• 322 Carlisle st. Balaclava, VIC
  • Mon, Thu 8:30-19:00. Tue, Wed, Fri 8:30-17:00
  • 03 9527 7278
  • info@balaclavadentalcare.com.au

MEET OUR STAFF

ALEXANDER GOICHMAN

Dr Alexander Goichman B.Med.Sc D.M.D has been practicing clinical dentistry since 2001. As a young dentist, he believed that by gaining experience in different areas of dentistry and being exposed to diverse and different approaches to dental diagnosis and treatment will allow him to offer his patients the highest level of treatment.
In his early years Alex worked in private and corporate dental practices, he spent months working with Oral surgeons, Prosthodontists, Endodontists and periodontists.
During these years Alex had established his treatment philosophy: Dentistry, same as medicine, needs to start by comprehensive and accurate diagnosis which relays on skill, knowledge and backed by technology.
This is to be followed by detailed planning and only then a high level of treatment. During his clinical career, Alex has noticed that most people don’t like to travel between dental providers for various treatments, therefore; Alex insists that our entire dental team will be constantly training to be able to cover most areas of dental care to the highest standard.

Always wanting to learn and improve Alex is passionate about dental technology and materials. Having a background in chemistry you will often find Alex experimenting with new materials and technologies: attempting to improve working protocols and experiment with different applications.

When not working, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is a trained Barista who often roasts his own coffee, coaches and plays Basketball for Ormond Jets and loves Mountain Biking on the hills and mountains around Melbourne.

Alex is fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian.

SAMANTHA LAU

Graduating with honours in Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2009, Samantha has worked in various private clinics in the metropolitan region where Samantha has gained expansive experience in all aspects of dentistry, with a particular interest in crown and bridge work.

Samantha prides herself on her preventive and gentle approach to dental treatment as Samantha is a strong believer that all her patients feel comfortable and relaxed under her care.

Samantha has a passion for reaching out to the underprivileged and regularly volunteers for dental mission trips overseas with her church. Over the years Samantha has visited Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines. In her free time, Samantha enjoys singing and jamming in a band, playing netball, travelling.

Samantha also speaks fluent Cantonese.

ANDREW POLYACHENKO

Dr Andrew Polyachenko studied in Queensland prior to returning home and working at private dental clinics in Melbourne, Victoria.

He chose to become a dentist because he enjoys being able to help people while working with his hands.

Andrew has a passion for helping patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. He hopes to assist patients overcome their phobia of the dentist, and has a special interest in giving patients back their ability to chew and function properly through dental crowns, bridges and implants.

Outside of dentistry Andrew likes staying active through cycling, swimming and going to the gym. He also loves to travel and discover new places around the world. Last but not least, he is a very keen Essendon Bombers supporter in the AFL.

He has also spent some time volunteering in both local Aboriginal communities to primary schools in Cambodia doing dental work where people do not have access to it.

MARYAM HENEIN

Dr Maryam Henein graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009.

She has a broad range of dental experience, having worked in Darwin, including remote indigenous communities, as well as private practices across Melbourne and in Port Macquarie. Her approach to practice is minimally invasive and she is a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. Importantly, she also believes that one must continually update their skills and knowledge with further education.

In addition to being in private practice, Dr Maryam is involved in dental volunteering projects in the developing world. Outside of dentistry, her interests include philosophy, meeting people and hearing their stories, travelling, yoga, pilates, AFL (go Saints!), good coffee, trying new things and spending time with friends, family and her beloved pug, Blue.