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Dr Adam Durning Dentist - Co-Director

Hi, I’m Adam. 

I studied dentistry right here in New Zealand at our very own University of Otago. I received my degree in 1990 and moved to the lovely environs of Wanganui. I consider it a privilege and take great pride in knowing I will provide a lifelong service to the Whanganui community and find it difficult to express the gratitude I have of now treating the children and grandchildren of my original patients from so many years ago. 

I am happily married to Stephanie who is a practice nurse and we are the proud parents of three children, Anna, Finlay and Luca. I love the outdoors and am an avid fisherman, hunter, skier and love riding motorcycles. 

I am passionate about taking an all-encompassing approach to dentistry and oral health and to achieving the best outcomes possible for my patients. I firmly believe that oral health is a vital component to our overall health and well-being and have dedicated myself to this philosophy and the advancement of dentistry throughout New Zealand. 

Over the years I travelled extensively abroad to study and attend many courses. I am a life member and Diplomat of the World Congress of Micro Dentistry and graduated Dux in a 2-year Mini Orthodontic Residency Program. The insights, knowledge and skills I obtained resulted in me becoming the first accredited Australasian Clinical Laser Trainer and I developed a training program designed to pass on these modern dental techniques to dentists back home in New Zealand as well as Australia. During this period, I travelled extensively lecturing internationally. Because I was so actively involved in the rapid increase and utilisation of modern technology and techniques within Dentistry, I identified a need for a formal structure and organisation within the field and I consequently founded the New Zealand Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry in 2002.  

Over the years I expanded my horizons and am now a Co-Director of the Dentists Group which is a group of like-minded dentists who have our patients interests at the heart of everything we do. 

 

Dr Arjuna Rajasingham Dentist - Co-Director

Hi, my name is Arjuna Rajasingham. I’m proud to be born and bred in Rotorua.  I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1999.  

I am grateful to write that I am happily married to Jade and she has given me two beautiful children, Yuvani and Zev. I love the outdoors and have taken it upon myself to learn the great New Zealand past time of Hunting. I am also a bit of a motor head and enjoy jumping on or in anything motorised.  

I bring to the dentists a wealth of knowledge from all my extensive training in all disciplines of dentistry from all over the world. I have developed a special interest in the field of facial aesthetics, which involves Botox, Facial fillers and non-surgical facelifts. 

I firmly believe in the dentists motto “Oral health is fundamental to lifelong well-being” 

So, I not only keep your teeth healthy and give you a beautiful smile, but I will teach you how this is linked into your overall health and longevity. 

I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Dentists Orthodontic Society, New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (founding member), New Zealand Society of Sedative Dentistry and The World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (lifetime member and diplomat). I have now completed my 3-year residency in Full Face Orthodontics and achieved a diploma from London City University in Orthopaedic and Orthodontics. I am also a member of the Australian society of dentofacial orthopaedics. I am proud to have been admitted as a fellow of the International Congress of Continuing Education in Dentistry and I have a fellowship pending in the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy. 

I regularly travel nationally and internationally forever trying to increase my knowledge and skills in dentistry so I can pass this expertise on to your treatment. 

I, along with Dr Adam Durning and Dr Regan Leslie are the directors of The Dentists Dental Group. 

 

Dr Regan Leslie Dentist - Co-Director

Regan is originally from Christchurch. After Dental School, he and his wife Namiko spent 6 years in Wanganui before moving to the Hawkes Bay in December 2015. Regan and Namiko have two young daughters and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

He is a member of NZ Dental Association, NZ Society of Sedation in Dentistry, and is a fellow of the International Dental Implant Association.

Regan has had a lot of experience with complex dental problems and has undergone advanced training in Dental Implants, IV Sedation, Tooth Extractions and Smile Makeovers.

He has volunteered on missionary trips to South America to help provide treatment to underprivileged people and has also spent time working in New Zealand prisons.
Regan is continuously learning through professional education courses around the world and is proud to be able to provide an exceptional level of care for the people of Hawkes Bay.

Dr Sue Cheah Dentist

Sue graduated from the University of Otago in 2015. Born in Malaysia, she is able to communicate fluently in English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese.

She enjoys partnering with people, especially to improve their oral health and appearance. Her passion lies in the restorative and oral surgery sector of the profession.

Driven by a simple work ethic, Sue treats her patients with care, as she would to herself and her family.

Outside of the practice she spends her time exploring nature, trying new cooking recipes, snowboarding, practising yoga and looking at dog memes.

Dr William Cho Dentist

Hi my name is William Cho.  I’m originally from South Korea and moved to New Zealand in 2001. I lived in Auckland through to high school and moved to Dunedin to study dentistry.

I have worked in Rotorua before deciding to move to Napier for the current job.
I initially got into dentistry following my sister’s footsteps but really found passion in dentistry after seeing the positive changes I can make in people’s lives. This drives me to become a better dentist everyday and I spend a lot of my own time further educating myself.

Dr Shu Jin Ee Dentist

Kia Ora  

Born and raised in Malaysia, I moved to Dunedin to study and fell in love with this beautiful country I now call home. I graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 and joined the team at Wanganui before moving to Rotorua in 2017.  

