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The Mind Body Teeth Team


(Dr Avanti Karve)


Avanti, the principal dental specialist at Mind Body Teeth is excited to bring her passion and skillset to private practice. She has been a dedicated advocate for her patients with special health care needs for the last 20 years.

After completing her Bachelor of Dental Surgery with the University of Adelaide, Avanti returned home to Sydney in 2004. She decided to round out her training with an internship year at Westmead hospital, where she discovered her calling for caring for those with special health needs. She went on to become the first graduate of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Needs Dentistry) program with the University of Sydney and also completed a concurrent Master of Health Science in Developmental Disability.

Avanti currently has appointments with Sydney West Local Health District (Staff Specialist- Special Needs Dentistry) and Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Avanti is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) and currently serves as the Past President of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry (ANZASND). She is a member of the CERA Geriatric Oral Health Reference Group, Australian Society of Special Care Dentistry (ASSCID) and Australian Dental Association (ADA).

As a lifelong learner, Avanti is committed to learning, teaching and research at her Alma Mater the University of Sydney. She coordinates the undergraduate syllabus in Special Needs Dentistry as a Honorary Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney. She lectures extensively for the University and at numerous national and international conferences.

Avanti's research, work and study has featured in printed media as well as television and radio. Links to these can be found in the reading section of our website.

What do the letters (post-nominals) actually mean?

  • BDS 2003 University of Adelaide  

Bachelor of Dental Surgery is a 5 year full time course to allow for registration as a General Dentist with AHPRA

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Needs Dentistry) is a 3 year full time clinical, research based immersive training program. This specialist training is required to register as a Dental Specialist with AHPRA. This rigorous training based out of Westmead hospital allowed Avanti to navigate the most complex cases in NSW.

  • DCLIN DENT (SND) - University of Sydney 

Masters in Health Science (Developmental Disability)- a 2 year post-graduate multi-disciplinary program which covered lifespan issues in Developmental Disability, with focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders; Speech and Communication; Mental Health; Physical Health and Positive Behaviour Support in Developmental Disability. This trans-disciplinary program allows Avanti to take a holistic approach to healthcare. 

  • MHSc (Developmental Disability)


Avanti successfully completed her Primary Examinations in 2004, Fellowship examinations in 2008 and Membership examination in 2010. She is proud to be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and serves on the Board of Studies for Special Needs Dentistry. 

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