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About Dapto Dental Clinic


At Dapto Dentists we are committed to provide all aspects of general, implant and cosmetic dentistry in a comfortable and caring environment for an affordable Fees. It is a family oriented and family owned practice open to patients of all ages in the Illawarra region. The practice is owned and operated by West Dapto resident, so you will be assured of reliable service for you and your family. So if you are looking for a reliable and professional dentist to care for your oral health for now and future, you have come to the right place.

We are the branch practice of Woonona Dentists – Our experienced and skilled dental professionals have a track record of providing trusted service in the Illawarra region over the last 40 years. Your dental health is important to us and we will take time to discuss with you the treatment options so that you can make an informed decision about the planned treatment that best suits your needs and budget. You will be assured of receiving gentle, pain free and affordable treatment from our skilled and friendly team. We have Interest Free payment plans through Zipmoney and the option payments for our service through SuperCare.

If you are looking for a Quality Dentist in Dapto, give Dapto Dentists a call.

Our patients are mainly from Dapto and Surrounding suburbs such as Horsley, Koonawarra, Kanahooka, Albion Park, Oak flats, Kembla grange, Unanderra, Warilla, Lake Heights NSW. Our Dental Clinic also caters to the dental care needs of patients from Shellharbour and Wollongong areas as well.

Our team

The Dapto Dental team are here to make sure that you receive high-quality dental services to optimise your oral health. We are committed to provide exceptional dental care to people of all ages in Dapto and Illawarra region. All our dentists are ADA members and committed to enhance their knowledge and skills by attending regular continuing professional development programs and learning from evidence based practices in dentistry. We look forward to see you and your family at Dapto Dentists!

Dr. Breena Kurian


Principal Dentist

Dr Beena Kurian has been practicing all aspects of general dentistry for many years and has taken over the management and ownership of the long established dental practice from Dr. Ivan Young in November 2014. She graduated in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Oxford Dental College, Bangalore in 2007 and successfully completed her Australian Dental Council Examinations after relocating to Wollongong in 2010.

Beena is a confident and caring professional, who takes time to listen to her patient’s concerns and provides treatments according to their needs and budget. She has a track record of providing a whole range of dental treatments to patients of all ages in maintaining their optimal oral health. She believes in the importance of keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in dentistry and has attended numerous hands-on courses on different branches of dentistry such as Cosmetic Dentistry, Periodontics, and Oral surgery. She is interested in all aspects of dentistry but has a special love for paediatric and cosmetic dentistry. Being a kind and approachable person, she makes everyone at ease and comfortable.

Beena lives with her husband and daughter in Horsley and looking forward to continue the long tradition of quality dentistry along with Mohit and Fiona at Dapto Dentists . In addition to English she is well conversant in Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam.


Dr. Breena Kurian


Senior Associate Dentist
Patanjali (Pat) Pandey is a caring, experienced and approachable dentist with over 15 years of clinical expertise in looking after the oral health of people in both private and public sector. Pat started his career in dentistry after his graduation of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2004. In 2008, Pat relocated to Australia with his family and worked for Oral health services in central Queensland, then as senior Dental officer at Hobart Hospital and in other Private practices prior to joining Dapto Dentists. Academically, Pat has completed Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in 2009 from University of the Western Cape South Africa and achieved his Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Sydney (MRACDS) in 2016.

Pat adopts a person-centred approach and recognises that visiting the dentist may be stressful and appreciates the importance of being relatable, compassionate and welcoming, while providing a high level of clinical and surgical care to his patients. Having worked closely with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and obtaining MRACDS he has expertise in minor oral surgery, wisdom teeth including impacted and surgical extractions. Pat is well versed in all aspects of general dentistry and has special interest in non-traumatic wisdom tooth removals, RCT and smile makeovers. Pat is committed to continuously providing the best care for his patients by being the forefront in the latest developments within the dental profession and sharpens his skills by regularly attending professional development programs.

Pat lives with his family in the beautiful city of Wollongong. Pat owe a deep sense of gratitude to the community that he belongs so he is involved in various smile projects organised by Dapto Dentists with the goal to make dentistry more accessible and affordable to Dapto Community. Apart from being a dentist Dr. Pandey loves to travel, enjoy food, follow cricket and spend time with family and friends.


Dr. Breena Kurian


Associate Dentist

Mohit has been an exceptional dentist, community volunteer and an excellent example of an admirable leader who, in addition to undertaking professional development studies and leadership commitments ranging across nationally, has selflessly devoted his time to various career and community initiatives. Mohit graduated as a dentist from Griffith University in the Gold Coast. Academically, prior to commencing post graduate Dental studies at Griffith University, he completed a degree in Medical Sciences with Honours in Pathology at The University of Sydney and more recently, also completed a double degree of Master of Public Health and Master of Health Management from The University of New South Wales. After finishing his dental education, Mohit worked as a hospital dental surgeon at Goulburn Valley Health hospital in Shepparton, rural Victoria gaining a myriad of dental clinical experiences; enjoying all components of general dentistry.

Given the fact that dental patients are scared and fear to see the dentists, Mohit tends to engage with the patients creatively at a one on one personal level. No matter which field or industry, the essence of novel dental techniques and concepts drives him to further learn and investigate, leading to its productive implementation. For example, Mohit implements motivational interviewing aiming to increase the motivation for preventative dental health management. Mohit’s simplicity in discussing treatment plans, together with guidance for long term oral health management is thoroughly appreciated by the patients. He is hard working and efficient and aims to achieve the best possible outcomes in critical situations demanding extra care. He has a pleasant and an outgoing personality which enables him to communicate well with both staff and patients in addition to his good sense of humour.

