OUR DENTISTS

Dr. Sara Lonergan

Principal Dentist and Practice Owner
Dr Sara Lonergan has a Bachelor of Medical Science from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney. After qualifying, she practised around Sydney’s Northern Beaches, in rural areas and at Sydney Dental Hospital. In 2008, Sara took over the practice from Dr Clements, who had run the practice for 40 years, and it was then that her vision for Tooth Sparkler came to life. Sara is a firm believer in finding the right answers for her patients and won’t quit until she does just that! Following a holistic approach, she presents the best solutions in all areas of dentistry and works directly with patients to achieve their oral health goals. With five children, Sara is a self-proclaimed ‘kid wrangler’ and is known for her success in treating children and her knack for making each visit a positive experience. Outside of the practice, she spends time with her family and enjoys reading, bushwalking, gardening, and ‘attempting’ to maintain some household order.

Dr. Matthew McCann

Dentist
Dr Matthew McCann is an Irish dentist who qualified from the University of Liverpool and spent some time working for the National Health Service in the UK. Following this he moved out to Australia 3 years ago, where he has gained a range of experience working for a variety of dental practices, including health funds and a holistic dental practice. His areas of interest include all aspects of general dentistry, especially helping those who are anxious, and believes in building a strong mutual base of trust. Furthermore, he is also currently studying TMJ issues and learning about sleep medicine. Outside of dentistry his interests include health and fitness, psychology, and he also holds a diploma in IT. Matthew believes that communication is the most important element of dentistry, so please feel free to ask any question you have!

our oral health therapists

Oral Health Therapists have a strong focus on prevention and oral health promotion providing high quality dental treatment including examination, treatment and prevention of dental decay and gum disease.

They perform your routine scale and clean, fluoride treatment, xrays and oral hygiene instruction and can also provide treatment of gums disease and perform simple fillings for all ages.

Sarraa Adil Ali

Sarraa was born in Iraq and migrated to Australia at the age of two. She completed a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Sydney in 2015, giving her the skills to maintain healthy smiles for patients of all ages. She is super passionate about oral health awareness to improve the overall well-being of all her patients. Sarraa has experience working in periodontics in private practices around Sydney. Since joining the Tooth Sparkler family in 2017, her treatments predominantly involve maintaining healthy gums, diagnosing and treating gum disease, paediatric dentistry, Invisalign and tooth whitening. Her contagious smile and gentle nature always help to put patients at ease. In 2019, she resumed her studies at the University of Sydney to broaden her professional skills in adult restorative treatment planning and procedures.

Pat Westhoff

Pat is an Oral Health Hygienist with over ten years of experience. He is passionate about providing high-quality dental care with optimism, patience, and kindness. After always having a positive experience at the dentist growing up, his main motivation to become an Oral Health Therapist was to create the same positive dental experience for his patients with a fun-loving attitude and gentle approach to treatment. In 2019, he travelled to a remote village in Northern India as a dental clinic volunteer for local adults and children. Currently, Patrick also works as a clinical educator for first and third-year Bachelor of Oral Health students at the University of Sydney. He is an inner west local with a love of cooking delicious vegetarian recipes and exercise. He is also a qualified yoga teacher who enjoys teaching and practising yoga in his spare time.

Our Dental assistants

Vira Kukrudz

With over 6 years of experience at Tooth Sparkler, Vira is the go-to person for any questions about the running of the practice. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she has played an important role in training dental assistants at Tooth Sparkler. Her caring personality makes all patients feel calm and welcome as soon as they walk through the door. When she isn’t at work, she loves spending time with her family and taking care of her farm.

Mae Wongsakda

Mae joined the Tooth Sparkler team in 2021 and has been the perfect addition to the team. Her buzzing energy is contagious and makes the whole practice smile whenever she is around. With a family of her own, Mae is wonderful with kids who come into the practice. Whether young or old, she makes coming to the dentist an enjoyable experience for all patients.

