Meet the Team
At Palm Beach Dental Studio our skilled and dedicated team are committed to looking after you…
Meet the team that is beautifying, restoring and enhancing smiles and providing high quality treatments combined with an unsurpassed level of care.
Dr Jijesh Nhalila-Valappil B.D.S, M.P.H
Linda first worked as a chair-side assistant for Dr Knight in 1980 enjoying three years of service before leaving to start her family. In 1998 Linda returned to Palm Beach Dental Studio as the receptionist and has taken on the role of Practice Manager for the past 10 years.
Linda is passionate about imparting oral health information for all patients and is helpful and compassionate whilst working at the front desk.
Linda enjoys playing netball and has been a successful coach within the sport. Travel is another passion of Linda’s and she is always heading off to explore new places.
Linda has been happily married for 32 years and has a pigeon pair Carly and Neil.
Dental Therapist/Dental Hygienist
Rachel graduated from Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2009 as a dual trained Oral Health Therapist and Dental Hygienist, achieving awards in high academic and clinical excellence.
As a Dental Therapist Rachel provides treatment to children and adolescents up to the age of 18, and knows that childhood is a very important period in a person’s ‘dental life’. For this reason she has a passionate desire to educate children and parents in good dental health behaviours. Rachel’s friendly and sympathetic manner will make your child’s dental experience a positive one.
As a Dental Hygienist, Rachel provides cleaning and hygiene treatment and education related to prevention of dental diseases and conditions of the teeth and mouth, such as caries, tooth decay and gum disease.
Rachel regularly participates in study groups and continuing education courses to further her knowledge and skills in dentistry. This allows her to perform the most superior and up-to-date dental care for her patients.
In her own time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and going to the beach.
Kim is our senior Dental Assistant working side by side with Dr Knight. Kim is compassionate and helpful to all patients and goes out of her way to make the patients feel more comfortable.
Kim has a certificate III in Dental Assisting and also holds her Radiology licence. She has worked at the practice for eight years and is a valuable member of our team.
In her spare time Kim enjoys walking her dog, Lucy, and loves to spend time with her three grown children when they come home to visit.
Julie Anne has completed her Dental Assistant qualification through the New Zealand Dental Association in 1995 and has been lucky enough to work in various interesting dental practices including general, specialist and emergency hospital services around New Zealand, Australia, Scotland and England during her travels.
She recently relocated to the Gold Coast from New Zealand with her husband, children Lily and Taj, and her dog Bella. Julie Anne loves the Gold Coast and the wonderful lifestyle and people that come with it, and is very happy to call Palm Beach Dental Studio and the Gold Coast her home.
Tina joined the team at Palm Beach Dental Studio in 2000. She completed her Certificate III in Dental Assisting, as well as certificates in Office and Administration. Passionate about dental care, you will find Tina assisting the dentists whenever she can to ensure you receive the best dental care possible.
Tina is married and has two daughters and loves spending time with her family and friends. When she has the spare time, Tina loves going camping or off for day trips.