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’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dr. Matthew Wong
Associate dentist – BoralH DentSc, GDipDent (QLD)
Matthew was first in course for his Dentistry degree and was awarded the Australian dental association prize and the head of school nomination prize, along with the award for clinical excellence in endodontics.
Since qualifying Matthew has continued to further his education, completing post-graduate training in implantolgy and prosthodontics. He is always striving to learn more and be at the forefront of dentistry to ensure that he can provide the most up to date treatments and highest quality of care.
Matthew is known for his gentle and friendly nature, as well as his ability to explain aspects of dentistry in a way that is easy to understand. He has a great rapport with his patients and can put the most nervous or anxious patients at ease. He takes time to help his patients understand the different solutions available, and determine what fits the patient’s goals, budget and lifestyle.
Matthew speaks English and Cantonese.