner at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia and is currently a clinical supervisor in the BOH program at The University of Melbourne, Australia as well as working in private practice. Deb provides training to Oral Health Professionals on Smoking and Vaping Cessation and has held both Executive and Non-Executive committee positions with the Dental Hygienist’s Association of Australia. Deb is the current Chair for the DHAA’s 2021 National Symposium and also sits on their Peer Support Service Committee.

Lyn Carman

With over 3 decades as a clinical oral health professional, Lyn has explored many aspects of practice – including chairside, practice management, clinical tutor, mentor and as the owner of 2 dental practices.  An interest in people and communication lead to studies in Human Behaviour, leadership coaching and EDISC profiling.

Lyn is Chair of DHAA Rural and Remote SIG and member of the Oral Health Promotion and Public Health Committee.

A couple of years ago the opportunity presented itself for this ‘city slicker’ in the later years of her career, to experience some amazing insights into the challenges and absolute joys of working in rural/remote South Australia, and now advocates for major stakeholders to realise the opportunity for shared responsibility—for all health disciplines to come together, share our commonalities, share our resources, and cease working in ‘silos’. Let’s focus our shared energies to bring about massive change, in order to resolve the health issues for rural/remote Australia.

I am proud to say I have made the shift from urban ‘sympathiser’ to rural/remote ‘action taker’

Dr Raahib Dudhia

Dr Raahib Dudhia completed his training in Dento-maxillofacial Radiology at The University of Queensland in 2008 and has extensive experience in private radiology practices in Queensland and NSW, reporting conventional dental radiographs as well as CBCT, CT and MRI scans.  A regular on the lecture circuit, Raahib presents throughout Australia, NZ and SE Asia.  He is also the President-Elect of the recently formed AADMFR and has recently accepted a role as senior lecturer in Dental Radiology at UQ.

Raahib operates a specialised dental imaging practice in Brisbane called Dental Diagnostics.  His services include an online Dental Radiology Consultancy, providing practitioners with imaging reports and protocol advice, as well as providing a second opinion on scans taken in medical imaging practices.

Raahib has had access to CBCT since 2006 and has seen the maturation of CBCT technology into a highly valuable diagnostic tool in dentistry and medicine.  His practice has a special focus on low dose imaging and imaging for endodontics and trauma.  A bit of a tech lover, he likes to keep up to date with new machines and CBCT viewers as they become available

Lina Gassner Kanters

Lina has a MSc in Oral Health and is employed by TePe as Educator Odontology, lecturing at universities around the world. Lina has a profound teaching experience, as well as long clinical experience from the specialist clinic at the department of periodontics at Malmö University. Fields of special interest are patient communication and preventive dentistry

Dr Simona Gatej

Dr Simona Gatej is a visiting Research Fellow with The University of Adelaide, Adelaide Dental School and a Registered Dental Hygienist. Simona has lectured nationally and internationally. In 2018 she represented Australia and New Zeeland at the International Association of Dental Research Hatton Competition in London in the Senior Science category.

Simona completed her Doctorate in Philosophy in 2018, her thesis entitled ‘Clinical and microbiological effects of probiotics in experimental induced periodontitis’ receiving the Dean’s Commendation for doctoral thesis excellence. Simona is a reviewer with many reputable international journals. She has been a Lecturer and an Assessor at the University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Simona has been working as a dental hygienist in general and specialist dental practices of Adelaide since 2006 and her clinical and research interests centre on the link between periodontal and systemic disease. She is a member of the International Association of Dental Research and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia.

Outside dental interests, Simona enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband and their two teenage children.

Dr John Hagiliassis

John graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dentistry in 1998. Dr John founded a South Melbourne-based dental clinic in 2011, which quickly listed on BRW’S Fast 100 businesses in Australia for the years 2011 and 2012.
Dr John is the largest provider of Phillips Zoom! whitening treatment in Australasia since 2012. Dr John absolutely loves technology and loves finding ways to incorporate it into his practice to make him more accurate and efficient.
Many years ago, John was one of the first people to have an iTero scanner in the world and has continued this trend by updating his technology constantly.
Dr John has treated over 4000 clear aligners cases to date using multiple systems including DIY.
His passion for cosmetic dentistry saw him further his education in 2017, completing a Graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Orthodontics at the Postgraduate School of Dentistry. He is also on the SmileStyler clinical advisory committee since 2017.
John also is the founder of Acas Australasian Clear Aligner Society in 2018 and founder Aorta Aesthetic Orthodontic and Restorative Training Academy In 2017.
John regularly speaks and mentors at the Postgraduate School of Dentistry, as well as for Ivoclar (Trios Intraoral scanning), Phillips whitening, 3D Meditech, Aorta, Acas And Dental monitoring.

