LOCAL BLOKE… KURT DEAN FROM MAROUBRA
Maroubra’s Kurt Dean is the Principal Dentist at Dental Serenity. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? I’ve been hanging around Bondi Junction and Maroubra Junction since 2000, after moving here from Queensland to chase my then girlfriend and now wife of 16 years.
What’s your favourite beach? It’s a toss up between Coogee and Maroubra. Coogee has the Pavilion, but you can get a parking spot at Maroubra. If you haven’t watched the New Year sunrise at Coogee Beach, you haven’t lived, which I think gives Coogee the edge.
What’s your favourite eatery? Our family are suckers for Japanese food. Kokoroya on Anzac Parade is our go-to.
Where do you like to have a drink? I’ll tend to go to the Pavilion at Coogee. It’s a nice place for a schooner or two in spring and summer.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? It has the best parts of Sydney packed into one area – good dining, good shopping, good bars, beaches, and close to everything.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? Parking can be rough on the weekends when you want to go to the beach.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? Something a little more local and obscure, the Maroubra Kyokushin Karate Club. The fitness and techniques these guys and girls have learned are inspiring.
What music are you into at the moment? I’m going through a really retro rock phase. I’ve been hitting the Black Sabbath, Credence Clearwater, Rolling Stones, AC/DC – all the stuff that I can’t play loudly while I’m treating patients.
Who is your favourite person? Harrison Ford. He was so influential on my childhood – Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Deckard… the man is a legend!
What do you get up to on the weekends? I do karate most Saturday mornings and spend time with my wife and son, and exciting activities like shopping and cleaning the house – it’s a rock and roll lifestyle.
What do you do for work? I’m the Principal Dentist at Dental Serenity on Anzac Parade, Maroubra Junction (www. dentalserenity.com.au).
What’s your favourite thing about work? It’s fun to show people the technology we have and give them positive experiences. When you get to help people feel and look better, it’s a buzz. I also get to play with lasers and digital scanning with computers. When you’re a bit of a nerd, it’s fun to be in this job!
Do you have a favourite quote? “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.” – Rick and Morty.
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Do or do not, there is no try.