Dr John Pulvirenti
John Pulvirenti. General Dentist Special interest in Orthodontics. Graduated Uni of Qld 1968. Been in private practice since 1970 and the last 15 years in practice limited to Orthodontics. Recently relocated to Melbourne to spoil his newest grandson. Keen golfer and looking forward to playing Melbourne courses. Also a keen cyclist but not looking forward to cycling in Melbourne winters. Happy to be part of a great team at Holistic Dental.
Dr Darren Ma
Started his journey to becoming a holistic dentist under the mentorship and guidance of the late Dr Paul Simon Soon, receiving on the job training during his 4 years as a dental assistant. Having graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours, Darren continues to pursue knowledge and training for excellence in dentistry.
In 2011 he attended the residency program at the prominent Pankey Institute (Miami, Florida, USA) to study prosthodontics and occlusion (how teeth should fit and work together with the jaw, joints and muscles.
In 2015 he was awarded a membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons after two years continuous professional development and passing the rigorous examination process.
In 2016, to further his learning, he took up a part time teaching position at the University of Melbourne, providing clinical training for postgraduate dental students in the field of endodontics.
Darren is a current member of the Australian Dental Association and Australian Society of Endodontology and has a keen interest in the field of endodontics (root canal treatments) and treatment of trauma and emergency dental pain.
He was a past member of the Australian Society of Periodontology and is very actively involved in diagnosing, managing and promoting prevention of gum diseases in daily practice
Darren believes in total well being and the ability to heal by tackling the root of problems (pun intended) rather than short term masking the symptoms of disease with bandaid/patch up treatments.
He is highly committed to continuous education and training, having spent over 200 hours outside of work in the last 2 years at lectures, hands on training and live surgery programs in order to hone his clinical skills for the benefit of his patients. He derives joy from helping people achieve their health goals through stabilising, rehabilitating and maintaining their oral health.
Outside of work, Darren loves to stay active. He enjoys conventional sports to like tennis, badminton, Muay Thai boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and weight lifting to stay fit. He also loves his cars and motor sports and can often be found tinkering with his car and racing it at the racetrack. Darren is also an extreme fan of good food. He loves to cook and make epic meals for his friends and family. Another aspect of this is traveling the world to try exotic cuisines. Having traveled to many parts of the world and enjoying the wonderful assortment of cuisines, Darren is more passionate than ever to provide his dental services so we can all enjoy our lives and the good food around us without pain or debilitating tooth loss.
Dr Sam TalpisSam Talpis is a dynamic dentist who completed his dentistry in Queensland.He prides himself on his gentle and caring approach and aims to make every dental visit as enjoyable as possible. He has a special interest in dental sleep medicine, temporomandibular disorders and dental implants.He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Implants in NSW and has attended many advanced grafting and sinus lifting courses, most recently with Dr. Sascha A. Jovanovic in Los Angeles California. Sam is a member of multiple implant and other organisations including ITI, AAID, ADA, And Australasian sleep association.Dr Talpis has attended and learnt from professor Jeff Okeson in Kentucky for an intensive mini residency in Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders, Attended a Craniofacial pain clinical residency program at the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain in the USA, a Sleep Residency in San Diego as well as co-owning a dental sleep medicine clinic in Geelong and has been accepted into the Masters degree program in Sleep Medicine at the University of Sydney. Working in close conjunction with sleep physicians, ENT surgeons and sleep psychologists, he believes the quality of your sleep has a dramatic impact on your health, well-being and overall quality of life.Having lived and travelled around the world, Sam can speak fluent Russian, and some Croatian. Outside of dentistry Sam enjoys surfing, Exercising at the gym, cooking and Scuba diving.
Dr Catherine Fu
I graduated from La Trobe University, Bendigo. I enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, in particular management of dental anxiety by helping the individuals achieve their optimal oral health. I also enjoy seeing young children and helping them to maintain good oral health habits from young age. I am a clinical demonstrator at the University of Melbourne and preclinical demonstrator at La Trobe University. I enjoy attending the CPD courses to further upskill my clinical knowledge. Out of work hours, I love playing piano, drawing, cooking and being actively involving in Australian Air League.
I am a member of the Australian Dental Association, organiser of La Trobe Alumni CPD event and a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Dr Ken lee
Dr Lee graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Dentistry) and a Master of Dentistry. He then spent two years as a dentist with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Far West NSW, before returning to Melbourne to further pursue his interest in helping improve patients’ quality of life and health through orthodontics and dental sleep medicine.
His interest in orthodontics, dental sleep medicine and managing craniofacial pain has led him to complete over 500 hours of advanced continuous education in these fields. Dr Lee believes in the importance of working closely with ENT’s, sleep physicians and physical therapist to provide the highest level of care. He is also a member of the Australasian Sleep Association.
Dr Lee is passionate about helping people and has always prioritised the well-being and health of his patients. He constantly aims to deliver dentistry with integrity, respect, comfort and care.
In his free time, Dr Lee enjoys cooking, sailing and snowboarding.
Dr Raksha Baskar
Dr Raksha graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Science and worked in South Australia for a short period, prior to joining the Holistic Dental team in 2016. Raksha enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, with a particular interest in paediatric and restorative dentistry. She aims to make every dental visit a positive experience for her patients. Outside of dentistry, Dr Raksha enjoys singing, cooking and volunteering.
Dr Neil Raj