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.


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


Alejandra is a female General Dentist who speaks Spanish (as well as English).

After graduating with distinction in 2010 from the University of the Andes in Santiago Chile, Dr Nineham decided to further her studies completing a postgraduate diploma in preventive and interceptive orthodontics in young children. Highly motivated to constantly continue her professional development, she spent her first 2 years working as a general dentist in a primary health care center in Chile before moving to Australia in 2012. As an ADC certified dentists, Dr Nineham worked in Sydney for a large health care provider until she moved to Darwin.

Loving this field because it not only makes a great difference in a patient’s oral health, but can change a person’s life in general, she has been with our team for almost two years now.

Oral Health Therapists & Hygienists



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.


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


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