Staff

Directors
Dr Igor Cernavin
Dr George Alexopoulos

Manager & Program Coordinator

Dr Sangeeta .V. Subramanian

Optec
Dr Jack Zaks
Dr Marabelle Aranguren-Kwek
Dr Sangeeta .V. Subramanian 
Dr Michael Koller

Fixed Prosthodontics
Associate Professor Menaka Arundathi Abuzar
Dr Raelene Sambrook

Endodontics
Dr Jeeson Koshy 

Pedodontics
Dr Margarita Silva

Oral Medicine
Associate Professor Michael McCullough

Periodontics
Dr Luan Ngo

Oral Surgery
Dr Anamalay Ayasamy

Removeable Prosthodontics
Dr Andrew Dias

Communication
Mrs Gillian Zaks

Case Assesment Tutorials

Dr George Lazaridis


Dr. Igor Cernavin
B.D.S.(Adel.) M.D.S. (Melb.) M.F.R.A.C.D.S.(pros) F.A.D.I.

Prosthodontist, Director and cofounder of AIDER, Honourary Senior Fellow (University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), Australian Representative of the World Federation of Laser Dentistry, Chairman of the Defence Committee (ADA Vic branch). Dr. Cernavin has had considerable experience as both a general dental practitioner and a specialist prosthodontist. He has been teaching at Melbourne University for over 20 years as well as examining graduate dentists and post graduate theses. For many years Dr. Cernavin was a lecturer and examiner for the Australian Dental Council (ADC), lecturing and examining overseas trained dentists who wish to practice in Australia. Dr. Cernavin continues to teach both at AIDER and Melbourne University as well as participating as a lecturer and demonstrator for Continuing Education Courses organised by Melbourne University, the ADA and AIDER. Dr. Cernavin is a recognised Australian authority on lasers in dentistry and the author of many publications in both refereed and non refereed journals on topics including prosthodontics, lasers in dentistry and dental defence matters.
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Dr. George Alexopoulos
Director and Co-founder of AIDER

Dr. George Alexopoulos graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science (B.D.Sc.) from
The University of Melbourne in 1997. In 1998, he held the position of rresident (oral and maxillofacial surgery and dentistry) at Monash Medical Centre. Since then, he has practiced general dentistry in both public and private sectors. Between 2004 and 2006,
Dr. Alexopoulos was Head of the Bridging Program for Overseas Trained Dentists which was conducted by Dental Health Services Victoria at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. In 2003, Dr. Alexopoulos completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Monash University. He currently holds a Business Development Management role with Dentsply Australia.
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  Dr. Sangeeta.V.Subramanian
Manager and Coordinator of AIDER courses

Dr. Sangeeta.V.Subramanian
ADC Cert (Melb); BDS INDIA

Dr Sangeeta graduated from Bharati Vidyapeeth's Dental College in1995.
Practiced 10 years of General Dentistry in India.
Migrated to Melbourne Australia in May 2005 and worked for AIDER from 2008.
Cleared the ADC Preliminary Exam in 2007 and Clinical Exam in 2010. Practising as a Dentist in Melbourne since 2011,currently working both in the private and public sectors and as a demonstrator in Restorative Dentistry at AIDER since January 2011 until present as well as being a coordinator at Aider since 2008 until present.

Dr Sangeeta is a member of the
-Australian Dental Council
-Australian Dental Association
-Indian Dental Association
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Dr. Jack Zaks
B.D.S(Syd.)LDS(Vic)

  • Graduated Sydney University 1970
  • Joined ADA Vic. Branch in 1971
  • Started Private Practice in Melbourne in 1972
  • Special Interests in Orthopedic Dentistry and  Crown and Bridgework
  • Retired from Clinical Dentistry in 2005
  • Began Teaching Restorative Dentistry and Radiology at Aider in  2006
  • Member of ADA Vic Branch Adhoc Committee for Overseas Trained Dentists
Committed to Learning and Dedicated to the Pursuit of Excellence.
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Dr. Andrew Paul Dias

Educational qualifications and Professional affiliations:

1967    Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) (Cey), University of Ceylon.
1977    Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) (Pros. Dent) University of Singapore.
1980    Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
            (FDSRCPS) (Glasgow) Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.
1999    Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) University of Hong Kong.
1995    Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
1996 - 2001    Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong   
            (FCDSHK)  College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong.
2001    Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (Prosthodontics) (FCDSHK) (Prosthod).
2008    Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Prosthodontics) (MRACDS)(Prosthod)

Employment history

June 2003 to date  

1.  Dental Health Services Victoria
Specialist Prosthodontist
2.  School of Dental Science, University of Melbourne- Clinical tutor
B.D.S teaching programme
3.  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
(RMIT University)  Clinical Demonstrator  - Advanced Diploma in Dental Technology Course.
4.  Asia Pacific Institute of Dental Education and Research
(AIDER) Prosthodontics course.

