About Peoplecare Optical and Dental

Peoplecare Optical and Dental is your one-stop shop in Wollongong for all your dental and optical needs. And you don’t need to be a Peoplecare member to visit us, everyone’s welcome.

We opened as an optical store in 2012 to give Peoplecare members more with their health cover. Not long after opening, we added our state-of-the art dental rooms.

Our team of optometrists offer bulk-billed eye tests* and have their highly trained eyes ready to look after yours.

Our team of dentists offer no gap preventative dental^ and have the advanced training to look after your teeth with major dental services like implants and Invisalign clear aligners (like braces, but clear).

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^View the all-important T&Cs on our no-gap dental page.

*Bulk-billing is through Medicare. Current Medicare card holders can have:

• One comprehensive eye test every three years (if you are under 65 years old).
• One comprehensive eye test every year if you’re 65 or older.
• An eye test as required if you have an eye condition like glaucoma.

Read more through the Department of Human Services.


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Current accreditations

Peoplecare Eyes and Teeth (DEN3457)
NSQHS Standards (Private Dental Introductory)
Accredited (2/08/2018 – 2/08/2020)

Meet the team

Dr Akhilesh Pavin

Senior Dentist

Akhi, our senior dentist, loves hitting the gym, a game of cricket, meeting new people on his travels and making everyone around him feel comfortable.

Dr Akhilesh Pavin, aka ‘Akhi’, is our senior dentist. He obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and commenced his dental career in Australia in 2010 as an associate dentist in Moree before joining our team 3 years later.

Akhi has an extensive and varied dental career; before coming to Australia, he worked in a hospital setting in India; assisting in oral surgery and major trauma, he lectured at a dental college for 2 years sharing his knowledge and supporting training dentists.

In 2011 his passion for dental implants was sparked, and in 2013 received his Certificate in Implantology. This specific area of dentistry has continued to be an area of great interest for Akhi inspiring him to undertake courses for advanced surgical training in Implantology in Columbia in 2014.

Akhi graduated from his Masters (MSc) in Oral Implantology from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany in 2019 and earned a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Most recently, Akhi has attended a global course in India focusing on advanced soft tissue and bone augmentation to further develop and expand his surgical skills.

Over the past few years, Akhi has turned his attention and expanded his skills into the world of Orthodontic treatments through Invisalign. This platform has allowed him to further explore structural and cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Dr Mouhamad Al Koudmani


Mouhamad, one of our dentists, loves time with his family, travelling the globe, giving his green thumbs a go in the garden and making a visit to the dentist pain free.

Dr Mouhamad Al Koudmani obtained his first degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1998. Since then, he has been able to stay at the height of the evolutionary dental sphere through ongoing continual education including completing Master of Science in Implantology and Dental Surgery in Germany.

Prior to becoming a practitioner at Peoplecare in 2013, Mouhamad was functioning as a high-ranking dental surgeon for the Westfund Dental in Lithgow. He also practiced at HCF Dental in Sydney’s CBD.

Being a technically proficient dentist, Mouhamad can offer a wide array of diverse dental treatments ranging from general dental to more advance cosmetic and implant dentistry.

Dr Jasanmol Singh


Dr Jasanmol Singh, aka “Jazz”, joined the dental team in early 2023, after graduating from the University of Sydney, where he studied a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) in Dentistry.

Jazz has a proactive and result driven attitude. He is an excellent listener and focuses on providing tailored, ethical, patient focused treatment plans.

Jazz specialises in general preventative and restorative dentistry; utilising cutting edge technology to provide outstanding patient outcomes and improve patient comfort. He is passionate about providing solutions and exceeding patient expectations.

Fun fact: Jazz also has a Bachelor of Science (Hon) from Monash University. When he’s not at work, he loves travelling the globe, visiting breweries, as well as spending quality time with friends and family.

Dr Arash Sharafi


Dr Arash Sharafi joined Peoplecare Optical and Dental having completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Tehran. Arash also has additional training in aesthetic dentistry, implant dentistry and endodontics.

Arash practiced dentistry in Tehran for 8 years while successfully completing the Australian Dental Council exams, receiving certification in 2010 and becoming a registered dentist in Australia.

Arash has been living in Australia since 2014 and has worked across Victoria and New South Wales, becoming a member of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons in 2015.

Fun Fact: In his spare time, Arash enjoys reading, documentaries, classical music, and gardening.

Janet Fong


Janet, one of our optometrists, loves experimenting in the kitchen, spending the day with family and solving patients’ eye concerns.

Janet received her Bachelor of Optometry at the University of NSW, graduating in 1996 with first class honours.  Her passion is ocular pathology.

She spent 2 years working in Sydney before moving to Hong Kong, where she was the visiting clinical associate at the School of Optometry Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. In 2008 Janet moved back to Sydney and worked at HCF Eyecare, before joining our Peoplecare Eyes and Teeth, now Peoplecare Optical and Dental family in 2013.

Janet is our resident pocket-rocket, who is always on the go and has a great sense of humour.  She is incredibly thorough and always provides exceptional care to patients of all ages.

Janet is trilingual, speaking English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Bart Pochanke


Bart, our newest resident optometrist, has a trusted reputation and long history working in the Wollongong area, specialising in Ocular Pathology and General Optometry.

Bart studied at UNSW, graduating in 1996. In 2012 Bart moved to Poland and worked for World Council of Optometry on Feasibility Study of Refractive Error in Children.

Furthering his studies, Bart completed an Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision at the Australian College of Optometry in 2021.

Bart is a family man, and enjoys going to the beach, mountain biking and motorbike riding. He is also an avid soccer and tennis fan.

Fun fact: Bart has worked across every state in Australia and is fluent in both Polish and English.