Our Team2018-10-21T18:29:11+11:00


Feel at ease and relaxed throughout your experience with us. Our dentists all bring many years of experience, and a full scope of knowledge to provide you with the very best of care. Our dental support team are highly trained in current infection control procedures and management of medical emergencies.

We’re committed to providing the finest service, which is why our dentists regularly attend further study and seminars in order to offer the most up to date procedures available to our patients.

We’re also proud members of the Australian Dental Association.


Dr Shelly Finnerty
Dr Shelly FinnertyBSc (Melb), BDSc (Melb)
Shelly graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science in 1996, and then completed her Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998. Immediately after graduation, she headed to Wangaratta, where she was able to obtain experience in all aspects of general practice. She then headed overseas to the UK for 2 years, where she obtained further experience, both privately and in the NHS.

She joined Moore Street Dental in 2003, and settled into the team immediately. In 2012, Shelly became a business partner in Moore Street Dental, and upon Dr Peter Johnson’s retirement in 2018, became the Practice Principal at MSD. She is working hard towards building and developing the practice into the future.

She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, with a particular interest in endodontics. She is highly professional, honest and ethical, and endeavours to always get the best results for her patients.

Outside of work, she enjoys all aspects of living in Melbourne, like going to the Australian Open tennis, as well as going hiking and spending time with friends. Photography and travelling are passions, and she enjoys sharing some of her photographs with patients, and discussing her latest adventures.

Dr Samantha Lew
Dr Samantha LewBDSc (Melb)
Samantha graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons), in 2010. She is currently working towards completing her Masters of Public Health at Monash University. She joined Moore Street Dental in 2011 and has been a valuable member of our team ever since.

She has a broad skill set, and is particularly good managing children. She is actively involved in the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association, and sits on the Oral Health Committee. She has in the past volunteered her time in providing dental care to remote communities and has an ongoing engagement in community health. She is highly professional and ethical, and endeavours to always get the best results for her patients.

Samantha enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Dr James Rich
Dr James RichBSc (Monash), BDSc (Melb)
James graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science in 1993, and the University of Melbourne with his Bachelor of Dental Science in 1996. He worked in country Victoria and Adelaide for the first six years of his career, before joining Moore Street Dental in 2002. He has travelled extensively, including a hiatus in Scotland in 2005.

James is skilled in all aspects of general dentistry, and brings his unique sense of humour to work every day, and can always be relied upon to make his patients relaxed and comfortable in the surgery. He is ethical and honest and endeavours to always get the best results for his patients.

Outside of work, James is a devoted family man, and enjoys travelling, and watching rugby – although unfortunately, he supports the All Blacks.

Dr Suzanne Leong
Dr Suzanne LeongBDS (OTAGO)
Dr Suzanne Leong graduated from The University of Otago, New Zealand in 2008. With a decade of experience she has since worked in both rural and metropolitan practices in New South Wales and Victoria.

Suzanne is the latest addition to the Moore Street Dental team. She is a gentle and caring dentist who finds helping patients improve and maintain their oral health highly rewarding. She is dedicated to patient’s dental care and works meticulously to achieve high quality dental treatment for her patients.

She is a member of the Australian Dental Association and frequently attends continuing education courses to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements in dentistry, with a keen interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Suzanne spends as much time as possible with her family and two young children.


Support Staff

Our support staff team are Mary, Ursula, Kim, Jane, Monica and Prianka. All our staff have received extensive training to help make your visit with us as pleasant and safe as possible.  We have regular training updates on managing medical emergencies and infection control and are committed to best practice in health and safety for patients and staff alike.

For the friendliest dentists in Moonee Ponds, call to book an appointment with our team today!