Maven Dental New Farm

Meet The Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Krupa Raniga

Dr Krupa Raniga, originally from the UK, moved to Australia in 2011. She was working on the Gold Coast in a family practice and moved to join Maven Dental New Farm as the lead dentist in early 2016.

She enjoys treating patients of all ages including those of the younger age group. She is very kind and caring, helping even the anxious patients have a pleasant dental experience. She enjoys performing all aspects of dentistry but particularly enjoys paediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and endodontics.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and baking.

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Dentist

Dr Ron Koh

Maven Dental New Farm welcomed dentist Dr Ron Koh to the practice in 2015. Dr Koh graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dental Science, before going on to complete a Masters of Philosophy (field of dentistry) in 2014. Over the course of his career he has practiced as a dentist in a number of practices around Brisbane (Yeronga, Sunnybank Hills, New Farm).

Although enjoying and highly experienced across all aspects of dentistry, Dr Koh has clinical interest in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, gentle preventive work and paediatric dentistry. With each patient, he focuses…

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Maven Dental New Farm welcomed dentist Dr Ron Koh to the practice in 2015. Dr Koh graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dental Science, before going on to complete a Masters of Philosophy (field of dentistry) in 2014. Over the course of his career he has practiced as a dentist in a number of practices around Brisbane (Yeronga, Sunnybank Hills, New Farm).

Although enjoying and highly experienced across all aspects of dentistry, Dr Koh has clinical interest in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, gentle preventive work and paediatric dentistry. With each patient, he focuses on providing the highest quality care and treatment that assists his patients in achieving great oral health and improving their confidence. Dr Koh also feels fortunate to be part of such a happy and collaborative team that share the same values.

Dr Koh places great importance on his professional development and continually seeks out opportunities to further his skills and knowledge. In addition to his Masters degree obtained in 2014, he has completed Orthodontic training through Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS).

Outside of dentistry, Dr Koh has interests in maintaining a healthy lifestyle (gym), watching sports and spending time with family and friends.

Dr Ron Koh is part of the following associations:

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
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Dentist

Dr Simran Patheja

Maven Dental New Farm welcomed Dr Simran Patheja to the practice in August 2017 as a driven and compassionate dentist. Dr Patheja graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014, having completed her Bachelor of Dental Science with First Class Honours. After graduating she began her career working for Queensland Health for a year and a half before enjoying 6 months travelling abroad in Europe.

Upon her return, Dr Patheja joined the Maven Dental New Farm practice where she remains committed to providing exceptional dental care that fosters positive patient experiences and satisfaction. Alongside her current role, she additionally works…

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Maven Dental New Farm welcomed Dr Simran Patheja to the practice in August 2017 as a driven and compassionate dentist. Dr Patheja graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014, having completed her Bachelor of Dental Science with First Class Honours. After graduating she began her career working for Queensland Health for a year and a half before enjoying 6 months travelling abroad in Europe.

Upon her return, Dr Patheja joined the Maven Dental New Farm practice where she remains committed to providing exceptional dental care that fosters positive patient experiences and satisfaction. Alongside her current role, she additionally works part time in a local Ipswich dental practice.

Although enjoying all aspects of dentistry, Dr Patheja holds clinical interests in the areas of family dentistry, wisdom teeth removal and oral surgery. She additionally remains up to date with the latest developments within the field of dentistry by regularly attending continued professional development courses and training.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Patheja enjoys keeping fit, practicing Bikram yoga, traveling, listening to music and enjoying good food.

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Associate Dentist

Dr Benjamin Hii

Joining the team at Maven Dental New Farm in 2020, Dr Benjamin Hii is a passionate dentist that is constantly seeking opportunities to learn new techniques to ensure his patients are getting the best possible dental care.

After graduating from the University of Otago Dr Hii spent three years in Townsville working for QLD Health. In 2009 he relocated to Brisbane where he practiced in busy private practices across the city before joining our New Farm team.