I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and am very passionate about delivering high quality patient-oriented care. I believe being able to smile confidently makes a huge difference in someones life and those around them. Therefore, that is what I aspire to do, putting smiles back on peoples faces. With the availability of various dental technology here at The Dentists, I strive to make your time here an enjoyable and educational one.  

Outside of dentistry I enjoy going for outdoor walks and tramps, travelling, cooking and enjoying a home cooked meal with friends and family.  

  

  

 

 

Dr George Hermans Dentist

I grew up in the South Waikato before heading to the University of Otago to complete my Bachelor of Dental Surgery. I graduated in 2018. I was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Prize for obtaining the best aggregate grade in my final year. 

I appreciate the influence healthy teeth have not only on general health, but on self-confidence and the social aspects of living.  I strive to have all my patients walk out of my room with not only healthier teeth, but also with more confidence.  

I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, and the New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.   

Outside of work, you’ll find me in the Redwoods, on the lakes or up a mountain having a laugh. 

Dr Mark Huang Dentist

Dr Mark Huang came to live in New Zealand from Taiwan in 1995 to pursue a better education and living environment and is “exceedingly satisfied with the opportunities New Zealand has offered”.

Mark graduated from Otago University in 2004 and even though he had no family or friends in Wanganui, he decided to move here because he wanted the opportunity to work with Dental Lasers in one of the most up to date practices in New Zealand. Mark believes in regular check-ups, early detection of decay and minimally invasive treatment. In the past three years Mark has been treating patients with I.V sedation, micro air-abrasion and CEREC (computer aided porcelain restorations). He enjoys the efficiency and quality treatments the laser technology brings.

Mark says “I am very thankful for the technology. There is no comparison to the treatment this technology provides. The dental laser especially has enhanced my performance and has helped me to treat my patients in a less invasive and more comfortable way”.

Dr David Kay Dentist

This dental practice has spanned my whole dental career since graduating from Otago in 1981.

Dr Tim Bishop joined me in 1986 marking the beginning of a happy partnership as The Family Dental Centre. The practice was sold in 2018, now operating as The Dentists whose core values of integrity and professionalism align with my own.

In 1991 I embarked on a 3 year post graduate diploma in restorative dentistry involving comprehensive treatment planning and rehabilitation of patients presenting with complex dental needs. I followed through with this interest as an early adopter of dental implants, carrying out surgical placement and restoration of multiple implant cases.

My interest in community dental health has been recently peaked by attending a symposium on Inequities in Maori Oral Health which endeavoured to address ongoing issues and barriers to dental services for Maori and low income adults.

Through out my life I have maintained a running fitness that augments my lifestyle and zest for dentistry. I am an enthusiastic member and competitor with the Napier Harrier Club. I was lucky to be in Dunedin to witness the emergence of the Flying Nun music scene of the 80’s and have been an avid follower of live local music since then.

Dr Danny Lee Dentist

Hi, I am Danny. I graduated BDS with distinction from University of Otago in 2015 and moved to Rotorua in 2016.

I was born and bred on the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia for the past 20 years before deciding to move to Otago to study and pursue a career in dentistry.

I have always believed in the old adage that prevention is better than cure. The philosophy of dentistry has changed over the years from the typical “drill-and-fill” mode to a medical model which emphasises preventative treatment and a more conservative approach. It is very important to me that patients understand the different types of dental diseases and adopt lifestyles and habits that improve their oral health. I have special interests in wisdom teeth extraction with/without sedation and cosmetic rehabilitation. Aesthetics is very important to me as I believe it will open up a multitude of possibilities in life.

Outside work, I live and breathe football, or rather what is known as soccer in NZ. I have supported Arsenal football club since I was 7 years old. Locally, I used to play/train for Rotorua United until I suffered a serious shoulder injury which prevents me from playing competitive games anymore. Nowadays, I often work out my strength at Flex Fitness or completing strava run challenges in the Redwoods and Blue Lake.

Dr Tony Lin Dentist

Tony graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Born in Taiwan and moved to New Zealand when he was 14. He attended Auckland Grammar School before heading down to Dunedin for dental degree. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has special interest on dental prosthetic, root canal treatment and cosmetic dentistry.

Tony believes modern dentistry is about patient comfort and quality service. He aims to provide the best care to all patients with latest technology. He attends courses frequently to keep up-to-date with the latest dental technology and clinical research. He also has publications in the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education.

Tony is a member of New Zealand Dental Association and New Zealand Institute of Minimal Invasive Dentistry.

Outside dentistry, he enjoys basketball, biking and travelling.

Dr Sharleen Lu Dentist

Sharleen graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She was born in Taiwan and moved to New Zealand at a young age. Having a friendly and outgoing personality, she enjoys travelling and interacting with people from a diverse background. Some of her favourite overseas experiences include dental placement in Fiji, exchange student in Europe and backpacking /volunteering in South East Asia.

