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Welcome to Coolangatta Dental Group

Coolangatta Dental Group (CDG) is a conglomerate of seven professionally managed and modern practices spread throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

The reputable Coolangatta Dental Group team offer a variety of services ranging from general and cosmetic Dentistry including Tooth Coloured Restorations, Ceramic Restorations, Veneers, Crowns, Bridge Work and Porcelain Veneers as well as Invisalign (Clear/Removable Braces), Implants, ZOOM Tooth Whitening, Dentures, Surgical Extractions (including Wisdom Teeth) and the NEW Snap on Smile technique.

In addition, the group have expanded their services and now have THE LATEST laser technology available for Dentistry.

To further assist, the team also offer interest free payment plans and are Network Providers for BUPA, HCF, Medibank Private and offer pensioner discounts to Veterans Affairs patients

Their state of the art facilities coupled with their staff’s genuine care for patients well-being is a testimony to the businesses on-going development.

Welcome to Coolangatta Dental Group

Meet Our Dental team.

Dr Anthony Hua (Principal Dentist)

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Dr Anthony Hua completed his Dentistry studies at Griffith University and graduated with First Class Honours (Class IA). He was awarded with the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence throughout the degree. Anthony’s passion, expertise and dedication to the field of dentistry have been recognised by his achievement of numerous awards and grants from the Australian Dental Research Foundation (ADRF), Colgate, and the Golden Key International Honours Society. He has presented his own clinical research on Dental Anxiety at various forums, including the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 54th Annual Scientific Meeting.

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The following are his fields of interest:
  • Cosmetic Dentistry.
  • Advanced Laser Dentistry.
  • Oral Surgery and General Dentistry

Dentistry is an ever-evolving and advancing field. Anthony maintains his commitment to the latest techniques and procedures by attending numerous professional development courses, both in Australia and overseas. He is one of only a handful of dentists in Australia that has been trained and certified in Advanced Laser Dentistry, obtained from the Laser LifeCare Institute.

Anthony also holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Queensland, where he attained the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement. His dual-qualifications give him a comprehensive understanding of the health of his patients, allowing him to provide optimal patient care. He has extensive experience in various clinical settings including community, hospital, aged-care and rural. Anthony strongly believes in the importance of high quality dental service and providing an environment where patients can enjoy a positive experience. He has a friendly, gentle, compassionate and dynamic approach to his practice, and focuses particular attention to detail and aesthetics.

Being born and bred in Queensland, Anthony enjoys the outdoors – whether it is having a relaxed BBQ with friends and family, playing soccer or hiking.

Anthony is an active member of the dental community in Australia. He is a member of the following organisations:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
  • Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  • ADA Queensland
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

Dr Suhas Tumkur

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Dr Suhas has dedicated over a decade of service in Dentistry and Dental education as a tutor. His main area of expertise is Aesthetic (cosmetic) Dental work, Implant Dentistry, Crown and Bridge work. He has worked both in public and private practices and has an excellent understanding of modern specialities and techniques

Dr Suhas has completed both a Bachelors Degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) and Masters Degree in Dental Surgery (Prosthodontics). Dr Suhas also holds a Masters Degree in Health Service Management from La Trobe University (Melbourne) and has successfully completed his accreditation in Fast Braces Orthodontics. Furthermore, Dr Suhas also completed all requirements of the Australian Dental Council’s General Dental Registration exam for overseas dentists and finished with a high standard.

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Dr. Suhas has a very compassionate philosophy when it comes to caring for patients who are, in particular, bed ridden and in need of professional Dental care. He makes every effort to provide necessary Dental treatment at their bedside by travelling regularly to Aged Care Facilities with his skilled assistant and mobile Dental unit. This is what inspired the Coolangatta Dental Group Nursing Home Visit Service which is still a strong and valued facet of the business and a huge part of why Coolangatta Dental Group has so many loyal patients.

Dr Suhas has also successfully finished an accreditation to offer Fastbraces Orthodontic treatment.

Being passionate about teaching, Dr Suhas dedicates time regularly to tutor undergraduate dental students at Griffith Universitys Dental and Oral Health School in Gold Coast.

To make an appointment to see Dr Suhas, please call our Practice and speak to our friendly, professional front office team.

Dr Rajendra Jasthi

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Dr. Jasthi considers the patient as the most important person in the dental office. Each dental procedure requires a special skill and Dr. Jasthi believes in performing each procedure with extreme respect for the patient's body and meeting the esthetic demands of his patients.

In order to provide the patient with the most advanced dental treatments,continuing professional education is of paramount importance.

