Meet The Team

We aim to give our patients the best possible experience.

  • Dr.Ved Berani - Principle Dentist and Founder

    Dr.Ved Berani

    Dr Ved Berani, a second generation dentist and the principal dentist at Healthy Smiles, shows great pride in his work, for helping his patients achieve cosmetic and aesthetic results , all this while utilising SLEEP DENTISTRY and SEDATION . A proponent of painless and anxiety free dentistry, Dr Ved has dedicated his practice to the phobic and anxious patients by offering a suite of sedation options from Twilight sedation(IV), General anaesthetic, laughing gas and  oral sedation.

    Recently his dedication to continuing education has driven him to achieve the Fellowship (FIADFE) at the greater New York dental meeting of the International academy of dento-facial aesthetics and also the Membership (MFGDP) of the faculty of general dental practitioners in the UK .Dr Ved made his first mark in the history of the University of Bombay in the year 1999 when he topped with a distinction! He shares his knowledge and experience, with all patients and clinical coordinators to increase the overall experience of practising in a private practice more enjoyable for everyone.In addition he is completing advanced Implant certification from the GIDE institute in collaboration with Loma Linda University (Los Angeles) in 2018.

    Since taking over the 35 year old practice from Dr Kleine 14 years ago, he has dedicated his time to delivering high quality state of the art dentistry in a relaxed and pleasant environment. He introduced the philosophy “Healthy mouths… Beautiful smiles” , which helps deliver high quality cosmetic dentistry while still retaining basic principles of prevention and maintaining a healthy foundation of teeth and gums. His special interests are sleep dentistry, full face aesthetics , implants , ALL on 4 Malo concept and porcelain Veneers which drives the cosmetic results he achieves for all his patients.

    Patients first philosophy has led him to develop and grow his current practice to a team of 15 and is always available for his patients. He is an avid golfer and manages his time at work and at home with 3 children and one day hopes to have a culinary degree in world cuisine.

    Dr Ved Berani is a male Dentist in Blackburn South, VIC.

    Continuing education :
    • Prosthodontics (University of Melbourne) 2007
    • Surgical crown lengthening (University of Melbourne) 2008
    • Inhalation Sedation (ADA) , Melbourne 2008
    • Dentistry for Ageing population ( ADA) , Melbourne 2009
    • Post graduate training for MRACDS (RACDS), 2009
    • Implantology Basics, Melbourne 2009
    • Mini Residency in Prosthodontics, Brisbane 2010
    • GC Advanced Learning Modules, Melbourne 2012
    • 3M Go-Digital Symposium : Bringing Predictability into Restorative Process, Melbourne 2015
    • Esparza -Live Surgical Training in Implant and sinus lift (Miami, USA and Colombia) June 2015
    • Advanced Surgical Training (Sinus Lift), DIA Institute (St Vincents Hospital), Melbourne 2015
    • Fellowship of the International Academy of DentoFacial Aesthetics - FIADFE (NY) 2017
    • Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners - MFGDP- Ad Eundem (UK) 2017
    • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons - MRCS (Lon) 2017
    • Master Implant Clinician Program - GIDE and Loma Linda University - 2018
  • Priyanka Sethi Berani - Co-Founder and Managing Partner

    Priyanka Sethi Berani

    Priyanka Sethi Berani, is a commerce graduate with a strong background in management and practice enhancement.

    Technology is her forte. She is a fun-loving individual with exceptional customer service skills and is always there to answer queries and help patients. She looks after the day to day running of the surgery, and the back office workload.

  • Dr Kae Bajwa - Associate Dentist

    Dr Kae Bajwa

    Dr. Kae Bajwa graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Excelling academically, she was the recipient of numerous academic awards including the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Most Outstanding Student Award. Her caring nature and aptitude for the health sciences made the decision to pursue a career in the dental health profession a natural choice.

    Dr. Kae is an experienced practitioner whom has a special interest in delivering pain-free Cosmetic Dentistry. For this reason she is continually updating her knowledge by attending professional development courses. She offers her patients several tooth straightening options including Invisalign Clear Braces, Smilefast Quick Braces and the Inman Aligner quick alignment system. She has also been trained to deliver Cosmetic Dermal fillers and Wrinkle relaxants and to construct appliances for snoring and sleep apnoea.

