Our Dentists

Dr Chelvi Sathiakumar

Dr Chelvi is Opal Dental’s principle dentist. Chelvi migrated to Australia in 1997, two years after graduating from a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She then passed her qualifying exams set by the Australian Dental Council, for which she had extensive preparation courses at the University of Melbourne. Following this she joined Dr Osborne and Associates, private practice in Mornington, Melbourne in 1999. However Chelvi’s thirst for knowledge and passion for endodontics then led her to pursue full time clinical, post-graduate studies at the University of Melbourne, and she successfully completed her post-graduate diploma in Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics in 2001. She then joined the Central Bayside Community Health Services in Melbourne, where she quickly rose up the ranks to become Clinical Manager in 2004. Chelvi then moved to Sydney in 2009 and started up her purposely built surgery, Opal Dental.

As a mother of two young children, Chelvi is known for her calm and empathetic chairside manner especially with anxious patients and those with a bad dental phobia! She has continued her passion for learning by constantly updating her skills by attending various courses organised by the Australian Dental Association. She has also worked tirelessly to maintain the most up to date technologies in the practice, including the introduction of nitrous oxide sedation and the new pain-free anaesthetic, “The Wand.” Chelvi is also currently undertaking an internationally acclaimed course in orthodontics, so she can widen the scope of her work and continue to provide the best service of care for all her patients.

Dr Florina Thasanthan
Dr Jacob Stretton

Dr Jacob Stretton graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry from The University of Sydney 2013 and has since gained a wide range of clinical experience in both regional and metropolitan private practice.

Jacob provides high quality dentistry within a friendly atmosphere which puts nervous patients at ease, often helping people to overcome their dental phobias. Jacob is known for his gentle touch and calming demeanour. He also has vast experience in all aspects of dentistry especially wisdom tooth surgery.

By participating in regular professional development, Jacob keeps abreast of the latest techniques in dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Stretton likes to stay fit by running and spends a lot of his spare time writing and producing music.

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