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 salsa dancing classes. Karuna is also skilled at cooking. Dr Karuna Khatri enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown up sons.
Dr Ximena Arellano – Dentist
Graduating in dentistry from the University of Colombia in Bogota, Dr Ximena Arellano is well versed in international dentistry. She is diligent and persistent in her training with thorough continued education in Australian dental practices. As such she has earned a positive reputation amongst Australian dentists.
Not only is she exceptionally talented in dentistry, Dr Arellano is fluent in Spanish and delightfully caters for both English speaking patients and patients who speak Spanish as their primary language.
Out of the office, Dr Arellano takes care to ensure her dental practices are continually relevant to the ever changing medical environment and personally enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys. She delights in fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Dr Ximena spends her spare time with her husband and two young sons. Her hobbies include: going to the movies, reading and yoga.
Dr Ximena is in the practice on Monday 9:30- 6pm, Tuesday 9:30- 4:30pm, Thursday 7am-6pm by appointment.
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. Within a few years of leaving dental school, he has done over 3 years’ worth of intensive orthodontic training in his spare time.
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.
Katie Mateja – Dental Hygienist / Oral Therapist
Katie took on the role of Dental Hygienist and Oral Therapist upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree 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 our younger generation. Katie’s role as a Dental Therapist makes her ideally qualified to paediatric care.
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 friends and family. She also likes to go to the beach, play tennis and go to the gym.
Angela -Dr Ximena Arellano & 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.
Pascale – Dr Karuna Khatri’s Dental Nurse
Pascale started working as a dental nurse over 9 years ago. In her spare time she enjoys seeing live music, going to the movies and spending time with friends and family. Pascale loves to travel; her latest trip was to India with her husband, followed by the dental volunteer trip in Nepal with Dr Karuna Khatri. Next year she hopes to go back to Canada.
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. Her next trip is to Vietnam.