Meet our Dentists

Allan Riches B.D.Sc – Prinicpal Dentist

Our principal dentist became a qualified practitioner after graduating from Queensland University in 1983.  He opened his first practice in 1985 and currently enjoys treating his patients in the Cairns community with gentle and caring precision. He receives great satisfaction from seeing his patients leaving the practice smiling with pristine oral health.

Away from the practice Dr Alan Riches enjoys travelling, skilling, computers and spending time with his family and two beautiful daughters.


Norli  Wan Mokhtar B.D.S – Dentist

Dr Norli Wan Mokhtar studied at Otago University in New Zealand back in the year 2000. She commenced working with us at Cairns Family and Cosmetic Dental in 2003 and has enjoyed looking after the spectrum of patients ever since! She loves the beautiful climate and atmosphere of Cairns and is always happy to see her patients when in need of their oral check-ups.

In her spare time Dr Norli enjoys travelling and cooking yummy dishes!


Mark Blandy B.D.S – Dentist

After completing studies at Adelaide University in 2007, Dr Mark Blandy joined the surgery in Cairns a year later. He has always had a keen interest in the Dental profession and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Dr Blandy’s forte however is using his skills to perform accurate and precise extractions.

Dr Blandy, in his time away from the chair, enjoys camping away on the weekends and enjoys staying fit.


Luke Byrne B.D.S – Dentist

Luke became a qualified dental practitioner in the year 2002 after studying at UQ.  Luke has now been with Cairns Family and Cosmetic Dental Group for 8 years. He enjoys living in Cairns and helping his patients maintain their healthy smiles for life.

Away from his dental profession Luke enjoys sports, hiking, travelling and 4WD in the beautiful rainforest.


Jaim Atkins B.D.S – Dentist

Jaim qualified in dentistry in 1992 after studies at Glasgow University in the beautiful green land of Scotland. Jaim has been with the team for 1 ½ years now and is becoming accustomed to the beautiful Cairns endless summers.

Away from the chair, Jaim delves into sports such as tennis and swimming. He also enjoys travelling, going to church, being married to his wife and spending time with his daughter.


Shivani Gupta – Dentist

Dr Gupta studied Dentistry in Melbourne and has been with us at the practice since 2004. Shivani’s forte is in restoring smiles with cosmetic dentistry, positioning dental implants and working with children.

Shivani’s hobbies include learning languages (she is currently learning French), swimming, squash, travelling, rock-climbing and skiing. In her spare time she also gets creative, as a radio jockey on Cairns 4caFm.


David Chang BDSc (hon)

Dr David Chang graduated from the University of Melbourne with a strong interest in Periodontics and treating children. Dr Chang practices his belief that prevention is always better than a cure and always aims for his patients to be as comfortable as possible throughout treatment.

Outside the practice, Dr Chang is passionate about fitness and is currently training to become a body pump instructor. He also occasionally likes to fly down to Townsville to play with the Great Barrier Reef Orchestra.


Dr Zanelle Vorster

Dr Zanelle Vorster completed her Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland, obtaining first class Honours.

Zanelle enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and values the need to maintain a thorough knowledge of the latest advancements in the field by regularly attending dental seminars and courses. She is dedicated to providing quality care to her patients, while holding their comfort and peace of mind in highest regard.

When not at work, Dr Vorster enjoys travelling, providing voluntary dental care to disadvantaged communities and, spending time outdoors.


Daniel Mulvihill

Daniel is a fresh graduate from Adelaide. He has strong interest in cosmetic dentistry, rehabilitating worn dentition and soothing the nerves of anxious patients.

In his spare time he enjoys playing football for the Cairns Saints and outdoor relaxations including fishing, golf and tennis!


Danielle Gurnick – Practice manager

Danielle is our focused practice manager here at Cairns Family and Cosmetic Dental, and keeps busy looking after two practices located at Stocklands and Mt Sheridan Plaza. She has been manager since 2008 and enjoys the hands-on nature of dentistry. Danielle was previously a dental nurse for over a decade in Australia, Ireland and the UK and is well travelled!

In her time away from work, Danielle loves to get creative with her hands and paint.


Vicki Hay-Mackenzie – Receptionist

Vicki has been our receptionist since 2009 and is highly efficient in all aspects of the front office. She has a lovely, kind nature and always happy to comfort our valued patients.  She has an interest in dentistry and is looking to further her studies by completing a certificate 3 in Dental Assisting within the year.

In her spare time Vicki enjoys camping, the outdoors and has two new puppies to keep her busy!


Sara Blakey – Receptionist

Sara has been employed with Cairns Family for two and a half years and is one of our friendly admin assistants. She has a certificate 3 in Dental Nursing.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, scuba diving and any caper that involves being in the outdoors!


We are an active, outdoors bunch at Cairns Family and Cosmetic Dental Group!

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