Maven Dental Inner West Sydney

Meet The Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Celso Cardona

AHPRA Registered

Joining the practice in February 2013, Dr Celso Cardona is the skilled and passionate Lead Dentist at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney. Originally from Brazil, Dr Cardona graduated from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and later in 2008 obtained his Masters in Pain and Palliative Medicine.

Dr Cardona discovered his love for dentistry at a young age, with both his dad and brother working as dentists. After receiving his qualifications he spent time working alongside them in Brazil until 2008 before moving to Australia the following year. He worked…

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AHPRA Registered

Joining the practice in February 2013, Dr Celso Cardona is the skilled and passionate Lead Dentist at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney. Originally from Brazil, Dr Cardona graduated from UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and later in 2008 obtained his Masters in Pain and Palliative Medicine.

Dr Cardona discovered his love for dentistry at a young age, with both his dad and brother working as dentists. After receiving his qualifications he spent time working alongside them in Brazil until 2008 before moving to Australia the following year. He worked as a clinical educator at Sydney University in 2009 and then went on to work at two other dental surgeries before joining Maven Dental Group.

Within his role, Dr Cardona is passionate about helping his patients achieve a better understanding of dental health and providing them with exceptional dental care. Holding over 10 years' experience, he has gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of general dentistry with a keen interest in root canals, full mouth reconstruction and teeth alignment. Due to his expertise with complex dental cases, he also receives referrals from other dentists.

Committed to his professional development, Dr Cardona has completed the curriculum of additional education at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dentistry in Miami. Currently, Dr Cardona is furthering his studies at the Kois Center in Seattle.

Away from the practice, Dr Cardona enjoys meditating, rock climbing, playing video games and travelling. He also has a love for yoga and practices every day of the week and is also a qualified yoga teacher.

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Associate Dentist

Dr John Michael

Maven Dental Inner West Sydney welcomed Dr John Michael to the team early in 2019. After a short stint in finance and early plans to become a pilot, John decided he wanted to become a dentist and help create beautiful, healthy smiles for his patients.

Before making the move to our Burwood based practice, Dr Michael studied his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney graduating in 2018. John has experience treating patients from all walks of life. He has previously practiced at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Nepean Hospital and the Sydney Dental Hospital. During his…

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Maven Dental Inner West Sydney welcomed Dr John Michael to the team early in 2019. After a short stint in finance and early plans to become a pilot, John decided he wanted to become a dentist and help create beautiful, healthy smiles for his patients.

Before making the move to our Burwood based practice, Dr Michael studied his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney graduating in 2018. John has experience treating patients from all walks of life. He has previously practiced at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Nepean Hospital and the Sydney Dental Hospital. During his time at USyd, he also enjoyed placement in the rural NSW town of Ballina.

John loves building trust and fostering relationships with his patients. He is passionate about being able to truly understand what a patient wants from their treatment, assessing their motivation and working in harmony with them to achieve their dental goals.

Dr Michael is a talented dentist that has a keen interest in endodontics. In 2018, the Australian Society of endodontics awarded him the Anthony P Martin prize for Proficiency in Clinical Endodontics. He is also passionate about fixed prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, and veneers) and oral surgery.

Dr Michael is constantly seeking opportunities to increase his knowledge and improve his skills in the dental industry. He has previous observed maxillofacial surgeons and specialist endodontists. As a member of the ADA, John also regularly attends conferences and courses to keep up-to-date with the latest in the dental industry.

Away from Maven Dental Inner West Sydney, you’ll find John exploring Sydney’s national parks, on the pitch playing football, or searching for the perfect coffee. John co-founded a football club in Melbourne in 2013 and still helps the local team whenever he can.

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Associate Dentist

Dr Josephine Ha

AHPRA Registered

Maven Dental Inner West Sydney welcomed Associate Dentist, Dr Josephine Ha, to the friendly practice in 2014. Dr Ha graduated in 2005 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (honours). In addition to this, she has obtained her Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics through the London Dental School. She began her career working alongside Maxillofacial surgeons, ENT and plastic surgeons in the Auckland Hospital, performing dental surgeries and managing jaw fractures and facial lacerations.

Following this in 2008-2009, Dr Ha entered into private practice in Auckland where she practised family dentistry with a keen interest in wisdom…

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AHPRA Registered

Maven Dental Inner West Sydney welcomed Associate Dentist, Dr Josephine Ha, to the friendly practice in 2014. Dr Ha graduated in 2005 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (honours). In addition to this, she has obtained her Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics through the London Dental School. She began her career working alongside Maxillofacial surgeons, ENT and plastic surgeons in the Auckland Hospital, performing dental surgeries and managing jaw fractures and facial lacerations.