Over the past few years, in addition to undertaking full time work, extra professional studies and research work, his contribution and growth within the dentistry discipline has been appreciated due to the constructive difference it has made to the healthcare, indigenous students’ education, multicultural enrichment, professional development and youth leadership. He has undertaken and convened several dental charitable initiatives and community service projects making a difference both locally and nationally. Some of his recent notable acknowledgements include The University of Sydney Young Alumni Award, Griffith University Outstanding Young Health Alumnus of the Year Award, Goulburn Valley Young professional of the Year Award and more recently, both the national and state of NSW Pride of Australia Medal. In his leisure time, Mohit likes to explore restaurants of different cuisines and visit new places with his family and friends.


Dr. Breena Kurian

Dr. Barkha Vasnani

Associate Dentist
Dr.Barkha Vasnani graduated from University of Maharashtra Health Sciences, Nashik, India. Barkha then spend many years in a multi-speciality dental clinic gaining valuable expertise in all aspects of general dentistry. Upon migrating to Australia, she has successfully completed Australian Dental Council examinations and joined Dapto Dentists.

Dr. Vasnani had the inspiration towards the field of dentistry as a teen, when she first realized how much herself and her siblings feared being at the dentist, which made her to pursue dentistry and work on alleviating the age-old dentist fear. This makes Barkha’s approach empathetic, patient centric and a pleasant one. She believes in preventative dental care for the adults and kids in the community which goes a long way in maintaining good oral health. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry with a special interest towards paediatric, endodontic and cosmetic dentistry.

Barkha is an active member of the Australian dental association and is continuously keeping herself updated with the current professional development courses. Away from dentistry, she loves travelling and chasing cafes for a good blend of coffee.

Dr. Breena Kurian

Dr Natasha Khushalani BDS

Associate Dentist

The most rewarding aspect of dentistry for Natasha is that she can enhance her patient’s smile and confidence.

Since graduating in 2007, Natasha is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of clinical excellence throughout her patient care. She has committed herself to ongoing education attending several courses with a drive for comprehensive treatment planning and attention to details. With over decade of experience in the dental field, she plans and offers treatments designed to suit the specific needs budget of each patient.

In addition to her expertise in all aspects of general dentistry, Natasha is passionate about improving smile aesthetics for children and adults through orthodontics at Woonona Dentists. Natasha has completed three years study in Masters of Dental Surgery (MDS) in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2012 and has helped many patients of all ages to improve their smile and confidence. Dr. Khushalani believes in early intervention in children using functional appliance therapy and the benefits this provides in reducing extractions of teeth. She sets her orthodontic treatment goals to create not just straight teeth, but for optimal facial aesthetics, keeping in mind function and stability.

Natasha is a compassionate dentist and puts her patients at ease by fostering communication and trust. She believes that prevention and regular maintenance is the key to good oral health and wellbeing. Outside of dentistry, Natasha enjoys travelling, exploring different cuisines and spending time with friends and family.Member:

Our History

Our story actually starts over forty years ago in 1975 when Dr. Ivan Young joined as an associate dentist in a Wollongong dental practice founded by Dr. McGovern. As a team they established a good reputation as a trusting family dentist serving the Illawarra region. Later in the early 1980’s they established another dental clinic in Woonona.

In 2014, Dr. Beena Kurian and Mr Shinu Joseph took over the ownership of Dr. Young’s share in both the Wollongong (Kembla Street) and the Woonona practice located on Princes Highway. Together they formed Woonona dentists at 391 Princes Highway, Woonona.

After Dr. Young retired in 2016, Drs. Fiona Rana, Mohit Tolani and Pat Pandey joined the team to continue the tradition of providing a blend of quality dental care at affordable fees. Finally in July of 2017, the team opened Dapto Dentists to better cater for the oral health needs of families who reside in the Southern Illawarra region.

Our Difference

As local West Dapto residents ourselves, we’re proud to be your community dentist Dapto residents trust. We treat you with respect, care and deliver honest advice that our patients love. Read more about our differences below…

Quality meets affordability
We strive to deliver the very latest services using the latest technology at affordable fees. Join us today and you can save at least 15% and up to 40% on every treatment. As well as a variety of special officer, we offer interest-free flexible payment options like Zipmoney and in house payment plans. We’re also one of the first dentists in the Illawarra region to work with SuperCare – Early release of your Superannuation to pay for family dental care.

Family dentist, family feel
As a family-owned Dapto dental clinic, we pride ourselves on delivering a homely feel. So from our family to yours, we’d like to welcome you into our (dental) home.

Trusting environment
By being open and honest with you, we hope to create a trusting environment where you can make a fully informed choice about your oral health care options.

Strong focus on patient education
We strongly believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is why we’ve made treatments like regular dental check-up and cleaning both GAP Free or capped at $140.

Safety first

At Dapto Dentists we have the highest standards of infection control. We use only the latest technologically advanced equipment that tracks and sterilises equipment for your total peace-of-mind. We are also QIP accredited dental practice meaning peace of mind for you as we have highest standards in what we do and how we operate

Quality materials
Dapto residents can expect the very best treatment using the only the top brands sourced from top suppliers like Henry Shein Halas and Dentsply Sirona. Even the laboratory we use to fabricate our veneers, crowns and bridges is 100% Australian owned and provides up to 15 years warranty on them.