Dr Nalini Prasad(Principal Dentist)
BDS (Otago) NZ ,Member ADA (AUS) ,Member GDC (UK), Member AADFA, Member IAAD
Dr. Nalini Prasad is a graduate from University of Otago, School of Dental Science, New Zealand has been practicing dentistry for over 13 years. After completing her studies Dr Prasad has worked in New Zealand & Melbourne, where she received extensive training and gained vast experience in area of Cosmetic Dentistry. Her Passion is Cosmetic Dentistry performing Complete Smile Makeovers, Smile Design, Full mouth rehabs for crown & Bridge Work, Porcelain Veneers, Orthodontics and gum lifts using Laser Dentistry.
With the aim of “making beautiful smiles a reality” in mind, Dr. Prasad takes her time to give a 100% to each and every of her patient, focusing on educating their patients on the importance of oral health care which she believes that ” teeth are for Life”.
Dr John Paul Lee
Member of Minek (MIR Network for advanced implantology)
Dr LEE graduated from University of Otago 2002.
In addition to extensive experiences in general dentistry such as veneers, crowns and bridges, his expertises are aesthetic implantology and comprehensive rehabilitation of mouth.
All the surgical procedures such as impacted wisdom teeth and periodontal surgeries are currently referred to Dr. Lee.
His aim is to achieve oral health with emphasis on functional as well as aesthetic restoration of any missing tooth.
Dr Ronak Patel
BDS (U.Lond) MJDF
Ronak Patel, who is known as' Ron' to his family, friends and patients was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Melbourne.
Ron graduated in 2003 from Melbourne's prestigious Guy's King's and St. Thomas's Dental School with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. He worked extensively in private dental practices across the UK before setting up his own practice, ICE Dental Spa.
Since graduating Ron has enhance his skills in the fields of Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy), Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics. Ron is our cosmetic dentistry expert, he sees all of our complex cases. He is a licenced and experienced ' Invisalign' practitioner and has extensive experience with another range of removable orthodontic appliances such as 'Clear Aligners' and 'Inman Aligners' all designed to help improve one's smile with improved tooth position. In the UK, Ron was able to supplement his cosmetic dentistry with facial aesthetic treatments, including Anti-Wrinkle Botox and Dermal Filler treatments, so he knows exactly what constitutes a great smile.
Dr Ron works very hard at maintaining his knowledge by regularly attending postgraduate courses allowing him to stay at the cutting edge of dentistry.
According to his patients, Dr Ron is very good at working with anxious patients and is the first Dental Phobia Certified dentist in Australia!
Outside of dentistry Ron enjoys playing sports especially football (or rather what he terms "real" football i.e. soccer!). He confesses to being a massive AC Milan supporter. During his spare time Ron enjoys reading and plays around with gadgets, his wife says "he still hasn't grown up!
Dr. Priya Patel
BDS (honours)(U.Lond) MFGDP UK
Dr Priya Patel graduated from London’s prestigious Guy’s King’s and St. Thomas’s Dental School in 2004 with honours. She and her husband Dr. Ron Patel moved to Australia in September 2011.
Her vision is to focus on providing unparalleled patient care and offer the highest quality dentistry available today. She is passionate about cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery and has completed advanced studies in facial aesthetics. In the UK, she owned the cosmetic dental practice ICE Dental Spa with her husband, where she also provided Botox and dermal fillers. This has allowed her to gain vast experience in providing her patients with a beautiful smile, a skill that we are very lucky to have here at Star Smiles.
Priya takes pride in her ability to treat anxious patients, and like Dr Ron, is a Dental Phobia certified dentist.Dr Priya works very hard at maintaining her knowledge by regularly attending postgraduate courses allowing her to stay at the cutting edge of dentistry.
In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and cooking.
Dr Shireen Hamid
Member ADA (AUS)
Dr Shireen Hamid, a graduate from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) .She enjoys all types of dentistry, Cosmetic, Restorative and General. She has just completed a 2 yr Diploma course in Orthodontics. Due to her cool, calm and gentle nature, she is very popular amongst children. Dr Hamid firmly believes in providing the highest calibre of dentistry and unparalleled service to her clients, enjoying a special interest in cosmetic and preventive dentistry. Dr Hamid reckons that, a beautiful smile is the greatest gift you can give any person. A healthy, beautiful smile conveys status, mood, confidence and a positive reaction from others. The smile is your most important facial feature, it sends out fundamental messages about you, both socially and in work environment. Dr.Hamid in her spare time likes to spend time at home with her family or visiting places around Australia. To keep herself fit, in shape and her mind off dentistry , Shireen is a regular member at the local gym.
Dr. Nyshanthy (Nikki) Karunaharan
B.MedSci (USyd 2000)
B.Dentistry (USyd 2004)
Nikki spent her formative years post graduation working in both the private and public sectors in NSW, and was duly exposed to a vast array of cases requiring complex management. She has since developed a particular interest in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry and the management of phobic patients. Nikki engages her patients in their overall management by being open and approachable, and believes that this helps in achieving the best possible treatment outcome together. Her work ethic was instilled by a tutor who once said, "You'll do well if you always treat your patients as if they were a friend/family member",and this has helped her in building strong, honest and long-term bonds with her patients. Whilst loving work,Nikki does enjoy her leisure time just as much! Dancing, experimental cooking and travelling off the beaten track with her husband are her other passions.
