Team

Dental Surgeons

Dr Lee Woodward

BDS (Syd)
Dr Lee Woodward
Principal Dental Surgeon
BDS (Syd)

Dr Woodward, the founder and principal of VC Dental, has been practising on the Central Coast for over twenty-five years.

His experience includes over twenty years of extensive postgraduate training in Orthodontics, Orthopaedics, Implant Surgery and Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction.

Dr Woodward has been a member of the Australian Dental Association for over twenty-nine years and is also a member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry.

Dr Elizabeth Kerr

BDS (Syd), GradDipClinDent (Imp) (Syd)
Dr Elizabeth Kerr
Dental Surgeon
BDS (Syd), GradDipClinDent (Imp) (Syd)

Elizabeth Kerr graduated from the University of Sydney in 1987 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Although living on the Central Coast since 1985, Elizabeth initially practised in Gladesville, Sydney. She then spent eight years practising in Castle Hill with Dr Alain Middleton.
In 1994 she moved to Kariong, to be closer to her three growing daughters, and began working on the Coast part-time. She has been exclusively working on the Central Coast since 1997.

Since graduation, Elizabeth has attended many Continuing Education Courses, including a long course in Orthodontics (2005 – 2006). In 2011 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry in Implants at the University of Sydney.

Although Elizabeth is a general practitioner who practises all aspects of dentistry, her interests lie in Paediatrics, Orthodontics, Endodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Dr Vikas Sharma

BDS, MDS - Endodontics, MFDS RCS (Glasg UK), FRACDS (Aus), MFGDP (UK), Dip.Imp.Dent RCS (Eng), MSc Imp Dent (Leeds UK), Fellow ASID, Dip.Ortho (Warw UK)
Dr Vikas Sharma
Dental Surgeon
BDS, MDS - Endodontics, MFDS RCS (Glasg UK), FRACDS (Aus), MFGDP (UK), Dip.Imp.Dent RCS (Eng), MSc Imp Dent (Leeds UK), Fellow ASID, Dip.Ortho (Warw UK)

Dr Vikas Sharma’s professional career is a tribute to his long-held passion for furthering his dental knowledge. Graduating as a dentist in 1999, Dr Sharma has since undergone extensive post- graduate training in the fields of Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics (root canal therapy) and Implant Dentistry.

In 2002, he achieved a Master’s degree in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics. He conducted a research in Endodontics and wrote a thesis on “The correlation of immediate and delayed restoration of endodontically treated teeth with a post space preparation”.

In 2005, he obtained his post-graduate qualification from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons, England (MFGDP, UK) and the Faculty of Dental Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow (MFDS RCS). In addition, he earned a Fellowship from The Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) via examination, which testifies his commitment to practising dentistry to the highest standard.

Passionate about his profession, Dr Sharma has continued to develop his knowledge, earning a post graduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons, England (Dip.Impl.Dent RCS England) an extensive two year graduate diploma which enabled him to practice implant dentistry to perfection. Following this, in 2016 Dr. Sharma earned his Masters of Science degree in the field Implant Dentistry from the University of Leeds – UK. He has conducted a research on “Risk factors affecting – Early Dental Implant Failure” and has written a thesis on this research.

He has also been accredited by and has earned the Fellowship of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry.

He has recently completed a diploma in Orthodontics from Warwick Medical School – University of Warwick – UK, and is currently working on an MSc research project in Orthodontics on the topic of “Comparative assessment of the dimensional change of the Oropharyngeal airway in orthodontic patients, when treated with Mandibular Advancement Appliances versus treatment with bicuspid extractions and incisor retraction”.

Dr Sharma’s kind and caring nature and professional ethics ensures a high standard of patient care.

Dr Mario Cheong

BMedSci (Syd), BEng (Honours) (Syd), DMD (Syd)
Dr Mario Cheong
Dental Surgeon
BMedSci (Syd), BEng (Honours) (Syd), DMD (Syd)

Dr. Mario Cheong (Dr. Gin Leung Mario Cheong) is a general dentist who graduated from the University of Sydney, where he also holds a degree in Engineering and Medical Science. Mario is passionate about helping people achieve their own beautiful smile as well as promoting good oral health.

