OUR TEAM

 

Dr Carl Lakkis
B.D.Sc. (Melb) 

Founding dentist of Elite Dental, Dr Carl graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1989 and began practicing in the area shortly thereafter  His vision for the clinic was one that would break from the scary impersonal old-style practice, and create a modern welcoming clinic delivering personalized gentle care. 

Western suburbs born and bred, Dr Carl and his family were one of the first residents of the newly established suburb of Taylor’s Lakes well over 30 years ago. He is proud to have grown with, and served the local community. He is especially pleased when treating the children of parents he looked after when they too were young, even though it makes him feel old.

Dr Nasr Bachawaty Clinical Director
B.D.S.  A.D. Cert

Dr Nasr graduated with a degree in oral surgery from the University of St Joseph (Lebanon) in 1998 and has worked in his own clinic, and private sector clinics for over 10 years. He has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and sleep dentistry. Dr Nasr relocated permanently to Australia in 2009 and seamlessly joined the Elite Dental team.

He is a confident health care professional with a long track record of delivering successful outcomes to his patients through first rate care and communication, delivered with a gentle touch.

Dr Seung Choi
B.D.S. (Otago) 

Dr Choi graduated from University of Otago in 2006 and has worked in private sector dental surgeries in Auckland and Towoomba prior to joining Elite dental in mid 2010.

He has also gone on dental volunteer mission trip to Cambodia in 2007. He enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and has interests in restorative dentistry in relation to implants and crowns.

Dr Michael Nguyen
B.D.Sc. (Melb)

Michael is a graduate from The University of Melbourne Dental School. After graduation, he spent time in Shepparton and Cobram working in both the public and private sectors, gaining many valuable experiences. Having enjoyed his rural experience, Michael returned to Melbourne in 2011, joining Elite Dental in March that year.

From his time in the country, Michael developed a strong passion for paediatrics, orthodontics and preventative dentistry. He enjoys all the challenges of general dentistry, gaining most satisfaction from the confidence & trust developed with patients at a young age. 

Since moving with his family to Australia at the age of three, Michael has spent almost his entire life on the west side of Melbourne. During his spare time, he loves to eat and cook, spend time with friends, and play sports. When he is not making a mess in the kitchen, you will find him at the local park kicking a soccer ball or throwing a gridiron around.

Hannah Trifunovic
BOH (Melb) 

Hannah is our Oral Heath Therapist, dually qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist  at the University of Melbourne.  She enriches our team with specialised training in the area of gum health and children’s dentistry.

Hannah provides a friendly and comfortable approach and is passionate about improving oral health through prevention, health promotion and education.

Hannah values the importance of building confidence in the dental setting from a young age and assisting you and your family to develop the skills to maintain healthy teeth for life. 

Hannah can also give you advice about achieving a whiter & brighter smile and perform our popular in-office whitening procedure.

Dr Ismail (Izzy) Azzam
BHSc (Dent), MDent 

Dr Izzy graduated with a masters in clinical dentistry from LaTrobe University.  He spent over 2 years practicing in rural Victoria before joining the Elite Dental team. 
 
Dr Izzy enjoys all areas of preventative and restorative dentistry. He takes pride in showing those he meets that the dental experience can be a positive one, with a caring attitude and a gentle touch. 
 
Outside the dental clinic, Ismail likes to keep fit. He is a fanatic soccer player and fan!