MEET OUR DENTISTS

Dr. Lloyd Saville
Principal Dentist

Dr. Lloyd Saville

"I always wanted to be a dentist and almost 30 years on, I am just as passionate about it!"

Dr. Lloyd Saville is the proud Practice Owner of 818 Dental, having first opened the doors to the business in 2000. It has since undergone a number of impressive extensions and upgrades that have resulted in the high-quality, welcoming clinic patients are familiar with today.

 

Lloyd’s passion for dentistry has continued to grow throughout his career. He has a keen interest in aesthetic dentistry (crowns and bridges) and orthodontics, and enjoys staying on top of new advances in cosmetic dentistry through further study to enhance his patients’ outcomes.

 

He also loves his gadgets- as the range of high-tech equipment throughout the practice can attest to.

 

When he’s not working, Lloyd can typically be found playing a mean game of tennis, enjoying a round of golf or spending time relaxing with his family. Ideally, while exploring new corners of the globe.

Dr. Shymal Kumar
Dentist

Dr. shym Kumar

“The most enjoyable part of my job are the relationships I’ve built with my patients… as well as our state of the art technology which appeals to my geeky side!”

Dr. Shymal Kumar has been part of the 818 Dental team for more than a decade, having already worked in the industry for several years. The high levels of care demonstrated at the practice motivates him every day, as does the thrill of changing people’s lives through his dentistry. 

 Shymal is passionate about creating smile overhauls, rebuilding broken down teeth to restore people’s confidence and removing people out of  pain. 

 When he’s not busy up-skilling (having done further study in clear aligner orthodontics, rehabilitation of worn teeth and communication courses to help alleviate patient anxieties) he enjoys travelling, dining out and spending time with his wife and two children. 

 

Our Dentists are active members of the Australian Dental Association.

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MEET OUR HYGIENISTS

Alison Thomas
Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist Alison

“I honestly think I have the best job in the World! We have such a fabulous group of patients at 818 and whilst helping them achieve the best possible dental health, I also have the opportunity to get to know them and their families. I especially love watching the kids grow up and evolve into mature young adults-with great teeth!"

Alison has been with 818 Dental since 2003. She was integral in establishing the 818 Dental Hygiene program and its expansion due to high demand over the years.

The patient experience is always foremost in her mind. She believes that if the 818 dental team are happy, friendly and professional this helps every patient have an experience that’s as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. “The strength behind this is to have the latest dental technology and our team is committed to continuing education, often spending their personal time attending professional courses.”

Her special areas of interest are preventative dentistry and treating children of all ages.

In her spare time, she enjoys going away to the beach with her husband and two children, building and renovating houses and trying out new creative tasks.

Kate Robinson
Dental Hygienist

“I love the energy of 818. The team here makes this place come to life every single day and they’re great to work with. I especially love how friendly and committed the patients are to their oral care.”

Kate joined the 818 Dental team in early 2018 and has over 18 years’ experience as a Dental Oral Therapist. She is a senior team member of the 818-hygiene team with her special emphasis on the importance of good periodontal health awareness.

Kate has a goal every day – to change the perception of at least one patient, whether that is the perception of coming to the dentist or receiving high quality dental treatment. She is committed to assisting people to reach their optimum dental health in a pain-free environment.

Outside of the practice Kate enjoys travelling to the coast and spending time with her husband and her two young boys.

Dental Hygienist Kate

Hung Nguyen
Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist Hung

“I think there is much work needed in overcoming the anxieties many suffer with regards to dental treatment and I hope to be part of that solution.”

After graduating over a decade ago from Adelaide University, Hung has come to call Melbourne home and 818 Dental an extension of that.

Hung believes the most important aspect of his work are his patients, the team he works with and the ability to treat each and every person he sees as individuals – it shows as Hung’s patients really do rave about him!

His area of interest is the management of those with difficulties coming to the dentist. 

Outside of work you most likely will find Hung cooking up a storm, playing squash or enjoying a glass of red wine.

Keera Buswell
Dental Hygienist

"I have been with 818 Dental for over a third of my life!”

Keera started out as a dental assistant with Dr. Lloyd in 2009 and through that role her passion for the dental industry grew. She took a brief intermission to complete a Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Melbourne. She has now been welcomed back to 818 in her new role as a Dental Hygienist.

Keera loves caring for people with her gentle nature and believes the best part of her role is being able to coach children and anxious patients through their dental visits to provide a positive dental experience.

Outside of 818 Dental she loves brunching along the Mornington Peninsula and overindulging her dog Oscar.

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Emma Cubis
Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Emma

"... providing thorough yet gentle treatment is of utmost importance."

Emma joined 818 Dental in late 2019 following several years of private practice experience after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her dental philosophy is firmly grounded in preventative care – providing thorough yet gentle treatment is of utmost importance. She takes pride in ensuring every one of her patients has a great experience at 818 Dental!

Emma enjoys empowering her patients to take control of their oral health and equipping them with the knowledge to ensure their optimal oral health. Educating little ones too is something she loves, by making sure they have a fun time at the dentist and instilling good habits at a young age.