Matt Hale

Matt is the winner of 3 national comedy awards, former radio personality, and TV presenter for Channel Nine’s Destination WA, has entertained audiences around the world from London to Sydney. 

Combining the fun of audience participation with incredible abilities of the mind, Matt transforms traditional motivational speaking from boring to BRAVO!

Courtney Ierano

Courtney is a PhD Fellow with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), an Australian Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Melbourne. Courtney has undertaken a large body of work to analyse Surgical Antimicrobial Prophylaxis (SAP) prescribing practices in surgical settings in Australia (using the Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey database to assess the quality of SAP prescribing and provide detailed information about the prescribing of specific antimicrobials). Courtney has also studied the factors that shape SAP prescribing in surgical settings to understand the barriers to and enablers of appropriate antimicrobial use, and identify opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship, in surgical settings in Australia. Courtney is an early-career researcher and clinical pharmacist who has published her work in leading academic journals and also written open-access public commentaries for the healthcare workforce and the community.

Ana Ivanovic

Ana is a senior Dental Hygienist and has acted as a clinical team leader at North Richmond Community Health. Her career in the dental industry began in 2002 initially as a dental assistant. Her passion for health and education resulted in graduation from RMIT as a Dental Hygienist in 2014. Ana is placing big emphasis on minimal intervention, preventive based care and is involved in various programs providing oral health services locally and in rural Indigenous communities in Robinvale, Pearly Whites Aged care outreach program, Medically Supervised Injecting Rooms, Care Navigation Pilot Program, to name a few.

Ana also assists in research programs and the maintenance of practice policies. Ana has been presenting on conferences and workshops locally and internationally on early development of integrated oral health care, innovation, use of full scope of practice and Aged care program. She developed her passion in education and has been teaching and mentoring at RMIT and Menzies Institute of Technology, dental assisting and radiography.

Ana is lucky and privileged to give back by providing hygiene services to deserving Australian Defence Force members for the last 5 years. She is compassionate to our ADF serving members as well as underprivileged, marginalised and ageing communities and strives to empower her patients by creating a comfortable, educational, non-judgemental clinical environment. She believes no one should be afraid to take charge in improving their oral health. Outside of work Ana is volunteering for ADRA – community care, the Adventist Development and Relief humanitarian agency.  Enjoys interior and floral arrangement design, cooking and entertaining for family and friends.

Dr Sarah Kelly 
BDS Otago, NZ (2000) 

Sarah began working in Australia and the United Kingdom before returning home to New Zealand in 2012.  Worked in public, private and corporate dentistry. Currently working in a central Auckland, corporate family practice 30 plus hours a week, general dentistry. Member of the Clinical advisor board at Lumino the dentist since 2016 (Maven group in Australia).  Post grad certificate in Law from AUT NZ, emphasis on Health and safety law.  Current paid supervisor and mentor of clinicians for NZ dental council.  Writes a bimonthly column in NZ Dental association news around sustainability.  And created and helps moderate facebook group Sustainability in NZ/AU Dentistry the aim of which is “To share information and start discussions that will improve the dental industries environmental footprint, one rubbish bin at a time.” 

Julie Kun 

Julie is WIRE’s CEO and a white settler of migrant refugee parentage. Julie lives on the land of the Kulin Nation, is a feminist, social worker and activist. Being able to lead an organisation like WIRE is a privilege that enables Julie to live out her values and hopes for her community in her daily work. WIRE is Victoria’s only  free support referral and information service on any issue for women and gender diverse and non-binary people. WIRE is a leader in the gendered financial wellbeing space and understanding and taking action on financial abuse and family violence including providing support to individuals, research and  training

Maria Mamerto 

Maria began her life in dentistry as an overseas Dentist from the Philippines, obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2004, worked in private practice for two years before migrating to Australia. She had almost a decade working as a dental assistant in Melbourne, in both Private and Community Clinics. She obtained her Dental hygiene Diploma at RMIT University in December 2015.

Her passion and commitment in providing service to the community, and value for oral health, gained her a position at the North Richmond Community Health as a Dental hygienist for the Pearly Whites Aged Care Dental Program in February 2016. Her interest in research and academics led her to be involved in different research projects conducted at the North Richmond Community Health: 1) Clinical Investigator for the Pilot Study / Clinical Trial of the Plaque Removal Device which identified the efficiency of the device in removing plaque for individuals with manual, dexterity issues; 2) Project Officer for the KOSE NEHAN Program, East Timor Project (Tooth brushing Program among school children in East Timor); 3) Diabetes and Oral health Project (DiabOH), which aimed at improving referral pathway streams on both medical and dental and improve management of patients at risk of diabetes and periodontitis; 4) assigned clinician for Screening and Oral health Assessments of Injecting Drug Users utilising Medically Supervised Injecting Room Facility.

