Meet Our Team
Here at Dental Pearls, we provide a highly personalised and sympathetic approach to your care and treatment.
Every member of our staff is here to provide you with the friendly and helpful service that you require; from your initial point of contact with us, through to your departure from the practice. In fact, our staff have a combined total of over 100 years of experience in dentistry!
If you want to stop by for an informal enquiry at our practice you will be made welcome from the very beginning by our approachable staff members.
Our team members are continually furthering their education within their preferred fields to ensure that Dental Pearls remains on top of the latest technological developments.
As such, we can be confident in providing you with the essential information you need in making an informed decision regarding any potential treatments with us. At Dental Pearls we will never advise you to undergo procedures that aren’t necessary or suited to your needs.
Dr Karuna Khatri – Dentist
Dr Khatri qualified in 1988 from the renowned Guy’s Dental Hospital, at the University of London, UK, with a first class honours degree. Since then, Dr Khatri has been practicing as a professional dentist in private dental care and has been a business owner for over 15 years.
As part of her continued effort to provide the best care at Dental Pearls, Dr Khatri regularly attends practical education seminars and further education programs, to remain informed as the dental world advances.
Dr Khatri’s work as a dentist has also extended to voluntary service for the global charity ‘Rotary International’, with whom she has co-ordinated efforts in providing dental treatment to patients in India.
Dr Karuna Khatri absolutely thrives on keeping an active lifestyle, when she is not at Dental Pearls, Karuna is busy with her many activities which include gym, reformer pilates and she has recently taken up Latin dancing classes. Karuna is also skilled at cooking. Dr Karuna Khatri enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown up sons.
Dr Khatri speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati. She is currently studying to be able to provide her patients with orthodontic treatment in the future.
Dr Daniel Hu – Dentist
Dr Daniel is our most recent team member at Dental Pearls. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Brisbane. He completed most of his education in Brisbane, and subsequently completed his degree in Bachelor of Oral Health, and Graduate Diploma in Dentistry on the Gold Coast over a period of 5 years. Since completing his training,
Dr Daniel has been practicing around Brisbane as a general dentist. Dr Daniel has been interested in becoming a dentist since the age of 14 when he was receiving orthodontic treatment. As orthodontics is his inspiration, Dr Daniel has furthermore attended and completed numerous further education programs in all areas, but particularly orthodontics. He is able to provide his patients with traditional braces, as well as Invisalign and ClearCorrect invisible aligners. Since leaving dental school in 2014, he has furthered his interested in the area of orthodontics by undertaking a number of CPD courses.
As a dentist, he is looking to change the way people feel about dentistry and attending the dental surgery. Visiting the dentist can be daunting, but Dr Daniel aims to provide quality treatment in a calm and gentle approach. Dr Daniel is very thorough and will ensure you receive optimal care. Some of his outstanding qualities include an overall enthusiasm for furthering his education in all aspects of dentistry; an understanding of patients’ individual needs and a caring and gentle chairside approach.
One of Dr Daniels’ main focuses is that he is able to communicate with his patients in an easily relatable way so the patient understands what is being discussed at all times.
Outside of work/dentistry, Dr Daniel enjoys a relaxed lifestyle. He’s young at heart and still loves to play video games and board games. He’s recently also acquired a corgi puppy and regularly spends time with him and takes him out regularly.
Dr Daniel speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese, and is available for bookings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday mornings.
Katie Mateja – Dental Hygienist / Oral Therapist
Katie took on the role of Dental Hygienist and Oral Therapist upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in 2009, which she undertook at The University of Queensland.
Katie’s ambition has always been to provide the most comprehensive and professional care. Whilst striving to increase oral hygiene standards in general, Katie’s passion is providing treatment and most importantly, dental awareness to all our clients including the younger generation.
Katie’s role as Oral Therapist makes her ideally qualified to discuss the importance of good dental care and treat paediatric patients from four years old up until they reach 18 years of age. Also qualified as a Dental Hygienist, Katie spends the majority of her time attending our adult clientele at their six monthly recall or maintenance appointments. During such appointments, Katie will attend to one or more of the following: professional teeth cleaning and polishing, taking of dental radiographs (x-rays), taking of intraoral photos for educational and diagnostic purposes along with education and encouragement for continual dental care and management.
Katie is also in charge of the whitening program at Dental Pearls and will be happy to
discuss both in-house (zoom) whitening or take-home whitening procedures during
your hygiene visit. Katie has also attended some further studies in the area of
Katie is a firm believer in the contribution that sound oral health plays in your overall
wellbeing and to this end, works with tireless effort to help you attain optimal oral
health standards, while minimising the potential for dental disease. Your hygiene visit will always find Katie with a cheerful and enthusiastic disposition accompanied by a highly skilled and knowledgeable standpoint.
Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves most things active, in
particular her love for dancing (Physical Culture) which she trains for on a weekly
Angela Dr Daniel Hu’s Nurse
Some of Angela’s many great loves (after teeth) are cooking, bush walking, reading and travel adventures. Her favourite animals are pigs and dogs (in particular her pet chocolate Labrador “Cadbury”). She has 2 motto’s in life….“everything happens for a reason” & “life is an adventure” by which she lives. Angela has worked in dental practices for the past 30 years.
Lisa – Front Office Co-Ordinator
Lisa has been working in the dental industry for 11 years as a dental nurse/ front office co-ordinator. She recently moved to the country and in her free time she likes to get out on the water kayaking, visit antique shops, markets and spend time with her animals.
Jess – Dr Karuna Khatri’s Dental Nurse
Jess brings over eight years’ experience to Dental Pearls. She completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting 2012 and has since gained a great deal of experience in all aspects of dental nursing.
Outside of work she loves spending time with friends and family, especially her nephews and niece. She has two cats; Theodore (chocolate Himalayan) and Maximus (blue point rag doll) and a Dog, Rosie (Chocolate Labradoodle).
Jess is a Rugby Union, Marvel, Harry Potter and Star Wars fanatic, and wins hands-down when it comes to Hollywood trivia!
Kathleen – Practice Manager
Kathleen has over 10 years’ experience in the dental industry. Kathleen loves everything to do with art and craft, in particular pottery & sculpture. Her other interests include: Pilates, cooking, gardening, walking and travelling.