Dr Kia Pajouhesh is the principal dentist and managing director of Core Dental Group.
Kia graduated with first class honours in both Science and Dentistry from the University of Melbourne, having been awarded the WJ Tuckfield prize for prosthodontics. It was a traumatic early experience as a dental patient that motivated Kia to make a career of dentistry, pledging that no patient should have to go through what he did. He practised as a general dentist at a private practice before taking the ambitious step of founding his own practice.
Now with over 25 years’ experience in dentistry, Kia remains dedicated to exemplary patient care and providing the treatments his patients seek. He strongly believes patients should be presented with options for their dental treatments and outcomes and that they should be given a framework within which they can make choices. He has instilled this approach in all of Core Dental Groups’ clinicians, so that each and every patient is given individual attention.
An original and creative thinker, Kia has pioneered a range of mould-breaking firsts in the dentistry sector, including setting up the only genuine multidisciplinary specialist centre outside any Australian dental hospital; educating the public in expert oral care and dental costs via bespoke videos and websites; and opening Melbourne’s first orthodontic shopfront, the Invisalign shop in Collins Street.
Kia’s unique business model combines excellence and convenience of patient care and treatment modalities with a sublime aesthetic environment equipped with the most sophisticated technology available. It is this trailblazing formula that has made each Core Dental practice a favourite local dentist for hundreds of Melbourne residents and visitors, as well as a desirable place to work for the most talented clinicians.
Today, Kia divides his time between focusing on the clinical care aspect of his business, the science and technology of dentistry and the management side of operating a large-scale, multi-award–winning dental practice. This includes leading frequent educational and motivational seminars for his practitioners. He is also involved in various new-graduate talks at the University of Melbourne and mentoring other businesses, coaching principal dentists of some 200 dental practices both locally and internationally. He strives to educate the public and his peers through continually publishing articles on advances in dentistry and practice management.
In recognition of his own personal drive, Kia was nominated for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2015.