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The following are his fields of interest:
  • IMPLANTS AND FIXED PROSTHODONTICS.
  • PORCELEIN AND COMPOSITE VENEERS AND SMILE MAKEOVERS.
  • PROFESSIONAL CHAIRSIDE WHITENING (ZOOM 3).
  • CEREC.
  • ROOT CANAL TREATMENTS.
  • MINOR ORAL SURGERIES.
  • INVISALIGN.
The following are some of the courses completed by Dr. Jasthi-
  • INVISALIGN ACCREDITATION.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING IN ENDODONTICS.
  • CEREC COURSE.
  • SINGLE TOOTH IMPLANT AND ADVANCED SURGICAL PROGRAMME (NOBEL- BIOCARE).
  • IMPLANT PROSTHODONTIC COURSE (NOBEL - BIOCARE).
  • PROSTHETIC STABILISATION WITH MINI IMPLANTS (IMTEC).
  • MASTERS COURSE IN COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS.

DR. Jasthi also represented AUS HEALTH INTERNATIONAL in its overseas project in THE REPUBLIC OF NAURU(CENTRAL PACIFIC)

He was the only dental officer on the island nation and made invaluable contribution and suggestions during his stay in Nauru which which were even recognised by the then health minister of the country.

Dr. Ramya Cuppala

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Dr. Ramya Cuppala has been working as a dentist in Australia since 2009. He completed a Master of Science (population health) at University of Wollongong (2006-2008). He successfully passed his primary examination at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2012 and has volunteered as a Dentist in Cambodia.

Furthermore, he has worked in private dental clinics since 2009 as well as in schools & hospitals for Qld health since 2012.

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Dr. Cuppala’s skills include general Dentistry with a special interest in Paediatric Dentistry. He enjoy's all aspects of general dentistry including aesthetic dentistry, dentures, crowns & bridges, extractions and pain management.

In his spare time, his hobbies include gardening, painting, travelling & hiking.

Dr. Cuppala stated "I like working for CDG as they provide a good balance between passion for work & family life”.

Dr Netty Leaman

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Netty Leaman operates as General Manager for the conglomerate of dental surgeries which makes up Coolangatta Dental Group. Having completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting in 1999 from Brisbane’s Southbank Institute of Tafe, she furthered her studies in Implant Surgery in Sydney in 2000 as well as other various day courses relating to dentistry.

Netty has also gained invaluable experience working overseas in London for the Dental Department for Shell International as their Practice Manager where she was responsible for overseeing the business of three Dentists and two Oral Health Therapists whilst managing all other staff members. During this time, Netty studied various courses including A Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Teaching and Assessment as well as as Biology, Life Support and Anaphylaxis training.

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Netty started with Coolangatta Dental Group in 2010 and is responsible for day-day business operations and the management of twelve Dentists, one Oral Health Therapist, Seven Front Office Managers and and eighteen Clinical Coordinators.

Netty thoroughly enjoys working in the Dental industry and strives to consistently increase her knowledge through studies.

Dr Brinda Desai

Brinda DesaiDr Brinda Desai has worked with Coolangatta Dental Group for the last four years. She graduated from Dental school in 2005 and has a certificate in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry from the University of Buffalo in New York City.

Dr. Brinda feels that working a Coolangatta Dental Group has has been helped her develop strong bonds between her lovely patients and has also allowed her to to reach her full potential in Dentistry in order to offer first class treatment and care to her loyal patients.

Furthermore, Dr. Brinda Desai values relationships with families and working with children who suffer from nerves. She has the capacity to make them comfortable, relaxed and feel happy during their Dental appointment.

Dr Jon Veranese

Jon VeraneseDr Jon graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1983. After Initially working in the public health system at the Dental Hospital in Sydney Dr Jon travelled around the world seeking inspiration and worked in the U.K as a general dentist. He then settled in his hometown of Sydney and began practicing Clinical Dentistry. This is where the journey for him really began.

In the mid 90’s, Dr Jon faced his own health challenge after extensive tests and many medical opinions, he was resigned to the fact that this would be something he would just have to live with.

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A friend invited him to go to a meditation night where after experiencing going within, he left the meeting no longer feeling any pain and in a deep state of relaxation. He began daily yoga and meditation practices and the pain has never returned.

His mind now opened to a new way of seeing, the mechanics of Dentistry only took him so far and he began to see and understand the correlation of imbalance in the body and the person’s dental and general health.

He furthered his interest in studying various modalities in Kinesiology including Touch for Health and became a Touch for Health Instructor in 1996.
He also spent time travelling, learning from master healers and shaman the art of understanding and using energetic healing which added to the results he was getting with Kinesiology.

In 2004 he studied Blood Chemistry and Free Radical Therapy with Sam Queen and completed Kinesiopathy 1 with Andrew Verity, a combination of Kinesiology and Homeopathy. Dr Jon has certification in raw food nutrition.

The application and use of these skills in his practice of Dentistry has been integral for his development of a truly holistic mode of treatment that can be used as a model to integrate mainstream medicine with alternative health practice.

Dr Jon is excited to join the team at CDG with its modern approach to dental health.

Meg Wilkins ( Oral Health Therapist )

Meg WilkinsMeghan has been in the dental industry for 20 years. Meghan was a dental assistant for 10 years in which time she gained a Certificate III in Dental Assisting through Southbank TAFE and a Diploma in Practice Management through the University of New England. Meghan then went on to further her career, graduating from Griffith University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Oral Health in Oral Health Therapy.

