Meet our Applecross Family Dentists

Our Applecross family dentists are committed to offering quality oral health care to you and your loved ones for many years. Our patients range from toddlers experiencing their first dental appointment to valued clients in their 90s who have been visiting us for many years.  Our dentists invest in a broad range of continuing education to stay at the forefront of dental developments and ensure you receive the best and most effective treatments based on current scientific evidence. But most importantly, you’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome from a familiar team that is focussed on providing you with trusted ongoing care.

Dr Nick McCarthy, Dentist

Born and raised locally, Dr Nick McCarthy graduated from UWA in 2003, and has worked in private practice since. In 2007, Nick completed his primary examinations for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and in 2013 undertook a two year post-graduate diploma in aesthetic dentistry from the prestigious King’s College in London, passing with distinction.

Dr McCarthy’s passion for continuing education has gained him a wealth of knowledge across dental services. His main areas of professional interest include non-destructive dentistry, non-invasive smile enhancement and dental implant treatments. In all cases, he focuses on using multiple disciplines to achieve optimum outcomes with minimal long term impact.  Nick is fascinated by the new opportunities in aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry offered by evolving technologies including 3D imaging and printing. He is an active member of the ADA and is also a contributing member of the Nobel Biocare Young Dentists Study Club of WA.

In the future, Dr McCarthy looks forward to completing further post-graduate studies in general dentistry and contributing to the development of the next generation of dentists by entering teaching and academia.

As a husband and father of three, he understands the importance of family care, and enjoys treating patients of all ages, with a very long-term view.

Dr Vera Zirojevic, Dentist

Dr. Vera Zirojevic graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Science degree with Honours in 2002, receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award as the most outstanding student. She was also an international speaker presenting at the 79th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR in Japan (2001).

Following graduation, Dr Vera underwent further education and was the winner of the F.G. Christensen Memorial prize of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in 2004.

Dr .Vera is an active member of the Australia Dental Association, ITI International Team for Implantology, Perth Prosthodontics Study Club and is registered with the Dental Board of Australia.

Dr Vera has over 16 years of experience in helping patients with broken down and missing teeth through comprehensive mouth rebuilding. She is an accomplished and highly experienced dentist, competent in all facets of dentistry and passionate about providing the highest quality of dental care for her patients. Her special interest is cosmetic dentistry and comprehensive smile makeovers. She continues to further her skills and education by attending training courses and seminars in order to keep up to date with scientific and technological advancements.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Vera enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is passionate about art, music and photography.

Dr Vera Zirojevic Applecross Dental Care

Dr Ashlee Bence

Dr Ashlee Bence grew up in Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Nursing with Honours and a Post Graduate in Critical Care Nursing with Distinction. She worked in intensive care, coronary care and emergency for 6 years before moving to Perth to complete her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Western Australia.

Ashlee enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and has a particular interest in health promotion, disease prevention and restorative dentistry. She takes pride in providing dental care of the highest standard while ensuring her patients are comfortable and informed at all stages.

In her spare time she enjoys kite surfing, Pilates and Bachata dancing.

Dr Claudia Marino

Dr Claudia is a true ‘Perthian’, born, raised and educated here, first with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then later pursuing her childhood dream and completing the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Throughout her dental school years, she began working at Lifecare to solidify her learning and gain some extra real world experience, first assisting the senior dentists and then assisting Principal Dentist Dr Alex. It is in these years where she truly came to believe in the mission statement ‘high quality care in a timely manner’ is not only possible, but should be what all patients experience in any appointment.

While appreciating all aspects of dentistry, she is particularly fond of preventative intervention for kids and adults alike. She has also really come to enjoy the more aesthetic aspects of the profession. You can expect a very open, relaxed and unprejudiced attitude to match an enthusiastic chatty personality, and even under the mask rest assured she wears a smile.

Outside of dentistry, you can bet Claudia is in the kitchen, where she loves to experiment with traditional recipes reflecting her Italian heritage. She also is very interested in fashion and interior architecture, but her Perth roots reflect by loving nothing more than a beachside walk.

Dr Michael Ang

Dr Michael Ang was born and raised in Auckland, NZ. He graduated from the University of Otago, Dunedin with Merit where he also received the hospital award. He started work in the NZ hospital system before travelling to the UK and around Australia. After transitioning into private practice he finally set roots in Perth in 2011 to start a family. Michael is now a father of two and appreciates the importance of building strong relationships with his patients and families. With over 20 years experience Michael is excited to be finally able to work within his local community where he lives.

Michael enjoys the vast range of general family dentistry from implants, crown and bridge, endodontics to minimally invasive restorative dentistry. An honest and ‘keep it simple’ approach is his mantra.

Outside of dentistry Michael enjoys his precious family time. If he is not at the local park with his family, he can be found at the beach or paddle boarding on the river.

Dr Dominic Longo, Dentist (Retired)

Dr Dominic Longo is a respected senior dentist and is highly regarded in the dental profession.  A graduate of the University of Western Australia (UWA), Dr Longo has been a dental practitioner for over 30 years and has been a central part of our team for nearly two decades.

In 2004, Dr Longo was nominated for Tutor of the Year at UWA Dental School. He was recognised with the peer nominated fellowships F.P.F.A (Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy – International Dental Organisation) in 2013 and F.I.C.D (Fellow of the International College of Dentists) in 2018. The latter title was awarded for conspicuous services rendered in the Art and Science of Dentistry

As volunteer clinical lead at St Patrick’s Dental Centre, Dominic offers pro bono dental services to the homeless and disadvantaged in Perth – underlining his belief that everyone should enjoy good oral health, regardless of their situation. Over the years, Dr Longo has also volunteered or chaired committees for Rotary, church and school.

Despite his extensive experience, Dr Longo is dedicated to continued education and embracing innovations in dental care that make treatments more effective and less invasive.

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