Our Team


Dr. Smitha Gaikwad
Dr. Smitha Gaikwad

Dr. Smitha is the Principal Dentist at Team Dental Bayside Surgery. She has practiced Dentistry for over 20 years across Australia, New Zealand and India. She is up to date with the latest dental technology and techniques. Her particular interests are in white fillings, crowns, veneers, implants, tooth whitening and orthodontics, that includes traditional and invisible braces.

Smitha recently also completed her Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Fixed Orthodontics (2015) and is a registered provider for SmileTru, ClearCorrect and Cfast treatment techniques. She also offers advanced treatment options such as Soft Tissue laser and Uveneers.

Dr.Smitha is a member of Australian Dental Association and New Zealand Dental Association. She is of the firm belief that choosing a dentist is one of the most important decisions one can make. She is very happy to take the time to go over all of your options/costs and treat you as a person, not just as a patient!!

Smitha is available at Team Dental Bayside on all weekdays for consultations on Cosmetic and General Dental services.

Dr. Karen Chung
Dr. Karen Chung

Dr. Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry and Masters of Dentistry from La Trobe University. As part of her training, Karen has worked in many rural parts of Victoria, including Bendigo, Ballarat and Wodonga before returning home to Melbourne.

Karen is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).

Karen is known for her caring and compassionate nature, and allows patients to feel at ease in the dental chair. She aims to provide optimal and individualised care for every patient, helping patients achieve beautiful healthy smiles.

Outside of dentistry, Karen also enjoys baking, travelling and watching Netflix.

Dr. Sara Vargas
Dr. Sara Vargas

Dr. Sara completed her ADC in 2020. She is a fully qualified dentist with four years experience in Colombia and around 2 years of experience in Australia. Sara joined our team in 2020 and is extremely eager to learn all aspects of practicing in Australia. She prides herself as a champion in oral extractions!!

She has extensive experience working in hospitals, as well as remote and rural clinics. She dedicates herself to the comfort, care, hygiene and wellbeing of all patients, whilst supporting her colleagues in both Team Dental Bayside and Team Dental Bayside.

Dr. John
Dr. John

Dr John has completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and then attained his Master of Dental Surgery in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics. He was teaching and practicing in India for some years before he moved to Abudhabi, UAE and practiced as specialist for 18years. He attained his certification in oral implantology from ITI. In 2012 he successfully completed Australian Dental Council exam and moved to Australia. His passion is to work ethically and improve the quality of life of people whom he comes across.

Dr. Sowmya
Dr. Sowmya

Dr Sowmya Sastry completed a Doctor of Dental Surgery at The University of Melbourne and has diverse experience having worked in dental clinics in Swan Hill, Traralgon and Blackburn.

She is skilled across all areas of general dentistry with particular interest in oral surgery and facial aesthetics, with additional training in dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle therapies.

Dr. Sowmya is passionate about preventative dentistry, and always goes the extra mile to thoroughly educate patients on their oral health. She takes the time to understand her patient's concerns, and provides exceptional care to her patients so they can smile with confidence! Her empathetic and gentle nature allows patients to feel relaxed in the dental chair.

Outside of dentistry Sowmya leads an active lifestyle, lifting weights at the gym and cycling along the coast. She also takes her pet cat on food adventures across Melbourne!

Support Staff

Irene Torres
Irene Torres

Irene is our receptionist. She holds a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and had worked for almost 18 years with Practicing Lawyers in a private law firm in the Philippines. Here in Australia, She has been working as a Receptionist/Admin in the Dental sector for more than two years. She has been with Team Dental Bayside since its inception and has comprehensive knowledge in all admin matters pertaining to the dental business.

She also recently completed her Medical Computing course to enhance her skills and knowledge in the Healthcare sector.

Paawan - Team Dental

Paawan migrated to Australia in 2017 to pursue her master's degree in IT after earning her bachelor's degree in India. She always had a passion to work in healthcare and commenced working at Team Dental Bayside Surgery ever since. She is a hardworking, reliable, friendly and compassionate member of the team. Paawan enjoys interacting with patients and appreciates seeing them walk out with a smile on their faces after a satisfied visit. She is always delighted to assist patients with their questions in an effective and timely manner. During weekends, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Besa Kastatri
Besa Kastatri - Team Dental

Besa is from Kosovo. She moved to Turkey to study and worked and lived in Turkey for 9 years. Subsequently, she moved to Australia in 2021. Besa is new to Melbourne and our team. She has started as a Trainee Dental Assistant and is quickly progressing in learning the various challenges that comes with the role

Besa likes hiking, camping,painting and reading in her spare time. She can speak Albanian,English,Turkish and Spanish, and loves learning new languages!!


Shawanti has been in the dental field for more than 14 years. She moved to Australia in 2016. She commenced working for Team Dental Bayside Surgery in 2017 and enjoys the positive work environment. Currently she is studying Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography). In her spare time, she loves being with her family, travelling and listening to music.