Following this in 2008-2009, Dr Ha entered into private practice in Auckland where she practised family dentistry with a keen interest in wisdom teeth surgery under IV sedation. Since 2010 she has been working in private dental practices in Sydney with a strong focus on Invisalign and orthodontics.

Within the practice, Dr Ha enjoys demystifying dentistry and empowering her patients to achieve their best smile through evidence-based science and technology. She holds clinical interests in Invisalign, orthodontics, and combining these tools to achieve cosmetic dentistry in a non-invasive manner. Dr Ha is also a member of the Australian Dental Association.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Ha loves spending her free time scuba diving, practising yoga and cooking.

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Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Marc Logarta

AHPRA Registered

Specialist Anaesthetist, Dr Marc Logarta, offers extensive experience in providing anaesthesia and acute pain management services for a range of surgical specialities, including dental surgery. Dr Logarta feels privileged to be entrusted with someone’s care during surgery and truly enjoys being part of the surgical team to ensure patients have a safe and comfortable experience.
 
Since initially completing his Doctorate in Medicine in 1999 at the University of Southern California, Dr Logarta has continued his professional development, completing his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of California Los Angeles in 2007 and his Anaesthetic Training at the Royal Prince…

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AHPRA Registered

Specialist Anaesthetist, Dr Marc Logarta, offers extensive experience in providing anaesthesia and acute pain management services for a range of surgical specialities, including dental surgery. Dr Logarta feels privileged to be entrusted with someone’s care during surgery and truly enjoys being part of the surgical team to ensure patients have a safe and comfortable experience.
 
Since initially completing his Doctorate in Medicine in 1999 at the University of Southern California, Dr Logarta has continued his professional development, completing his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of California Los Angeles in 2007 and his Anaesthetic Training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 2010. He is additionally a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
 
Dr Logarta’s impressive work experience spans across both the public and private sectors. Alongside his role at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where he actively teaches medical students. He is also involved in multiple areas of research in anaesthesia and has published several book chapters and journal articles.
 
Over the years, Dr Logarta has held appointments at Westmead Private Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital, St George Private Hospital, University of California, Hunters Hill Private Hospital and Sydney Private Hospital. Additionally, he has worked in the roles of Deputy Director of the Department of Anaesthetics at Campbelltown, Anaesthetic Advisor to the Clinical Stream for the South Western Sydney Local Health District.
 
Outside of work, Dr Logarta is often found spending quality time with his family, travelling, learning new things and trying to keep fit with his dog Max.

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Oral Health Therapist

Nadia Geagea

AHPRA Registered

Within the practice, Nadia Geagea was welcomed to the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney practice in 2014 as a friendly and caring Oral Health Therapist. Nadia graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Sydney in 2012. She began her career working in Bronte for a year before scoring a position with the compassionate Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team.

Alongside her role, Nadia volunteers her time with the Maronites on Mission Australia charity group (board member). This charity focuses on running a number of programs that benefit the less fortunate in Sydney as well as an…

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AHPRA Registered

Within the practice, Nadia Geagea was welcomed to the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney practice in 2014 as a friendly and caring Oral Health Therapist. Nadia graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Sydney in 2012. She began her career working in Bronte for a year before scoring a position with the compassionate Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team.

Alongside her role, Nadia volunteers her time with the Maronites on Mission Australia charity group (board member). This charity focuses on running a number of programs that benefit the less fortunate in Sydney as well as an International program where they visit the Philippines yearly. Since her first mission trip in 2014, she has established a fully functional dental clinic in the Philippines which has treated over 2000 patients. Nadia has also assisted in establishing oral health programs at the local school.

Nadia is a passionate Oral Health Therapist who loves being able to have a positive impact on her patients' lives through preventative dentistry and oral health care. She enjoys being able to regularly meet with her patients and develop strong relationships to last a lifetime. Her clinical interest lies in the areas of periodontics and paediatric dentistry.

Away from work, Nadia enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and watching movies.

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Oral Health Therapist

Suzanne Zerafa

AHPRA Registered

Suzanne (Suzie) Zerafa was welcomed to the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney practice as an experienced Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy, Diploma of Dental Therapy and Diploma of Reflexology having attended Westmead Dental in 2004 and Melbourne University in 2005.

Beginning her dental career at the age of 16, Suzie worked as a dental nurse for a number of years. At 21 she left Australia to travel and gain experience working in London, where she discovered her love for dental hygiene. Upon her return to Sydney, she studied dental therapy at…

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Suzanne (Suzie) Zerafa was welcomed to the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney practice as an experienced Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy, Diploma of Dental Therapy and Diploma of Reflexology having attended Westmead Dental in 2004 and Melbourne University in 2005.