    Dr Kae is committed to ensuring all of her patients enjoy a pleasant and pain-free dental experience in a relaxing and positive environment. She works intimately with her patients to develop effective prevention and treatment strategies individually tailored and delivered at each patient’s desired pace. Kae enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level and nothing makes her happier than seeing them leave the practice relaxed and smiling. She has recently completed a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to assist her in helping anxious clients overcome any dental fear and anxieties.

    Dr. Kae enjoys volunteering, travelling, spending time with her family and both singing and playing music. She does yoga and meditation regularly and is passionate about self-development.

    Continuing Education:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (Melbourne)
    • Inman Aligner (Melbourne)
    • Dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin training - Australasian Academy of Dento-facial Aesthetics (Melbourne)
    • Smilefast (Melbourne)
    • Soundsleeper Sleep Apnoea Training (Melbourne)
    • Aestheticon Conference (Sydney)
    • Invisalign (Melbourne & Sydney)
    • Aesthetic Dentistry - Pascal Magne (Brisbane)
    • Dental Corporation Associate Development Program (Melbourne & Sydney)
    • Rotary Endodontics – Protaper (Melbourne)
  • Dr. Debra Li - Associate Dentist

    Dr. Debra Li

    Graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Credit, and also completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Otago University in New Zealand, Debra spent time working as a Dental & Maxillofacial House Surgeon at Christchurch Hospital and as a senior dentist with an interest in Paediatric Dentistry, gaining invaluable experience with medical and surgical emergencies.  

    >Debra always strives to challenge herself and further her knowledge and skills, and is constantly attending continuing education. She enjoys all aspects of General Dentistry, but especially enjoys oral surgery and working with children.  She loves making sure that her patients are comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. Debra’s approach to dentistry prioritises forming relationships with her patients, and most importantly making sure that she addresses their concerns.  

    She has moved to Melbourne to be with her partner, who is Melbourne born and bred. On her days off, she enjoys taking her dog Finn for walks and yoga; or you can find her exploring the beautiful countryside of Victoria on hikes and and learning to surf on the coast!  

  • Dr Jeremy Perera - Associate Dentist

    Dr Jeremy Perera

    We wish to introduce to you Dr Jeremy Perera who has recently joined our practice as a general dentist after qualifying with top honour’s from the Australian Dental Examination Council exams in 2013. Jeremy originally graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2006.

    Soon after graduation he joined a well-established dental practise in Colombo as an associate, before starting his own practice, “Care Dent” in Colombo.

    Care Dent thrived into a high quality multidisciplinary practice and is now under the management of his brother.

    Jeremy was one of the youngest council members of the Sri Lankan Dental Association and was also appointed as a member on the Board of Governors for The Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dental Academy.

    Jeremy is very gentle and kind and has an ethos of personalised patient care, which has gained him a lot of popularity among his patients. He is very passionate about his work and even when on vacation in Sri Lanka he makes time to see patients as well as volunteering his time and services for rural communities.

    He is a highly skilled practitioner and has developed a special interest in the fields of Orthodontics and Prosthetics.

    He continues to improve his knowledge in new methods and technology by working with senior specialists and attending international dental courses.

    Jeremy moved to Australia in 2012 and he and his beautiful wife are blessed with a son.

    He is a sports enthusiast and loves cricket, rugby and tennis. Lately he has developed an interested in Aussie Rules and has become a Hawks fan. He also enjoys creating exotic dishes and cocktails in his leisure time.

    Continuing Education:
    • All ceramic restorations (2012, 2009)
    • Rotary Endodontics (2012, 2010, 2008)
    • Conventional and Mini implants (2012, 2008, 2007)
    • Fixed prosthodontics (2010, 2009, 2007)
    • Root rehabilitation with fiber posts and fiber splints (2008)
  • George Alvarez - Oral Health Therapist

    George Alvarez

    George graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2005 with a Bachelor of Oral Health Science in Oral Health.

    He also holds a Dental Degree and is a Doctor of Dental Medicine in the Philippines. George brings to our practice 20 years of experience in the dental field. Since moving to Melbourne George has worked extensively in Dental Health Services Victoria with children.

