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Meet Our Team

The Woonona Dental team is here to support your excellent oral health with a range of high-quality dental solutions.

Dr Raj Pather

Dentist Woonona, Dr. Raj PatherBorn in South Africa, Dr Pather moved to Australia in 1978. He attended the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1985. Immediately, he began working in Illawara and then Dapto. He’s served our community area for over 30 years, and his father, too, was a well-known medical practitioner in Illawarra.

Dr Pather has numerous professional associations. He has completed aid work through Equal Health in Calcutta and other parts of India and became a Fellow of the International Academy of Dentists in 2006. He’s a member of the Australia Dental Association and was Secretary of the South Coast Division from 1990-1992, then President from 1992 to 1994. Additionally, he is a member of the Australian Society of Dental Implants and the International Team of Implantology.

He has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and implant surgery. Married with two children, Dr Pather enjoys travelling to different parts of the world with his family and motor racing.


Dr Amit Balgi

Dentist Woonona, Dr. Armit BalgiBorn and brought up in Wollongong, Amit completed school and an undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong before moving to Orange to pursue Dentistry, where he obtained his Bachelor of Dental Science from Charles Sturt University. After graduating in 2016, he continued to work for the University in Private Practice, but also in an academic role, lecturing and tutoring Year 3 and 4 students.

He has developed a strong interest in Endodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry. He enjoys treating anxious patients and those that feel uncomfortable about visiting the Dentist.

Amit continues to develop and improve his professional skills by attending courses when he can.


Dr Darian Karunaikumar

Dentist Woonona, Dr. DarianDarian is a Perth born, Sydney bred dentist with an undergraduate medical science followed by Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Sydney. His early time in clinical practice was spent in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, and he’s now swapped the hustle and bustle for a sea change, calling the Illawarra region his new home.

His main areas of interest lie in oral surgery and prosthodontics. He strives to provide comfortable treatment for his patients and to produce high quality restorations. He regular attends further education to improve his skills.

Darian loves to travel and volunteer. He’s served in dental missions on several occasions to underprivileged communities in Guatemala, Honduras and twice in rural Cambodia, and can’t wait for the next opportunity.


Dr Kanishko Das

Dr Kanishko DasBorn and brought up in Delhi, India, Kanishko moved to Sydney, Australia in 2009 to pursue his tertiary education at the University of Sydney. There he completed his undergraduate degree in Medical Science, majoring in Neuroscience and then went on to complete the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2016, to qualify as a dentist. Upon graduating, he started his career in Queensland to work in corporate private practice in Sunshine Coast, while serving the community in rural Queensland out in Mt Isa at the same time. He then moved to Dubbo, in regional NSW in 2017. He operated as the loved, friendly local dentist providing care to the community up until 2020, when he finally moved to Wollongong, to join our team.

As a practitioner, Dr Das has a very systematic and structured approach, centred around the patient. From making patients immediately comfortable in the chair, he puts them first while devising treatment plans and works with them every step of the way. He also spends time with anxious patients and kids to help them overcome their fears. He is interested in aesthetic and functional restorative dentistry as well as endodontics. He also completed the Master Implant Program with the Brener Implant Institute in 2019.

In his free time, he enjoys the company of his family and friends, be it at home or outdoors. He also enjoys cricket, tennis, motorsport, cooking and photography.


Kristin Gault, Oral Health Therapist

Kristin, Oral hygienistKristin, our dedicated Oral Health Therapist is an integral member of the Woonona Dental team. Kristin graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Oral Health and has spent the last 7 years practising both dental hygiene and therapy. Kristin works collaboratively with Dr Pather and the Woonona Dental team to provide the best quality dental care and treatment to patients of all ages.

Kristin is the person you see every 6 months for your maintenance and cleaning appointments, always with a thorough but gentle approach. She is also highly skilled in more specialised care including management of gum disease as well as taking care of the dental needs of the children that visit our practice. Kristin is always ready to share her knowledge with you to ensure you are well informed about your dental health and how best to manage it. She places a high focus on prevention of oral disease and is passionate about creating individualised maintenance, homecare and introducing new oral care products to help every patient achieve optimal oral health.

In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing netball, looking after her dog and going camping on the South Coast.

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Our dentists have almost eighty years combined experience, most of which has been in the Woonona and greater Illawarra region. As part of our ongoing commitment to quality and providing the best service to our patients, we regularly take part in continuing development activities both in Australia and abroad.

Contact us today to book your time! We look forward to meeting you and your family!
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