Maven Dental Castle Hill

Meet The Team

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Associate Dentist

Dr Ivan Crnkovic

Dr Ivan Crnkovic was welcomed to the Dental Excellence practice in 2012 as an associate dentist. Dr Crnkovic graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Dentistry. After receiving his qualifications, he worked as a general dentist in Baulkham Hills and Nowra for two years before joining the Castle Hill team.

Passionate about providing expert care to his patients, Dr Crnkovic enjoys working within a state-of-the-art facility alongside a great team of motivated dental professionals. He is also highly experienced across all aspects of general dental care and strives to ensure…

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Dr Ivan Crnkovic was welcomed to the Dental Excellence practice in 2012 as an associate dentist. Dr Crnkovic graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Dentistry. After receiving his qualifications, he worked as a general dentist in Baulkham Hills and Nowra for two years before joining the Castle Hill team.

Passionate about providing expert care to his patients, Dr Crnkovic enjoys working within a state-of-the-art facility alongside a great team of motivated dental professionals. He is also highly experienced across all aspects of general dental care and strives to ensure his skills and knowledge remain up to date with the rapid changes in dentistry by attending continued education lectures/courses.

Away from the dental practice, Dr Crnkovic has hobbies and interests in the areas of gardening, yoga, reading, playing guitar and cooking.

Dr Ivan Crnkovic is part of the following associations:

  • Australian Dental Association
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Associate Dentist

Dr Sam Guirguis

Associate Dentist, Dr Sam Guirguis, was welcomed to the Maven Dental Castle Hill team in 1999. Dr Guirguis graduated in 1989 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Driven by his passion and desire to aid others with their dental health, he went on to achieve his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr Guirguis' extensive career has also seen him training and working across the UK, New Zealand and country New South Wales, owning his own practice, teaching undergraduate students as a part time Clinical Instructor at Sydney University, and training at the Las…

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Associate Dentist, Dr Sam Guirguis, was welcomed to the Maven Dental Castle Hill team in 1999. Dr Guirguis graduated in 1989 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Driven by his passion and desire to aid others with their dental health, he went on to achieve his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dr Guirguis' extensive career has also seen him training and working across the UK, New Zealand and country New South Wales, owning his own practice, teaching undergraduate students as a part time Clinical Instructor at Sydney University, and training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) for five years.

Although highly experienced and enjoying all aspects of general dentistry, Dr Guirguis particularly enjoys working in the areas of comprehensive full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontics (braces & Invisalign), facial aesthetics (injectables and fillers) and treatment for sleep-disordered breathing, snoring and sleep apnoea.

Dr Guirguis finds his role as a dentist particularly rewarding and enjoys assisting his patients in reaching their outcomes whether through optimal oral health or a cosmetic solution to something they have been challenged with. He additionally finds great joy in interacting with patients and working in a fun environment alongside a wonderful team of dental professionals.

Dedicated to his professional development, Dr Guirguis is continually keeping up to date with the latest orthodontic treatment and postgraduate education in dental sleep medicine. His commitment to the field of dentistry has also previously seen him complete post-graduate studies in orthodontics, implants and cosmetic full mouth rehabilitation - allowing him to achieve recognition as one of only four LVI clinical instructors in Australia.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Guirguis has a passion for travelling with his wife and kids, skiing, golf, tennis, good food and single malt whiskey.

Dr Sam Guirguis is part of the following associations:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Australian Sleep Association
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Associate Dentist

Dr Araventh Thavavaran

Dr Araventh Thavavaran joined the team at Maven Dental Castle Hill in 2019. Ara is an outgoing, energetic and passionate dentist that loves building rapport with his patients to make each appointment a bespoke experience.

After graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery Dr Thavavaran moved to Canberra and worked in a private practice for over 4 years before making the move north to Maven Dental Castle Hill. Ara takes a holistic approach to dentistry by focusing on his patients overall health and well-being.

As a dentist Dr Thavavaran enjoys all facets of dentistry but has…

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Dr Araventh Thavavaran joined the team at Maven Dental Castle Hill in 2019. Ara is an outgoing, energetic and passionate dentist that loves building rapport with his patients to make each appointment a bespoke experience.

After graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery Dr Thavavaran moved to Canberra and worked in a private practice for over 4 years before making the move north to Maven Dental Castle Hill. Ara takes a holistic approach to dentistry by focusing on his patients overall health and well-being.

As a dentist Dr Thavavaran enjoys all facets of dentistry but has a keen interest in restorative dentistry and endodontics. He also loves helping his more nervous patients overcome their fears and enjoy a comfortable, relaxing appointment. Dr Thavavaran constantly seeks new opportunities to further his knowledge and skills in the dental industry and is currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Oral Implantology.

Away from the practice, Ara is a self-confessed sports fanatic. You’ll either find him keeping fit playing golf or tennis or sitting back, relaxing watching AFL or Rugby Union.

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Dentist

Dr David Jones

Dr David Jones has 38 years experience working with dental implants and for the last 34 years he has worked closely with Nobel Biocare whilst using their implants. David's relationship with Nobel BioCare and his familiarity with their All-on-4® treatment concept has seen him lecture, tutor and conduct workshops for the organisation for a number of years. David works at two practice in Sydney and is available for dental implant procedures at Maven Dental Castle Hill. 

​After graduating from Sydney University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, David opened his North Sydney Dental practice doors in 1983. As…

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Dr David Jones has 38 years experience working with dental implants and for the last 34 years he has worked closely with Nobel Biocare whilst using their implants. David's relationship with Nobel BioCare and his familiarity with their All-on-4® treatment concept has seen him lecture, tutor and conduct workshops for the organisation for a number of years. David works at two practice in Sydney and is available for dental implant procedures at Maven Dental Castle Hill. 

