Welcome to our practice. Our Dental team have been serving the community of Heidelberg for over 25 years. Formerly located at Burgundy Street, we have moved to our current premise at Darebin Street. We are looking forward to meeting you and helping your family have the healthy and attractive smiles that you deserve.
Dr. Fiona Pond
Fiona grew up & went to school at Carey Baptist Grammar & was amongst the first intake of girls entering into a boys school. After graduating from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science, she was accepted as an Intern at the Royal Dental Hospital gaining invaluable experience.
Fiona then worked in private practice in Chadstone, Beaumaris & Wheelers Hill for several years before setting up her own practice in Kew. After ten years she joined her husband San who had established a practice in a medical centre in Heidelberg since 1993.
Many of the patient's from Kew followed Fiona to Heidelberg. In July 2017 the practice relocated to new premises at 68 Darebin Street Heidelberg & became The Smile Centre Heidelberg.
Fiona is a member of the ADA & attends regular professional development conferences both in Melbourne & overseas. She enjoys cosmetic dentistry & whitening & is looking into providing injectables services for TMJ pain & enhancing cosmetic dental procedures.
Fiona has three teenage children, a son in year 9, another son at university studying Law/Medical science & a daughter studying Dentistry.
In her spare time, she enjoys surfing in the summer, skiing in the winter & golf whenever time permits.
Dr Tina So
Dr Tina So is a general dentist who can look after every aspect of your dental health – taking care to make sure you understand all aspects of your treatment and explaining all your available options.
Since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) degree, Tina has worked in a variety of public and private clinics across Melbourne. She worked at Health Monitor Medical Centre in Burgundy St, Heidelberg since 2003 until the relocation of the dental practice to Darebin St in July 2017, and so would be a familiar face to many patients in the area.
Tina has a patient and caring approach to treatment – very thorough, and able to help you feel relaxed and at ease that you are in good hands. She regularly attends dental study groups to keep up to date with advances in the field. When she is not working, Tina enjoys travelling and sampling new restaurants and cuisines, especially at the same time. She also frequently hosts dogs (“petsitting”) at her home.
Dr. Madeleine Hii
Dr. Madeleine Hii graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc.) degree in 2007. After the completion of her degree, she has worked in both private practice and community health clinics.
Her experience in community clinics involved treatment of patients in specific programs including the alcohol, drugs and methadone program (Dental Fix), psychiatric disability (Dental as Anything), HIV/AIDS (Dental Plus), maternity and asylum seekers. While in private practice, she has focused on general family dentistry and cosmetic work with special interests in orthodontics, children, and patients with anxiety. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association.
Having grown up in Borneo, East Malaysia, she enjoys travel and is a massive foodie. She loves going to art exhibitions and theatre shows. She appreciates puns, so please tell her your best pun the next time you see her. She also enjoys swing dancing and Japanese jujutsu during her free time.
Dr. Madeleine Hii speaks English, Malay, Indonesian, Mandarin, can understand various Chinese dialects ie. Hokkien, Foochow, Hainanese, Cantonese and very little French.
Dr. Safinah Hambali
Safinah graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. She has a thorough approach with her patients and focusses on comprehensive treatment to provide solutions that will last. She has a conservative treatment philosophy and loves the challenging nature of dentistry.
Safinah is also passionate about widespread oral health education for children outside the dental chair and is the Managing Director of Powering Future Smiles, an innovative dental education program she co-founded in 2015.
Being an Ivanhoe Grammar School alumni, she is excited to be a further part of the local community by working at The Smile Centre. Outside the clinic, Safinah is a foodie at heart, loves brunching, the tennis and going on road trips.
Dr. Daniel Hong
Daniel grew up in Melbourne, and upon completing his VCE he left for the sunny Gold Coast to take the first steps in his journey to becoming a dentist. After what felt like a blink of an eye, he’d already graduated from Griffith University with both a Bachelor of Oral Health (Dental Science), and a Graduate Diploma in Dentistry, receiving an academic excellence award for the latter.
After graduating, he traded year round sunshine for Melbourne's weather once more, and has been working in private practice since. Daniel is a member of the ADA and attends numerous continuing education courses across Australia to further his knowledge so that he can provide the best treatments for his patients.
Daniel is fluent in Hokkien, speaks some Mandarin, and strives to make your visit to the dentist one that is relaxed and pleasant.
When he is not busy taking care of your oral health needs he has keen interests in cooking, planting things to cook and eat, electronics, and is always ready to muck about with fountain pens and headphones. Occasionally he also likes to write about himself in the third person for your enjoyment.