Our team

Essendon Dental Group

Our team

Essendon Dental Group

Meet our staff

Our warm and caring staff members are passionate about providing patients with an exceptional experience. They will do everything possible to make your visits to Essendon Dental Group as pleasant as possible.

Dr Tania Fong


Tania is originally from Adelaide and graduated in 2009 from the University of Melbourne. Before joining Essendon Dental Group in 2013, Tania worked in Geelong in the public sector including postings in Colac, Hamilton and Point Lonsdale and in private practice in Brisbane. Tania became the Principal dentist at Essendon Dental Group in 2015 and is committed to continue the high standards of this long standing practice.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking but mostly eating - something a healthy mouth is very important for! She also enjoys past times in embroidery - cross stitch and most recently crochet. Fine work requiring hand eye coordination that she has enjoyed since a child and hones day to day as a dentist!

Dr Nathan Phung


Nathan joined Essendon Dental Group after graduating from the University of Melbourne. He has worked in both public and private practice. He is involved with the Australian Dental Association, being a part of the Continuing Professional Development and Public Dentistry committees.
Nathan has attended hundreds of hours of CPD courses ensuring he is well versed with all aspects of dentistry; including multiple ADA conventions, hands on courses in Surgical and Restorative Dentistry and completing the International Team for Implantology (ITI) foundations course).

Nathan has volunteered with the Teddy Bear Hospital and the Royal Flying Doctors Service providing treatment to children and the elderly in aged care facilities. Nathan was also awarded the Colgate Travel award for his research into the links between gum disease and pregnancy. Having trained under Essendon dentists, Drs Condon and Smythe, Nathan shares the conservative treatment philosophy of the practice.

Outside of dentistry, Nathan has travelled extensively and is keen to continue exploring the world. As an avid gardener, he has taken on role of custodian of the recently planted veggie patch as well as the compost bin. Under his care and vigilance, we look forward to a better harvest!

Dr Louise Thavarajah


Louise graduated from the University of Melbourne and spent the last 5 years providing dental services in the Gippsland area (Sale and Bairnsdale) before moving back to be closer to her family.

She is dedicated to providing gentle dental care to her patients in all aspects of dentistry.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family (especially her cheeky 17 month old niece). Otherwise, you might find her in the kitchen, cooking up a storm (leaving a trail of pots and pans in her wake) or exploring new places/towns with her partner.

Dr Lyndall Smythe


Lyndall graduated in 2003 from the University of Adelaide with Deans honours. From there she travelled to Alice Springs and experienced a diverse range of dentistry in both community and private dental practices. She has also worked in correctional services as a dentist and during those years was exposed to many complex dental problems.

Lyndall teaches at the Dental School of the University of Melbourne, teaching specifics of emergency dentistry, photography and treatment planning. She is also a specialist Forensic Odontologist working for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Lyndall works one Saturday morning a month at Essendon Dental Group.

Dr Katharine Dal Santo


Katharine completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Sydney in 2016 having previously completed her Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Melbourne in 2009. She has worked in both public and private clinics across Melbourne as a dentist and an oral health therapist.

Katharine wanted to pursue dentistry after she knocked out her tooth in a water skiing accident whilst in high school. She had an extremely positive experience with her dentist where she was engrossed in the procedure he followed for saving her tooth. This inspired her to study dentistry and learn to communicate openly with her clients.

Katharine enjoys all areas of dentistry and especially loves ensuring that children have a fun and positive first experience in the dental chair, setting them up to have a good oral health routine for life.

Outside of work, you’ll find Katharine playing hockey, getting immersed in a good jigsaw puzzle or taking her dog Toby to the park.

Ashley Ha

Oral Health Therapist (currently on Maternity Leave)

Ashley graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Prior to working at Essendon Dental Group, Ashley played a role as an Oral Health Therapist in both community and private clinics in New Zealand and Australia. Her experience in diverse communities has fuelled her interest to provide care and understanding for patients of different backgrounds and needs.

She continues to incorporate her knowledge at Essendon Dental Group with a passion to provide treatment for all patients.

Outside from her main career as a dental hygienist, she is a plant enthusiast and finds joy turning her home into a jungle full of plants and spending time with her husband and Spoodle puppy.

Our clinicians are supported by our friendly team of office, reception, Certificate III and IV dental assisting and oral health education staff
Vicki, Sarah, Veronica, Fiona, Ting, Roxana and Helena

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