​After graduating from Sydney University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, David opened his North Sydney Dental practice doors in 1983. As a young dentist, he was always passionate about restorative dentistry and developed a particular interest in dental implants.

David's drive and ambition have always kept him at the forefront of dental implantology, constantly seeking opportunities to further his knowledge of new techniques and advancements in the industry.​

He is also committed to passing on his knowledge to the next generation of dentists. David has been a long time mentor for the Sydney University Post-graduate diploma in Dental Implants and the Charles Sturt Implant program. David has taught many talented young dentists the art of dental implants over the years through his mentoring and training programs. ​

When he is not performing All-on-4® treatments you can usually find David lending a hand in the local community. He is a long-serving member of the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving club where he still coaches and competes. David also enjoys cooking and entertaining for his family and friends. He loves fishing and regularly goes fly and beach fishing. In the winter he enjoys skiing and in summer you can find him out in the surf.

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Dental Hygienist

Nadia

Maven Dental Castle Hill welcomed Nadia to the team as a dental hygienist in April 2017. Originally from the USA, Nadia graduated from Boston Massachusetts' Forsyth Dental Hygiene and Northeastern University in 1989 holding an Associate Degree and Diploma in Dental Hygiene. Prior to making the move to Australia, she spent 12 years working across Boston, New Jersey and California for highly regarded cosmetic dental and periodontal practices where she gained extensive experience.

As a dental hygienist, Nadia has clinical interests in cosmetic dentistry and periodontics, particularly the treatment and maintenance of Oral and Periodontal health, and working with patients…

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Maven Dental Castle Hill welcomed Nadia to the team as a dental hygienist in April 2017. Originally from the USA, Nadia graduated from Boston Massachusetts' Forsyth Dental Hygiene and Northeastern University in 1989 holding an Associate Degree and Diploma in Dental Hygiene. Prior to making the move to Australia, she spent 12 years working across Boston, New Jersey and California for highly regarded cosmetic dental and periodontal practices where she gained extensive experience.

As a dental hygienist, Nadia has clinical interests in cosmetic dentistry and periodontics, particularly the treatment and maintenance of Oral and Periodontal health, and working with patients pre and post dental implant procedures. Beyond providing exceptional treatment, the most enjoyable part of her profession is getting to know and communicating with her patients. Nadia loves being able to create long-lasting relationships where she gets to know her patients above and beyond their dental needs.

Passionate about the field of dentistry, Nadia is continuously studying new information and scientific breakthroughs. She is also a member of the Periodontology Society of New South Wales and the Dental Hygiene Association.

Away from the practice, Nadia spends her free time with family and friends, reading, walking, singing, travelling and attending concerts.

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Dental Hygienist

Elle Rod

Elle Rod was welcomed to the Maven Dental Castle Hill team in 2006 as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist. Elle graduated with a Diploma of Dental Therapy in 2004 from the College of Dental Therapy before going on to complete her Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) in 2005 from Gilles Plains TAFE, South Australia.

With over 11 years' experience working in the Castle Hill practice, Elle continuously strives to provide her patients with valuable health care service and focuses on building strong, trusting relationships. Upholding high standards, she ensures she regularly attends professional development training and courses to…

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Elle Rod was welcomed to the Maven Dental Castle Hill team in 2006 as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist. Elle graduated with a Diploma of Dental Therapy in 2004 from the College of Dental Therapy before going on to complete her Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) in 2005 from Gilles Plains TAFE, South Australia.

With over 11 years' experience working in the Castle Hill practice, Elle continuously strives to provide her patients with valuable health care service and focuses on building strong, trusting relationships. Upholding high standards, she ensures she regularly attends professional development training and courses to remain up to date with the latest developments within her field of dentistry. Elle is always seeking out new opportunities to learn about new and emerging products, techniques and technology.

In her spare time, Elle loves spending time with family, reading and meditating.

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Practice Manager

Ghazal Torkfar

Ghazal Torkfar joined the team at Maven Dental Castle Hill in January 2019 as our practice manager after working at Maven Dental Greenwood for three years. With over a decade of experience in the health industry, Ghazal brings a wealth of knowledge to our talented team.

Ghazal has academic qualifications at Doctoral (PhD), Master and Bachelor levels with a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and welfare services management, public health, primary health care, medical and hospital administration, dental clinic management and operations, as well as accreditation and safety and compliance management over the last 10 years.

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Ghazal Torkfar joined the team at Maven Dental Castle Hill in January 2019 as our practice manager after working at Maven Dental Greenwood for three years. With over a decade of experience in the health industry, Ghazal brings a wealth of knowledge to our talented team.

Ghazal has academic qualifications at Doctoral (PhD), Master and Bachelor levels with a wealth of knowledge and experience in health and welfare services management, public health, primary health care, medical and hospital administration, dental clinic management and operations, as well as accreditation and safety and compliance management over the last 10 years.

In the past she has been appointed as a senior executive officer to several public and private institutions in Australia, and has been commissioned to conduct many national and international training courses and workshops on the administrative, financial and clinical aspects of dental practice.

For Ghazal, the most enjoyable part of her role includes working with a great team of motivated professionals within an excellent facility, yet being able to work independently. She enjoys delivering leadership and innovation consulting where providing efficient, safe and high quality care is the core.

Ghazal loves learning and teaching. Ghazal has continuously participated in professional development on cooperative learning with a focus on clinical excellence and quality management in health sector. She enjoys working with our team of Castle Hill dentists and learning about new and exciting trends in the industry.

Away from Maven Dental Castle Hill, Ghazal enjoys being outdoors with her family, and participating in community volunteering activities. Ghazal believes that she can get a lot out of helping others. Volunteering provides her with an opportunity to communicate with different people and learn from their live experiences.