Meet Our Fantastic Team


Dr Atul Manani

Principal Dentist
BDS, MMedSci(Restorative Dentistry)
Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology


Dr Atul Manani graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1995. He then attained a Master’s Degree in Restorative Dentistry in 2001. After completing his post graduate training in the UK, Dr Atul Manani moved to Australia. Since then, he performed many hours of continued education with the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, completed a 2-year training course in orthodontics, and graduated a postgraduate diploma in dental implantology at CSU. Dr Atul Manani has also completed management programs to assure patient satisfaction and to support in his role as a principal dentist at Smile Sensations. Dr Atul Manani is a member of: The Australian Dental Association, The American Dental Association, The Australian Society of Computerised Dentistry & The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. When he is not caring for his patients, Dr Atul Manani enjoys travelling with his wife & family. Dr Atul Manani operates at our Manuka, Calwell, Jerrabomberra, and Weston Creek branches.

Dr Sanjiv Pathak

Principal Dentist
BDS, ADEC Cert, MJDF, FDSRCS
G
raduate Diploma in Dental Implantology

Dr Sanjiv Pathak graduated from Bachelor of Dental Science in 2003. He then attained his registration from the Australian Dental Council in 2008 after training at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. He has been practicing general dentistry at Smile Sensations ever since. Since joining Smile Sensations, Dr Sanjiv Pathak has continued his education to expand his scope of practice, graduating a postgraduate diploma in dental implantology at CSU. With his drive to provide the best patient care, Dr Sanjiv Pathak became a principal dentist at Smile Sensations in 2012. Dr Sanjiv Pathak has a special interest in surgical procedures and has refined his practice for wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and complex surgical procedures in clinical & hospital environments. Dr Sanjiv Pathak is a member of the Australian Dental Association and Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons England. He has also graduated a Fellowship in the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons England. Dr Sanjiv Pathak invests passion in his work. He ensures all his dental work is a masterpiece with his knowledge and great attention to detail. He is very patient in his approach and takes time to explain his patients dental care wholistically and in great details. He is constantly engaged in continued professional development to offer his patients the latest in the modern dental world. Dr Sanjiv Pathak works with his patients demands to achieve the best possible outcome. When he is not with his patients, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter. Dr Sanjiv Pathak operates at our Manuka, Calwell, Casey, and Jerrabomberra branches.

Dr Priyank Manani

Senior Dentist
BDS, ADEC Cert

Dr Priyank Manani is a compassionate dentist. He graduated Bachelor of Dental Science in 2007 and attained registration with the Australian Dental Council in 2011. Practicing dentistry ever since, Dr Priyank Manani joined Smile Sensations in 2012. Dr Priyank Manani has special interest in endodontics (root canal treatment), and crown and bridge dentistry. He operates with precision and expertise. Driven by commitment to ongoing learning, he stays abreast of the latest advancements in dental care to ensure his patients receive top notch care. With years of experience in general dentistry, Dr Priyank Manani combines his clinical expertise with his patient centred approach. He takes pride in fostering a relaxed and comfortable environment, ensuring each patient receives personalised and comprehensive dental treatment. Through his gentle demeanour, Dr Priyank Manani treats the most anxious of patients and takes pride knowing he is able to improve his patients’ oral health. When away from the office, he enjoys time at home with his wife and daughter. Dr Priyank Manani operates from our Jerrabomberra and Calwell offices.

Dr Tanu R Pathak

Senior Dentist
BDS, ADEC Cert

Dr Tanu R Pathak graduated Bachelor of Dental Science in 2003 and has been practising dentistry ever since. She expanded her knowledge in oral pathology and orthodontics, graduating Masters in Oral Pathology in 2009 and completing a 2-year training course for orthodontics in 2013. Dr Tanu R Pathak studied with a special interest in the diagnosis of oral precancer and cancer. She attained registration from the Australian Dental Council in the year of 2011 and continued practicing dentistry in Australia. Dr Tanu R Pathak also has a special interest in clear aligner treatment and has completed extended study for clear aligners. She is continually studying to stay up to date with the latest technology and advancements. Dr Tanu R Pathak thoroughly enjoys practising cosmetic dentistry & orthodontics. When Dr Tanu R Pathak is not in the dental practice, she enjoys staying at home with her young daughter & loving husband. Dr Tanu R Pathak operates at our Manuka, Casey and Canberra City branches.