Dr Hii loves all aspects of dentistry and loves learning about new and exciting dental technology. Ben’s goal as a dentist is to…

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Joining the team at Maven Dental New Farm in 2020, Dr Benjamin Hii is a passionate dentist that is constantly seeking opportunities to learn new techniques to ensure his patients are getting the best possible dental care.

After graduating from the University of Otago Dr Hii spent three years in Townsville working for QLD Health. In 2009 he relocated to Brisbane where he practiced in busy private practices across the city before joining our New Farm team.

Dr Hii loves all aspects of dentistry and loves learning about new and exciting dental technology. Ben’s goal as a dentist is to create beautiful smiles for his patients which has led to a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Hii is also passionate about preventative dentistry and believes good oral health starts at home. He places great importance on educating his patients about the best oral health practices.

Away from the practice, you’ll usually find Dr Hii relaxing at the beach or keeping fit at the gym. He is also a bit of a movie buff and owns a saltwater fish tank that keeps him very busy!

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Associate Dentist

Dr Chiara Blair

Joining our team at Maven Dental New Farm in 2020, Dr Chiara Blair is a talented young dentist that is passionate about all aspects of dentistry. Chiara has an outgoing personality and loves taking care of others.

Originally from Scotland, Dr Blair graduated from the University of Dundee in 2017 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After working in busy NHS practices for over two years she made the move to Australia to join our friendly team here in Brisbane.

Although she enjoys all aspects of dentistry she has a particular interest in oral surgery and endodontics. She also enjoys…

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Joining our team at Maven Dental New Farm in 2020, Dr Chiara Blair is a talented young dentist that is passionate about all aspects of dentistry. Chiara has an outgoing personality and loves taking care of others.

Originally from Scotland, Dr Blair graduated from the University of Dundee in 2017 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After working in busy NHS practices for over two years she made the move to Australia to join our friendly team here in Brisbane.

Although she enjoys all aspects of dentistry she has a particular interest in oral surgery and endodontics. She also enjoys the artistic side of dentistry and has a keen interest in restorative dentistry. Chiara finds working as a dentist incredibly rewarding and loves seeing the difference she can make to someone’s health and well-being.

Away from the practice. Chiara enjoys keeping fit at the gym and playing soccer. She is always planning her next trip away or exploring what Brisbane has to offer. Since moving to Australia Chiara has found a new favourite hobby – relaxing at the beach!

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Associate Dentist

Dr Metash Jilka

Maven Dental New Farm welcomed Dr Metash Jilka to the practice as an associate dentist. Originally from the UK, Dr Jilka completed his dental qualifications at the Dundee University in Scotland. Prior to moving to Australia, he worked as a lead dentist in Edinburgh where he developed a passion for designing and creating beautiful smiles.

As a friendly and cheerful dentist, Dr Jilka always strives to ensure his patients (particularly nervous ones) feel calm and confident about their dental treatment. He is committed to providing the highest, professional level of care while still remaining gentle and approachable. Dr Jilka is…

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Maven Dental New Farm welcomed Dr Metash Jilka to the practice as an associate dentist. Originally from the UK, Dr Jilka completed his dental qualifications at the Dundee University in Scotland. Prior to moving to Australia, he worked as a lead dentist in Edinburgh where he developed a passion for designing and creating beautiful smiles.

As a friendly and cheerful dentist, Dr Jilka always strives to ensure his patients (particularly nervous ones) feel calm and confident about their dental treatment. He is committed to providing the highest, professional level of care while still remaining gentle and approachable. Dr Jilka is also a trained Invisalign provider – producing fantastic results for many of his patients.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Jilka relishes an active outdoor lifestyle, enjoying frequent travel, trekking, cycling and Latin dancing. He also loves making the most of what Brisbane has to offer and looks forward to pursuing all opportunities that lie ahead.

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Dental Hygienist

Melissa Szolomajer

Melissa Szolomajer joined the team at Maven Dental Group New Farm, previously Calm Dental, in 2013 as our resident Oral Hygienist.

