Chatswood Dental Associates
Our team here at Chatswood Dental Associates takes pride in delivering the finest dental care for our patients in a happy caring environment. We aim to educate our patients so they can make informed decisions about receiving the best dental care we can provide them using the latest advancements in technology.
We constantly strive to improve our methods and techniques through advances in dental care by updating our knowledge with continuing education and personal development.
Each team member is carefully selected to suit their role within our practice. We nurture the positive character and values of each person to create an environment where dedicated and inspirational service is provided in our pursuit of excellence.
We pride ourselves on having an outgoing and courteous team who are committed to the long-term success of the practice. Each member of our team is willing to go that extra mile to make it a superlative experience.
Our practice values and prides itself on having exceptional staff who are committed to ongoing education and development as well as the long-term success of the practice.
The purpose of our practice is to provide a variety of treatment options and deliver the finest dental treatment available.
We envision a professional team working together to achieve the best dental experience for our patients through the use of advancements in technology and dental care.
Meet Our Team
Dr Poe Lim - Principal Dentist
Dr Poe Lim graduated with BDS (Honours) from Sydney University in 1990 and practiced in Cowra (in the Central Tablelands of NSW) for over 8 years. He returned to Sydney in 1999 when his fiancée (now wife) started doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales, and purchased Dr Frank Harding’s surgery as Dr Frank had decided to retire.
Knowing how nervous people are about coming to the dentist, Poe offers laser assisted dentistry with a Kavo KEY Laser 3, currently the only dental laser that detects and only removes decay, leaving healthy tooth structure intact. The Laser, in some cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for injections and drills for fillings. Where the tooth needs to be numb and where appropriate, Poe uses The Wand, an assisted-injection system that minimises discomfort and also the Injex needleless injection system for those who fear the needle.
As of late 2007, Poe has been placing implants for patients who demand an alternative to conventional dentures and completed the Implant Surgical Level 2 (Level 2 Mentor Program) with Nobel Biocare in November 2008. He has also completed the Advanced Tissue Management and Implant Procedures Program with Nobel Biocare.
Poe has always had an interest in aesthetics (creating attractive smiles) and occlusion (how people bite their teeth together) and how that can cause some people to grind (and sometimes break) their teeth. He's also interested in how this influences the muscles of the head and neck and the headaches and sore shoulders and neck that can sometime be caused by occlusion problems. In practice, he has often had patients who complain of such symptoms and in trying to find out how to best help them, Poe discovered the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), where Neuromuscular Dentistry is taught as part of a wholistic treatment of the mouth. The goal is not only to help with the symptoms but also to recreate an attractive smile at the same time. At LVI, Poe completed both Mastering Neuromuscular Occlusion and Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction (both level II courses) in early February 2005.
As of July 2010, Poe is happy to offer his patients veneers, using a more affordable (albeit less customisable) veneering system to help them achieve a beautiful smile. He is one of the most experienced veneer practitioners in NSW.
Poe is a member of the Australian Dental Association and has been the President of the Northern Suburbs Dental Study Group from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Poe was awarded a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the oldest (established in 1920) and largest honour society for dentists.
For recreation, he enjoys exploring places less visited, either by four wheel drive or SCUBA diving, when he can find time off from his productive garden. Everyone at Chatswood Dental Associates also knows well his love of messing around with new gadgets.
Dr Gautam Sridhar - Dentist
Dr Gautam Sridhar graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) in 1999 and went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide in 2006. Gautam has practiced in the North Shore of Sydney since graduation and joined Chatswood Dental Associates in 2010.
Knowing how overwhelming visits to the dentists can be, Gautam likes to take time to explain the various options so that his patients can make a truly informed decision. Gautam has the strong belief that a Dentist who is well trained in the full range of dental procedures is best placed to advice a patient and he has undertaken significant training in Australia and overseas to achieve this goal.
Gautam has a special interest in endodontics (root canal treatments) and periodontics (gum treatments, including implant dentistry) and has lectured extensively to his professional colleagues on the above topics.
Gautam is currently an Expert Reviewer for the Health Care Complaints Commission and a Peer Advisor for Experien Insurance Services. He is also engaged by a number of legal firms as an expert dental advisor.
Gautam has been extremely active within the dental profession and continues to mentor young graduates. He is a Fellow and member of various Societies including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, International Association for Orthodontics, and the Australasian Association of Orofacial Orthopaedics. He has been awarded the highest level of Accreditation by the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry and has had teaching roles in the Faculties of Dentistry at the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide.
Gautam has been elected for several terms as the President of the Australian Prosthodontic Society (NSW Branch) and has been an elected Council Member of the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch).He continues his attitude of giving something back to his profession with roles in sub-committees of various organisations.
Outside of Dentistry, Gautam has three school aged children and his love for "junk food" is well known! He is also an accredited Cycling coach and a qualified soccer coach. If you don't find him doing something within Dentistry, he is probably decked out in Lycra and doing something crazy on his bicycle.