Beginning her dental career at the age of 16, Suzie worked as a dental nurse for a number of years. At 21 she left Australia to travel and gain experience working in London, where she discovered her love for dental hygiene. Upon her return to Sydney, she studied dental therapy at the Westmead Hospital and after graduating completed her dental hygienist studies at Melbourne University. She now offers 30 years' experience in the dental industry, 15 of which have been as a dental hygienist/therapist.

Within the practice, Suzie is passionate about developing strong relationships with her patients and loves being able to have a positive impact on their lives in regards to great oral health. While enjoying all aspects of her role, she holds clinical interests in treating periodontal disease, peri-implantitis, diet and nutrition issues of the mouth, sleep disorders and growth guidance issues in children.

Suzie is a member of the Dental Hygienist Association Australia and Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association.

Away from the practice, Suzie loves spending quality time with family and friends and is often kept busy getting her daughter everywhere she needs to be. She also enjoys baking, entertaining, getting outdoors and riding motorbikes (currently doing offroad and motocross). When she finds the time, Suzie also loves taking part in Bikram yoga.

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Dental Assistant

Leanne Thurston

Maven Dental Inner West Sydney welcomed Leanne Thurston to the team in 2012 as a friendly and skilled dental assistant. Leanne completed her Diploma in Dental Assisting in 2012 from the Australian Business College and has since gained over 5 years' valuable experience within the practice. Prior to getting into the field of dentistry, she worked as a receptionist in Real Estate (holding a Certificate III in Real Estate).

As a Dental Assistant, Leanne is passionate about meeting new people and working with an amazing team to provide patients with exceptional dental care. When she isn't assisting chairside, she has a keen interest in lab work.

Away from the practice, Leanne spends her free time cooking and travelling.

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Practice Administrator

Noelia Tejada

Practice Manager Noelia Tejada joined the friendly team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney in September 2017. Noelia holds qualifications in Hotel Management and Business Administration (Argentina 2007) and a Diploma in Business (Australia 2013), and over the years has gained valuable experience working across the hotel industry

Originally from Argentina, Noelia began her career working in Buenos Aires for a number of years. In 2009 she moved to New Zealand where she worked and travelled before moving to Australia in 2010 and working as a Supervisor for a Sales Administration team at a Resort chain. In 2017, after travelling…

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Practice Manager Noelia Tejada joined the friendly team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney in September 2017. Noelia holds qualifications in Hotel Management and Business Administration (Argentina 2007) and a Diploma in Business (Australia 2013), and over the years has gained valuable experience working across the hotel industry

Originally from Argentina, Noelia began her career working in Buenos Aires for a number of years. In 2009 she moved to New Zealand where she worked and travelled before moving to Australia in 2010 and working as a Supervisor for a Sales Administration team at a Resort chain. In 2017, after travelling for 4 months across Australia and Europe, she joined the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney practice.

Although new to the dental industry Noelia is passionate about furthering her knowledge and understanding of all things oral health. Every day she loves being able to interact and develop strong relationships with patients, their families and the staff members at the practice. She is passionate about providing exceptional care and assisting patients with their needs.

Away from the practice, Noelia spends her free time practicing yoga and meditation and travelling. She also has a love for the beach, reading and teaching Spanish.

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Receptionist/Dental Assistant

Lindel Aquino

Dental Assistant/Receptionist, Lindel Aquino, was welcomed to the caring and compassionate Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team in September 2013. Lindel completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2014 through TAFE New South Wales. Prior to discovering her love for dental, she gained valuable experience working as an airfare and ticketing specialist for a wholesale travel company - holding a Diploma in Travel and Tourism (2004).

Within her roles, Lindel is passionate about working with an amazing team to provide patients with high-quality dental care and treatment. She loves being able to meet new people on a daily basis…

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Dental Assistant/Receptionist, Lindel Aquino, was welcomed to the caring and compassionate Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team in September 2013. Lindel completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2014 through TAFE New South Wales. Prior to discovering her love for dental, she gained valuable experience working as an airfare and ticketing specialist for a wholesale travel company - holding a Diploma in Travel and Tourism (2004).

Within her roles, Lindel is passionate about working with an amazing team to provide patients with high-quality dental care and treatment. She loves being able to meet new people on a daily basis and enjoys the opportunity to continuously learn new skills and responsibilities.

In her spare time, Lindel enjoys spending quality time with family, going to the beach, heading out with friends and travelling.