Meet Our Team

Star Smiles Dental Team

Dental Surgeon

Dr. Nalini Prasad(Principal Dentist)
BDS (Otago) NZ ,Member ADA (AUS) ,Member GDC (UK), Member AADFA, Member IAAD

Dr. Nalini Prasad is a graduate of 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 the 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 Racey Woo (Rui Xi)
BDSc (Melb) Member ADA. APHRA

Dr Racey graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Hailing from Singapore, she speaks fluent English and Mandarin.

Dr Racey enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, and has a gentle and calming approach with her patients. She is passionate about providing the best long term care for her patients.

Her special interests include cosmetic dentistry and wisdom tooth removals.

Dr Racey’s favourite part of dentistry is helping her patients smile their best smile.

As a child, she experienced firsthand after a basketball accident how one’s teeth can affect their self-confidence, and hence strives daily to help her patients smile confidently.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Racey is an avid traveller and foodie who love learning about different cultures from everyone she meets.

Dr Sanjona Takkar

Dr. Sanjona graduated in 2010 from B.F.University of Health sciences and research, Punjab, India which has a top notch programme for dentistry and has been a part of Star Smiles family for the past two years now.

After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she did a bridging course for 6 months and wrote exams for professional recognition with the Australian Dental Council.

In 2017, she did a course in treating Sleep related breathing disorders with Oral Appliances.

While in school, she had a friend who always complained of tooth, jaw and headaches and it turned out that she was grinding her teeth in sleep.
Only when she visited her dentist and found out on how to fix her problem, not only did her grades improve but she slept better with no pain.
This incidence was the turning point that drew her to dentistry and she wished to have people get more out of their lives and have better oral health.

She enjoys attending conferences to enhance her skills and be updated.
Her calm, friendly and relaxed approach makes children very comfortable with her and her areas of interest include paediatric and restorative dentistry.

Besides having passion for dentistry, she enjoys travelling, cooking, meditation and singing.
She speaks fluent English, Hindi and Punjabi.

B.D.Sc, D.D.S.

Oscar studied Dentistry in Lima, Peru and graduated in 2001 from San Martin de Porres University, considered as one of the best private Universities in Peru and South America. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree upon graduation, Oscar studied a full time four-month course to successfully pass a specific examination to obtain his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Oscar worked in his own dental practice in Lima since graduation and he was determined to continue his education and training at the highest level. Therefore he attended to various dental courses, congresses and International conferences related to all aspects of dentistry and enabled him to enhance patient’s lives both functionally and aesthetically.

In 2005, he completed a postgraduate course in Oral Implants at the College of Dentistry of Peru under the National School of Professional Development program. Since then he introduced dental Implants to his daily practice.

After a couple of years he and his family decide to move to a small town in the southern jungle of Peru looking for a more peaceful and spiritual life. Here, Oscar worked at the local Peruvian Air Force base giving services to the community and participating in various community health and volunteer programs while practicing afterhours at his own dental practice.

After gaining a deeper insight of daily life from practicing Yoga early in the mornings and attending to several meditation workshops and spiritual practices, in 2011 he finally decided to sell his practice and his entire dental equipment looking for a more promising professional future for him and his family. After evaluating the options, he decided to move to Australia to experience dentistry in a developed English speaking country.

Moving overseas and a long way from home was not easy for him, although he was committed to accomplish his goals so he went through his professional recognition with the Australian Dental Council.

While studying for his exams, Oscar worked as a part-time and casual Dental Assistant for countless private and public dental practices including the best known Periodontists, Prosthodontists and Oral Implant specialists in Melbourne city.

After three years of studies and dedication he successfully passed the ADC examinations and finally completed this process and became recognized as an Australian Dentist on early starts of 2016.

Since then, Oscar started working straight away in many practices across Victoria and now he is readily back to bring all of his knowledge learnt from both worlds into Star Smiles Mentone where he will introduce dental Implants and the best restorative treatments available for his patients.

Dental Hygienist / Therapist

Ms Mariam Khaleqi

Hi , Im Mariam Khaleqi and I have been practicing as a Dental Practitioner (Hygienist) for the past 4 years at Star Smiles Dental Clinic. I graduated back in 2015 from RMIT University and completed all my dental training at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

As part of integrated dental team my main role is in prevention & management of Periodontal Disease (gum disease) as well as maintaining good oral health

Apart from this, I also enjoy providing treatment such as in house teeth whitening and minor orthodontics adjustments

My passion for dentistry started whilst I was seeing my orthodontist and from then onwards I took great interested in the dental field. I enjoying attending dental seminars and conferences to keep my skills updated so I can implement it into practice

When I am not working I love traveling and reading books.

I’m conversant with English and Dari. We welcome you to our practice and hope to see you soon.

Ms Nishu Bagga

As a qualified Dental Hygienist at Star Smiles dental, I help patients achieve a state of optimal oral health through individually designed preventative care plans.

I strive to provide the highest level of hygiene treatments like scaling and non surgical gum treatments for patients with gum disease. I strongly believe, educating patients on oral health and home care is an important part of preventative treatment.

With special interest and training in orthodontics I work alongside Dr Prasad on removable and fixed braces, as well. I especially love working with children to motivate and enable them to achieve the best level of oral hygiene throughout life.

Accounts & Administration Manager

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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