Our Team

penrith dental team

Dr Sonia Kharinta leads the friendly and experienced team at Lethbridge dental clinic. We bring our experience & expertise together to offer patients a consultation that is both comforting and comprehensive. We also provide emergency dentist services. We are proud of our reputation as a trusted dental practice in Penrith and surrounds.

Dr Sonia Kharinta
B.D.S. Dental Surgeon

Dr Sonia Kharinta began her journey at Lethbridge Dental Clinic as an associate dentist in 2012, where she had the privilege to work alongside and be mentored by Dr Brian Phillips.

Having known Dr Brian Phillips’ passionate vision he had for his longtime practice, today, Dr Sonia is the principal dentist and proud owner of Lethbridge Dental Clinic, honoring Dr Brian Phillips success with her kind and compassionate nature and holistic approach to dentistry. Kids love her cheerful & friendly approach.

Dr Sonia is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of treatment and care and believes passionately in continuing education and excellence throughout all aspects of her dentistry.

Outside of the dental practice, Dr Sonia loves spending her time exploring the outdoors. She enjoys camping, bike riding and spending time with her family & friends.

Dr Michael Kozman
B.D.S. Dental Surgeon
BPharm. (USYD)

Dr Michael Kozman began his journey as a Pharmacist in 2012, then continued on in his education to train as a Dentist at James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland. He has been working in Adelaide for more than a year and has finally returned to his home city to work within the Penrith community.

He has improved his surgical skills in wisdom teeth extractions and has a special interest in orthodontic treatment using Quick Straight Teeth and Invisalign treatments. He is motivated to achieve excellence in all aspects of dentistry and is great at building long-lasting connections with different members of the community.

In his spare time, Michael loves to cook and bake, as well as planning for future overseas trips with his wife. 

Dr Fady Tawadrous
B.D.S. Dental Surgeon

Dr Fady was born in Egypt and came to Australia with his family when he was 2 years of age. He grew up in Sydney Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide in 2015. Fady has worked mostly in private practices in regional Australia before joining National Dental Care. Fady believes that good dentistry begins at home and so has developed a special interest in education and preventative dentistry. He has a fondness for aesthetic and prosthodontic dentistry as he enjoys restoring a healthy smile to all his patients.

Fady enjoys socialising and travelling with family and friends as well as anyone. Loves going out for dinners, movies and playing tennis. He has learnt to love the calm of the country setting which encourages creativity. He spends most of his home time conjuring up fantasy worlds. He loves to oil paint landscapes from imagination, composes poems and is currently writing his first novel. More than anything else, Fady enjoys meeting and conversing with new people and learning what makes them special.

Dr Juzer Naseem
B.D.S. Dental Surgeon

Dr Juzer graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). He has continued to share his enthusiasm and passion for high-quality dental care. His commitment to dental excellence coupled with his use of modern technology has made him favourite among his many patients.

Dr Juzer has special interest in cosmetic and dental implant surgery and has gone on to achieve further studies in the USA and other countries. Even now, Dr Naseem regularly travels throughout Australia and globally to attend educational training that keeps him abreast of the latest technologies and techniques.

Ivette Mangas
R.D.H. Dental Hygienist

Ivette focuses on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease (within the scope of her qualification). Ivette has a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and over 20-year experience in this field. She deeply enjoys the relationship she forms with her patients. Ivette is caring, gentle, and passionate about the dental field. She attends many seminars/webinars every year to keep current with the latest discoveries and to continuously broaden her knowledge.

Ivette also teaches Dental Assisting courses at TAFE NSW. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking and travelling.

Zohra Hashemi
BSc BOHT Oral Health Therapist 

Zohra graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and continued her journey with a Bachelors in Oral Health Therapy from the University of Newcastle.

She remained on the Central Coast after graduation and worked at the Central Coast Local health hospitals; Wyong, Gosford and Woy Woy. She now works in private practices and joined Lethbridge Dental in October 2020.

As an oral health therapist, Zohra’s responsibilities include providing dental hygiene and therapy services for both adults and children, promoting preventative treatments by educating patients and ensuring patients are well cared for.

