Maven Dental Robina

Meet The Team

DR DAVID NESTOR | Dentist Gold Coast
Lead Dentist

Dr David Nestor

Dr David Nestor from Galway, in the west of Ireland completed his undergraduate dental training in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2009. Following graduation Dr David spent a number of years working in Belfast, treating patients in private practice and also treating patients in the public system. During this time he achieved membership to the Royal College of Surgeons Ediniburgh through the MJDF and MFDS examinations.

Dr David made his way to sunny Far North Queensland in 2015 and spent a number of years working in Innisfail and enjoying the laid back lifestyle of the Far North. He keeps up…

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Dr David Nestor from Galway, in the west of Ireland completed his undergraduate dental training in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2009. Following graduation Dr David spent a number of years working in Belfast, treating patients in private practice and also treating patients in the public system. During this time he achieved membership to the Royal College of Surgeons Ediniburgh through the MJDF and MFDS examinations.

Dr David made his way to sunny Far North Queensland in 2015 and spent a number of years working in Innisfail and enjoying the laid back lifestyle of the Far North. He keeps up to date with postgraduate learning and courses in Australia and overseas.

Dr David has recently joined the Maven Dental team in the Gold Coast and shows a keen interest in restorative dentistry, including crowns, bridges, veneers and implant crowns. He takes pride in being a gentle dentist and takes the time to explain the treatment options to his patient.

Outside of dentistry, he enjoys golf, travel photography and hiking.

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SARAH CASH | Maven Dental Robina
Dental Hygienist & Lead Clinician

Sarah Cash

Swapping England for the Gold Coast, Sarah is a talented member of the Maven Dental team, originally joining the Southport practice in 2018 and has now relocated to the Robina branch full time.


She graduated in 2012 with Diplomas in Dental Hygiene and Therapy and was awarded the clinical hygiene award for her graduating cohort.

Sarah is committed to providing the highest standard of care for her patients and believes that a hygienist visit should be as comfortable as possible, with that in mind she solely works with Airflow technology incorporating Guided Biofilm Therapy.

She has a keen interest in…

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Swapping England for the Gold Coast, Sarah is a talented member of the Maven Dental team, originally joining the Southport practice in 2018 and has now relocated to the Robina branch full time.


She graduated in 2012 with Diplomas in Dental Hygiene and Therapy and was awarded the clinical hygiene award for her graduating cohort.

Sarah is committed to providing the highest standard of care for her patients and believes that a hygienist visit should be as comfortable as possible, with that in mind she solely works with Airflow technology incorporating Guided Biofilm Therapy.

She has a keen interest in periodontics and is very confident in treating complex cases and strives to achieve optimal results, whilst working alongside the dentist.

Having worked in Oral Health Improvement roles in the past she has seen firsthand the impact oral health can have on general health and as a result, she is committed to educating her patients on all aspects of their health and wellness and how they are closely linked.

Sarah has a great passion for education and public speaking so she regularly delivers training events not only for her peers but within the wider community also.

When Sarah isn’t busy at the practice you will usually find her on one of Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches, soaking up the sun. Sarah is also keen to try and keep fit and is always looking for new things to try – and is currently trying to practice more yoga and meditation to complement her busy lifestyle.

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DR RACHEL O'CONNOR | Dentist Robina
Associate Dentist

Dr Rachel O'Connor

Originally from the west of Ireland Dr Rachel O'Connor joined the Maven team in 2019. Dr Rachel graduated in 2009 from Trinity College Dublin and spent the next 5 years working in private practice in Ireland. During this time she gained experience in all aspects of dentistry including Orthodontics and placement of permanent bonded retainers.

Dr Rachel is an extremely gentle dentist with a knack for calming nervous patients and is also great with children. With this, she has a keen interest in Paediatric dentistry after working for a year in the Irish public health system exclusively treating children.

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Originally from the west of Ireland Dr Rachel O'Connor joined the Maven team in 2019. Dr Rachel graduated in 2009 from Trinity College Dublin and spent the next 5 years working in private practice in Ireland. During this time she gained experience in all aspects of dentistry including Orthodontics and placement of permanent bonded retainers.

