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

Dr Marcus Ford is the Principal Dentist and owner of Smile Connections.  Marcus spent his teenage years in Ivanhoe, he graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 with Bachelor of Dental Science, starting his dental career in the Royal Australian Air Force with a sponsorship while he was still at University.  On graduation, Marcus's first posting was to RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia where he provided general dental care for everyone on the base.  On return to Melbourne, he worked at Victoria Barracks in St Kilda Rd before leaving the RAAF to head a 5 chair dental clinic at Sunbury Community Health Centre.  From there he took the big leap into practice ownership, taking over what is now Smile Connections in 2006.

With Marcus's 30 years of experience comes a varied skill set which includes placement and restoration of dental implants, one visit crowns and bridges, dental emergency care, general dental care including tooth coloured fillings, teeth whitening, and dentures. As an ex-serviceman, Marcus has a passion for treating other former servicemen and women, old or young! 

Away from the dental chair, Marcus is a passionate vegetable gardener, Hawthorn supporter and cricket fan.  He loves to travel (pandemic restrictions allowing!) and is married with two adult children and a beloved toy cavoodle named Coco.

Dr Cynthia Chu, BDSc (Melb)

Dentist

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.

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)

Dentist

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 and new spoodle puppy.

Marion Ford

Practice Manager

Marion has been the Practice Manager of Smile Connections since 2006. Marion grew up in Ivanhoe and has lived in the area for just on 50 years. She is the face you will see or the voice you will hear when you first contact us! Prior to landing in dental, Marion trained as a registered nurse at La Trobe University and spent many years working in retail management. 

Away from work, Marion loves cooking and entertaining at home and enjoys knitting and crochet.  Marion is married with two adult children and an indulged toy cavoodle named Coco.

Karin

Dental Assistant & Receptionist

Karin has been a Smile Connections team member for four years.  Multi-talented,  you will meet her either in the surgery or at our reception desk.   Karin has over 20 years experience dental assisting.

In her spare time, Karin enjoys tending to her garden, catching up with friends and spending time with her adult daughter.  She is currently putting the finishing touches to her newly renovated kitchen. 

Rose

Dental Assistant

Rose is one of our dental assistants extraordinaire! Rose has many years of dental assisting experience and her kind nature will put you immediately at ease.

Away from the dental chair, Rose is busy checking the progress of the construction of her new home.  She enjoys crochet and catching up with friends and family.  Rose is newly married.

A Healthy smile is just a click away.
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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.