Our Team


Dr. Smitha Gaikwad

Dr.Smitha is the Principal Dentist at Southland Dental Surgery. She has practiced Dentistry for over 17 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 Southland Dental on all weekdays for consultations on Cosmetic and General Dental services.

Dr.Luiza Pasqual

Luiza graduated as a Dental Surgeon in 2006. She has been working in Australia since 2010, in public, specialist and private practices on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne. Luiza has a special interest in treating periodontal (gum) problems. She also loves working with children and general dentistry.

Luiza has good experience in dealing with patients that are anxious regarding dental treatment. She is ongoing continuing education in orthodontics to expand her skills. Luiza currently works part time at Southland Dental and spends the rest of her time having fun with her little one.

Dr.Rakshith Shetty

Dr.Rakshith has practiced Dentistry for over 17 years across Australia, Kuwait and India. He has recently migrated to Melbourne before which he was a Registrar at Department of Endodontics in Kuwait having also worked as Assistant Professor in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics in India. He currently works as a General Dentist but with special interest in Endodontics at Southland Dental and available for consultations on Thursdays.

Dr.Rakshith is a member of Australian Dental Council, Kuwait Dental Council as well as the Indian Dental Council. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his two young kids, when he is not sipping drabs from around the world.

Dr. Greg Bainbridge (Retired July 2015)

Dr. Greg established the Southland Dental practice in 1974 before selling the practice to Dr.Smitha in 2013. Greg grew up in the area and therefore has a shared history with most of the patients at the surgery. Dr. Greg practised at the surgery every Tuesdays and Thursdays and retired in July 2015.

Dr.Kunal Kamble

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Support Staff

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 Southland Dental 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


Len has undertaken numerous work placements at various hospitals and private clinics since year 3 in Cambodia. Len holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from International University in Cambodia. She migrated to Melbourne in 2012 and commenced Dental Assisting at Waverley Garden Dental Clinic after which she joined Southland Dental Surgery. Len also recently obtained her Certificate III in Dental Assisting through which she has enhanced her skills and professionalism in Dental Assisting.

In most of her free time, Len enjoys shopping, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.


Lucy has been in the Dental industry from the very beginning of her working career in Belarus. She decided to continue her dental career in Australia and migrated in 2016. 


Asmita joined our practice in 2017 after having migrated to Melbourne from Nepal. She has an overseas Dental degree and currently in the process of appearing for ADC exams, whilst gaining Australian work experience. She currently assists our General Dentists across both Southland Dental and Team Dental Bayside.


Bianca has been with our practice working at the reception since she was in school. She is the youngest member of our practice. Quite bubbly and never upset, she keeps everyone on their toes while working with us at both our practices.  



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