Dr Rachel is an extremely gentle dentist with a knack for calming nervous patients and is also great with children. With this, she has a keen interest in Paediatric dentistry after working for a year in the Irish public health system exclusively treating children.

Dr Rachel became a member of the Rcsed in 2013 after completing MJDf and MFDS examinations. In 2015, Rachel relocated to Cairns where she continued to work in private practice offering a wide range of dental treatments. She is currently undertaking training in cosmetic facial treatment and is looking forward to offering this service to patients in the near future.

Outside of dentistry, she enjoys playing sports including hockey and golf.

DR KHILAN SHUKLA | Dentist Robina
Associate Dentist

Dr Khilan Shukla

Dr Khilan Shukla completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University in Far North Queensland and was lucky enough to travel around the country working in Cairns, Townsville, and Tasmania, as well as completing international placements in Sri Lanka and Kenya. He has been a part of the team at Maven since moving to the Gold Coast in 2019. 

Dr Khilan enjoys taking the time to work with families to ensure they have an enjoyable and pain-free experience at the dentist. He loves helping patients to better understand the importance of dental health, and to create a comfortable…

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Dr Khilan Shukla completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University in Far North Queensland and was lucky enough to travel around the country working in Cairns, Townsville, and Tasmania, as well as completing international placements in Sri Lanka and Kenya. He has been a part of the team at Maven since moving to the Gold Coast in 2019. 

Dr Khilan enjoys taking the time to work with families to ensure they have an enjoyable and pain-free experience at the dentist. He loves helping patients to better understand the importance of dental health, and to create a comfortable environment for nervous patients. 

When he is not at the practice, you can find Khilan on a tennis court or spending time with family. He is also studying for a medical degree at Griffith University.

DR AMEERAH FAKIM | Dentist Robina
Associate Dentist

Dr Ameerah Fakim

Ameerah graduated with an honours degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and subsequently completed an optional year of Foundation Training with the Northern Deanery in the UK. She then worked as an associate dentist for a year in the UK achieving her Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons before returning to Ireland where she has been working in private practice. In August 2020, she moved to the Gold Coast.

Ameerah is a caring and kind general dentist who has undertaken multiple post-graduate courses to increase her skills and provide a higher level of care to her patients. She…

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Ameerah graduated with an honours degree from Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and subsequently completed an optional year of Foundation Training with the Northern Deanery in the UK. She then worked as an associate dentist for a year in the UK achieving her Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons before returning to Ireland where she has been working in private practice. In August 2020, she moved to the Gold Coast.

Ameerah is a caring and kind general dentist who has undertaken multiple post-graduate courses to increase her skills and provide a higher level of care to her patients. She is passionate about dental education and is a firm believer that patient education is the key to the prevention and management of dental disease.

She was the President for the Irish Society of Dentistry for Children 2020 and also held a part-time clinical supervisor post for undergraduate paediatric clinics in the Dublin Dental University Hospital.

Her interest in aesthetically focused dentistry and analysing facial features for symmetry and balance led to an interest in facial aesthetics and injectables. Training with the Cosmedocs team in their Harley Street Institute in London, she has also undertaken masterclasses with some of the best in the industry such as Julie Horne, Dr Ayad Harb and Dr Toni Burke.

Denise Ungerer | Maven Dental Robina
Dental Hygienist

Denise Ungerer

Dental hygienist, Denise Ungerer, was welcomed to the Maven Dental Robina practice in December 2017. Denise originally completed her Associate Diploma of Dental Hygiene in Adelaide in 1993, before returning to the Gold Coast where she has worked as a dental hygienist since.

Throughout the course of her career, Denise has gained experience working in both general and specialist periodontal practices. She holds keen interests in periodontics and removing heavy deposits to allow gingival healing, and strives to help her patients keep their teeth for life.