Elise Fowler

Originally from Bathurst, Elise moved to Sydney in 2020 to complete a Diploma in Dance. As a young girl, she wanted to be a dentist when she grew up, but her dreams changed when she became passionate about dance. She joined the Tooth Sparkler team as a Dental Assistant, which she feels is the perfect mix of her two dream jobs. Her favourite part of being a Dental Assistant is seeing patients walk out of the practice smiling.

Lobsang Yangchen

Lobsang joined the Tooth Sparkler team in 2021. She came to Australia from Tibet in 2019, and now calls the Northern Beaches home. Lobsang is always there to help out the team and go the extra mile for our patients. She has also recently completed her Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting! When Lobsang isn't at work she enjoys cooking nice meals for her friends and family. She also enjoys going to the beach with husband.

Emma McPherson

Emma’s bright smile and happy energy lights up the practice and makes everyone feel at ease. You will find Emma assisting the dentists and oral health therapists or smiling at the front desk. She is a friendly face that everyone at Tooth Sparkler looks forward to seeing. When she is not at work, she can be found looking after her friendly cavoodle, Frankie.

Amy Masselos

School Holiday Helper
Amy is currently at school and pitches in at the practice during the school holidays.

the support team

Ali Iacobbe

Practice Manager
Ali joined Tooth Sparkler in November 2021. She joins us with over 30 years experience across many industries, from Entertainment, Hospitality, Food, Building, Education, and Engineering. This is her first role in the Health Industry. She has worked extensively in Business and Office Management as well as Quality Assurance systems. Her passion is working with people in developing and training them to work to their full potential and to help businesses grow and become leaders in their industry. She is mum to 3 Adult children and loves spending time with her Kelpie X Rescue mutt and her happy place is anywhere in or around the ocean.

Tanya Bodnar

Patient Liaison
BIO TO COME

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Zeus - our "Cobberdog"
Therapy Dog

Breed: Cobberdog/ labradoodle
Colour: Gold
Coat: hypoallergenic and non-shedding
Date of birth: 7/8/2021
Characteristics: friendly, happy, kind, loving, intelligent, playful

Things he likes to do:
- Eating
- Sleeping
- Destroying his toys
- Long walks
- Playing with his brother Loki


Zeus is available to give cuddles to patients, both young and old or to sit with nervous patients during treatment. As an accredited dental practice with the ADA we have strict hygiene standards in place to ensure that he complies with infection control standards. This includes ensuring he is a non- shedding, hypoallergenic dog that is only allowed in certain areas of the practice.
Zeus is in the process of being certified through Therapy Dogs Australia. He also has an experienced and qualified dog trainer, Tara Thomas, who is a certified behavioural dog trainer.

https://www.dogcando.com.au/about

FAQ

-What is a dental therapy dog?
Dental therapy dogs provide comfort, affection and support especially in stressful situations. Anyone that is a little nervous about visiting the dentist should experience the comfort that our therapy dog Zeus, can provide.

-Why does Zeus wear a harness?
- The reason for Zeus wearing a harness is to let him know he is in 'work mode'. 'Work mode' means Zeus needs to behave in a certain way in a certain environment. Once the harness comes off, Zeus knows he can go back to being a regular dog.

-Where does Zeus live when he isn't 'working'?
Zeus lives with the owner of the practice, Dr Sara and her family. Sara has 5 kids so Zeus is never short of entertainment. Zeus also has an brother dog named Loki who is a cavalier x pug.

-Can i pat Zeus?
Yes! Zeus loves a pat and a cuddle while you are waiting for your appointment. You will find him lying on his bed in Sara’s office having a snooze inbetween meeting lots for new and amazing people.

If you would like some extra attention during your appointment, you are more than welcome to take Zeus into the appointment with you.

What is a Cobberdog?
An Australian Cobberdog is a pure-breed Australian Labradoodle.
Cobberdog means 'dog-friend' in Aussie slang language which alludes to the breeds friendly nature.
The goal of the Australian Cobberdog breed is to carry out work and tasks for therapy and assistance.
Only approved breeders of Cobberdogs who are members of the MDBA can issue Australian Cobberdog pedigrees.