Dr Murtaza Makhdoom

Cosmetic Dentist
BDS, MPH, ADEC Cert
G
raduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics

Dr Murtaza Makhdoom graduated Bachelor of Dental Surgery in the 2013. He then moved to Australia for his Master’s Degree in Public Health at Queensland University of Technology. He completed this degree in 2017. He then attained his registration with the Australian Dental Council in the year 2019. Since then, Dr Murtaza Makhdoom has been practicing general dentistry in Australia. He has been working with Smile Sensations since 2019. He is very passionate about cosmetic dentistry and Smile Makeovers and has done extensive training in that area. He has travelled the world to participate in courses and trained under some of the best dentists in the world. During this time, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics in 2021. Dr Murtaza Makhdoom has a multidisciplinary approach, in which he treats the whole mouth and not just a single tooth. When away from the office Dr Murtaza Makhdoom loves teaching. He trains young dentist and dental students around the globe to become the best version of themselves and guides them to be strong future leaders. In his free time, he really enjoys health and fitness.

Zalak Desai

Oral Health Therapist
BOHSc

Zalak is an Oral Health Therapist (OHT) with adult scope of practice, who graduated from La Trobe University in 2018. She has a gentle approach when treating all patients and ensures that their comfort in the dental chair is her number one priority. She very strongly believes that prevention is the best treatment and loves to work with her patients to ensure that they have a healthy smile. She also loves working with children. Zalak’s hobbies include reading, dancing and charming everyone with her amazing sense of humour. Zalak operates at our Jerrabomberra branch.

Jack

Oral Health Therapist
BOH

Jack brings a wealth of experience across various patient groups, driven by his passion for better dental health to all, both within Australia and internationally. His professional experience stems across the public, private and academic sectors, starting initially in the Victorian Dental Health Services as part of the graduate program for Oral Health Therapists – a world first. He trained under Professor Robin Woods and consolidated these initial experiences to guide the next generation of dental practitioners, accepting an academic role at Charles Sturt University. To supplement his professional experience, and bring a greater appreciation for oral hygiene internationally, he volunteered to run paediatric dental program in Cambodia and Vietnam. This experience, coupled with his research and interest in oral health, has been recognised across the profession, where he has been invited to present at national and international conferences. His research efforts have also been recognised within the academic community; through prestigious accolades bestowed by the universities he has been affiliated with. Jack has a true passion for community engagement and professional development – additional to his professional practice, he continues to implement preventative models of care for residential aged care facilities, be an educator for geriatric oral health, and support local practices through his dental marketing business. Jack operates at our Weston Creek and Calwell branches.

Marcel Basoeki

Oral Health Therapist
BOH

Marcel graduated from the University of Sydney’s Dental School with a Bachelors Degree in Oral Heath. During his time in university, he was the recipient of multiple awards for theoretical and clinical achievements. Marcel has vast experience in both the public and private sectors and has been a clinician at Smile Sensations for many years. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with a particular interest in surgical anaesthesia. Marcel operates at our Manuka, Calwell, Jerrabomberra and Weston Creek branches.

Natashia Castles

Oral Health Therapist
BOH

Natashia is an experienced Oral Health Therapist with a strong background in the dental field. She completed Bachelor of Oral Health at Charles Sturt University in 2020. Through her degree and background as a dental nurse, Natashia has developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skill. In 2023, Natashia expanded her scope to provide her patients with the best care. She completed a mini residency to allow her to provide dental restorative care for patients of all ages. Natashia has an unwavering passion for the dental profession, which drives her to provide exceptional care to all her patients. She is committed to creating a welcoming and professional atmosphere, ensuring that each patient feels at ease during their dental visits. She looks forward to utilising her expertise to deliver the highest standard of oral healthcare. Natashia operates from our Calwell and Manuka branches.

Niren

Oral Health Therapist
BOH

Niren graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy & Hygiene). He practices restorative dentistry on patients under the age of 26, and performs comprehensive check-up, cleaning, diagnosis, and gum disease management for patients of any ages. Niren believes that early detection, prevention, and education are key to better oral health. Niren has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of oral health conditions, providing thorough dental hygiene treatment and professional up-to-date information in preventative and restorative dental care. Niren is known for his gentle chair side manner. If you are anxious or have dental phobia, we strongly encourage you to book an appointment with him. Aside from the clinic, Niren enjoys keeping active, listening to podcasts and you may catch him regularly down the south coast enjoying his outdoor activities. Niren operates from our Casey and Calwell branches.