Zohra prides herself on being gentle in her approach to help nervous patients gain the confidence they need to receive oral health care.

Michelle Ferguson
Practice Manager

Michelle joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic in August 2019 as a Receptionist. As a result of her hard work and willingness to learn new things saw her become our Practice Manager. She has been in the dental industry for 12 years now. She started as a dental assistant and progressed later to full time receptionist. Michelle holds a Certificate III in dental assisting and Certificate IV in radiography. She loves to work alongside her colleagues and thrives to create a happy workplace for everyone, staff members and patients.

In her free time, Michelle loves to travel with her family and socialise with her friends. Experiencing new adventures is her biggest goal.

Jasmine Micallef
Receptionist & Front Office
Coordinator

Jasmine joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic in February 2020. She has been in the dental industry for 10 years, starting as a dental assistant and later progressing to a full-time receptionist. She is passionate about oral health and enjoys working within the dental industry. Jasmine is a happy and humble lady who always has a smile on her face.

In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and having a good laugh.

Ankita Patel
Dental Assistant

Ankita Joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic, working as a chairside Assistant since completing her certificate III in Dental Assisting in 2018. Her gentle touch and friendly chairside manner helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit. She enjoys helping to comfort each patient during their treatment and assisting our dentists to make each appointment go as smoothly as possible.

When Ankita is not at the practice, she enjoys shopping, cooking, reading books and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Lynette Stevens
Dental Assistant

Lynette has worked in the dental industry for over 10 years. As a dental assistant at Lethbridge Dental Clinic, she enjoys working alongside the dentists and making patients of all ages feel comfortable and cared for throughout their dental experience. She is passionate about helping patients get out of pain and seeing them smile again.

Lynette’s hobbies include knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family. She is a leader at kid’s club and enjoys working with and teaching kids.

Salina Hassaini
Dental Assistant

Salina Joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic as a dental assistant in September 2019. She holds a certificate III in Dental and her first aid certificate.

Her gentle touch and friendly chairside manner helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit. She enjoys helping to comfort each patient during their treatment and assisting our dentists to make each appointment go as smoothly as possible.

In Salina’s free time, she enjoys shopping, cooking, playing sports and spending time with her husband and baby girl.

Maha Jaber
Dental Assistant

Maha Joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic as a dental assistant in February 2020.she has been in the dental industry for 4 years in the USA. She holds a certificate III in Dental and her first-aid certificate. Her gentle touch and friendly chairside manner help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit. She enjoys helping to comfort each patient during their treatment and assisting our dentists to make each appointment go as smoothly as possible.

In Maha’s free time, she enjoys shopping, travelling, visiting her family and spending time with her husband and baby boy.

Tayla Layfield
Dental Assistant

Tayla is our newest member, she joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic as a dental assistant in 2020. She holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting. She loves putting a smile on a patient’s face.

Tayla loves trying new things, travelling, shopping and going out with family & friends. She is a very friendly & outgoing person.

Kerrianne Ryan
Dental Assistant

Kerrianne joined the team in October 2012. She holds a certificate lll in Dental Assisting. She has experience in reception and assisting our dentists in the surgery. She enjoys working alongside her colleagues to create a friendly and welcoming practice for our patients.

In her free time, Kerrianne likes spending time with her family, listening to music and socialising with friends.

Jeanal Cordero
Dental Assistant

Jeanal joined Lethbridge Dental Clinic last year in November 2018. She holds a Certificate III in Dental Assisting as well as Hand Hygiene Certificate to enhance her competency in her career. Given her background as a Registered Nurse back in the Philippines, she acquired extensive knowledge of infection control. She has more than 3 years of Dental Assisting/Reception duties experience and her comprehensive expertise allows her to achieve high levels of success in providing competent and quality patient care.

The right treatment program for you

Understanding the needs and concerns of each and every patient that visits our dental clinic is the first step in determining the right treatment program. Dr Sonia Kharinta and the team of dedicated assistants work together to help patients feel comfortable and confident in developing good healthy oral habits

For highly experienced dentists in Penrith that offer comprehensive care for the whole family, including emergency dentist services…. Give us a call today.