    George is very experienced in working with nervous patients and is extremely gentle and thorough taking the time to go into great detail with you regarding your gum and dental treatment. He believes in the importance of educating his patients to enable them to achieved long term good oral health and like the rest of our team, maintains a high level of ethical standard and sensitivity in his delivery of dental care.

    He is also happily married and has 3 boys and twin girls but in spite of his busy family life he still sets aside time to do his own exercise routine and in his spare time enjoys singing and playing tennis.

    George is looking forward to meeting all our current patients as well as new patients to the practice. We are very pleased to have George join our team at Healthy Smile Dental Group!

  • Victoria Cuce - Dental Hygienist

    Victoria Cuce

    Victoria Cuce graduated from RMIT University with an Advance Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) 2017 and was fortunate enough during her studies to gain a variety of clinical experience at The Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, North Yarra Community Health and working alongside North Richmond Community Health program “Chompers”.

    She began her career in dental 8 years ago as a dental assistant, completing Certificate III in Dental Assisting (2014) and Certificate IV Dental Assisting -Dental Radiography (2015)
    at RMIT University. Victoria flourished within the dental industry, working as a senior dental assistant and practice manager at a private practice in the North Eastern Suburbs.

    Victoria’s prides herself on providing a positive, comfortable and trusting environment. She strives to improve, maintain and achieve patients oral health goals by delivering effective education and preventive treatment.
  • Dr. Anand - Specialist Anaesthetist, Sleeping Safely

    Dr. Anand

    Dr. Anand is a UK and Australian accredited specialist anaesthetist. In addition to his private practice and work with Sleeping Safely, he is a specialist at Monash Health.

    He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in medicine in 2001.

    During his medical training, he successfully completed an additional science degree in Immunology.

    After residency training in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, he gained acceptance onto the prestigious Edinburgh anaesthetic training programme. Subsequent training involved highly sought after positions in tertiary academic hospitals in Glasgow and Melbourne.

    After his senior fellowship training at Monash Health, his love of international tennis and sport in general led him to settling in Melbourne.

    Dr. Anand is meticulous in the provision of safe and cost-effective anaesthetic care to his patients.

    He is rigorous in the maintenance of his specialist knowledge and professional standards.

    Specialist fellowships & memberships
    • Fellow - Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK)
    • Fellow - Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
    • Member - Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association
    • Member - Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
    Special interests
    • Obstetric anaesthesia
    • Regional anaesthesia
    • Difficult airway management
    • Safety in anaesthesia/management of anaesthetic emergencies

    Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, and pursuing his hobbies of stand up paddleboarding, motorcycling, flying and tennis.

  • Dr. Jaclyn Wong - Associate Dentist

    Dr. Jaclyn Wong

    Dr. Jaclyn Wong has a special interest in oral surgery having completed both medical and dental degrees at the University of Melbourne. After completing her medical degree, Jaclyn trained for 3 years in general and specialty surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. During this time, she developed a keen interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery, in particular Orthognathic and trauma surgery.

    After completing a post graduate diploma in Surgical Anatomy, Dr Jaclyn Wong returned to Melbourne University to complete a dental degree. She graduated with Honours in Dentistry and worked as a registrar in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery for six years at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Dental Hospital and Austin Hospital.

    Jaclyn’s research has included analysing the novel technique of All on 4 implant surgery with particular focus on the functional and clinical outcomes of zygomatic implants as a component of the All on 4 system. She has trained with experts in this field and travelled to Portugal to learn from the inventor of the system at the Malo Clinic and now works as part of the surgical team at Healthy Smiles .

  • Dr Hetal Patel - Associate Dentist

    Dr Hetal Patel

    Dr Hetal Patel was born and raised in England. He graduated from Guy’s Dental School, University of London in 1995. Over the last 22 years he has forged a career in general dentistry with a strong belief that everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile to further enhance their well being and quality of life. He opened his own clinic in England in 2000. This blossomed into a thriving, 5 surgery, cosmetic focused practice that his brother now runs.

