Dr Halim Prayogo, our Principal dentist. Graduated from Melbourne University with his BDSc (Hons) in 2009. He worked for the Australian Unity Dental Clinic in Box Hill since his graduation, and opened United Smiles in April 2013.
Halim has a special interest in tooth replacement, and is currently the only dentist at United Smiles who performs dental implant treatment. He is qualified in Cfast, Clearcorrect, and Inman Aligner therapy.
Dr Salim Yaptono BDSc (Melb)
Dr Salim Yaptono graduated from Melbourne University, attaining his Bachelor of Dental Science in 2013. Salim enjoys all aspects of dentistry including general restorative, periodontics, root canal treatment, tooth replacement, cosmetic dentistry, extraction, etc.
Salim’s special interest lies in keeping updated with evidence based dentistry as to propose a treatment plan which evidently has the highest success rate in short/medium/long term.
Having a light hearted personality, he enjoys introducing children to the procedures and equipment and letting them play with the tools in a supervised capacity to make dentistry a fun experience. Salim aims to make dentistry a pain/stress free procedure that encourages patients to have proper treatment and to educate them on how to maintain their oral health for life.
Dr Nate Tran BHSc/MDent (Lat.)
Dr Nate Tran began working with United Smiles when we first opened, back in April 2013. He graduated from La Trobe University with his Masters in Dentistry in 2012, and was asked to continue at the University in an academic position as a preclinical demonstrator, passing on his high standards of care to the next generation of dentists.
Nate is with us at United Smiles 3-4 days per week. In March 2015, Nate also became qualified to do Cfast™ Orthodontic treatment, adding to his repertoire of skills.
Dr Alvin Ng BDSc (Melb)
Hi, my name is Alvin. I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BDSc. I’ve worked in both public and private sectors treating a wide variety of patients and cases. I have seen the consequences that poor oral health can have not only on general health but also to other aspects of everyday life. Thus I’m big on prevention – as they say it’s better than a cure. There’s nothing better than a nice healthy smile.
In my spare time I like playing guitar and walking (or carrying) my fat lazy dog.
Dr Jason Thich BDSc (Hons) Qld
Jason received his Bachelor of Dental Science Degree with Honours from the University of Queensland. Upon graduation, Jason relocated back to Melbourne to be closer to family and friends, and has been working at United Smiles ever since. His particular interests include fixed prosthodontics (crown and bridge work), oral surgery and paediatric dentistry. He strives to stay current with the best standard of dental care by attending continuing professional education courses and seminars throughout the year. He is qualified in Cfast, Clearcorrect, and Inman Aligner therapy.
Outside of dentistry, Jason is an avid supporter of the Western Bulldogs and Chelsea Football Club, and enjoys travelling with family and friends.
Dr Maly Soedjono DDS (Melb)
Dr Maly completed her master degree the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Medical Science with honours at The University of Sydney. She joined the team at United Smiles in early 2015 and is grateful to work in an environment with a strong focus on quality dental treatment.
She enjoys all facet of dentistry, in particular preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Her priority as a dental practitioner is creating long-term relationships with patients and colleagues alike through effective communication and utmost care.
She is also committed to continuing education, and is regularly going for courses to upgrade her dental skills. Having grown up abroad, she is proficient in English, Indonesian, and Japanese. In her spare time, Maly enjoys spending time with her friends, practicing yoga, baking as well as making arts and crafts.
Dr Vijay Nagalingam BDSc (Hons) Qld
Vijay Nagalingam received his Bachelor of Dental Science with Honors from the University of Queensland. He relocated back to Melbourne in 2015 and joined our team at United Smiles in 2016. Vijay enjoys all aspects of dentistry including general restorative, periodontics, root canal treatment, tooth replacement, cosmetic dentistry, extraction, etc.
Outside of dentistry Vijay enjoys playing soccer and watching the AFL, supporting the Geelong Cats.
Shari has been working as a dental assistant since 1990, gaining her Dental Assisting qualifications in 1992. She has worked in a variety of dental assisting roles over the last 25 years, and joined us here at United Smiles in November 2014, bringing with her a happy disposition and a wealth of knowledge!
With 4 children of her own, Shari is an absolute gem when it comes to children and teens who may not be the most forthcoming when it comes to opening up for the dentist.
Minoosh began working with us when United Smiles first opened back in 2013 and has been a valuable staff member since.
With her many years of experience and friendly personality, Minoosh makes a wonderful receptionist.
Katie has been working in the dental field since 2003, completing her Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2005. After working in a variety of dental roles over the last 12 years, Katie joined the United Smiles team in October 2014, and intends on staying put for a very long time!
With three young children, she has a real passion for preventative dental care in children of all ages, and loves the opportunity to educate which comes along her work on reception.
Zahra joined our team in 2014 after completing her certificate in dental nursing, and has been an integral member of the clinical team ever since.
Her calm and caring demeanor makes her very popular with our dentally anxious patients as she aims to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Away from work, Zahra enjoys spending time with friends and family
Yassamin began working with us shortly after she started her Certificate III in Dental Assisting, in April. She is due to become qualified in July.
Yassamin has a strong passion for the dental industry and is aspiring to become a dental therapist.