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Meet the Smile Makers

Dr. Asha Indian lady dentist

Dr. Asha K. Karan

Dr. Asha K. Karan, has been practising dentistry for more than 30 years. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, and has been continually updating her skills and knowledge in dentistry. She holds a Diploma in General Dental Practice from the Royal College of Surgeons, UK; and received the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology (Singapore). She is one of the early adopters in Singapore of the CAD-CAM technology of Invisalign, receiving her certification in 2006 She

Dr. Asha K. Karan, has been practising dentistry for more than 30 years. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, and has been continually updating her skills and knowledge in dentistry. She holds a Diploma in General Dental Practice from the Royal College of Surgeons, UK; and received the Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology (Singapore). She is one of the early adopters in Singapore of the CAD-CAM technology of Invisalign, receiving her certification in 2006

She set up Smile Makers to change people’s attitude to dental care and educate them on the wonderful ways that modern dentistry can improve their lives. Her strong belief in health education led her to be President of the Singapore Dental Health Foundation – an organisation dedicated to public education and health promotion. She led this organization for 13 years.

She continues to contribute to the dental profession in Singapore.  She is an active member of the Aesthetic Dentistry Society of Singapore, the College of General Dental Surgeons and the NUS Graduate Dental Implantology Alumni. Indeed her many contributions earned her a place in the Singapore Dental Association’s Roll of Honour.

An experienced public speaker, Dr. Asha is known for her entertaining and authoritative style. She has delivered health education talks to community and corporate organisations.

When asked what she found most satisfying about her work, Dr. Asha replied, “The smiles my patients give me.”

Find out more about Dr. Asha’s interview with Ezyhealth – Singapore’s medical health magazine, to know more about her practice and passion for dentistry and her patients. 

Dr. Hemalatha Nathan Indian lady dentist

Dr Hemalatha Nathan

Dr Hemalatha Nathan graduated in 1976 from the University of Singapore (now National University of Singapore), has a postgraduate Diploma in Preventive Dentistry & Public Health from the University of Sydney (1982); and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (1991). She has 40 years of experience working as a dentist in the public & private sectors, and teaching both dental undergraduates and oral health therapists. She helped with starting up and overseeing the

Dr Hemalatha Nathan graduated in 1976 from the University of Singapore (now National University of Singapore), has a postgraduate Diploma in Preventive Dentistry & Public Health from the University of Sydney (1982); and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (1991). She has 40 years of experience working as a dentist in the public & private sectors, and teaching both dental undergraduates and oral health therapists. She helped with starting up and overseeing the course for oral health therapists.

Her passion is the provision of holistic and practical dentistry for all. She believes strongly in dental health education and making patients fully aware of their oral condition. This helps patients not only to make the right decision about their treatment but also provides the knowledge and ability to keep their oral health in sound condition.

Besides teaching students and managing patients, Dr Hema is also involved in committees like the Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry workgroup and Oral Health Therapists Accreditation Committee of the Singapore Dental Council.

She is choosing to work part-time in Smile Makers Dental Clinic because she feels that the philosophy of optimum, relevant care practised by the members of this clinic matches her own values of providing comprehensive care customised to the patient.

Due to her teaching commitments, Dr. Hema is only available on Saturdays, strictly by appointment.

Dr. Samintharaj Kumar

Dr. Kumar has been placing dental implants since 2004. In 2009 he trained under Dr. Paulo Malo in Lisbon following which he has been performing All on 4 / Teeth in a Day implant surgeries and All on 4 bridge restorations both in England and in Singapore. Dr. Samintharaj Kumar graduated in Dentistry from Singapore in 2001. During this undergraduate period, he was the 1st South-East Asian recipient for the David B. Scott Research Fellowship Award

Dr. Kumar has been placing dental implants since 2004. In 2009 he trained under Dr. Paulo Malo in Lisbon following which he has been performing All on 4 / Teeth in a Day implant surgeries and All on 4 bridge restorations both in England and in Singapore.

Dr. Samintharaj Kumar graduated in Dentistry from Singapore in 2001. During this undergraduate period, he was the 1st South-East Asian recipient for the David B. Scott Research Fellowship Award (International Association for Dental Research). He spent the final year elective of his Medical degree in the Craniofacial Unit at The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Canada. During medical school, he won a number of prizes for academic merit including the Drummond and Frank Scott Prize for overall performance in preclinical medicine, received awards from the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and The Wellcome Trust.