    Hetal is a highly experienced general practitioner. He has amazing enthusiasm and passion for his dentistry, which results in him providing dentistry of the highest calibre. He has a gentle, caring approach and is very much at ease looking after nervous and anxious patients.

    Committed to attending regular dental courses for continuing post-graduate education, over the past 12 years Hetal has developed a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and the art of smile makeovers. He catalogues case after case where he has seen his patients transformed true to his treatment philosophy.

    He is married with 2 beautiful children, and when time allows, he enjoys reading and playing golf and tennis.

The Crew

  • Parapti Sethi - Dental Technologist and Coordinator

    Parapti Sethi

    Parapti is our vivacious and young team player who has recently graduated as a Dental Technologist in Melbourne with flying colors!  At Healthy Smiles, she revels in using our consistently upgrading new equipment and technologies to provide the best cosmetic dentistry can offer. She brings to her role, enthusiasm, experience and team leadership qualities making everyday pleasurable to work with her.

    In her spare time she also enjoys reading books and shopping :)
  • Anne Prest - Front Desk Coordinator

    Anne Prest

    Anne,  our front desk coordinator's warmth and friendliness will have you feeling at home as she welcomes you into our practice. She ensures our patients have a full understanding of all treatment options available and all appointments are in place to maintain great oral health.  She has a background in customer service, working in the dental software industry for the past 11 years, consulting with dentists to ensure that ultimately patients are receiving great outcomes. 
     

    Outside of Healthy Smiles, Anne loves spending time with family and friends in the great Australian outdoors - enjoying camping, day hikes, gardening and getting out and about with her two fur-babies.  Anne loves the salt water and is a volunteer life saver through the summer months and enjoys getting out on the water on her stand-up paddle board.
  • Tara Stoparic - Front Desk Coordinator

    Tara Stoparic

    Meet Tara, our new front desk coordinator who is bright and loves meeting all of our patients. She is currently studying health science at Deakin university and enjoys boxing in her spare time. 
    Tara can also converse in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian!
  • Erin Mcsheffery - Front Desk Coordinator

    Erin Mcsheffery

    Erin, has joined the Healthy Smiles reception team, bringing with her over 5 years of customer service experience and a charming personality! She has completed a Diploma of Management in Melbourne in 2015, and enjoys managing and her coordinating her work and treatments efficiently with her other team members at the practice.

    Erin likes exercising, drinking coffee and spending time with her family and friends.
  • Anna Vo - Dental Assistant

    Anna Vo

    Anna is our energetic and enthusiastic dental nurse, who exudes confidence and thrives under pressure. Being a highly motivated individual, she appreciates helping and motivating others to work towards their goals, as working within the dental industry has given her a great sense of achievement of her own goals. She is hardworking and a strong team player who works well in collaboration with our other team members. Anna is also pursuing her further dental studies at the moment and enjoying the experience and training Healthy Smiles can offer. 

    In her spare time Anna enjoys partying !
  • Natahlia Ellis - Dental Assistant

    Natahlia Ellis

    Natahlia is our dynamic and passionate dental nurse who enjoys working within the dental field and expanding her knowledge everyday

    Being a quick learner, she enjoys day to day’s challenges, and a great sense of achievement of her own goals. Always up for a challenge, Natahlia finds our work both interesting and satisfying, and prides herself on happy patients, truly enjoying the people and the environment Healthy Smiles has to offer. In her spare time, Natahlia enjoys playing tennis.
  • Elijah Alvarez - Dental Assistant

    Elijah Alvarez

    Elijah Alarez  has recently joined our practice as a Junior Dental Assistant. He is vibrant, young and committed, showing enormous flare for dental assisting and continues to expand his knowledge within the dental field.

    He is currently pursuing his further studies in Nursing at Monash University in Melbourne and is also looking to get a degree in Paramedicine in the near future. 

    In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, seeing friends, and attending church.

  • Megha Ingle - Dental Assistant

    Megha Ingle

    Megha is an overseas Dentist who graduated in 2011 from MUHS in India with distinction, and loves the world of dentistry.

