Our Team

We're regular people - we just also happen to be dentists as our day job!

We have a great team that loves working together - you'll usually hear us laughing and telling jokes while we're working away! We're nice to our parents, we go out with our friends to eat too much and drink (just a little bit), we love our pets and family (in that order), and we dream about taking long holidays to warm exotic places. Find out a little bit more about us - and don't forget to like us on Facebook!

Dr Tim Wenas

BDSc (Melb.), MBA (Melb.), MMktg (Melb.)

Dr Tim Wenas is the practice owner of Verdant Dental. Previously, Tim had been working with Dr Joseph Versace at Versace Dental since 2004, with previous experience in London, Yarrawonga, Morwell and Melbourne's inner west.

Tim believes in treating all patients with kindness, understanding and a bit of fun. We all have different backgrounds, interests and desires - and your treatment should reflect your uniqueness! Tim will provide you with a comprehensive analysis of any issues you have, plus taking the time to explain your different treatment options with a full and frank discussion of any questions you might have. Tim's interest in dentistry includes complete oral rehabilitation and cosmetic smiles. Tim also enjoys working with anxious patients, spending the time to understand your fears and overcoming them together.

Tim speaks English (with a small amount of Japanese and Indonesian/Bahasa Malayu). He spends his weekends fixing and racing his old Nissan Silvia, as well as loves looking after dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Dr Tim Wenas is available on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Professional History
  • University of Melbourne Bachelor of Dental Science
  • University of Melbourne Business School MBA & Master of Marketing
  • University of Melbourne Dental School Clinical demonstrator and examiner
  • Independent Dental Adviser and Auditor for a major Private Health Fund

Dr Christina Romanella

BDSc (Melb.)

Dr Christina Romanella is a dentist at Verdant Dental. Previously Christina started her career with Dr Joseph Versace in 2000.

Christina has many years of experience in all areas of general dentistry, and operates with skill, precision and quiet concentration. Her very exact manner is ideal for all aspects of general dentistry, and particularly suitable to endodontics (or "root canal treatment").

Christina speaks English, Italian and Greek fluently.

Dr Christina Romanella's days are Tuesday and Thursday. Should you wish to make an appointment with Christina, please call us on 9379 3736 and ask!

Professional History
  • University of Melbourne Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Senior Dentist, Epping Community Centre - Mentor and Supervisor of University of Melbourne Dental School students.


Dr Alpa Lodhiya

BDSc (Melb.)

Dr Alpa Lodhiya is an experienced general dentist, who has previously worked in Caroline Springs, Point Cook and Geelong. She particularly enjoys working with children and young adults, and also has an interest in helping patients with complex medical issues that may be affecting your overall health. In addition, Alpa has an interest and expertise in minor oral surgery (dental extractions), working frequently with Mr Jeremy Kearns' denture patients.

Alpa speaks English and is also able to converse in Hindi (Gujarati).

Dr Alpa Lodhiya is attending to patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by appointment.

Professional History
  • University of Melbourne Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Victorian Leader for Health In Kind, a national not-for-profit charitable health foundation, operating dental and GP clinics around Australia serving local communities.

Dr Shrey Surya

DDS (Melb.)

Dr Shrey Surya is a dentist at Verdant Dental.

Shrey covers all general dental treatments, and is also certified for clear aligners ("Invisalign" style treatments). Shrey also has an interest in paediatric (children's) dentistry. Shrey is also able to converse in Hindi.

Dr Shrey Surya's days are Tuesday and Thursday. Should you wish to make an appointment with Shrey, please call us on 9379 3736 and ask - or book online!

Professional History
  • University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr John Vu

DDS (Melb.)

Dr John Vu is a local boy having attended St Bernard's College Essendon - you may recognise him! John is friendly, relaxed and able to put you at ease. Before travel restrictions, John was constantly travelling and exploring, with a particular fondness for fishing trips and obsessing over his cat & dog.

Dr John Vu is attending to patients on Mondays and Wednesdays. Book your dental appointment online, or call us on 9379 3736.

Professional History
  • University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr Alison Cheah

BDsc (UQ)

With great regret and sadness, we are deeply sorry to announce Dr Alison Cheah is no longer with us.

Those who were fortunate enough to know Aliey can appreciate the honest, caring and thorough approach she had to patient care.

The team at Verdant Dental will continue to uphold her legacy and will always hold her memory dear.

Mr Jeremy Kearns

A.D.T, Dental Prosthetist

Mr Jeremy Kearns is a Dental Prosthetist at Verdant Dental. Jeremy is our expert on all things relating to dentures ("false teeth"). From creating a brand new set, to repairs, relines and additions, Jeremy can fulfil any requirement you may have. Jeremy works closely with the dentists at Verdant Dental to integrate all aspects of your care.

Jeremy speaks English, and when not at Verdant Dental spends most of his time in the great outdoors hiking, biking, snowboarding, surfing and more!

To make an appointment to see Mr Jeremy Kearns on a Wednesday, please call us on (03) 9379 3736 for an appointment!

Professional History
  • RMIT Advanced Dental Technician
  • Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne; Dental Prosthetics laboratory manager and supervisor
  • Owner/Operator of Alpine Denture Clinic
Mr Jeremy Kearns, Verdant Dental


Tanina is the foundation that keeps Verdant Dental running day to day!

As practice manager for Versace Dental alongside Dr Joseph Versace, Tanina continues with us at Verdant Dental. Tanina has a superhuman ability to multitask - doing 10 things at once is no challenge for Tanina! Her incredible memory and ability to recall people, faces, conversations and relationships from years ago will amaze you! Plus she's able to deal with unreasonable requests from annoying dentists all day long!

Tanina is available Monday to Friday on (03) 9379 3736 to help you with anything to do with Verdant Dental!

Verdant Dental couldn't function without all the fabulous team too!

Email us now to make an appointment!