Dr Vaish Gopalakrishnan
Growing up, Dr Vaish’s family was involved with community service activities at a home for children with special needs. The sparkle in their eyes and their innocent smiles inspired Dr Vaish to work in healthcare with children when she grew up.
Dr Vaish completed her training in General Dentistry in 2007 and joined a Paediatric Dental practice for a year before she was selected to pursue her Masters in Dental Surgery (Paediatric Dentistry) from the prestigious University of Hong Kong. This was an intensive two year specialist training program that involved working in two hospitals as well as the dental school. Dr Vaish was awarded her Masters in Paediatric Dentistry in 2010.
In 2011, Dr Vaish moved to Australia and in 2012, undertook further 18 months of post graduate training in Paediatric Dentistry through the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry Program offered through UWA. As part of this training, she worked at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in the Dental Department, attending to dental emergencies. Dr Vaish was actively involved in the management of babies and children with cleft lip and palate through the Cleft Clinic at PMH, along with the management of medically compromised children, while also attending to paediatric patients at the Oral Health Centre of WA. Dr Vaish completed her membership examinations in Paediatric Dentistry with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in 2014.
Dr Vaish is passionate about working with children. She is patient and caring with the anxious little ones and believes her most important job is to give each child a positive experience in the clinic and to let them grow into happy dental patients! She loves that her role is ever changing and she loves getting to know their little personalities.
Dr Vaish admits that becoming a parent herself has broadened her understanding of children and given her perspective on what parents struggle with in caring for their children’s oral health. She goes out of her way to help parents understand the needs of the child and make them comfortable with the plan for dental care. Dr Vaish manages anxious children using advanced techniques such as relative analgesia (nitrous oxide sedation, also known as ‘happy gas’) and treats children who need a general anaesthetic through Southbank Day Surgery.
Dr Vaish is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD), International Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) and the RACDS. She is actively involved in educating her General Dental colleagues through seminars and case discussion.
Outside of work, Dr Vaish loves yoga, meditation and spending time with her two beautiful children. Her growing family enjoys cycling, camping and hiking outdoors and feel blessed to call WA home. At home, she’s often seen discussing dentistry with her Prosthodontist husband Sundar, or dishing delicacies in her kitchen.<- Return to home page