Coming from a medical family background, Sharleen has found dentistry to be the perfect profession for her to pursue her interest in science and human body, as well as to exercise art in her daily work. She sees dentistry as a rewarding career that requires fine skills in manual dexterity, creativity and problem solving.

Sharleen has always been enthusiastic about attending courses and conferences to broaden her knowledge in contemporary technology and research. "The more I learn, the stronger I believe that my job as a dentist is more than just about fixing teeth. It is about sharing knowledge, building trust and delivering service to improve patient's general health and well-being". Her goal is to be that awesome dentist who provides gentle, high standard dental care.

 

Dr Graeme Lynam Dentist

Graeme graduated at Otago University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After two years in general practice in South Auckland, Graeme started travelling, initially working in a mining town in outback Australia. From this isolated part of Australia, he then traveled to London. After a year, he was invited to work in London’s prestigious Harley Street and then went on to buy a Practice there. Practicing in this centre of international excellence for 15 years has increased his experience and learning considerably and has broadened the boundaries of modern dentistry. 

Graeme returned to Tauranga in New Zealand with a young family in 1998 and started his new practice “Harley Dentistry”. In 2018, still passionate about dentistry after so many years, he joined “The Dentists” group. In line with the Group’s emphasis of total well being, he continues his approach of “what is best for the patient”. 

 

Dr Alastair Miller Dentist

Alastair graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago University in 1988.

Upon graduating he then worked in Hamilton and London before returning to his home town of Wellington where he worked in dental practice for close to 20 years. Alastair’s last 13 years whilst in the Wellington region was at Coastlands Dental Health on the Kapiti Coast.

Alastair moved to Tauranga in 2012 for the opportunity to join the group at The Dentists, the lifestyle the Bay of Plenty has to offer and to be closer to extended family.

He is a member of the NZDA and enjoys working in an up to date practice with state of the art equipment. Alastair relishes the opportunity to build on his 23 years of dentistry by utilising the latest technology that The Dentists offers which also benefits his patients. His aim is to always provide quality dentistry in a gentle and relaxed environment.

Outside of dentistry Alastair enjoys fishing, boating and family sporting activities.

Dr Sean Phillips Dentist

I am very excited to be part of the friendly team of fantastic clinicians at The Dentists, Whanganui. My focus is to provide high quality dental care to our community using the latest technology and techniques.  

Growing up on a farm near the village of Puhoi, just north of Auckland, my interest in dentistry was sparked during orthodontic treatment. The satisfaction and confidence I gained was life changing.  

Early detection and prevention of oral disease is my passion. With a good home care routine and regular professional support, I believe everyone can have strong, beautiful teeth and a smile that will last a lifetime.  

Continuing education is vital, so I regularly attend conferences, courses and professional online lectures. I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, NZDA Mentorship Programme and the New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.  

After spending eight years as a Sea Scout, achieving both Chief and Queen Scout awards, I have developed a love of being in the great outdoors, tramping, camping, sailing and scuba diving. Additionally, I enjoy training in martial arts including Aikido, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

Dr Jamie Searle Dentist

I grew up in Levin before moving to Dunedin to study Dentistry. 5 years in the cold was enough to convince me to move closer to home, so I made the move to Wanganui.

Working at The Dentists has been very rewarding, with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. It has also been very rewarding seeing the improvement we can make in peoples lives through their oral health.

I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, and am constantly striving to better myself and the outcomes I can provide for all patients.

Outside of work you can find me digging up dirt at a golf course near you.

Dr Ruth van den Heever Dentist

Originally from South Africa, I moved to New Zealand at a young age. I grew up in Hawkes Bay and Wellington and moved to Auckland where I gained a Bachelor of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Auckland.

After graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, I moved back to Havelock North in 2019 for the opportunity to join The Dentists, the lifestyle Hawkes Bay has to offer and to be closer to my family.

I pride myself on being approachable, empathetic and I am committed to improving my patients dental experience.  With a patient centred approach, I believe in giving my patients both the education they need to improve their own oral health as well as presenting all treatment options available for them to make an informed decision.

I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry with a strong focus on minimally invasive dentistry and the early detection of any potential problems. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, travelling, spending time with my family and friends and daily runs with my dog, Ruby.

  

  

 

 

Dr Jenaya Woodmass Dentist

I was raised in Levin, spent my high school years in Palmerston North, and then headed to the deep south to spend six years in Dunedin completing my Bachelor of Dental Surgery. I was drawn to dentistry because of the hands on aspect of the job, the attention to detail required, and the artistic side that involves creating both functional and aesthetic solutions to give people a smile they can wear with confidence and comfort. My goal is to be a warm, approachable dentist and strive to make patients leave with some of their fears or reservations about dentist put at ease.

Outside of work, I enjoy keeping active, whether its going on any of the amazing local waterfall walks or hitting F45. Moving to Tauranga has also meant spending lots of time at the beach and out on the boat wakeboarding. Like many, I try and spend as much time as possible with my friends and family. I am lucky to work alongside the amazing team at The Dentists Tauranga and feel privileged to work alongside such a supportive group.

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