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About Us | Our Team | Sunshine Smiles Dental


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

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

Dr. Mani Abeywardana

Associate dentist – BOH (DentSci), Grad. Dip. Dent (Griffith)

Mani graduated from Griffith University in December 2012 with a Graduate Diploma in Dentistry, having already completed her Bachelor of Oral Health (Dental Science). She spent the beginning of her dental career working for Queensland Health in the Logan District and in private practice, Brisbane.

Mani is passionate about dentistry and making a difference to each and every one of her patients' lives. She enjoys challenging peoples' perceptions of dentistry, demonstrating that it can be a reliable, relaxed and enjoyable experience.

While experienced in all aspects of dentistry Mani has a clinical interest in crown and bridgework, preventative care and cosmetic dentistry. Ensuring she continues to deliver quality dental care, she regularly attends professional development courses, including: orthodontic training through IAAD, and training in Botox and fillers.

In her spare time Mani loves baking, photography, sport (badminton, squash, swimming) and outdoor activities (beach, hiking). She also enjoys spending quality time with her family, particularly the newest member, Bailey the puppy.

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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