    She brings to her dental assistant position at healthy Smiles, experience, maturity and vast knowledge of her work. Megha hopes to also study more about Dental technology and expand her knowledge in the field. In her spare time Megha enjoys cooking and socialising.
  • Prabh Kaur - Dental Assistant

    Prabh Kaur

    Prabh Kaur is our young and vibrant team player, who is very passionate about dentistry, ensuring that every patient is well taken care of, guaranteeing an outstanding supportive service to our anxious patients.

    She has completed her Cert III in Dental Assisting and keeps herself updated with new dental technology and procedures. She is a quick learner with an even quicker wit.

    In her spare time Prabh enjoys listening to music, painting and long walks with her fur baby.

  • Sony Saripella - Dental Assistant

    Sony Saripella

    Sony is an overseas Dentist who graduated in 2014 from GITAM Univeristy in India with high distinction, and still keeps herself updates with the new technology.
    She is further pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health to improve her knowledge to excel in every aspect of her profession, bringing her enthusiasm and love for the world of dentistry at Healthy Smiles dental group. 

     In her spare time Sony enjoys music, travelling and books !
  • Bernadette Blake - Counsellor

    Bernadette Blake

    Bernadette Blake is a Counsellor, Health Coach and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner.

    Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful new therapy that works quickly to help clients to overcome fears, phobias, stress, anxiety and panic attacks, and reduces physical pain. It works really well to help clients overcome fears and phobias of seeing the dentist, fear of needles and the drill, and it reduces gagging and physical pain after a dental treatment. Bernadette has been combining EFT with Counselling for clients for 8 years and finds that it greatly speeds up the healing process. EFT is quick and easy for anyone to learn to do for themselves, including children as young as 6 years.

    Bernadette specialises in working with women to assist them to overcome emotional issues, such as emotional eating and weight loss, stress, anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, grief and trauma from child abuse or sexual abuse. She teaches women how to increase their self esteem and confidence so they can make the most of all of their opportunities in their career and personal life. Bernadette also works with health and welfare workers to teach them how to overcome work related stress and trauma and to prevent burnout.

    Bernadette’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Health Sciences), Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Diploma of Health Counselling and EFT Practitioner qualifications. She is vice-president of EFT Australian Practitioners. Bernadette previously ran her own business as a scientist and health educator, and has worked in the mental health and welfare fields.

  • Jenet Kirby - Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Jenet Kirby

    Jenet Kirby is a Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in Men and Women's health and wellbeing.

    Since starting as a nurse in 1975, she has trained in Australia and overseas. She is certified in Medical Hypnotherapy and is a HypnoFertility® Practitioner and HypnoBirthing® Fertility Therapist and has trained as a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator. As well, Jenet is a NLP Practitioner and Coach.

    These trainings enable Jenet to assist dental patients with fear and phobia reduction, pain control, gag reflex, teeth grinding and especially stress management. Hypnotherapy may assist with improving other health issues. In her private practice, Jenet's areas of expertise also include weight loss using the Virtual Gastric Band Procedure, diabetes management and smoking cessation. There are many other areas too numerous to list here.

    Self-hypnosis workshops conducted by Jenet, in Melbourne and rural areas, enables men and women to enjoy and enrich their lives. Jenet is accredited as a clinical member of the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (AHA) as well as a professional clinical member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Inc (AACHP). She is also a full member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Your Experience with us

At cosmetic dental clinic in Blackburn, we guarantee that your experience with us will be memorable in the best ways possible. Your experience starts with our trained front office coordinators who will ask a series of preliminary questions to determine your dental health issues, needs and wants. You will then be provided with a new patient pack, which includes questions about your present health and medical history as these relate to your dental visit.

You will then be scheduled for your dental appointment in our cosmetic dental clinic in Blackburn. Your professional dental hygienist and dentist will work toward providing the best possible personalised dental care according to your needs and wants.

Keep in mind that as a patient, you also have the responsibility of working with our staff in order to make your dental visits pleasurable.

Dr Ved Berani – Principle Dentist at Healthy Smiles
We guarantee that your experience with us will be memorable in the best ways possible.
 
- Healthy Smiles
 
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We are, indeed, the cosmetic dental clinic in Blackburn and we work for you
So, do come visit us soon.

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150 Canterbury Road, Blackburn South, VIC 3130

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