Meghan treats all patients under 18 years of age and provides hygiene and prevention services for adults. She prides herself in delivering quality dental care to the patient in a friendly, gentle, courteous manner.

Gaining employment with Coolangatta Dental Group in 2012 has allowed Meghan to develop and refine her skills in a supportive and professional environment.

Meghans hobbies include surfing, cooking and gardening.

Welcome to Coolangatta Dental Group

Our Practice
Coolangatta Practice - SUITE 201-202, 87 GRIFFITH STREET, COOLANGATTA-4225

Coolangatta Dental Group is a modern, state-of-the-art professionally managed dental practice. Conveniently located near the picturesque beaches of Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. This dental practice has been built on the back drop of a well respected dental practice that has serviced Coolangatta and surroundings for the last 35 years. When redesigning the practice, every effort was taken to capture the spirit of “COOLY” as the locals like to call it.

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Runaway Bay Practice - Suite 4, Oxley circle Cnr Lae & Oxley Drv, Runaway Bay, QLD 4216.

Our Modern, two chair dental practice has a proud history of serving the Runaway Bay community for over 15 years. It was founded by Dr Peter Scott, a well known and respected dentist in the area.

You are always welcome by our friendly and professional team across our surgeries. The success behind our practice is best reflected in our patient’s smiles. For gentle, quality dentistry, make an appointment today.

“32 reasons to smile!”

Coolangatta Dental Group (CDG) DENTAL CARE PLAN

At Coolangatta Dental Group – Murwillumbah Dental – Inala Plaza Dental Clinic we believe that every individual should have access to great quality and affordable dentistry, which is why we have set up the CDG Dental Care Plan.

The CDG Dental Care Plan offers all its members an ongoing preventative and maintenance program at a very minimal rate and at the same time making high quality treatment costs affordable to every member by spreading out the cost of treatment.

Members are fully covered for 2 x Examinations, 2 x Professional Scale and Cleans, 2 x Fluoride Applications and any 2 x Radiographs done during the examination process, during one Membership year.

Any further treatment that the member may require can be spread out to suit the budget and these payments are all interest free. Spreading out the cost of regular dental treatments avoids nasty surprises and you are most likely to spend less on dental treatment as the focus would be mainly on preventative dentistry.

Highlights of the CDG Dental Care Plan include:
  • Discounts on all *Dental procedures
  • No waiting period for any kind of treatment procedure.
  • Interest free payments.
  • Flexibility to spread out the payments to suit your budget. *conditions apply
  • Private insurance rebate.
  • Works with existing health funds.
  • No out of pocket expense for annual maintenance.

*Excludes Denture Work.

*Length of payment plan will vary depending on total treatment costs.

Come visit one of our surgeries to speak to our friendly staff and JOIN TODAY for quality dental care on an affordable payment plan.

Now that’s 32 reasons to smile...

Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Service available in all locations Gold Coast, Griffith Street, Coolangatta, Ballina, Runaway Bay...

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Coolangatta Dental group are dental providers for the "Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule"

Financial support for basic dental services for children aged 2–17.

Eligibility basics

Children aged between 2 –17 years on any one day of the calendar year receive, or their family, guardian or carer receives, certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A for at least part of the calendar year are eligible for Medicare.

Eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

From January 2014, eligible families, teenagers and approved care organisations will receive a letter to confirm eligibility.

A child's eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each year and lasts the whole calendar year. A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years for at least 1 day of the calendar year, are eligible for Medicare and are either part of a family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A or one of the following Australian Government payments:

  • Youth Allowance
  • ABSTUDY
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Carer Payment
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over

Eligibility is determined each calendar year. Benefits available under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule In 2014, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year. Benefits will cover a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital. Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.

Process for using the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011. Make an appointment with either a private or public dental provider and let them know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. At the time of the appointment, the dental provider must discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form. When the dental provider has provided the services agreed for your child, they will either bulk bill you or charge you for the services. If they charge you, you need to pay the account and claim the benefit through us.

Claiming benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

If your dental provider bulk bills, you do not need to submit a claim.

If your dental provider does not bulk bill, you will need to pay the account and claim your benefit from us.

Submit your claim

You can submit a claim electronically at the dental surgery, if your dental provider offers electronic claiming by downloading the Medicare claim form and posting it to the Department of Human Services, GPO Box 9822 in your capital city, or placing it in the drop-box at one of our service centres

  • in person at your local Medicare Service Centre
  • by calling 132 011

You cannot claim a benefit under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and from a private health insurer for the same dental service.

Check or update your details for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Eligibility is based on details held by Centrelink and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

If your circumstances change and you need to update your family details, you can do this:

  • by accessing your Centrelink online account at my.gov.au
  • by calling the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254

If you need to update your bank account details with Medicare, you can do this online by accessing Medicare services through your myGov account.