Smile Connections

Meet the Team at Smile Connections

Welcome to our dental clinic! Our entire team is looking forward to meeting you and helping your family achieve the healthy and attractive smiles that you deserve. 

Dr Marcus Ford, BDSc (Melb)

Principal Dentist

Marcus is the Principal dentist at Smile Connections.  Marcus graduated as a dentist in 1991 with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne.  He started his career as a dentist in the Royal Australian Air Force with postings to Adelaide and his home town of Melbourne.  Marcus' professional experience is very varied, having practiced in and run a 5 chair community dental unit at Sunbury Community Health Centre.  Marcus has worked in private practice since 2004 and has practiced in Ivanhoe since 2006.  Even though he has been practicing as a dentist for nearly 30 years, his thirst for knowledge and interest in dentistry has not diminished.  Having served in the Air Force, Marcus has a particular interest in treating the ex-service community and the elderly.

Away from the dental chair, Marcus is a keen Hawks supporter and a passionate gardener, Marcus is currently constructing a greenhouse with the goal of growing tomatoes in winter.  He is married with 2 teenage children and a much loved toy cavoodle!

Dr Cynthia Chu, BDSc (Melb)


Cynthia graduated as a dentist in 1992 with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne.  Cynthia has been a Smile Connections team member since 2015.  Her warm and caring nature and excellent clinical skills put her patients immediately at ease.

Away from work, Cynthia enjoys pilates, travelling when she can and spending time with her two adult children.

Mr Stylianos Papadopoulos, BOH

Oral Health Therapist

Stylianos is an Oral Health Therapist, graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Oral Health. He is passionate about Oral Hygiene and has a special interest in Paediatric Dentistry.  Stylianos's enthusiasm for his job is infectious and his gentle manner will make you feel very comfortable in the chair.  He takes his role as a dental professional very seriously,  keeping up to date with the latest research, technology and treatments in Dentistry.

In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and keeping fit. Stylianos grew up in Ivanhoe and continues to live locally.

In addition to speaking English, Stylianos is fluent in Greek.

Dr Vicki Drew, BDS (Otago)


Dr Vicki Drew completed her training in Otago, New Zealand in 1997.  Vicki's relaxed and friendly nature will put even the most reluctant patient at ease.  Vicki lives locally.  Away from the surgery, Vicki loves keeping fit and enjoying time with her two young boys.

A Healthy smile is just a click away.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
COVID-19 UPDATE: From Monday 28th September 2020 the restrictions on provision of dental treatment have been lifted. At ALL times, we take infection control very seriously.  Our additional precautions, on top of our usual high standards are aimed at minimising the risk of infection for you, your family and our staff.  Rest assured that we continue to provide you with great care in a clean and safe environment.