Meet The Team

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Principal Dentist

B.D.Sc L.D.S.

Dr Sam Zukerman is Melbourne trained with 35 years experience. The primary philosophy of treating everyone as though you’re a member of his family still holds true today. Dr Zukerman’s career as a family and cosmetic dentist has enabled a vast experience and a broad array of dental knowledge to provide you the very best dentistry today. Dr Zukerman enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, and has training in provision of bite guards, snoring appliances and Invisalign.

Delivering many years of experience and utilising the latest techniques Sam will ensure you are as comfortable and pain free as possible. Dr Zukerman keeps up to date with the latest methodologies and regularly attends dental related forums and ensures to know the very best in solutions for your teeth and gums.


D.D.S, B.Biomed

Dr. Stephanie McManus has a passion for creating beautiful, healthy smiles. She began her journey at the prestigious University of Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She is a born and bred Melbournian and has worked in various public and private practices. She consistently provides exceptional care to patients.

Stephanie is interested in all aspects of dentistry, but especially enjoys aesthetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry. She also loves paediatric dentistry. She is dedicated to providing a relaxing and calm experience to all of her patients.

Stephanie believes that preventive care is the best way to maintain long-term dental health. She tailors her treatment to the individual needs of every patient. Her gentle and warm demeanor makes even the most nervous individuals feel at ease. This creates a comfortable and positive environment for everyone.

Stephanie’s professional career is not the only thing that brings her joy. She adores being a mother to two children who inspire her and keep her motivated. She loves spending time with family and friends, and also enjoys traveling.


Associate Dentist


Dr Kat is an experienced family dentist with a passion for modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Having graduated from Melbourne University in 2011, Dr Kat has dedicated her time to helping patients preserve and improve their smiles by providing preventative and gentle patient-focused care.
Dr Kat enjoys and practices all facets of general and family dentistry, including root canal treatments, crown and bridge work, gum disease treatment, implant restorations and surgical extractions.
She also particularly enjoys treating childen, as she believes a love of the dentist starts from having a fun and positive experience at an early age. Her philosophy is a healthy smile is a happy one!
Dr Kat looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic and looking after you and your family’s oral health needs.


Practice Manager

Chrissy is our superstar chairside dentist assistant, dental receptionist and all round go to guru for everything at Your Dentist Hawthorn. Chrissy has been in the dental industry for over 5 years now. Her knowledge of dentistry and dental procedures is exceptional. She is a wonderful member of the team to have a chat with about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your dental treatment. 

Check out our social media posts to see Chrissy in action! Her sense of humor and fun personality will make your dental visit enjoyable. 

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Leonie van ryn

Senior Manager

Leonie has been working in the dental industry for *cough, cough* 23 years! She has had a plethora of experience from running the treatment rooms and assisting the dentists, to managing the staff and treatment planning for patients all the way to owning and operating her very own dental practice. 

She has a wealth of knowledge and can often be a great sounding board to further help explain the dentists treatment recommendations and help educate our patients.