Dr. Katy McKenna
Dr. Katy McKenna graduated in 2010 from Barts and the Royal London, in Whitechapel, UK. She completed her vocational training year working in a community and hospital dental practice on the Ipswich scheme in the east of England. During that year, she accumulated 150 hours worth of continuing professional development study (whereas 60 hours is the minimum requirement in a 3 year cycle in Australia), thereby keeping her knowledge on current dental practice up to date. She relocated to Australia in late 2011 and has been here ever since, working as a private associate dentist in suburban practices including Bega Valley, Geelong, Camperdown and has now moved to the big city Melbourne. Katy enjoys all areas of dentistry, including restorative dentistry, crown and bridgework, denture construction, aesthetics, root canals and extractions including minor oral surgical procedures. She especially enjoys emergency patients and finds the interpersonal and diagnostic skills required to solve immediate problems exciting. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at home, and spending time with her partner and ragdoll cat. Towards the end of the week, she likes socialising with friends with either a regular trip to the cinema or a coffee session at trendy cafes.
BDS (Otago) NZ
Ruma is a graduate from the University of Otago, New Zealand and has been practicing dentistry for over 8 years. She has an amazing enthusiasm and passion for dentistry, which results in her providing dentistry of the highest calibre. She brings a wealth of experience having worked at both hospital and private practice environments in Auckland. Her hospital background has equipped her with exceptional skills in oral surgical procedures, such as difficult extractions including wisdom teeth. She is well versed in all aspects of general dentistry with added passion for cosmetic dentistry. She encourages patients through education and preventive strategies to have a positive, proactive approach to their oral health, facilitating minimal dental intervention for the long term. She is warm, caring and dedicated to creating a comfortable environment that puts her patients instantly at ease. Ruma is committed to continuing education as it allows her to provide the best possible care for her patients and take advantage of the latest developments and technology in dentistry. Outside of dentistry, Ruma is a keen traveller, a cricket enthusiast and relaxes by spending time with her family and friends.
Oral Health Therapist
Catherine studied the Bachelor of Oral Health Science, a dual qualification in both hygiene and therapy, at Latrobe University. She has been treating patients in Bendigo for the last couple of years. Catherine is qualified to do fillings and check-ups for children and provide cleans for all ages. As she has recently joined the team at Star Smiles, she looks forward to having further experience in treating patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. She believes that maintaining a healthy mouth is an important aspect for experiencing quality of life. In Catherine’s spare time, she likes to spend time at the beach, walking, surfing and getting outdoors.
Director, Wheelers Hill and Heatherton
Trainee Practice Manager, Wheelers Hill
Karina joined the team at Star Smiles late in 2013, with the intention of training to become a dental assistant. Within a short time, it was apparent that her previous administrative and management experience would make her suitable for the Trainee Practice Manager role at Wheelers Hill. Karina is enjoying learning the ins and outs of managing a dental clinic, and also the basics of dental assisting so that she can help out in the surgery if needed. She knows that she has a lot to learn, but is thoroughly enjoying the challenge!
Head Nurse, Wheelers Hill
Sarah is a qualified dental assistant with 6 years experience. She started her training in 2008 and completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting through RMIT. Sarah has been a valued member of the Star Smiles team for two years. She loves working at Star Smiles, as she gets to be involved in all aspects of dentistry as well as working with a great team. She has an interest in cosmetic dentistry, and also thoroughly enjoys working with children and being able to make a child’s first experience at the dentist a positive one. Sarah is very approachable and the other dental assistants know that they can go to Sarah for guidance if necessary.
Practice Manager Heatherton
I commenced my career in dental assisting with a general dentist in 1989. After 7 years of service and completing my ADA certificate III and ADECA certificate I decided to expand my career in dental assisting and spent the following three years in an orthodontic clinic.
After having two beautiful girls I came back to dental working in a general practice for 8 years and again expanded my career with completing my Certificate IV in Practice Management.
I enjoy meeting new people and working with both children and adults.
My aim is to provide good customer service and make all of our patients smile.
Mrs. Arpitha Reddy Kanuganti
Accounts & Administration Manager
I am qualified Accountant with Masters in Accounting from Central Queensland University (Melbourne) and MYOB Accounting software from RMIT University.
I have been employed at Star Smiles Dental since September 2010. Since then I have been managing all aspects of Accounting and Administrative management for both Wheelers Hill and Heatherton practice.
I enjoy meeting new people and working with both children and adults.
One reason I particularly enjoy, and the challenges that go along with it, is the opportunity to connect with people. The team is friendly and warm which makes coming to work enjoyable.
"My real strength is my attention to detail. I pride myself on my reputation for following through and meeting deadlines. When I commit to doing something, I make sure it gets done, and on time."
When I am not at work, I like spending time with my kids and family, cooking and travelling.
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