Community roots shine bright

Straumann Group representatives Fabiana Canepa, Nikki Luca and Suzette Eyes presenting Dr Fong Yong with the award (supplied)

A Bacchus Marsh dentist who began his local career in a modest one-chair dental practice was ‘deeply honoured’ to be presented with the centre of excellence award by a globally recognised dental implant company.

Sunbury Dental House owner Dr Fong Yong was just the second recipient across Australia and New Zealand to be presented with the award from the Straumann Group.

Dr Yong said his journey in Sunbury began 11 years ago when he took the reins of his practice, which now operates six locations throughout Melbourne’s west, including Diggers Rest.

“What started with a single clinician has blossomed into a dynamic group of over 30 skilled practitioners,” he said.

“This remarkable journey of growth and service all began in Sunbury … [and is] a testament to the foundation laid in this community.”

Dr Yong said being acknowledged by the most prestigious and globally recognised dental implant company adds an extraordinary level of prestige to this accolade.

“This recognition not only highlights my contributions but also underscores the innovative impact of our work on the field of dental implantology.

“For the past 20 years, I’ve dedicated myself to integrating the latest technology, techniques, training, and materials into the area. I never expected to receive any award for it.”

With deep roots in the Sunbury community, Dr Yong said his dental practice, Dental House Group, has a vision to forge connections and foster a strong sense of belonging among community members.

“I believe that contributing to our community lends an additional layer of significance to my life that transcends professional accomplishments.

“It’s about making a lasting, positive impact, offering support where it’s needed, and cultivating a spirit of unity that benefits everyone involved.”

Zoe Moffatt