OUR TEAM AT GRIFFITH STREET FAMILY DENTAL
The owners of Griffith Street Family Dental, located in the heart of Coolangatta, received their university qualifications in New Zealand and Australia. Having worked together in local practices throughout Tweed Heads, Banora Point and Tugun, their vision was to open a state of the art dental practice servicing the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads regions. Griffith Street Family Dental has set the standard in dental excellence for the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads areas, and looks forward to delivering an exceptional experience to every patient.
Dr Selvan Dass
Dr Selvan Dass graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from The University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) in 2003 and has been practicing in Australia ever since. He has worked in Mildura (Regional VIC) and Gatton (West of Brisbane, QLD) prior to settling down on the Gold Coast. Dr Selvan Dass has been practicing in the Tugun, Banora Point and Tweed Heads areas since 2006 and has over 10 years of experience in private practice. Selvan has a large local following and patients always comment on his gentleness, expertise and attention to detail.
Dr Selvan Dass is passionate about all facets of General Dentistry. Selvan practices minimally invasive dentistry and emphasises Preventative Dental care. Furthermore, he believes in patient focussed and ethical dentistry. Selvan has a special interest in the fields of Cosmetic Dentistry and Endodontics.
Dr Selvan Dass regularly attends conferences, seminars and lectures regularly and keeps up-to-date on current developments in dentistry. Selvan is always keen to try new innovations and technologies.
Dr Rakesh Bhula
Dr Rakesh Bhula was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his dental training at Otago University, graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2002. After graduation he commenced work as a Maxillofacial and Dental House Surgeon for the Auckland District Health Board. Upon completing his tenure, Dr Rakesh Bhula entered private general dental practice in 2004. Rakesh moved to the Gold Coast in 2006 and has worked in the Tweed Heads, Banora Point and Tugun areas, before opening Griffith Street Family Dental.
Dr Rakesh Bhula practices all facets of dentistry from simple filling procedures, to more complex oral rehabilitation including root canal, crown and bridge, and implant work. Rakesh strives to provide a stress and worry free dental experience for every patient and is renowned to be patient, caring and gentle. Dr Rakesh Bhula strongly believes preventative dental treatment makes up a vitally important aspect of routine dental care.
Rakesh says “Routine dental check-up and cleans allow us to catch minor problems early. A small cavity is easily fixed with a small filling. Left unchecked, this could turn into a painful abscessed tooth requiring root canal work or even extraction.”
In his spare time Rakesh likes to play tennis and guitar. He is currently teaching himself how to play the harmonica.
Cheryll Dunn graduated from Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2006 and made history by being one of the first dental students to graduate from the new dental school with a Bachelor of Oral Health. In 2016 Cheryll completed a Post Graduate degree in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice) at the prestigious University of Melbourne Dental School. This degree expands Cheryll’s scope of practice to provide dental treatment to all ages. Prior to this, Cheryll began her dental career as a dental assistant in Brisbane, before moving to the Coolangatta area in 1989. Cheryll has worked for various dentists on the Gold Coast and this experience has assisted in the opening of Griffith Street Family Dental.
Cheryll Dunn has years of experience in treating children and teenagers and is passionate about making a visit to the dentist fun for both kids and parents alike. Cheryll knows the importance of creating a positive and enjoyable dental experience for your child and for you. She enjoys treating special needs patients, focussing on familiarity to ease them into dental visits. With the focus on good oral hygiene, education and diet, Cheryll also provides all aspects of preventative and general dentistry for adults and children.
Cheryll has also undergone additional training in teeth whitening and provides Zoom® bleaching for suitable candidates. She is consistently updating her skills to provide the most up to date dentistry for her patients.
Outside of her professional life, Cheryll is one of the southern coast locals. She is a long serving member of Kirra SLSC and an active member and competitor with the Coolangatta SLSC Women’s Surf Boat Crew. With husband Daniel and family, she love’s living in Tugun and also enjoys being a soccer and dance mum to her 2 children.
All of Griffith Street Family Dental’s staff are highly qualified dental professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of your entire family’s dental care. They are renowned for delivering the highest standard of personalised service to you, our patients, to make your visit with Griffith Street Family Dental a pleasant dental experience.
Having lived in Coolangatta for over 40 years, Griffith Street Family Dental recruited Nicole to manage the business, administration and human resource components of the practice. Nicole brings a wealth of both business and local Coolangatta knowledge to Griffith Street Family Dental having studied a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Cross University, and a Diploma of Management with Ignite Education. Nicole’s background in both the dental and customer service industries ensures the highest standard of individualised service is delivered to each and every patient. In her spare time, Nicole can often be seen walking her dogs along the Coolangatta foreshore or volunteering for local community organisations, such as the Gold Coast chapter of World Surfing Reserve.
Senior Dental Assistant
As the backbone of our clinical team, Amy is highly trained and skilled in all areas of dental assisting and patient care. Holding a Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography), Amy has over 7 years dental nursing experience and has always worked in the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads areas. Amy is compassionate and helpful to all patients and goes out of her way to make the patients feel more comfortable. In her spare time, Amy loves walking her dog Mahli and training at the local Coolangatta gyms.
Tianni joined Griffith Street Family Dental as a trainee. Throughout her traineeship, Tianni demonstrated a dedication to learning every aspect of Dental Assisting and has easily mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver an excellent standard of patient care. Having graduated TAFE in 2014 with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Tianni was nominated for a ‘Student Excellence Award’ by Northern Rivers TAFE. Tianni is now a permanent employee and an integral part of the Griffith Street Family Dental team. Besides keeping fit at the gym, Tianni also enjoys going to the beach in her spare time.
Trainee Dental Assistant
The newest addition to Griffith Street Family Dental is Holly, who recently graduated with her HSC at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School. Holly is undertaking a Dental Assisting traineeship and is studying towards obtaining her Cert 111 in Dental Assisting. Holly is extremely passionate about patient care and is 100% committed to providing an excellent experience for our patients here at Griffith Street Family Dental. Furthermore, Holly enjoys the excitement of experiencing the different aspects the dental environment has to offer. An avid dancer, in her spare time you can find Holly at a local dance class or enjoying one of the beautiful beaches in Coolangatta.