Prosthodontic Group was formalised as an entity in 2011, with the group name resulting from the establishment of new premises within 24 Collins Street. The practice was established by Dr Donald Behrend back in 1967. Dr Behrend practised as a sole clinician until Dr Andrew Flood joined him in 1987. Upon Dr Behrend’s retirement in 1996, Dr Simon Wylie joined the practice. Dr Varun Garg joined Dr Flood in 2017 and took over his side of the practice in 2020 after Dr Flood’s retirement. Dr Wylie and Dr Garg are now the principal practitioners at the Prosthodontic Group. Dr Bevan Chong and Dr Hossam El-Haddad joined the practice as associates in 2015 and 2023 respectively. The practice prides itself in the provision of excellent patient care and establishment of a long and successful history within the dental community of Melbourne.
Dr Varun Garg
Specialist Prosthodontist, BDS, DClinDent (Pros)
Dr Garg completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2007. After working as a general dentist for a few years, he started his postgraduate training at the University of Melbourne in 2015.
During the postgraduate program he was awarded with the Dr. Steele Award for outstanding clinical skills and received his Doctor in Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) in 2017. He enjoys all aspects of prosthodontics but has special interest in aesthetic, reconstructive and implant dentistry. His passion lies in achieving the best and the most natural aesthetic end results for his patients. Some of his work can be seen on his instagram page under @dr.varun_
Dr Garg lectures extensively and regularly provides hand-on courses to general dentists. He is a core faculty member for The Australasian College of Dental Practitioners and continues to be involved in prosthodontic education as a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne. He is currently on the committee for the Australian Prosthodontic Society (Vic Branch) and is affiliated with the Australasian Osseointegration Society and the Australian Dental Association. Outside dentistry Dr. Garg loves to spend time with his family, travelling, fishing and playing cricket.
Dr Bevan Chong
Prosthodontist, BDS, DClinDent(Pros), MRACDS(Pros)
Dr Chong completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2005.
After several years in public and private practice in New Zealand and Australia, Dr Chong pursued his specialist prosthodontic training at the University of Sydney, receiving his Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) in 2013. He was also awarded membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Prosthodontics.
Since completing his specialist training, Dr Chong has been involved in teaching prosthodontics at graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Sydney as a specialist clinical educator and a member of the Planning Committee for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) program. He also maintained a specialist position at Westmead Hospital. He continues to be involved in prosthodontic education as a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Chong is an invited reviewer for the International Journal of Prosthodontics. He is a member of the International College of Prosthodontists, Australian Prosthodontic Society, Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists, New Zealand Dental Association and Australian Dental Association.
Dr Gidon Fixler
Specialist Prosthodontist, BHSc, MDent, DClinDent
Dr. Fixler completed his Masters of Dentistry at Latrobe University in 2017, graduating dux of his class. Gidon subsequently completed his Primary Examinations for the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in 2018.
Dr. Fixler developed his clinical skills in Private practice in Ballarat and South East Melbourne before commencing his specialist training in Prosthodontics at the University of Melbourne in 2021. Gidon enjoys all aspects of prosthodontics, however, he has a particular interest in digital removable and fixed prosthodontic workflows.
Dr. Fixler is also actively involved with continuing education and lectures regularly on a national level. Gidon is a demonstrator in fixed prosthodontics at the University of Melbourne and Latrobe University. In addition, he is a committee member for the Australian Prosthodontic Society (Victorian branch). When he is not in clinical practice or teaching, Dr. Fixler is an avid rock climber.
Dr Simon Wylie
Prosthodontist, MDSc, FRACDS
Dr Wylie completed his Bachelor of Dental Science at Melbourne University in 1990 and subsequently worked for a year at Alice Springs Community Dental Health.
In 1992, he returned to Melbourne for postgraduate studies and completed his Masters in Prosthodontics in 1993. He spent the next two years as Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics at The University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
Since his return from Canada, he has been practising as a Specialist Prosthodontist in Melbourne and Geelong. Dr Wylie continues to be a clinical instructor at The University of Melbourne teaching in the program for specialist training. He is also actively involved with continuing education and lectures regularly on a national level. Dr Wylie is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and a faculty member for the Graduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry at Charles Sturt University.
Dr Hossam El-Haddad
Prosthodontist, BDS, FRACDS, DClinDent (Pros), MRACDS (Pros)
Hossam graduated from Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt) in 2006, and worked in both public and private sectors before relocating to Australia in 2010.
Hossam obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2015, and graduated with a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from the University of Melbourne in 2018. His research project centered on the use of novel CAD-CAM materials in full arch implant dentistry, and was published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.
Hossam enjoys ongoing involvement within the academic field as a lecturer and clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne’s dental school, where he is also the coordinator of the implant component for DDS students and the academic lead of CPD. In collaboration with Melbourne University and the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Hossam delivers CPD programs that educate general dental practitioners on Prosthodontic topics.
He is an active member of the ITI, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS). Hossam further serves as a reviewer for the Australian Dental Journal, a committee member for the Australian Prosthodontic Society (APS), and is currently the Victorian representative within its Federal Committee.