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MEET OUR TEAM

LOCAL SPECIALIST ORTHODONTISTS

Urban Smile is the transformative process created by the expert Orthodontists at Lavrin & Lawrence Orthodontics, who have been creating premium Melbourne smiles for 20 years! A team of highly qualified and experienced orthodontic professionals, who only focus on the best technology and treatment options, whilst creating a positive experience, and absolute premium results.

The Urban Smile team
Dr Igor G Lavrin

DR IGOR G. LAVRIN
BDS (ADELAIDE); MDSC (HARVARD)

Dr Igor Lavrin grew up in both Melbourne and Hong Kong. He received his dental education at the University of Adelaide, before returning to work as a general dentist in Melbourne. Furthering his expertise, Dr Lavrin completed a three-year Orthodontic specialist programme and Master’s degree at Harvard University in the United States. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for scholastic and clinical excellence and published articles in Orthodontic and scientific literature.

He has worked in private Orthodontic practice in Massachusetts, USA, and lectured internationally in the United States, Canada and throughout Asia as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

He is a Clinical Consultant and Lecturer for Invisalign in the Asia-Pacific region and holds Black Diamond status with Invisalign. Dr Lavrin has taught Orthodontics to dental students at Harvard University and in the Orthodontic department at the University of Melbourne. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Orthodontic Department at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Lavrin is married to Dr Sarah Lawrence and the proud father of three daughters.

DR SARAH C. LAWRENCE

DR SARAH C. LAWRENCE
BDS (OTAGO); MDSC (MELBOURNE)

Dr Sarah Lawrence originally grew up in New Zealand and graduated from the University of Otago Dental School. She completed her three-year specialist Orthodontic training at the University of Melbourne. Since 2004 she has been in private Orthodontic practice with her husband Dr Igor Lavrin. She has also worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne as part of the Craniofacial unit.

Dr Lawrence is a Clinical Tutor and Lecturer for Postgraduate Orthodontic students at the University of Melbourne. This role includes supervising a number of ongoing research projects.

Dr Lawrence has a keen interest in Invisalign treatment and her practice has achieved Black Diamond status (treating over 4000 cases). She has been a Clinical Consultant and speaker for Invisalign in the Asia-Pacific region. She has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, China, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, India and the United States.

In her spare time Dr Lawrence likes to spend time with her family which includes her husband, Dr Igor Lavrin and 3 daughters, as well as cooking and gardening.

DR ALISON SAHHAR

DR ALISON SAHHAR
BHLTHSCIDENT/MDENT (LA TROBE); DCD (MELBOURNE)

Dr Alison Sahhar grew up in Gippsland, Victoria. She graduated from La Trobe University in the inaugural dentistry cohort. During her tertiary education, Alison was awarded the final year academic prize in dentistry and was a recipient of the International Golden Key award for academic success. Following graduation, Alison returned to work in her hometown, Warragul for three years as a general dentist. Alison also returned to La Trobe University teaching dentistry students as a preclinical and clinical demonstrator. Dr Sahhar then completed the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics, a three-year specialist training programme at the University of Melbourne.

Alison holds professional membership in the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Australian Dental Association and is a certified member of the Australasian Orthodontic Board. Alison has had strong involvement with the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch previously serving as chair of the recent graduates and students committee, member of the CPD committee and chair of the South Eastern group.