Meet Our Dentists

Dr Allan Riches B.D.Sc – Prinicpal Dentist

Our principal dentist became a qualified practitioner after graduating from Queensland University in 1983.  He opened his first practice in 1985 and currently enjoys treating his patients in the Cairns community with gentle and caring precision. He receives great satisfaction from seeing his patients leaving the practice smiling with pristine oral health.

Away from the practice Dr Allan Riches enjoys travelling, skiing, computers and spending time with his family; two beautiful Daughters, Son and Grandchildren.

Dr Amir Samad:

Amir has been practicing since receiving degrees from the University of Peshawar and the University of Melbourne. Amir has been working with Cairns Family & Cosmetic Dental Group since August 2013. Amir has a keen interest in root canal treatment, fillings and porcelain veneers and takes great pride in all his work.

Amir has recently married and is now father to an adorable little boy. Amirs hobbies include cricket and politics.

Dr Manas Malkan:

After graduating from the University of Dublin in Ireland, Manas commenced practicing in Scotland before making his move to sunny Cairns where he joined our team in 2012. Manas has shown a keen interest in implants, crowns and bridges. He takes pride in being a gentle dentist and always takes the time to explain things to his patients.

In his spare time Manas enjoys travelling and cycling. 

Dr Matthew McPolin:

Matthew completed his degree in Dental Science through the Dublin Dental University in 2011 and has been practicing in the Far North since 2013.

In addition to completing his dentistry degree, Matthew has completed various studies since; in areas relating to Maxo-Facial surgeries such as Wisdom tooth removal, as well as training with Aadfa to offer aesthetic treatment using Cosmetic Injectables and Fillers.  Matthew is an extemely gentle dentist with a knack for calming nervous patients and is also great with children.  

When Matthew is not at work treating patients, he enjoys trivia and game nights, and getting out on the reef; along with whipping up some tasty treats in the kitchen.

Dr Darren Gertsch:

Darren has been with our team since 2014 and is a caring and honest dentist with a zeal for improving oral health of patients. Darren has a background in psychology which allows him to put patients at ease. Because of this Darren enjoys working with anxious patients and children. Darren strives to build long term relationships with his patients to create optimal dental outcomes.  Darren strives to stay ahead in this every changing industry. In June 2016, Darren completed his AADFA training and is now qualified to administer cosmetic injectables and lip fillers.

Dr Seori Kim:

Seori joined our team in 2014 after practicing at a dental surgery in Victoria for a few years. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Seori has shown a keen interest in root canal treatment and preventative dentistry. She is fluent in English and Korean.

In her spare time, Seori enjoys exercising withr her dog, Coco.

Dr Alex Badaru:

Alex joined us in early 2016. Alex studied dentistry in Nigeria where he recieved his degree. From there he relocated to the UK and worked in various hospitals and private clinics. Alex became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England in 2004.  After 10 years in the cold and cloudy weather, Alex moved to sunny Cairns where he worked for 4 years, prior to joining our team.  Alex has a keen interest in all aspects of dentistry and believes good oral health is vital for everyone. 

Dr Jadana Koppen:

Jadana is a Cairns local who completed her degree at the Cairns JCU university in 2014 and has been practicing in Cairns since graduating.  Jadana is a gentle dentist who cares about her patients needs; taking the time to explain things, to ensure her patients understand their options. Jadana is passionate about achieving optimal oral health for all her patients, with a particular interest in restorative treatment.  

Outside of work Jadana enjoys horse riding and exploring our beautiful region. 

Dr Ethan Zappala:

Ethan is a Far North Queensland local who completed his degree at the Cairns JCU university in 2017 prior to joining our team in early 2018. Dr Zappala has shown a keen interest in preventative and restorative dentistry.

During Ethan's time off he enjoys fishing, camping and being outdoors.

Dr Denny Luo:

Denny is originally from Sydney and made his move to Cairns when he commenced his degree in dentistry at our local JCU university and Denny now calls Cairns home. Denny completed in degree in 2017 and in early 2018 he joined our team on a part-time basis.  Dr Luo is particularly interested in periodontics (gum disease treatment) and is egear to assit and educate his patients on the importants of achieving and maintaining sound oral health.  

When Denny is not working, he is busy extending on his degree by doing additional studies at the JCU University, while working towards receiving his honours.

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