When Emma is not busy taking care of patients, you can find her spending time outdoors, travelling to new places and hiking/eating her way around the world.

MEET OUR DENTAL ASSISTANTS

Carissa Green
Clinical Coordinator

Dental assistant carissa

“Being a dental nurse is so rewarding- we are able to care for our patients as well as getting to know them as people, which I really enjoy."

It’s obvious Carissa really loves what she does each day. During the past 11+ years she has spent time chair-side as a dental nurse, attending further training to develop her skills, as well as training others.

 

She believes she has the privilege of working alongside some very skilled practitioners and enjoys assisting them in providing a huge range of treatments.

 

From full mouth rehabilitation to hygiene treatments and tooth whitening or coordinating complex treatment, each patient’s journey is different. It’s this variety in work that Carissa enjoys so much.

 

“Overcoming fears and anxieties for patients is the best! And I must say the amazing technology we have available to us at 818 makes this much easier to achieve.”

 

Carissa’s gentle and compassionate nature ensures she is always there to help guide patients through their treatment journey or chat all things Queensland when you need a break from Melbourne winter!

Mikayla Callahan
Dental Assistant

“I am proud to work in such a beautiful practice with great technology and to work with an extremely talented, caring and enthusiastic team.”

Mikayla has worked in dentistry in various practices since finishing school in Sydney and we now have the privilege to work alongside her. Over this period, she’s gained a broad range of experience in preventative, restorative, paediatric, cosmetic, orthodontic and surgical dentistry.

 

Mikayla’s passion lies in cosmetic dentistry because of the physical and psychological transformation patients achieve through helping them design their perfect smile.

 

In her spare time, Mikayla enjoys exploring Melbourne and photographing all the incredible places Victoria has to offer with her family and fur babies!

Dental assistant Mikayla

Amy Roycroft
Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Amy

“At 818 Dental I love the advanced technology we use to help make patients’ dental experience quick, easy and comfortable.”

Originally from the UK, Amy recently moved to Melbourne, being welcomed into the 818 Dental team in 2020. She began her dental assisting career in 2016 and has enjoyed each aspect of it, particularly meeting patients and the collaborative nature the dental industry fosters.

 

Amy believes an important role of her job is to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable while supporting the team too. She also enjoys seeing the results of patients’ new smiles and getting to know them on a personal level each time they come in for an appointment.

 

Outside of work she likes going to the beach, shopping, reading, going on long walks and exploring this new city.

MEET OUR FRONT OFFICE TEAM

Kate Farrell
Practice Manager

Practice manager 818 dental armadale Kate

“I am blessed to work alongside the staff here at 818 Dental, whom are highly motivated and skilled.”

Kate has more than 18 years of experience within the dental industry and has worked alongside Dr. Lloyd and the rest of the team for more than a year now.

During her time in the dental field she has gained experience across a range of specialties, beginning in general practice before moving onto Paediatrics and also Orthodontics as a dental assistant. Following this, she has moved into roles of treatment coordination and now the rewarding area of practice management.

“I gain a great level of satisfaction from problem solving and I enjoy the creative side of management.”

Kate has undertaken higher learning and attended various training courses and conferences to ensure she is up-to-date with the latest information, management skills and technology within the diverse dental industry.

When not in the clinic, she enjoys immersing herself in new podcasts and enjoys trying new cafes for brunch. She is known in the office as a bit of a coffee connoisseur. If you’re after any recommendations she’s always more than happy to oblige.

Nicole Best
Front Office Co-ordinator

“My favourite part about 818 Dental is being able to provide the best quality care and treatment to our patients. The team are so friendly, professional and supportive!”

Nicole first started working with the team in April of 2019 and loves it. Her big smile at the front desk is proof!

 

She has been in the dental industry for roughly 10 years with a background in dental assisting and team and front office coordination. She loves all the different aspects of her role and the varied days they bring. Nicole continues to undertake practice management courses, ensuring she is up to date with information & technology in this ever-changing field.

 

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and new puppy, baking, getting crafty with projects around her house and attending wineries to drink wine and eat cheese!

Receptionist Nicole

Annie Saville
Director

Director of 818 dental armadale

“Seeing patients changing their dental values and perceptions is great – it really is a nice place to be, and shows dentistry can really be pain free!”

Annie brings with her a great wealth of experience in various fields she has worked in throughout her career. We are fortunate to make use of her extensive customer service experience gained through a background in teaching, advertising and management, ensuring the smooth operation of 818 Dental.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working at the practice is seeing patients being given the best possible care and their dental goals being reached.

Annie is known to love a chat with patients at their appointments and is often found sitting in reception with them.

“It is like a social visit seeing how they are and watching families grow over the years!”

The little personal touches you see in the office are often attributed to Annie too, with her keen eye for detail.

She loves being a part of a vibrant, dedicated and professional team at 818 and the challenges leading a team brings. She believes that she can continually learn things from everyone and gain fresh ways to look at the world.

“The team are a joy to work with. They must be- I’ve been here for over 20 years now and still love the variety each day brings!”

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