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About Sunshine Smiles Dental | Coolum Beach | Your Family Dentist


Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, you will find our friendly and welcoming team at Sunshine Smiles Dental.

We are a family owned and operated dental practice, committed to providing caring and more affordable services for the entire family.

Our Coolum Beach dentists take a holistic approach to dentistry, embracing a culture of honesty, approachability and friendliness, which puts even the most anxious patients at ease.

At Sunshine Smiles Dental, our team works with you to minimise, as much as possible, the need for major dental procedures throughout your lifetime. We encourage all of our patients to attend regular dental checkups, to identify any problems early on and prevent more invasive procedures being needed in the future. Our motto is always ‘spend a little now, to save a lot in the future’

Our team is focused on ensuring you always feel as comfortable and confident as possible while in our care. Our Sunshine Coast clinic boasts state-of-the-art dental equipment, as well as a comfortable waiting space where you can relax before and after your treatment.

We understand everyone’s needs are different, which is why we happily invest time into understanding what dental services will best deliver the health and lifestyle outcomes you want.

At Sunshine Smiles Dental, we acknowledge our patients lead busy lives. Our online booking option makes it quick and easy to arrange your regular appointment, at a time that best suits you. To find out more, please call or email our clinic.

Dr. Vinny Ankaran

BDS, LDS RCS (Eng.) MSc (Clin. Rest.) (UK)

Dr. Vinny Ankaran graduated in 1994 from Birmingham University in England, obtaining his licence in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in the same year.

He has completed extensive postgraduate training, as well as successfully completing a 5-year Masters degree in Clinical Restorative Cosmetic Dentistry in 2010.

Dr Ankaran was shortlisted in the inter-disciplinary category for one the UK’s top cosmetic awards in 2009, the UK SMILE awards (now called the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards). These awards recognise clinical excellence in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and Vinny was only one of 15 dentists/specialists in the whole of the UK to be recognised in this category.

He has lectured at both the Academy of Clinical Excellence in Wakefield, UK, and the International Centre of Excellence in Dentistry in Birmingham, UK.

Over the course of his 23 years practicing dentistry, Vinny has owned two dental practices, as well as working in several multi-disciplinary specialist practices, providing Endodontic and Cosmetic Dental treatments.

Vinny is committed to providing the highest quality of care to each of his patients, and does so with a warm, down to earth, and approachable manner. He has an interest in root canal treatments and cosmetic cases, approaching every case with enthusiasm and a desire for perfection.

He made the move to Australia in 2011, and calls the Sunshine Coast home. When he’s not hard at work you’ll find Vinny at the local gym or engrossed in the latest film or good book.

You can contact Dr Vinny Ankaran by email at vinny@sunshinesmilesdental.com.au

Katie Dollinter

Dental Hygienist

Katie has been in the dental industry for over 18 years graduating with her degree in dental hygiene in Washington State in 2009.

She moved from America to the Sunshine Coast in 2016 with her husband and two children.

Katie is passionate about educating her patients and helping them to achieve their optimum oral health.

Katie always receives positive reviews from her patients for being exceptionally gentle and attentive to their needs, which has resulted in an impressive fan base in the local area.

If you’re nervous about seeing a hygienist or you’ve had a bad experience with one in the past, Katie will change the way you view your hygiene visits forever, ensuring a positive and painless experience every time.

In her free time Katie enjoys going to the beach with her family, gardening, hiking and cooking.

DR. CATRIONA MACRAE - Associate Dentist - Sunshine Smiles Dental

Dr Catriona MacRae

Associate Dentist, BDS

Catriona grew up in Perthshire in Scotland and graduated from the University of Dundee in 2005 with distinction. She worked in mixed NHS/private practices for seven years.

She emigrated to Australia with her husband and two children on the 1st January 2013, leaving behind the cold Scottish climate for the beautiful warm Queensland climate.

Catriona became an Australian Citizens in 2017 and now calls the Sunshine Coast home, enjoying the fantastic weather and the wonderful lifestyle.

For the past eight years, Catriona has worked at a practice in Noosaville, where she built up a loyal following of patients. She enjoys getting to know her patients and their families, earning their trust, and building lifelong connections.

Catriona enjoys treating patients of all ages, especially children, and is particularly interested in preventative dentistry.

She takes great satisfaction in helping anxious patients overcome their dental phobias.

Outside of work, Catriona enjoys running/keeping fit, baking, and spending most weekends on the golf course with her golf obsessed family.

Our Support Staff

We are very lucky to have an amazing team of support staff who have worked alongside our lead dentist Dr. Vinny for many years. They jumped at the chance to join our team here at Sunshine Smiles Dental, resulting in a relaxed but efficient working environment.

All of our staff, whether on reception or in surgery, are qualified dental assistants who have many years of clinical experience. They ensure the highest level of service and comfort is always provided to our patients.

You will always be greeted with a friendly smile and a caring attitude when you visit our Coolum Beach dental practice. In fact, even the most nervous of patients find themselves at ease.

Give us a call today to speak to one of our friendly, welcoming team members about your dental care options.

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