Kristin MacAndrew - Practice Manager
Kristin provides guidance and direction to the team at Chatswood Dental Associates. Having 10 years’ experience in the dental industry, she has completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting, her Certificate IV in both Oral Health Education and Dental Radiography (licenced radiographer) and Work Health and Safety, her Diploma in Practice Management and Advanced Diploma in Management (HR), the Las Vegas Institute Neuromuscular Occlusion course and her Senior First Aid Certificate.
To ensure the smooth running of the practice, Kristin is also completing a Bachelor of Business (Management) with Swinburne University.
Kristin is constantly improving procedures at Chatswood Dental Associates to ensure excellent care for all our patients. In her spare time she enjoys travelling to various countries all over the world to enhance her knowledge and experience.
Elysha Bailey - Front Office Coordinator
Elysha previously worked as a Beauty Therapist for 3.5 years, completing her Diploma in Beauty Therapy in 2005. She left her career as a Beauty Therapist to become a Dental Assistant in 2007 and has now worked at Chatswood Dental Associates for over 10 years.
Elysha has completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Certificate IV in Radiography (licensed radiographer), Certificate IV in Professional Practice Management and her Senior First Aid Certificate and now works as our Front Office Coordinator.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending every moment with her partner and 3 year old son, Lincoln. Elysha is currently on maternity leave with her second son and will return early in 2018.
Valeria Portocarrero - Dental Assistant
Valeria started at Chatswood Dental Associates in 2014 as a Dental Assistant. She has since completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Radiography among many other short courses to ensure her chairside care and dental knowledge is proficient and is currently working as Front Office Coordinator while Elysha is on maternity leave.
Valeria moved to Australia from Peru in 2007 at the age of 13 and finished her HSC in 2011. She is fluent speaking in both English and Spanish. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and friends.
Madelaine Broadfoot - Dental Assistant
Madelaine joined the team in 2011 as a Dental Assistant before setting off to travel to Canada and complete animal studies part time. Madelaine is now back working with us as a Dental Assistant while completing a bachelor of environmental science and management.
In her spare time Madelaine studies, socialises and enjoys swimming and playing OzTag.
Ariel joined Chatswood Dental Associates mid-2016. Ariel previously worked in a law firm before changing careers to become a Dental Assistant. She will be commencing her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2017 and applying her knowledge to everyday procedures to ensure our patients are looked after.
In her spare time Ariel enjoys camping and 4WD adventures with her partner.
Virginia Salas - Dental Hygienist
Virginia began her career in the dental industry at Chatswood Dental Associates in 2003 starting as a Dental Assistant and obtaining her Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Since then she has completed her Bachelor of Oral Health Degree at the University of Newcastle and now uses her vast experience and passion for oral health as a Dental Hygienist.
As an oral healthcare professional Virginia instils in her patients a sense of purpose and control in achieving and maintaining their optimum level of oral health. She will tailor preventative treatment thereby making use of her eye for detail and gentle touch. Virginia’s focus is in the maintenance of the gum, bone and teeth supporting structures, i.e. the foundations of your mouth, subsequently reducing the likelihood of more extensive and expensive treatment in the future.
Virginia works on Wednesdays and Fridays and enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, Grace Poppy Louise.
Ranulfo C. Solano - Dental Hygienist
Ranulfo has worked at Chatswood Dental Associates as a dental hygienist since 2008 and constantly improves his skills by undertaking further education and training.
Ranulfo previously worked as a qualified dentist in the Philippines before moving to Australia. Ranulfo worked as a dental assistant from 1998, obtaining his Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in both Dental Radiography and Oral Health Education before completing his Diploma of Dental Hygiene in Adelaide in 2004 to become a dental hygienist.
Ranulfo works on Tuesdays and Fridays. He enjoys working with the Chatswood Dental Associates team and helping his patients improve their oral health.
Dr John Vassiliadis - Sedation Specialist
Dr John Vassiliadis, MBBS, FACEM, graduated from Sydney University in 1993. He is an Emergency Medicine Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Clinical Lecturer at Sydney University. He is also a senior instructor at the Sydney Simulation Centre. He specialises in emergency medicine, sedation, trauma management, trauma ultrasound, and toxicology.
Currently he is also a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves, and in 2005, he was part of Australia's medical relief force that was sent to Indonesia after the tsunami.
Dr Vassiliadis performs conscious sedation at Chatswood Dental Associates.
Having worked with Dr Vassiliadis on several occasions, we have found him to be great with our patients. In his capable hands, people who had previously been afraid of dentistry can sleep through their treatment!
Dr Minoo Vellani - Sedation Specialist
Dr Minoo Vellani graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney in 1987. Upon graduation, he was offered a place in the Master's program in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Sydney.
In 1988, he was appointed a clinical associate in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the United Dental Hospital, Sydney. In 2004, he was appointed a clinical associate in the Department of Oral Surgery at Westmead Hospital. In 2006, Dr Vellani obtained a Graduate Diploma in Intravenous Sedation from the University Of Sydney, which qualifies him as a Dental Board Approved Dental Sedationist.
Having practiced dentistry for 25 years, he now provides a mobile sedation service to dental practices in Sydney (city and suburbs), the Central Coast, regional NSW, and even interstate.
Chatswood Dental Associates offers his services for oral surgery, implant surgery, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics/hygiene, and even paediatric procedures.
Minoo is also a member of the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology.