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DR GIRISH BASAVARAJ - Principal Dentist at Healthlink Townsville
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BDS, MDS - Principal Dentist

With dentistry in his blood, third generation dentist Dr Girish Basavaraj graduated from the world-renowned dental school, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, India in 2001. He then went on to graduate with a Masters in Paediatric Dentistry (Children’s Dentistry) in 2005. Working as a senior lecturer at a private dental school in India, Dr Basavaraj successfully obtained his licensure as a General Dentist in Australia by qualifying in the Australian Dental Council Exams (ADC) in 2006 – 2007. With over 50 years of Dental experience from his family mentors and himself having nearly 20 years of dental experience, he has always strived to excel and expanded his repertoire of professional skills through ongoing continued dental education programs in the areas of cosmetic dentistry, Implant dentistry, Clear Aligners, and private practice management programs.

Dr Basavaraj has successfully completed a hands-on Implant certification program with Brenner Implant Institute, Sydney under the highly experienced trainer and clinician, Dr. Dan Brener in 2011. He is also certified in laser dentistry and an Accredited practitioner for clear aligner orthodontic treatment. Dr Basavaraj is member of Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID), The Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA), The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and The Implant Prosthetic Section of the (ICOI). Currently is studying PG Cert for Dental Implantology under Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology (London). Dr Basavaraj believes in building a long-term relationship with his patients and their families. He takes great pride in his work, and he loves being able to help patients smile with confidence.

Rukshi - Associate Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


BOralH, GDipDent - Associate Dentist

Rukshi grew up in Victoria and moved to Queensland for university. She completed Dentistry at Griffith University on the Gold Coast with academic excellence. Previously, Rukshi has worked in both public and private dental practice in Toowoomba and has worked in a multidisciplinary implant and full mouth rehabilitation clinic in Brisbane.

Rukshi enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and has a special interest in restorative and fixed prosthodontics. Rukshi likes to provide dental care to her patients as if she were treating her own family. She has a gentle and a caring manner and prides herself in providing a comfortable, positive dental experience for all her patients. In order to provide the most up to date treatment to patients, Rukshi attends frequent continuing professional development courses. In her spare time, Rukshi enjoys reading, hiking and travelling.

Nirjyot - Associate Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


BDS (James Cook University) – Associate Dentist

Nirjyot grew up on her family’s banana farm in Cardwell with her Mum, Dad and two sisters, before moving to Cairns to study a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University.

Nirjyot is passionate about providing a high standard of care and treatment in all aspects of dentistry. She strongly believes in the importance of making every patient’s dental experience as comfortable as possible, and achieves this through her gentle and caring approach. Nirjyot has a special interest in minimally invasive, preventative and paediatric dentistry. She spends her free time travelling, staying active and socialising with her sisters.


Operations Manager

Kelly discovered her passion for the dental industry when she began her career in the 1990′s as a Trainee Dental Assistant. She has since moved into clinical training, multi-site management and clinical governance/advisory roles. After nearly 2 decades, she has worked in the dental industry for half her life and enjoys being able to support dentists and their staff with the experience and knowledge she has gained throughout her career.
Stina - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Since joining our team in 2016, Stina has been our go to! She is a dedicated team member who loves working with her staff members.
She was born in Townsville where she began working in the dental industry at a young age and has since obtained a certificate III and IV in Business and Dental Assisting.

Stina is married with a daughter and two fur babies. Outside of work hours she enjoys travelling, going to the beach, collecting plants and taking nanna naps.

Ahran - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Ahran was born and raised in Korea, and made the move to Australia with her husband in 2014 they fell in love with the landscape and people while on holiday and decided to stay. She joined us at the start of 2021 and adds over 5 years of dental experience and knowledge to the team as she is a Qualified Dental Hygienist in Korea. Ahran has an infectious smile and brings many laughs to the workplace, she is a hard and dedicated worker. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and watching the TV show, Friends.

Larnz - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Larnz joined us in 2019 as a trainee dental assistant. She has since then completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting and has been an important team member in our clinic. Larnz became interested in the dental field after being encouraged to join by her sister, Tita who also works here. Larnz was born and raised in Sydney before moving to Townsville at the age of five and considers herself a local now despite the fact that she goes for the Blues on Origin night. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her many nieces and nephews.

Maz - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Maz joined the team at the end of 2020 and has brightened up the practice with her bubbly and warm-hearted personality. Maz has found her passion in Dentistry and is now studying a Certificate III in dental assisting while juggling a busy house hold of six kids. She is happily married with her childhood sweetheart. In her spare time, she loves keeping active, looking after her many plants, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Leah - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Leah joined our team in early 2021 after moving from Perth to Townsville a little over a year ago with her fiancée and three kids going on to have her fourth baby in July 2020. Leah started her dental journey working in Orthodontics back in 2010, then moving into general dentistry in 2012 which she has worked in for the last 8 years. She has completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Outside of the practice she is a busy on the go mum who enjoys Cooking, exploring new places, doing activities with her kids and spending time with family.

Team Member - Dentist at Healthlink Townsville


Gillian has recently returned to the DHL family after taking some time away from working to focus on her young family and travel. Gillian began in the dental industry in 2014 when she completed her certificate iii in dental assisting and her passion for the industry grew. When not at work, you will find Gillian with her husband and two boys slowly renovating their home, enjoying the outdoors and finding new places to explore.


Kelsey joined the team in January 2022 after being a regular patient of ours for many years. In 2020-2021 Kelsey did some work experience for the practice and is currently completing her Certificate III in Dental Assisting. Kelsey’s future goals and ambitions is to finish her Certificate and hopefully go on to gaining her Cert IV in Dental Assisting. In her spare time when she isn’t busy working, she loves hanging out with friends and going on adventures.

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