Dr. Kumar’s postgraduate training in England includes rotations in Anaesthetics/Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases, ENT, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Accident & Emergency, Maxillofacial Surgery including Plastic Surgery in Singapore. He has also extensive specialist exposure to the field of Non-Surgical Aesthetic Rejuvenation. His training has been acquired through courses with specialists in the non-surgical industry and has successfully performed such treatments since 2004.

Dr. Kumar provides the full clinical spectrum of Dental Implantology, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Oral Rehabilitation. He has worked with various Dental Implant systems since 2004 including Nobel Biocare, Dentium, Osstem, Straumann and BioHorizons. He sees patients requiring complex dental rehabilitation or full mouth reconstruction. He accepts referrals for implant placement, sinus lift surgery, complex bone augmentation and zygomatic dental implants which he also performs under intravenous sedation at Nuffield Dental Clinics.

Dr. Kumar previously lectured on the International Qualifying Examination Course at the Eastman and has taught on the Dentist on the Ward courses in Lincoln and Birmingham. He has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he was also a member of the teaching faculty of the Millimetre Perfect Aesthetic Training courses for Botox and Fillers. He was an internal examiner for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) and previously a mentor for the Society of the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD). Postgraduate Examinations that he passed through examination include the MFDS RCS, Royal College of Surgeons in England, MFD RCSI, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, MRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England and the MBA, Sir John Cass Business School, London

His specialist interests include seeing nervous patients, Same Day Dental Implants, Dental Implants, Denture Stabilisation, Zygomatic implants, Teeth in a Day, Gum Plastic Surgery, CHAO Pinhole Periodontal Plastic Surgery, Laser Surgery, Botulinum Toxin, Dermal Fillers for Anti-Wrinkle Treatment, Invisalign, TMJ/ TMD pain, MyoBrace, Tongue Tie, Lip Tie, Skin Boosters, Sculptra and Chemical peels for rejuvenation of the face, Anti-Snoring and Sleep Dentistry treatment. In addition, he sees patients privately for wisdom teeth and difficult extractions. Due to his experience and previous training, Dr. Kumar is particularly able to understand dental patients with complex medical conditions and able to advise specifically on their management within the dental environment. Dr. Kumar is available for consultation at all Nuffield Dental Clinics.

ACADEMIC AWARDS
Dentistry
2000 David B. Scott Research Fellowship Award, International Association for Dental Research
Medicine
2002 Certificate of Merit (1st-year Preclinical) Top 10% of the cohort
2002 The Drummond and Frank Scott Prize for overall performance (1st place out of 332 students)
2002 Friends of the Wellcome Trust award
2003 Certificate of Merit in Medical Sciences)
2004 Surgery/ Anaesthetics (Distinction)
2004 General Medicine (Distinction)
2004 Care of the Older Person/ Orthopaedics & Rheumatology(Distinction)
2004 General Medicine/ Oncology (Distinction)
2006 Faculty Tutor Commendation: Surgical Special Study Module in Day Surgery

PRIZES/ SCHOLARSHIPS 
2004 The British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Student Bursary
2005 The British Association of Plastic Surgeons Medical Student Elective Bursary
2005 The Royal College of Physicians, Oscar Reginald Lewis Wilson Bequest & the Edmund Atkinson Memorial Fund
2005 Wellcome Trust Medical Student Elective Award
2005 Amulree Prize
2005 British Medical and Dental Students’ Trust Award
2005 Vandervell Foundation Award
2007 The Royal College of Physicians, Oscar Reginald Lewis Wilson Scholarship Prize,
2009 Singapore National Research Foundation/ National Medical Research Council Overseas Scholarship
2009 British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Endowments Grant
2009-2013 University College London Studentship, Institute of Child Health PhD
2011 Sir John Cass Business School Entrepreneurship Scholarship
2013 Deans Travel Fund, Institute of Child Health, University College London

Membership of Professional Societies

  • British Medical Association
  • Associate Member, Asia Pacific Craniofacial Association
  • Member, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Member, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • Singapore Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • British Dental Association
  • British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry
  • Association of Dental Implantology, UK
  • European Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery
  • Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Ireen Ali

Dr Ireen Ali graduated from Newcastle University, U.K. in 2012. Following this, she completed her Vocational Training years as a General Dentist at Wales Deanery and as a trainee in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital, U.K. She has a keen interest in Dental Implants, Oral Surgery and Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr Ali provides a full range of dental skills including: – Wisdom tooth / root removal – Simple Extractions – Dental Implants – Root

Dr Ireen Ali graduated from Newcastle University, U.K. in 2012. Following this, she completed her Vocational Training years as a General Dentist at Wales Deanery and as a trainee in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital, U.K. She has a keen interest in Dental Implants, Oral Surgery and Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr Ali provides a full range of dental skills including:

– Wisdom tooth / root removal
– Simple Extractions
– Dental Implants
– Root Canal Surgery (Endodontics)
– Dentures inc. Flexible Dentures and Metal Dentures
– Crowns
– Bridges
– Veneers
– Tooth Brightening/Bleaching
– Invisalign (Go)
– Tooth coloured fillings
– Root Surface Debridement (Deep Cleaning)
– Children’s Dentistry

Dr Ireen Ali completed Implant training with the prestigious ‘Dentale’, based in Bristol, U.K. She accepts patient referrals for implant placement as well as restoration and is currently working towards a Diploma in Implant Dentistry.

Dr Ali is particularly competent at dental surgeries such as wisdom tooth and root removal surgeries, making this treatment more comfortable for patients. Working in an Oral and Maxillofacial Department across two hospitals, one of which being a Major Trauma Centre which accepted a great variety of cases including head and neck cancer, intensive care patients with head and neck trauma and jaw joint replacements, to name but a few, has honed Dr Ali’s competency in caring for her patients in a holistic sense; taking into account her patients’ overall well being as well as dental complaints. She has performed countless wisdom tooth and ‘difficult tooth’ extractions in this setting with training from well-esteemed consultants.
Dr Ireen Ali enjoys providing dental makeovers and has won an award for this in the U.K.; she has a talent for Aesthetic Dentistry, providing inspiring results with minimally invasive and cost effective techniques such full arch tooth build ups in composite tooth coloured material. Depending on a patient’s needs, she is also proficient in treatments such as crowns, bridges, whitening, Invisalign and veneers to improve a patient’s smile.

As well as this, her work with Removable Dentures is of a high standard, receiving referrals from colleagues to problem solve tricky cases in the past, with many patients walking away being able to eat and smile with confidence again.

Children’s dentistry is another area in which Dr Ali excels, her gentle approach to nervous patients and engaging techniques helps kids understand, accept and enjoy dentistry. She has been involved in research into how best to treat children’s teeth with the ‘Fiction Trial’ led by universities in the U.K. Her strong paediatric background helps her younger patients to encourage positive dental habits lifelong, keeping them out of pain and improving their chances of a well-aligned adult dentition.

Previously having worked in a ‘prevention focused practice’, after her training years, which is a part of a pioneering government scheme in the U.K., Dr Ali firmly believes preventing dental disease is always better than the cure and spends time educating patients, young and old, on how best to look after their smiles. She volunteers at a local orphanage to help give back to the community, believing oral health is attainable through education and some care.

Dr Ali is committed to evidence-based techniques, keeping up to date with current developments by being a member of journals such as ‘Dental Update’, international seminars and courses, amongst other forms of continued professional development (CPD).

Jean Tan

Jean Tan, has been part of the Smile Makers team for 21 years. She is a graduate from the pioneer class of Dental Surgery Assistants trained jointly by the National Dental Centre of Singapore and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. This mother of three has a remarkable willingness to learn – matched by an equal pleasure in sharing her knowledge. Her ready smile and enthusiasm to share what she knows make her popular with patients.

Jean Tan, has been part of the Smile Makers team for 21 years. She is a graduate from the pioneer class of Dental Surgery Assistants trained jointly by the National Dental Centre of Singapore and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. This mother of three has a remarkable willingness to learn – matched by an equal pleasure in sharing her knowledge. Her ready smile and enthusiasm to share what she knows make her popular with patients. Her fluency in Chinese dialects like Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and Hainanese, makes her adept at developing rapport with a wide range of people. What she finds most rewarding about being part of the Smile Makers team is meeting people and making them smile.

Janice Kang

Janice Kang, joined the Smile Makers team 16 years ago, after having worked in medical clinics. The training she has received at Smile Makers has benefited her in terms of her own health and self-confidence. She is now a strong believer of regular care and takes pride in sharing her knowledge with others. Janice is a person who likes keeping her working environment organised and tidy. So she feels right at home in the clean, orderly

Janice Kang, joined the Smile Makers team 16 years ago, after having worked in medical clinics. The training she has received at Smile Makers has benefited her in terms of her own health and self-confidence. She is now a strong believer of regular care and takes pride in sharing her knowledge with others. Janice is a person who likes keeping her working environment organised and tidy. So she feels right at home in the clean, orderly environment of Smile Makers. The patient-centred philosophy of the practice has made her realise that she is more than just a dental assistant – she is a Smile Maker
She is fluent in Mandarin, Hokkien, and conversational Cantonese.