Dr Elina Castro

Principal Dentist & Co-Founder

Having graduated in Dentistry at the University Federal do Ceara in Brazil, Dr Elina Castro managed her own private dental surgery before relocating to Australia. After completion of her Orthodontic Mini-Residency and working alongside internationally renowned Orthodontist Dr Derek Mahony, in Sydney, Dr Elina co-founded the Dentofacial Institute with Speech Pathologist Nada Makki-Karnib to pursue her passion for airway centred dentistry.


Dr Elina is an advocate for early interceptive facial orthopaedic treatment, specialising in the early correction of malocclusions with the use of functional appliances and Planas Direct Tracks. She dedicates much of her time to educate her dental colleagues, health professionals, and parents to the signs and symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, and the important of early interceptive treatment.


Dr Elina is also passionate about the benefits of incorporating the Lightwalker laser into her practice. Laser-assisted technology means our patients’ treatments can be quicker, more comfortable and more reliable with this revolutionary technology. Wanting only the best for her patients and their families is what drives Dr Elina on a daily basis, as she continually pursues the best treatment options.

Nada Makki-Karnib

Speech Pathologist & Co-Founder

Nada Makki-Karnib is the principal speech pathologist at Q Speech & Learning Clinic with 20 years of combined experience as a hospital scientist and in private practice. She enjoys working with people of all ages in the treatment of communication and feeding disorders, with a special interest and expertise in Oromyofunctional Disorders.


As co-founders of the Dentofacial Institute and international speakers, Dr Elina Castro Blairs and Nada dedicate most of their professional time to promoting airway and sleep awareness and the impact of these on Dentofacial growth and development, particularly focusing on early interceptive facial orthopaedics. Nada’s collaboration with dental professionals and multidisciplinary approach in the care of her patients seeks to address the root cause of many of the communication and feeding difficulties children present with.

Dr Caroline Camelo


Dr Caroline Camelo graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) from the Universidade De Brasilia (Brazil) in 2006. She completed a post-graduate degree in Preventive and Interceptive Orthodontics in 2007, before commencing her specialisation in Paediatric Dentistry in 2008-2009. She worked for the Brazilian Air Force as a paediatric dentist before moving to Australia with her family, where she underwent the Australian Dental Council process to practice as a dentist.


She is passionate about treating the whole family, from babies to adults. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of caring and making every experience fun and relaxing for kids. She is driven by preventive dentistry and early interceptive facial orthopaedic treatment.


Also a member of the Australian Dental Association, Dr Camelo has always been committed to furthering her education. She believes that knowledge should be constantly updated. She is fluent in English and Portuguese and communicates well in Spanish.

Dr Venkata Mudunuri 


Dr. Venkata Madhuri Mudunuri is a highly qualified practitioner licensed by New South Wales to provide dental care services to the public. Dr. Mudunuri is also a member of the Australian Dental Association and is currently registered unconditionally from AHPRA – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – which will assure that this Miranda Dentist from Miranda Family Dentist will deliver absolute high-standard dental services.


Dr. Mudunuri has been doing the practice or dentistry with other seasoned doctors in New South Wales for more than 9 years and is familiar with the most common problems in dental health. She is friendly with kids and has the ability to remove anxiety from them in a breeze, even with adults as she has mastered relaxation methods towards her patients. Her experience with her soothing personality will remove anxiety, fear, and doubt from any dental patient’s mind and ensure they are in her safe hands.

Dr Mariela Rosa


Dr Mariela Rosa graduated in Dentistry at The Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil in 2008. She dedicated most of her professional life to deeply study Dentistry to offer her patients the best level and modern types of treatments.


Her passion for dental implants and complex restorative rehabilitation lead her to obtain a Specialist Degree in Implantology in Brazil, 2010. She also managed to complete a Master of Philosophy in Dentistry in 2012. During this time, Dr Mariela advanced her knowledge on occlusion and temporomandibular joints.


Since 2012, Dr Mariela have been working as university lecturer providing clinical/laboratory supervisions and assisting undergraduate students to prepare themselves to be the next Dentistry generation. During this academic experience, Dr Mariela considered to explore and research Dentistry overseas.


She then moved to Australia to research at The University of Sydney-NSW where she obtained her Master by Research Degree. She is a licensed qualified dentist and also a member of the Australian Dental Association. She has experience with adult treatments, diagnosis, prevention and has a special interesting in complex restorative treatments, cosmetic dentistry and temporomandibular disorders.

Dr John Rosa


Dr John completed his Bachelor of Dentistry and orthodontic training in Brazil. He has a Masters in Orthodontic Research and was a Professor in Orthodontics at The University of Extremo Sul Catarinense. He is currently finishing his Master in Dentofacial Orthodontics, in London-UK.


Dr John moved to Sydney in 2016 and certified his dental degree in Australia. He has since been working as an associate dentist as well as a lecturer in orthodontics to general practitioners who are looking for improving their skills.


Dr John is the third generation in a dentist family and his wife is also a dentist. Dentistry certainly runs in his blood. His calm demeanour and outstanding skills enable him to provide his patients with excellent orthodontic care.


Outside of dentistry, Dr John has a daughter and is a Judo black belt. He also enjoys playing and watching soccer.