Maria had delivered some presentations representing the Pearly Whites Dental Aged Care Program at the Public Oral Health Innovations Conference (POHIC) in 2017; presented the North Richmond Community Health’s Collaborative Oral Health Care Program at the Australian Disease Management Association Population Health Seminar – Prevention of Chronic Disease and Healthy Ageing in April 2019 and at the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Integrated Care in November 2019. She has also made her contribution and was one of the co-authors of the article ‘an epidemiological study of the dental caries and associated risk factors among primary school children in the Aileu Municipality, Timor Leste’ published in Rural and Remote Health magazine in October 2019.

Maria continues her vocation to people, delivering preventive dental service to residents of different residential aged care facilities, different people from all ‘walks of life’ in the community, empowering the message of the importance of oral health as an integral component of an individual’s general health. Outside dentistry, Maria is a volunteer at St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish, in the music ministry, teaching voice and songs to adults and children’s choir.

Dr Michael Mandikos 
BDSc (Hons), MS (New York), Cer Pros, FRACDS, FICD, FPFA 

Dr. Michael Mandikos is a registered specialist in Prosthodontics. Michael received his Bachelor of Dental Science Degree with First Class Honours, from the University of Queensland and in 1998 he completed a three-year residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), graduating with a Certificate in Prosthodontics and Masters Degree in Biomaterials. He has researched composite resin materials and published research papers in Australian and international journals on clinical and dental materials topics, as well as many clinical technique articles in local dental magazines.  

Michael has been a Visiting Specialist Prosthodontist to the University of Queensland Dental School and the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a Reviewer for five dental Journals and is a product evaluator for several dental companies. Michael has presented continuing education programs at Dental meetings throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, Antarctica and the USA and maintains a Private Practice limited to Implant and Restorative Dentistry in Graceville in Brisbane’s Inner West. He also teaches at the Australian Dental Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. 

Ashlinn Mason

Ashlinn is a graduate of The University of Melbourne and was chosen as one of eight Oral Health Therapists from Australia to be a part of the Dental Practitioners Graduate Program run by Dental Health Services Victoria in 2013. During this year, she co-created the Barwon Health outreach program ‘Wide Smiles’ which screens pre-school and prep/grade 1 children and has shown to reverse and stabilise early-signs of decay through fluoride application, early intervention and oral health messages. Nominated for a number of awards, the program is now in its eighth year. Her program has won the Barwon Health Health Care Innovation award 2 years running, as well the GMHBA Researcher of the Year Award for Smart Initiatives for Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies. She has co-published 2 papers on the program to date. Volunteering as a clinician for the Hall Technique study run by Dr Rachel Martin and Dr Hany Calache in 2013, she has followed these patients through the 3-year study and was also a finalist in the Audience Choice Awards for Barwon Health for her work on Victoria’s Hall Technique study paper. Moving into the teaching space in 2016 and attaining her Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (advanced Clinical Practice) and Teaching Certificate qualification, Ashlinn now divides her time between clinical, rural and outreach work in the public sector whilst leading the CSU Bachelor of Oral Health program as Discipline lead at Holmesglen, Melbourne.

Associate Professor Rachel Martin  

Associate Professor Rachel Martin, a registered specialist in Public Health Dentistry works at local, state and national levels to prevent disease and improve oral health, particularly for vulnerable groups. Her research focus is on changing clinical practice, building oral health capacity in non-dental health professionals and integration of oral health into general health care

Dr Roisin McGrath  
DipDH DipDT GC-INTLHL MPH PhD 

Roisin has worked in the oral health field for over 30 years. She currently works part-time at the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Oral Health and is also employed by Dental Health Services Victoria as the Manager of the Dental Teaching Clinic at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. 
She has qualifications in dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental therapy. She also has a Graduate Certificate in International Health, a Master of Public Health (Sexual Health) and a PhD in oral health promotion. Never one to stop learning, Roisin has recently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor and delivers MHFA training to dental practitioners. Roisin is a passionate advocate for the oral health professions and has been actively involved in the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia for many years. In her (very limited) spare time, Roisin enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and camping.

Stephanie McGrath  

Stephanie is a Principal of twenty20 legal and brings with her over 12 years’ experience in commercial law with a focus on property, business and health transactions.