With experience from both the public and private sector, Mario aims to provide the best of care to his patients and his warm and friendly approach helps place even the most anxious patients at ease. He welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds.

Mario enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with a strong interest in aesthetic dentistry. His interest in science and engineering motivates him to be up to date with the latest dental technology and treatment modalities. In this way, he can make well informed decisions and provide quality dental treatment tailored to every patient’s needs.

Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Swapna Sharma

FANZCA, FCARSCI, EDRA, MD, MBBS
Dr Swapna Sharma
Specialist Anaesthetist
FANZCA, FCARSCI, EDRA, MD, MBBS

Dr Swapna Sharma provides IV (intravenous) sedation for our Sleep Dentistry service. She is very experienced and understanding, making dental procedures possible for even our most nervous patients.

Dr Sharma graduated from Medicine in 2000 and underwent extensive post-graduation training in Anaesthetics internationally.

In 2009 she obtained her Fellowship from the Royal College of Anaesthetics of Ireland, and in 2012 she completed The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Management. In 2015, Dr Sharma earned her Fellowship from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Her special interests include dental sedation, day surgery anaesthesia, simulation and regional anaesthesia.

Dr Sharma is dedicated to continually provide exemplary quality intravenous (IV) sedation to anxious patients. She endeavours to make the experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible, and eliminate any fears, by contacting her patients a few days prior to their appointment to explain the procedure and answer all their questions.

In her personal life, Dr Sharma is passionate about good food and loves to cook for her family and friends. She also loves art and travelling the countryside to soak up fresh air.

Dental Hygienists

Christine Hoffman

Christine Hoffman

Adv.Dip (GBC.Ont), BOH (Ade)
Christine Hoffman
Christine Hoffman
Dental Hygienist
Adv.Dip (GBC.Ont), BOH (Ade)

Christine has worked in the dental industry for over 25 years.

As part of her commitment to provide the finest care for her patients, Christine has taken numerous continuing education courses throughout her long career, and continues to keep herself updated.

Christine is a gentle, compassionate, caring professional practitioner and is a valued addition to our team.

Suzette Holmes

Suzette Holmes

BOH (Newc), Grad.Dip.DT (Newc)
Suzette Holmes
Suzette Holmes
Oral Health Therapist
BOH (Newc), Grad.Dip.DT (Newc)

Suzette started her career in the dental industry as a dental assistant in New Zealand in 1992. She moved to Australia in 1998 and has lived on the Central Coast since 2017.

Suzette obtained a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2012 and then graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy in 2013. She also completed a course in adult restorative management in 2017.

Suzette is passionate about oral health and creating a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for her patients.

Her hobbies include running, fitness, cooking and rugby union. She has three children and one cat, and spends her weekends watching her boys play rugby then cooking up something exotic.

Anders Claesson

Anders Claesson

BOH (GU)
Anders Claesson
Anders Claesson
Oral Health Therapist
BOH (GU)

Anders has been working at VC Dental since 2018.

He graduated from Griffith University in 2009 and has since worked in different regions of NSW including Sydney, Tweed Heads, Newcastle, Gunnedah and Narrabri; gaining invaluable experience at each location.

Anders enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them to look after their oral health.

His role includes seeing patients for their 6 monthly preventative care appointments, treating gum disease, treating children, and administering Zoom ‘in office’ whitening.

In his spare time Anders enjoys swimming, playing tennis, going for walks (or runs along the beach), and watching sports (of all kinds). He also loves spending time with his wife, and 13 nephews and nieces!

Mitali Chauhan

BOH (Newc)
Mitali Chauhan
Dental Hygienist
BOH (Newc)

Mitali has been working in the dental industry since 2014. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Newcastle. Her main area of interest is in the prevention of the progression of gum disease.

Mitali loves creating a friendly environment for her patients ensuring that they feel comfortable and at ease.

