Maven Dental Inner West Sydney

Meet The Team

Dr Celso Cardona
Lead Dentist

Dr Celso Cardona

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…

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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 15 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.

Dr John Michael Associate Dentist Maven Dental Sydney Inner West
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.

Dr Colin Sar Associate Dentist Maven Dental Sydney Inner West
Associate Dentist

Dr Colin Sar

Dr Colin Sar was born in Sydney and moved to Brisbane to study dentistry in 2014. After graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2018, he got admitted into the HCF Graduate Program in Sydney. The program provided Dr Colin with invaluable, structured, and hands-on mentoring with various dental specialists.

Since then, Dr Colin has worked in the Western Sydney and Sydney CBD areas and joined Dr Celso and the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team in 2021.

Dr Colin has a clinical interest in preventative dentistry. He believes that by educating his…

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Dr Colin Sar was born in Sydney and moved to Brisbane to study dentistry in 2014. After graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2018, he got admitted into the HCF Graduate Program in Sydney. The program provided Dr Colin with invaluable, structured, and hands-on mentoring with various dental specialists.

Since then, Dr Colin has worked in the Western Sydney and Sydney CBD areas and joined Dr Celso and the Maven Dental Inner West Sydney team in 2021.

Dr Colin has a clinical interest in preventative dentistry. He believes that by educating his patients on the effects of diet on their oral health, he can help them make changes to keep their teeth for life. A primary goal for him is to transform patients that visit the dentist often for treatment into patients who only need to attend preventative routine check-up and clean appointments.

Dr Colin also enjoys the sense of mastery and craftsmanship of creating beautiful smiles for his patients using crowns and veneers and seeing them smile freely and confidently once treatment is complete.

Passionate about helping those with dental anxieties, Dr Colin works to build rapport and trust with his patients. He has found that, in turn, this helps to alleviate their fear of the dentist.

Dr Colin participates in various hobbies outside of work, including hiking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Basketball, and he loves to hang out at the park with his beloved Golden Retriever x Poodle, Charlie. Dr Colin is an avid fan of movies and books and loves to read about and keep up with all the latest technologies

Dr Marc Logarta
Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Marc Logarta

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…

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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.

Dr Nova Hassain Dentist Maven Dental Sydney Inner West and maven Dental Sydney CBD
Associate Dentist

Dr Nova Hossain

Dr Nova Hossain first started her dental journey while working at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney as an Oral Health Therapist in 2016. It was here where she discovered her love for teeth and was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr Nova graduated from the University of Sydney in 2021 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine and received multiple academic merit scholarships including the BOH (University of Sydney Merit Scholarship) and the DMD (H J V Cusack Memorial Prize) along the way.

Since graduating, Dr Nova has joined our Maven Dental Sydney CBD and Inner West Sydney teams…

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Dr Nova Hossain first started her dental journey while working at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney as an Oral Health Therapist in 2016. It was here where she discovered her love for teeth and was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr Nova graduated from the University of Sydney in 2021 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine and received multiple academic merit scholarships including the BOH (University of Sydney Merit Scholarship) and the DMD (H J V Cusack Memorial Prize) along the way.

Since graduating, Dr Nova has joined our Maven Dental Sydney CBD and Inner West Sydney teams as a friendly and compassionate associate dentist. She brings an easy-going, cheerful nature to the practice, and you’ll always find her with a happy smile on her face. Dr Nova loves creating relationships with her patients and prides herself on providing a unique and positive experience to all patients while under her care. Her bubbly personality has even been known to put patients with dental anxiety at ease while in the dental chair.

Though Dr Nova enjoys all aspects of dentistry, she is particularly fascinated with oral surgery and treating TMJ disorders, as getting her patients out of pain and supporting their dental needs brings her great joy.

Outside of the practice, Dr Nova is a massive foodie! She loves getting amongst the restaurant scene in Sydney and can always give you a good recommendation, no matter which suburb you live in!

Suzanna Zerafa
Oral Health Therapist

Suzanne Zerafa

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…

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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.

Frohar Wais Oral Health Therapist
Oral Health Therapist

Frohar Wais

Frohar joined the Maven Burwood team as an Oral Heath Therapist after completing her degree at Charles Sturt University in 2019. While studying, Frohar practiced as a dental nurse to gain more knowledge in the industry. In doing this, Frohar has found that her passion lies within pediatrics’ as she loves working with children to ensure they have an enjoyable experience in the chair. Frohar brings a highly enthusiastic, ‘eager to learn’ attitude to the practice and is dedicated to providing the utmost care to her patients. Frohar also clinically enjoys being apart of the patient journey to create a…

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Frohar joined the Maven Burwood team as an Oral Heath Therapist after completing her degree at Charles Sturt University in 2019. While studying, Frohar practiced as a dental nurse to gain more knowledge in the industry. In doing this, Frohar has found that her passion lies within pediatrics’ as she loves working with children to ensure they have an enjoyable experience in the chair. Frohar brings a highly enthusiastic, ‘eager to learn’ attitude to the practice and is dedicated to providing the utmost care to her patients. Frohar also clinically enjoys being apart of the patient journey to create a straight and more beautiful smile and teaching her patients good oral health habits.

