Our Doctors

All our dermatologists are fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, ensuring for you the best medical care. Our doctors are leading skin specialists who have published extensively in internationally peer-reviewed medical journals, co-authored book chapters and been involved in medical research. They have also been frequently asked to contribute to media enquiries from nationally-distributed magazines and online media outlets. Please click below for the full articles in their bio.

Hope Dermatology Dr Hope Dinh

Dr. Hope Dinh

MBBS, FACD

Dr. Dinh is a highly regarded dermatologist with more than 10 years of experience in treating a wide range of dermatology conditions. After graduating from Monash University in Melbourne, she gained clinical experience in specialist dermatology; training both locally in Melbourne and internationally in Singapore. She has a keen interest in hair and nail conditions, paediatric dermatology, women’s dermatological conditions, surgical dermatology and the advancing field of cosmetic dermatology including cosmeceuticals, injectables and laser.

She holds public Hospital appointments at The Alfred Hospital (Dermatology clinic) and also the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc (Nail clinic)

She speaks fluent English and Vietnamese.

Dr. Sarah Shen

MBBS, BMedSci, M.Phil, FACD

Dr. Shen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD).

Graduating from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 2008, Dr. Shen further completed a Medical Science degree in the research of surgical anatomy. She gained general medical and surgical experience at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre prior to embarking on dermatology research at the Victorian Melanoma Service at the Alfred Hospital, completing a Master of Philosophy in the research of high-risk melanomas, publishing work in both domestic and international dermatology journals.

Sarah undertook her dermatology training in Victoria including at St Vincent’s Hospital, the Austin hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, The  Alfred Hospital, the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria as well as the National Skin Centre in Singapore.

Dr. Shen is a general dermatologist with a wide range of interests including eczema, psoriasis, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin cancer and melanoma diagnosis and management. Sarah is committed to providing excellent care for all patients and welcomes new referrals. She currently holds a public appointment at The Alfred Hospital Dermatology Unit. She is fluent in conversational Mandarin.

 

Dr. Sarah Hannam

MBBS, FACD

Dr Hannam moved to Victoria after she graduated from The University of Adelaide in South Australia. She spent a year of Dermatology training at the University College Hospital in the United Kingdom and since moving to Victoria, she has been affiliated with The Royal Childrens Hospital, The Skin and Cancer Foundation in Carlton, The Austin Hospital, The Alfred Hospital and St Vincents Hospital.

She has extensive experience treating all skin conditions and has a special interest in both medical and surgical dermatology including diagnosis of skin cancer & melanoma and the treatment of such. Her other areas of special interest are acne, psoariasis and scar and pigmentation management.

Dr Hannam's philosophy is to provide a personalised, caring experience for her patients as well as maintaining a professional approach and one that is based on individual needs.

Our Nursing Staff

Kristie Phillips - Hope Dermatology

Kristie Phillips

Cosmetics Nurse -BSci, RN

Our cosmetics/practice nurse Kristie has more than 17 years experience in the cosmetics industry and has vast experience in laser treatments for vascular and pigment, skin resurfacing, scarring and hair removal. She graduated from La Trobe University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) and has recently completed her Bachelor of Nursing, also at La Trobe. In 2016, she completed the highly competitive Graduate year of nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) where she worked rotations in both Cardiology and Neurosurgery and continues to divide her time between RMH and with us here at Hope Dermatology.

Kristie’s passion is treating vascular lesions and benign pigmented lesions and she is thrilled to work closely with our expert team of dermatologists to offer our patients the very best, gold standard treatments with the Cutera Excel V laser. Skin care consults and injectables are also performed by Kristie and also by our highly skilled dermatologists.

Hope Dermatology Kristin Harris

Kirstin

Procedural Nurse - Dip. Nursing

Kirstin comes with years of experience in the healthcare industry, spending 11 years in dental and hospital settings. Having a keen interest in dermatology, she then went on to complete her Diploma of Nursing. Kirstin enjoys assisting with procedures, pre and post-op care and is always here to answer any questions you may have. 

Dermal Clinician

Hanna Gifford

Dermal Clinician - BSc DT, Dip BT

Hanna is a Bachelor qualified Dermal Clinician, with more than 12 years experience in the beauty and dermal professions, completing her studies in Dermal Science at Victoria University. She loves all things skin, including the treatment of acne and rosacea, especially working alongside the doctors to achieve best results. Her experience covers all skin treatments including chemical peels, ablative and non-ablative treatments including treating pigmentation, leg and face vascularity, laser genesis and general rejuvenation. Her main goal is to achieve the best possible skin for her clients factoring in their whole well-being.

Hanna is highly motivated and compassionate and is well liked by her peers and clients, as she has the ability to provide comfort to people and perform duties with the highest care and precision.

Administrative Staff

Merryn Hansford - Hope Dermatology

Merryn

Practice Manager

With a career spanning over 30 years in Administration within the health industry, Merryn comes to Hope Dermatology with a sound background of practice management and understands the complexities of running a busy specialist medical practice. She also strives to create a balance between being professional and showing compassion!

Merryn has had significant input in to the development and success of this practice. She states “if the doctors can walk in and work in a well-run practice and know they don’t have to worry about issues such as Medicare claims, equipment working or IT problems, then I know I have done my job”.

You will see Merryn from time to time at reception as she loves the front-of-house interaction with our patients/clients but her role is primarily doing the behind-the-scenes running of the practice. She encourages and allows all our staff to have an input in to the vision and values of the practice and her goal is to be able to lead, manage and motivate her staff which results in a having a wonderful working team.

Melissa De Angelis - Hope Dermatology

Melissa

Reception

Melissa is one of our receptionists and surgical assistant. Melissa comes to Hope Dermatology with experience in a variety of industries and success in providing exceptional customer service. Her most recent appointment prior to starting at Hope Dermatology was in administration for one of Melbourne’s largest public hospitals. Melissa helps keep the office running smoothly with her reception, clerical, and billing duties as well as assisting the doctors with medical procedures. Speaking fluent French and Italian, she is also able to help patients in these languages for their medical consultations.

Cassandra

Reception

Cassandra is one of our amazing receptionists and comes to Hope Dermatology with experience from a variety of health care practices.

Having previously studied Health Science, she has a keen interest in dermatology and is looking forward to helping with any questions you may have.