Stephanie provides legal solutions to private medical, pharmaceutical, dental and other allied health professionals, private business owners and entrepreneurs.

A strategic thinker with a solutions-focused mindset, Stephanie is driven to achieve the best possible commercial outcomes for her clients.

Stephanie’s industry experience, professionalism and quality advice have made her a sought-after presenter for masterclasses and workshops. She is also published in various industry publications.

As a boutique, innovative firm, twenty20 legal offers a clear vision: Clear advice. Clear about costs. Making law easier.

Emma McLaughlin  

Emma has been a speech pathologist (working with adult clients) for around 25 years. She has worked in a wide range of contexts including acute care, rehabilitation, and community based services. Emma has taught and Charles Sturt University, Central Queensland University and La Trobe University, where she lectured in adult speech and swallowing and co-ordinated the subject HCS5AIA (Assessment and Intervention A) for around 6 years. In 2016 Emma left academia and returned to clinical practice. She now works on the Neurological, Cancer, and Pulmonary Teams in the Community Rehabilitation Centre at Castlemaine Health in central Victoria, and has recently been appointed as Allied Health Clinical Educator. She has 3 research publications (regarding professional issues and the use of expiratory muscle strength training, and has presented at national and international conferences. Emma has several manuscripts in preparation regarding the use of fibre endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and undertaking problem based learning online. Her PhD investigated why Speech Pathologists leave the profession. Emma lives in the central Victorian town of Heathcote, and is on the committee for the Heathcote Dementia Village. She is also Vice President of The Heathcote Community Children’s Services Association. 

Dr Clare McNally  

Dr. Clare McNally is passionate about improving access to dental services for older people, particularly those who continue to live in their own homes. Her PhD program, conducted through the Adelaide Medical School and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, described the oral health of older hospitalised Australians and identified both acute and long-term hospital admissions as providing a unique opportunity to conduct an oral health assessment and develop a care plan for the patient on discharge. Clare is now a Lecturer of Oral Health at the Melbourne Dental School. She is a novice instructional designer focussing her work on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her current interests are in the use of educational technology to improve the dental and oral health student learning experience.

Associate Professor David Smallwood

A/Prof David Smallwood is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He completed his respiratory training at the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals before undertaking a PhD studying airway remodeling in patients with long standing asthma. He is currently a full time staff specialist at the Austin Hospital where he works at the Director of General Medicine. In 2013 he was made an Associate Professor in Medical Education and continues to teach at all levels (student and trainee). He is the Chair of the clinical assessment review panel (CARP) that oversees the development and running of all clinical assessments for the University of Melbourne MD.  David has worked on a number of state and national committees, including the Advisory Committee for Prescription Medicines (TGA), and he chairs the RACP CPD committee. David has a particular interest in the teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning, as well as developing resources to enable the standardization of examiner calibration.

Paulette Smith  

Paulette Smith is the mother of 3 sassy daughters, a staffy lover, previous horse wrangler, Business owner, Dental Hygienist and online Course & podcast Junkie.

She has enjoyed 39 Years in the Dental Industry and worked in all three corners of the Dental Industry Triangle, Clinical, Sales & Marketing, and Professional Education and Training.

Paulette Has a passion for Innovation, is full of Big ideas and doesn’t hesitate to offer support, help and advice to oral health colleagues. At the beginning of her career Paulette was instrumental in creating the legislation for Hygienists to work in Victoria and 32 years later very excited for the forthcoming legislative changes in 2020.

Paulette has been working successfully in her unconventional model of Independent practice since 2014. She generously shares her ideas and experience and loves mentoring other oral health professionals wanting to learn more and investigate these uncharted opportunities…

Paulette is a registered Dental Hygienist, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training. In her Teeth whitening and dental hygiene studio, using a variety of services she has whitened the teeth of over 500 clients. Paulette has also developed a training course delivered online and hands on for Oral Health Professionals to develop confidence and competence in teeth whitening.

Shida Taheri 

Shida is an Oral Health Therapist graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2011 in BOH and in Therapy in 2018. Along with working in the clinical environment in private practice, she is the Industry Partnership Officer for the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia. Her love for the dental field started as a dental nurse in 2007. She is in charge of organising regular training days for staff members at her private practice.

She started her own business Dental On Demand in mobile dentistry, servicing aged care facilities, child care centres and home visits. She has a passion for preventative healthcare and oral health promotion. She aims to be a mentor and guide other dental professionals through their independent practitioner journey.

Outside of her busy dental life, Shida loves to travel, spend time with her family and French Bulldog with a class III.

