About Us

Our Dentist

Dr David Sims | Dentist Castlemaine Dr. David Sims – BDS (U.Brist.) ICCDE (Ortho)
David gained his Dental qualification in 1983 and moved to Bendigo in 1989 having enjoyed the experience of working in three general dental practices.

After a year working exclusively with children in the School Dental Service, David practiced for three years in the premier dental practice in Echuca before settling in Castlemaine in 1993.

David has a position as Clinical Demonstrator at LaTrobe Dental School.

Being committed to further education, David been inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dental Education (Ortho). He attends numerous postgraduate studies and lectures each year with special interests in orthodontics, snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), advanced prosthodontics, implantology and cosmetic dentistry.

David was one of the inaugural members of the Melbourne Seattle Study Club, the first of it’s kind outside North America. The Seattle Study Club is an advanced educational organization consisting of clinicians dedicated to raising the level at which their profession is practiced.

David also maintains memberships of the Australian Dental Association, and the ADA Northern Group.

David has three daughters and he enjoys walking, swimming, Euro boardgames, wargames, challenging his knowledge of computers, reading and watching movies.

Dr Mithun Shetty and Dr Priya Naik | Dentist Castlemaine Dr Mithun Shetty & Dr Priya Naik

Mithun and Priya are experienced and dedicated dental surgeons with a vision to provide good healthy work environment and contribute to the dental health of the people.

They have a few practices in Bendigo. Having taken over this practice from Dr.David Sims they are looking forward to catering to the needs of the community and contribute to its success.

They have been trained in the best clinical skills – Mithun has a Masters in Periodontics from India and has successfully completed a course in Implantology in Sydney; Priya has a Masters in Endodontics from India.

Castlemaine Smiles Dentist | Dr Mithun Shetty Award | Dentist Castlemaine

Dr Mithun’s Award

They are currently licensed as General Dental Surgeons (Australian Dental Board Certified) in Australia. The two have been excellent team leaders.

Mithun’s kindness and passion complimented by Priya’s cheerful and caring nature contribute to their excellent rapport with people of all ages.

Loving parents to two young boys, Mithun spends his leisure playing golf, fishing while Priya loves travelling, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Mithun is an ardent soccer and cricket fan too.

Dr Meray Mansour, General Dentist at Castlemaine Smiles Dentist Dr Meray Mansour  (General Dentist)

BHSc Dent, MDent (LaTrobe)

I have called Bendigo home since 2008 and this year I’ve been incredibly lucky to work in Castlemaine at Castlemaine Smiles Dental. The team here is incredibly friendly and truly go the extra mile for each patient and clinician which pushes me to be the best dentist that I can be.
I’ve always known that I wanted to study and work where I was raised, so graduating from La Trobe University Bendigo with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Dentistry was a great achievement for me.

I love all aspects of dentistry and the beauty of my job is that I get to experience every part of it. However, I do enjoy paediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry as it can have a big impact on people’s confidence.

Outside of work I love oil painting and spending time with my friends and family.


Emily Harwood (Therapist)

Our Oral Health Therapist Emily graduated from her Bachelor of Oral Health Science at La Trobe University in Bendigo in 2015. Taking on a dual role within the practice, Emily provides Hygiene services , as well as a Dental Therapy treatments (including cleans, check-ups, extractions of baby teeth and fillings) for our younger patients up to the age of 25.

Emily’s passionate about providing preventative treatment and ensuring her patients feel at ease when they visit the dentist.

Emily also has a degree in Health Science and Health Promotion, this has built her strong foundation for preventative health care. Emily strives to provide her best work through educating her patients and believes in motivating her patients to successful oral health outcomes.

Emily enjoys keeping fit, catching up with friends and family and playing with her Golden Retriever, Sargent.

Our Support Staff

Castlemaine Smiles Dentist | Codie Practice CoordinatorCodie (Practice Coordinator)

Codie joined the team in 2009 and graduated with a certificate III in dental assisting in 2010.

Codie’s caring nature led her to seek a career as a Dental Assistant where her commitment to helping people and her ability to connect with patients make her a valuable member of the team.

Since starting at Sims Dental she has experienced several different roles within the practise and is currently our Clinical Co-ordinator.

Most recently Codie has undergone further studies and graduated Certificate IV in Radiography.

She hopes that her further training can be a great asset to not only the practice but also to our dedicated patients.

Cheyenne - Clinical Coordinator / Senior Dental Nurse at Castlemaine Smiles Dentist Cheyenne (Clinical Coordinator / Senior Dental Nurse)


Samantha - Cert III Qualified Dental Nurse at Castlemaine Smiles DentistSamantha (Cert III Qualified Dental Nurse)