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.
Dr. Hope Dinh
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. Georgina Lyons
MBBS (Hons), BMedSci (Hons), MPH & Trop Med, FACD
Dr. Lyons undertook her medical degree locally at The University of Melbourne and then proceeded to dermatology training via the Victorian Faculty, gaining experience locally and also in Singapore where she developed a keen interest in aesthetic dermatology and had exposure to treatment of skin conditions in a broad cross-section of skin types.
She was awarded the prestigious Australasian College of Dermatologists prize for the overall top candidate in the Australian Fellowship exams for her year and her dedication to continuing evidence-based medicine is seen by the number of post-graduate degrees to her name! Her areas of specialty interest include general dermatology including skin cancer checks, melanoma checks, connective tissue diseases, surgical dermatology, paediatric and women’s dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.
She holds a hospital appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital in outpatients and also the Laser Unit.
Our Nursing Staff
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.
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.
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 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.