Dr. John GornallPrincipal Dentist
John completed his Bachelor degree in Dentistry from the University of Manchester in 2009. Practising as a dentist in both the public and private sectors in Manchester, Northern Ireland and Melbourne, John went on to gain The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery and is now a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Australian Dental Association and the Australian Society of Endodontics.
With a particular interest in Endodontics, John completed a one year advanced Endodontic course providing in-depth training in the latest endodontic techniques and skills allowing him to take on more challenging cases. In 2014, he accepted a teaching position at The University Dental Hospital of Melbourne in the department of Endodontics where he enjoys teaching undergraduates and liaising with specialists in the field.
John also has a special interest in treating nervous patients and sleep dentistry, which has enabled a countless number of his patients to undergo treatment and achieve optimal dental health . He also thoroughly enjoys treating children and the elderly, having both a calm and happy demeanour, which puts his patients instantly at ease and makes visiting the dentist a pleasant experience. One of the many comments that new patients make is how thorough John is during the examination procedure and how high the level of care they receive is. Outside of Dentistry, John enjoys spending time with his young family and travelling.
Dr. Yasmin ArdebiliPrincipal Dentist
Yasmin completed her Bachelor degree in Dentistry with Honours, from the University of Manchester in 2005. Gaining a number of awards during her university years she went on to practice family dentistry, building a strong relationship with her patients based on trust and compassion.
Yasmin has gained a Masters in Dental Implantology with Distinction from the University of Manchester in 2011. With a particular interest in the research aspect, she co-published a Cochrane Review ‘Interventions for replacing missing teeth: different types of dental implants’. Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognised as the highest standard of evidence based health care resources, an ethos which Yasmin uses when presenting treatment options to her patients, supporting decisions made with knowledge of the most current research. Yasmin also has a special interest in treating children and nervous patients.
Outside of dentistry, her passion is her young son who keeps her on her toes!
Courtney HuddPractice Manager
Courtney graduated from RMIT university in 2013. Having gained 5 years experience in a Specialist Orthodontic practice, she has joined Mentone Smiles as Practice Manager. Courtney has invaluable experience in general dentistry and orthodontics, and her main aim is to ensure patients are comfortable and understand what the treatment involves.
Courtney has a calm and positive attitude, and her friendly approach makes visiting us a pleasant experience. She is always willing to spend the extra time with patients in a non clinical setting, to ensure they completely understand all their options and feel supported in their decisions.
Her general hobbies include yoga, staying fit and healthy, and learning about nutrition.
Mary PegiosDental Nurse
After Mary completed her Diploma in Microbiology she started working as a pathology nurse. Having gained valuable experience in the medical field, she realized her true passion was in dentistry.
She is currently studying for her Certificate III in Dental Nursing and has shown exceptional aptitude and dedication to dental nursing, always keen to learn more and broaden her skills.
Mary will ensure that you will feel comfortable and cared for throughout your visit at Mentone Smiles and is great with nervous patients, putting them at ease and creating a calm environment throughout treatment procedures.
Outside of work, Mary loves photography and enjoys traveling while capturing every moment with her camera. Also a huge animal lover, she often volunteers at the local animal shelters.