Our Team

Meet our fabulous team of Dentists, Hygienists and Support staff that will care for you and your teeth every step of the way.

With years of experience, each and every member of our team follows the highest standard of quality procedures. When you choose Ballina Coast Dental, you can expect highly skilled and quality service each and every time.

Dentists

Dr Steve Htay

Principal Dentist

Steve enjoys general family dentistry and gets great satisfaction from working with the patients at Ballina Coast Dental to provide a bespoke, oral health treatment plan.

Steve qualified in 2000 as a Dentist in the UK where he grew up, working in both private and NHS practices. After working in both Australia and New Zealand, Steve decided to move permanently to Australia in 2009.

Steve worked as a Dentist in Sydney for six years, until relocating up the coast to Ballina in 2016 when he purchased the practice from Steve Shelton. In Australia, Steve has enjoyed exciting and varied assignments with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Northern Queensland, two assignments as Dentist for the Australian Defence Force in the Solomon Islands, and tutoring dental students at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry.

When not at work, or on a course to learn new dental techniques, Steve enjoys exploring the Northern Rivers region with his wife and daughters.

Dr Alejandra C Nineham

General Dentist

Dr. Nineham is a dual national with origins from both Australia and Chile, having spent half her life in each country. Ale (pronounced “Ally”, as we call her) enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and is dedicated to providing a relaxed and comfortable environment for her patients. She is well known for her gentle care and patience, understanding the apprehension most people feel when visiting the dentist.

Ale graduated with distinction in 2010 from the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile and has constantly pursued furthering her studies, completing a postgraduate diploma in preventive and interceptive orthodontics in children. She has since completed many courses regarding root canal therapy and restorative dentistry. In 2018 Ale completed the Brener Implant Institute Master Implant Program.

Ale loves dentistry because it not only makes a great difference in a patient’s oral health, it can change a person’s life. And that makes it her passion to help give back health, function and laughter. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, travelling, and spending time with her family.

Oral Health Therapists & Hygienists

Erin

Hygienist

Erin is very passionate about oral health and the early detection and prevention of dental diseases, particularly periodontal (gum) disease. She is trained in all aspects of dental hygiene including the administration of local anaesthetics. Erin has a great sense of humour and enjoys nurturing patient relationships with great care, communication and education. As a member of the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia, Erin is always continuing her education to give her patients the most up to date treatment available.

When not working, Erin has a young family and loves to spend time camping and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Naz

Oral Health Therapist

Naz is an Oral Health Therapist that graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne. He is originally from Ukraine, however he migrated to Australia when he was 9 years old and has loved it here ever since. Naz has been intrigued by the dental field since a young age and is focused on providing not only quality dental care, but simultaneously making the dental experience as streamlined and pleasant as possible. He is trained in both dental therapy and dental hygiene and can provide both preventative and restorative dental care.

Our Amazing Support Staff

Sam

Dental Assistant

Kate

Receptionist

Monique

Dental Assistant

Emma

Receptionist

Suzy

Dental Assistant