27.12.1987 – 30.6.2003
                 Oral Rehabilitation (formerly Prosthetic Dentistry), Faculty of
                 Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor.
 29.7.1986 – 10.12.1987.
                  Dentistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Papua New
                  Guinea, Boroko, Papua New Guinea, Lecturer.
29.5.1981 – 28.5.1986
                  Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                  Associate Professor in Prosthetic Dentistry.
 31.1.1980 – 28.5.1981
                 Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                 Lecturer in Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Materials.
15.8.1978 – 15.12.1979.
                 Birmingham Dental Hospital, Birmingham, England
                 Senior House Officer,  
7.1.1974 – 31.7 1978
                 Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
                 Lecturer in Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Materials.
1.2.1969 – 15.12.1973
                  Dental School, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
                  Demonstrator in Prosthetic Dentistry.
20.4.1967 – 31.1.1969
                  Dental Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
                  Dental Officer/House Officer.  

Administrative responsibilities

                  
Head of Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry,
                  University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1.12.1976 – 31.7.1978 &
                  Aug. 1981 - 31.5.1985.
                  Acting Head, Dentistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of
                  Papua New Guinea. 29.7.1986 – 10.12.1987 from time to time when required.
                  Clinic Manager, 4th floor Oral Rehabilitation clinic, Prince Philip Dental
                  Hospital, Hong Kong. July 1997 – Dec. 1999.

External Examiner

                  University of Singapore. Prosthetic Dentistry – 1978, 1982 & 1984;
                  Dental Materials – 1983 & 1986.
                  Others -
                  Hong Kong Dental Council -  Examination for overseas trained
                  Dentists.
                  College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong – Exit examination in
                  Prosthodontics, Speciality Board in Prosthodontics examination.
 
Visiting Honorary Lecturer

School of Dental Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 1997,1999 & 2002.
                   
Research interests
Main research interest – Dental magnets: their physical behaviour and design.  
 
Publications, Abstracts & Presentations – 0ver 70
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Dr. Luan Ngo
B.D.Sc.. Hons (Melb) PhD (pending completion) DCD (Perio) (pending completion)

Dr Luan Ngo graduated with honors from the University of Melbourne in 1999. Having worked in both public and private practice, he has completed his specialist training in Periodontics from the Melbourne Dental School. Luan has also completed a PhD in periodontal related research. Luan has been involved in teaching undergraduate dental students since 2004, and is currently a lecturer and convener of the undergraduate periodontal program at the Melbourne Dental School. Luan also works part-time as a periodontist on Collins Street.
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Dr. George Lazaridis
B.D.S Otago

Dento-Legal Adviser

George Lazaridis graduated from Otago and worked briefly in general practice in Wellington, New Zealand.
He then went on to establish a preventive-based general practice in London for over 27 years. He is married to a dental hygienist.
For many years here in Australia he has worked in private practice with a particular interest in Endodontics and Prosthodontics.
He has also demonstrated  at the University of Melbourne to both 4th and 5th  years.
He has latterly been involved in teaching at the AIDER Institute (Asia and Pacific Institute of Dental Education and Research) preparing overseas trained dentists for their ADC exams.
George has also acted as a mentor for dental colleagues and for the last three years he has acted for Dental Protection(Indemnity)  as a Dento Legal Adviser.
DPLA offer first-class service to members and  with the wealth of educational information and risk management material this has made Dental Protection the largest organisation of its kind in the world with over 62,000 members world-wide.
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Dr. Marabelle Aranguren-Kwek
ADC Cert (Melb); DDM (Manila

Studied 6 years of Dentistry (1984-1990) in Centro Escolar University, Manila  Philippines

  • Graduated and cleared the Philippine Dental Board Examination on 1990
  • Practiced 13 years of General Dentistry with 8 years of Preventive and Limited Corrective Orthodontics in the Philippines
  • Migrated to Melbourne Australia March 2004 and worked as a Dental Nurse for almost 3 years
  • Cleared the ADC  Preliminary Exam 2006 and Clinical Exam 2007
  • Practicing as a Dentist since 2007
  • A demonstrator in Restorative Dentistry at AIDER since May 2008 until present
  • M E M B E R
  • Australian Dental Council 
  • Australian Dental Practice of Victoria
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Philippine Dental Association
  • Philippine Regulation Commission
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Mrs. Gillian Zaks
B.A. (Hons Linguistics) Dip.Ed. (ESL Eng.) Cert. Rem. Massage Trager Prac. and Tutor

Gillian has worked in Educational Research as a Consultant Linguist on various research projects involving reading and communication.
In recent years she has been working in Trager movement re-education where non verbal communication , self awareness and mindfulness were involved in the session.
She has completed further study of effective communicationskills as part of becoming a Trager Tutor.
Gillian commenced work at Aider in 2007.

She aims to give individually appropriate feedback that will raise the participant’s awareness of their communication style and the areas that need to be addressed to make it as effective as possible in the Australian setting.
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  Dr. Margarita Silva
C.D. (Mex). M.S. (Minn), FICD

Cirujano Dentista (Dental Degree with Honors) Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico 1977

Master of Science, University of Minnesota 1980

Graduate Pedodontic Student Research Award, AAPD, 1981. Fellow International College of Dentist.

Private practice, Paediatric Dentistry Melbourne, 1983 -present

Dental Board of Victoria. 1990-1993

Publications: 14

Academic appointments: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 1980-1981, Louisiana State University, 1981-1983, University of Melbourne 1984-present

President of the Victorian branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry 2010
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