Dr Leanne Teoh   

Dr Leanne Teoh is a pharmacist and dentist in Victoria and works in community pharmacy and private practice dentistry. She was part of the Oral and Dental Expert Group that authored the Therapeutic Guidelines Oral and Dental Version 2. She has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, presented at both local and international conferences and has peer reviewed papers. She has received several awards and scholarships during her studies, including the International College of Dentists, Community Oral Health Award for 2018. She is currently undertaking a PhD at The University of Melbourne and co-ordinates the therapeutics program for the doctorate of dental science course

Professor Steve Trumble  

Steve Trumble is Professor of Medical Education at Melbourne Medical School.  Trained as a general practitioner, Steve is passionate about learner-centred education that mirrors the empathic and respectful approach of high quality patient care.  As well as having responsibility for the Melbourne medical course, Steve has established a nested suite of award courses in clinical education (the Excellence in Clinical Training and Education or EXCITE program).  He spends six weeks each year working as a GP in remote NT communities.

Dr Simon Wong  
BDSc FICCDE DipLSFO FIADFE 

Dr. Simon Wong  is one of the world’s leading experts in facial growth guidance (Orthotropics) and early intervention Orthodontics. A graduate from the University of Melbourne, he has been a practicing General Dentist clinician since 1991.

He has held the position of Profesor Visitante co-director of the Orthotropics Module at the University Of Valencia, Department of Orthodontics, is a Fellow of the International College of Continuing Dental Education and a Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics.

The past 10 years, as the principle of the clinic Natural Smiles Centre and Founder of Postural Orthodontics, he’s been focused on the correction of early childhood craniofacial development issues; a devoted practitioner for the early correction of malocclusion. His mission is to help children learn correct oral posture, so they can avoid multiple chronic health problems that plague modern societies.

With foundations from Mew growth theories, Dr Wong developed the Postural Orthodontics method for early intervention. This 7-part system incorporates a unique set of upper and lower expansion plates and a surprisingly effective exercise programme called ‘GOPex’ (‘Good Oral Posture exercises’). He is a published author with journal and textbook articles on sleep disordered breathing and is an international speaker, invited to showcase his work in over 10 countries including, Australia, Canada, US, Japan, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Germany, Mexico and Korea

Dr Sharonne Zaks  
BDSc, FPFA, FICD, Ad Dip Mus.   

Dr Sharonne Zaks has over 20 years of experience in private dental practice in Melbourne and regional Victoria and currently practices in East St Kilda. She has a special interest in treating anxious and phobic patients and survivors of sexual assault and trauma, who travel from all over Australia to see her. She also enjoys teaching internationally trained dentists part time.  
Dr Zaks’s compassionate approach offers benefits to all patients, clinicians and staff, and is being taught locally and internationally. It incorporates the trauma informed principles, her clinical experience, and research into dental anxiety, phobia, sexual assault and trauma.  
Sharonne is passionate about improving the experience of health care for all, and recently presented to over 5000 people at TEDx in Sydney, at the Australian Dental Congress and many other conferences around Australia. 
Dr Zaks’s groundbreaking work has attracted global media interest with interviews by the ABC (including ‘Conversations’), SBS, BBC, Channel 10, The Age, SMH, and many others. Her work has been also featured in two books distributed globally.  
Dr Zaks has been awarded fellowships of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and of the International College of Dentists. 
Outside dentistry, Sharonne is a professional musician and loves composing. She has played the piano and trumpet in bands at venues and music festivals around Australia for many years.

Stavroula Zandes

Stavroula has a background in psychology and counselling, and worked with the Cancer Council Victoria (Quit Victoria) for 20 years in tobacco control. Her roles initially included Quitline telephone counsellor, and as a Quit Educator running seminars for smokers in the workplace and community setting.
During her time at the Cancer Council, she also managed and delivered Quit’s training programs to a range of health and community professionals across Australia. As a result, Stav has trained thousands of professionals from various sectors…
Her relationships with these organisations and Educators, inspired her to establish ‘Health & Wellbeing Training Consultants’ in 2013 to continue to provide education and training in an area that she is deeply passionate about – people’s health and wellbeing. Her training sessions focus on behaviour change and effective communication, including motivational interviewing.
She is also currently lecturing and tutoring at Monash University in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She teaches ‘Introduction to Communicating Health’, ‘Health Program Planning’ and more recently in 2018, she developed a new subject on ‘Social and Behavioural Sciences in Public Health’.
In 2019, she was invited by Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine) to present to first year medical students on ‘Health Knowledge and Society’, which due to the positive feedback, will continue in 2020.
Stav is an accredited Mental Health First Aider, having participated in Australia’s Mental Health First Aid 2 day training program.

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