When she’s not in the clinic, you’ll find Frohar spending quality time with friends and family and hitting gym.

Lindel Aquino
Practice Manager

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.

Leanne Thurston
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.

Mujtaba Dental Assistant Maven Dental Sydney Inner West
Dental Assistant

Mujtaba Qazawi

Mujtaba Qazawi had always wanted to work in the health industry and dreams of becoming a dentist one day so joining the team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney in 2020 was an exciting prospect.

Originally from Afghanistan, Mujtaba moved to Australia in 2017 and settled in Auburn. Mutjaba has always aspired to help people and relishes the chance to be part of a team at that is passionate about improving their patients’ overall health and well-being.

Away from the practice Mujtaba enjoys keeping fit and active playing soccer, swimming, hiking and kick-boxing.

Trisha Dental Assistant Maven Dental Inner West Sydney
Receptionist

Trisha Phan

Having worked in reception and customer service roles over the years, Trisha has joined the Maven Dental Sydney Inner West team as a friendly receptionist.

She enjoys the fast paced environment and challenge of working within a dental practice and has even gained some skills dental assisting.

Since her own orthodontic treatment, Trisha enjoys joining her patients on their dental journeys as she has seen firsthand how it can enhance confidence!

In her spare time, Trisha enjoys going to the gym and figure skating. She is extremely captivated by marine activities including shelling, snorkeling and recently scuba diving and holds a Bachelor of Marine Science at the Macquarie University.

Peter Park Dental Assistant Maven Dental Inner West Sydney
Dental Assistant

Peter Park

Peter Park has joined the team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney as a friendly and passionate dental assistant. Following his dreams of becoming a dentist, Peter is currently studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Sydney and is due to graduate in 2025. As a new student, Peter is engrossed in all things teeth! He is yet to discover specific areas of interests in the dental field, however, with experience, he hopes to discover them one at a time!

Peter is passionate about providing the best possible service to his patients as he understands that…

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Peter Park has joined the team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney as a friendly and passionate dental assistant. Following his dreams of becoming a dentist, Peter is currently studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Sydney and is due to graduate in 2025. As a new student, Peter is engrossed in all things teeth! He is yet to discover specific areas of interests in the dental field, however, with experience, he hopes to discover them one at a time!

Peter is passionate about providing the best possible service to his patients as he understands that a trip to the dentist can be nerve-racking. He also loves working alongside such a tight knit team of individuals who genuinely love their jobs.

Outside of the practice, Peter spends most of his downtime studying. But, when his nose isn’t buried in a book, you will most certainly find him playing football and basketball. Peter is also quite the homebody, who uses any excuse to try and stay home and relax, and while people might find it very boring, he enjoys having slow-paced, stress-free weekends with a good (one too many) cups of coffee.

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Dental Assistant

Sara Karem

The team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney are excited to welcome Sara Karem to the team as a friendly and bubbly dental assistant. Following her dreams of becoming a dentist, Sara is currently studying to complete a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine double degree at the University of Sydney.

Sara has previously worked within the health industry, spending most of her working life in pharmacies and medication packaging facilities. Although she loved that job, she is excited for the hands-on, chair-side approach dental assisting offers.

Sara is interested in all aspects of general dentistry; however, it…

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The team at Maven Dental Inner West Sydney are excited to welcome Sara Karem to the team as a friendly and bubbly dental assistant. Following her dreams of becoming a dentist, Sara is currently studying to complete a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine double degree at the University of Sydney.

Sara has previously worked within the health industry, spending most of her working life in pharmacies and medication packaging facilities. Although she loved that job, she is excited for the hands-on, chair-side approach dental assisting offers.

Sara is interested in all aspects of general dentistry; however, it was endodontics that originally sparked Sara’s initial interest in dentistry. She loves the intensity of detail required to perform a root canal and believes it is an ‘art-like’ form. Oral surgery is also another interest of Sara’s as she has seen firsthand how surgery can truly enhance a patient’s quality of life.

Despite her clinical interests, Sara’s favourite part of dental assisting is all the wonderful people she gets to meet, both within her team and outside. She loves hearing about the diverse range of jobs and roles her patients have taken up in the community and creating new relationships every day.

Outside of the practice, Sara spends most of her time focusing on her studies. She does, however, occasionally enjoy getting dressed up to go out on food adventures with her friends and family, reading a good book that could range from drama to biology, or simply getting cosy at home and watching a good movie on Netflix.