In her free time she enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

Dental Management Team

Lisa Deakin

Practice Manager
Lisa Deakin
Practice Manager

Lisa commenced her career in the dental industry in the UK, seventeen years ago. She immigrated to Australia with her husband and four children in 2008. She and her family have since obtained citizenship.

Lisa is a fully certified Clinical Assistant, with a Certificate IV in Radiology, and has recently obtained her Certificate in Oral Health.

Lisa joined the VC Dental team in 2008, where her exceptional knowledge of dental assisting has seen her progress to Senior Clinical Assistant and Practice Manager. She is a well-respected and valuable member of the VC Dental team.

Yianna Genetzakis

Business Development Manager
Yianna Genetzakis
Business Development Manager

After graduating from Gosford Selective High School in 2011, Yianna spent 6 months in retail management before joining VC Dental mid-2012.

She looks after the marketing for the practice.

Dental Administration Team

Tracey Stormont

Tracey Stormont

Front Office Co-ordinator
Tracey Stormont
Tracey Stormont
Front Office Co-ordinator

Tracey has over 20 years’ experience within the dental industry, and holds a Certificate III in dental nursing which she studied in Sydney.

She loves meeting new people and she is very understanding, with a strong focus on delivering excellent patient care.

Tracey and her family relocated to the Central Coast in 2004. In her time off, she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Margaretha Henry

Margaretha Henry

Front Office Co-ordinator
Margaretha Henry
Margaretha Henry
Front Office Co-ordinator

Margaretha joined the VC Dental team in 2012, bringing along 12 years Administration experience from managing a sports injury clinic.

Margaretha is a respected member of the VC Dental team. She thrives on the opportunities presented by meeting new people every day.

Dental Clinical Team

Emma Garden

Clinical Assistant
Emma Garden
Clinical Assistant

Emma grew up in Cherrybrook, attending Cherrybrook Public School then Cherrybrook Technology High School, graduating in 2007.

She began her career as a dental nurse in 2010 and has loved working in the industry every moment since. Emma believes teeth are like snowflakes, each one unique and special.

She is passionate about oral hygiene and likes to constantly remind her friends and family to be on top of this.

Her hobbies include sketching, knitting, archery and hoola hooping.

Emma looks forward to meeting all our patients and assisting them on their dental journey.

Judith Pasfield

Clinical Assistant
Judith Pasfield
Clinical Assistant

Judith is a caring, passionate, bubbly Dental Assistant who joined the VC Dental Team in 2016.

Judith has completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and has worked in both Public and Private Dental Health Sectors, including the Westmead Centre for Oral Health.

Judith has extensive experience in General Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics and Surgical procedures. She is passionate about clinical care management and loves following our patients’ dental health journeys, striving to make each patient feel as comfortable as possible during treatment.

In her spare time, Judith stays active by playing soccer, playing with her border collie, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Morgan Spence

Clinical Assistant / Front Office Co-ordinator
Morgan Spence
Clinical Assistant / Front Office Co-ordinator

Morgan has been a dental assistant since she graduated year 12, and has around 4 years’ experience in the industry. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but has a special interest in surgical and cosmetic procedures.

Morgan really enjoys being able to get to know her patients and have a laugh with them. She endeavours to make sure patients are feeling relaxed and comfortable during their appointments.

Morgan has a bubbly, friendly and easy-going personality, and she is great with our younger patients.

Morgan has lived on the Central Coast her whole life and loves the lifestyle here. She is married, with two children (both boys) and a labrador called Frankie.

When her children are older, she plans on returning to University to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy.

In her spare time she enjoys shopping, travelling, eating and spending time with friends and family.

Kahla Dundon

Clinical Assistant
Kahla Dundon
Clinical Assistant

Kahla holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting and has 5 years’ experience in the dental industry, including both clinical and reception.

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but has a particular interest in surgical and endodontic procedures, and enjoys working within a team environment.

Kahla has a kind and understanding nature, with a passion for delivering high quality patient care. She goes out of her way to ensure patients are comfortable within our practice and during procedures, and that they leave with a smile.