Denise is passionate about providing quality care to her patients and seeing their gingival health improve…

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Dental hygienist, Denise Ungerer, was welcomed to the Maven Dental Robina practice in December 2017. Denise originally completed her Associate Diploma of Dental Hygiene in Adelaide in 1993, before returning to the Gold Coast where she has worked as a dental hygienist since.

Throughout the course of her career, Denise has gained experience working in both general and specialist periodontal practices. She holds keen interests in periodontics and removing heavy deposits to allow gingival healing, and strives to help her patients keep their teeth for life.

Denise is passionate about providing quality care to her patients and seeing their gingival health improve over the course of their treatment. Keeping up to date with the latest in her field, she also regularly attends DHAA seminars.

Away from the practice, Denise is often found outdoors mountain biking around Brisbane and Gold Coast and spending time with her 2 rescue greyhounds and 2 rescue cats.

LISA GAZZARD | Maven Dental Robina
Oral Health Therapist

Lisa Gazzard

Lisa Gazzard graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Oral Health Therapy) in 2009 and has been working as an Oral Health Therapist for almost seven years.

Lisa is known for her caring and gentle approach. Lisa works together with our dental practitioners to provide routine oral health care for children and adults.

​As an Oral Health Therapist, Lisa prides herself on being extremely passionate about oral health and preventative care and is highly motivated to provide the utmost level of dental care to her patients.

She also helps to promote oral health among school children and…

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Lisa Gazzard graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Oral Health Therapy) in 2009 and has been working as an Oral Health Therapist for almost seven years.

Lisa is known for her caring and gentle approach. Lisa works together with our dental practitioners to provide routine oral health care for children and adults.

​As an Oral Health Therapist, Lisa prides herself on being extremely passionate about oral health and preventative care and is highly motivated to provide the utmost level of dental care to her patients.

She also helps to promote oral health among school children and the broader community through public based education.

Outside of work, Lisa loves surfing and beach related activities, eating Thai food and spending time with her young son and daughter.

KIRSTEN TIPPETT | Maven Dental Robina
Oral Health Therapist

Kirsten Tippett

Kirsten has made a life long career on the Gold Coast in the Dental Industry, having been in the industry for the past 26 years in a variety of capacities.

In 2008 Kirsten attained her Bachelor of Oral Health in Oral Health Therapy from Griffith University, and has been practicing as an OHT over the past 10+ years in all facets of her qualification, encompassing:

  • Specialist Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry and
  • Periodontics

Her priority as an Oral Health Therapist is to provide comprehensive education and treatments to all people that are in her care. Kirsten has a bubbly personality and is…

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Kirsten has made a life long career on the Gold Coast in the Dental Industry, having been in the industry for the past 26 years in a variety of capacities.

In 2008 Kirsten attained her Bachelor of Oral Health in Oral Health Therapy from Griffith University, and has been practicing as an OHT over the past 10+ years in all facets of her qualification, encompassing:

  • Specialist Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry and
  • Periodontics

Her priority as an Oral Health Therapist is to provide comprehensive education and treatments to all people that are in her care. Kirsten has a bubbly personality and is passionate and well experienced in all facets of Oral Health Therapy.

Kirsten's philosophy is based on prevention, providing patient education in a professional comfortable manner to ensure patients have a future of excellent Oral Health.

When Kirsten isn't at work she enjoys spending time with her family extended and friends, fur babies, at the beach in the garden and listening to live music.

SAMANTHA CARRINGTON | Maven Dental Robina
Dental Hygienist

Samantha Carrington

Samantha Carrington graduated from the University of Manchester in the U.K. in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Oral Health Science where she was awarded the prize for professionalism. Sami worked in Manchester UK for many years until she emigrated to the Gold Coast in November 2017. She is passionate and motivated in her profession and has vast experience in complex periodontal cases (including post-implant treatment). Sami enjoys working with patients to achieve their optimum oral health whilst helping nervous patients overcome any fears they may have.

In her spare time, Sami is kept busy with her three children Luke, Sophia and Arabella. She enjoys keeping fit and loves spending any spare time at her favourite place - the beach.