With more than 16 years' experience across the dental industry and a passion for oral hygiene, Melissa is dedicated to providing her patients with the skills and education necessary to maintain good oral health - even between visits.

Melissa is also committed to professional development and continued education, playing an active role on the Dental Hygienist Association Queensland Branch Committee and participating in a number of community projects. With a keen interest in treating and maintaining periodontal disease she…

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Melissa Szolomajer joined the team at Maven Dental Group New Farm, previously Calm Dental, in 2013 as our resident Oral Hygienist.

With more than 16 years' experience across the dental industry and a passion for oral hygiene, Melissa is dedicated to providing her patients with the skills and education necessary to maintain good oral health - even between visits.

Melissa is also committed to professional development and continued education, playing an active role on the Dental Hygienist Association Queensland Branch Committee and participating in a number of community projects. With a keen interest in treating and maintaining periodontal disease she enjoys learning new techniques to combat the disease.

Since joining our team, Melissa has become a valued and well-respected team member with patients frequently commenting on her approachable nature and gentle technique.

Away from the practice Melissa loves cooking, photography, spending time with family and friends, keeping healthy and taking her boys to the beach.

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Oral Health Therapist

Malavika Malhotra

Malavika Malhotra joined the Maven Dental New Farm team in September 2017 as a friendly and caring oral health therapist. Malavika graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2011, having completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health. She began her career in dentistry working for the Auckland regional dental services in a government practice.

Malavika worked for a government organisation for 3 years while working part time on the weekends at a private clinic. After three years, Malavika entered into private practice where she continued to work until relocating to Australia in September, 2016. She worked in both private…

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Malavika Malhotra joined the Maven Dental New Farm team in September 2017 as a friendly and caring oral health therapist. Malavika graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2011, having completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health. She began her career in dentistry working for the Auckland regional dental services in a government practice.

Malavika worked for a government organisation for 3 years while working part time on the weekends at a private clinic. After three years, Malavika entered into private practice where she continued to work until relocating to Australia in September, 2016. She worked in both private and public organisations in Australia before deciding to permanently continue practising in a private clinic setting.

As an oral health therapist Malavika is passionate about helping people maintain a sustainable change in their oral hygiene. She holds clinical interests in oral health education and the clenching/grinding of teeth, and regularly attends continued professional development courses to further her skills and knowledge.

Away from the practice, Malavika spends her time going for salsa dance classes, gym, hiking, swimming, reading and travelling.

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Practice Manager

Janet Schulz

Janet joined the Maven Dental New Farm team in early 2016. Prior to joining the team Janet spent four years working in the medical industry as a Practice Manager and Clinical Assistant in Dermatology. She has also had extensive experience in small business having owned and run a country motel and café and working as the Office Manager in an architectural firm. As a result of her extensive customer service experience, Janet ensures all patients enjoy a relaxed and comfortable experience when visiting the dentist.

Committed to welcoming all patients into a space they can feel comfortable, confident and reassured…

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Janet joined the Maven Dental New Farm team in early 2016. Prior to joining the team Janet spent four years working in the medical industry as a Practice Manager and Clinical Assistant in Dermatology. She has also had extensive experience in small business having owned and run a country motel and café and working as the Office Manager in an architectural firm. As a result of her extensive customer service experience, Janet ensures all patients enjoy a relaxed and comfortable experience when visiting the dentist.

Committed to welcoming all patients into a space they can feel comfortable, confident and reassured in, Janet believes patient experience is paramount to the provision of thoughtful, well-informed oral health care. She also believes very strongly in the benefit of developing a happy and well functioning team who look forward to their working day.

In her spare time, Janet enjoys spending time in the garden. The constant challenge of growing vegetables as well as creating an attractive flowering garden gives her great joy. She also enjoys travelling and is looking forward to exploring the Kimberley and Pilbara regions in Western Australia in the future.