The Smile Company Team

Meet our friendly, experienced The Smile Company team.

Click on each person to find out about our roles, experience and interests.

Anna Knight
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Dentist

Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction) Otago (2012)
Experience: Hospital and private practice experience
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, shopping, travelling, running
Favourite Food: Strawberries and raspberries
Favourite Drink: Espresso coffee from a little café in Italy or a glass of chilled NZ Pinot Gris
Favourite Spot: Too many to choose from… London, Paris, Venice, Barcelona, the French Riviera, Croatia, Tuscany…

Anna joined The Smile Company in 2015. After graduating from the University of Otago with distinction, Anna worked as a House Surgeon at Wellington Hospital. This was an interesting role which involved treating patients with varying medical complications as well as dealing with acute trauma and infections. Anna has a keen interest in all aspects of general dentistry but has a special interest in the prevention of dental disease. She regularly attends courses and seminars to further her education. Outside of work, she enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, shopping, cooking and travelling.

Alex Egnot

Dental Assistant

Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Horizons outdoor instructor. Equine and stable management
Experience: Equine coach
Interests: Horses, tramping, kayaking
Favourite Food: Salmon bagels
Favourite Drink: Coffee
Favourite Spot: Akaroa

David Blair
David Blair

Director of Great Smiles / Practice Principal

Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Bachelor of Dentistry Otago, Sedation and anaesthetic training, ACC accredited surgical implant dentist, Nobelbiocare implant crown and bridge training
Experience: General practice, covering all aspects of Dentistry in the 70s, 35 years since as founding Director of The Smile Company, Christchurch
Interests: Golf, Yachting, DIY, Gardening and Music
Favourite Food: Crayfish Salad and Bluff Oysters
Favourite Drink: NZ Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Cab Sav. and NZ Pinot Noir
Favourite Spot: At the helm of a 50 foot yacht in a 15 knot breeze somewhere in the Mediterranean

David has been practicing general dentistry with an emphasis on sedation techniques, implant surgery and cosmetic dental care for over 40years.

Aside from maintaining patients’ smiles at The Smile Company, he has numerous hobbies including golf, yachting, DIY gardening and music.

I never get bored and there are always a number of projects on the go. Presently restoring a 1939 Zeiss Ikon 16mm movie projector and finishing earthquake repairs around the house, interspersed with regular golf keeps me on my toes! There doesn’t seem like much time left for dentistry, but working with such an enthusiastic bunch of people, and seeing the delight from people who I treat, keeps me coming back.  The self-satisfaction in all these activities is enormous.”

Erin Cuskelly
Anna Knight

Dental Hygienist

Birth Place: Brisbane, Australia
Qualifications: Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Queensland
Experience: 6 years experience across Australia and New Zealand
Interests: Travel, outdoor adventures and spending time with family and friends especially my nieces
Favourite Food: Kumara chips with aioli
Favourite Drink: Iced cold beer on a hot sunny afternoon
Favourite Spot: On a hot beach in Noosa Heads, Queensland or Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

Heidi Millar
Heidi Millar
Dental Hygienist
Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Diploma in Dental Hygiene
Experience: 10 years hygiene experience, 8 years with The Smile Company
Interests: Spending time with friends and family, travel
Favourite Food: Mums Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
Favourite Drink: Cold Beer on a hot summers evening
Favourite Spot: Where the sun is!
Jayne Knowles
Jayne Knowles
Practice Coordinator
Birth Place: Ranfurly, New Zealand
Qualifications: Travel and Business Technology
Experience: 14 years with The Smile Company
Favourite Food: Pate, Crackers and a good cheese
Favourite Drink: Gin and Tonic
Favourite Spot: Hanauma Bay in Hawaii
Saba Khan
Saba

Dental Hygienist

Birth Place: Pakistan. Moved to New Zealand at age 7.
Qualifications: BSc (Anatomy and Structural Biology) and Bachelor of Oral Health
Experience: Qualified dental hygienist and dental therapist, graduated in 2014.
Interests: Trying out new restaurants / cafes, going for walks and runs.
Favourite Food:  Anything Mexican
Favourite Drink: Hazelnut Latte
Favourite Spot: Monavale Gardens

Christchurch has been my home ever since I was seven years old. Working in the health industry has always been an interest and a passion of mine. I started off doing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Anatomy and Structural Biology. This gave me a great insight about the various aspects of the human body. After successfully completing that I continued my education with doing a Bachelor of Oral Health. I am now qualified in a dual scope of Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene. I am passionate about oral health and collaborating with my patients to achieve their oral health goals.

As a dental hygienist I examine patients for signs of oral diseases, scale teeth and work together with patients to improve and maintain good oral health. As a dental therapist I provide children and adolescents with routine dental care.

When I am not in the dental clinic I like to spend time with my family, go to for runs or my gym classes and read my monthly issue of Vogue magazine.

Sam Sherlock
Sam Sherlock
Dental Assistant

Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Certified New Zealand Dental Assistant Qualification. Barber.
Interests: Mad about the outdoors, enjoys hikes & hill climbs
Favourite Food: Sushi, salt and vinegar chips with onion dip
Favourite Drink: Strong long black
Favourite Spot: Anywhere in the sun or on the hill tops taking in our beautiful views
Su Kanchi
Dental Assistant

Birth Place: Andhra Pradesh, India
Qualifications: Qualified dentist in India, working as a dental assistant at present, looking at doing New Zealand dental registration in the future
Experience: 3 years experience as a dental assistant
Interests: Spending time with family, shopping
Favourite Food: Indian food, anything with rice!
Favourite Drink: Sprite
Favourite Spot: Ice Bar, Queenstown

Tessa Dyer
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Beauty Therapist, Spa Manager

Birth Place: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Internationally qualified beauty therapist.
Experience: 9 years in New Zealand and overseas, making lots of clients look beautiful and feel great
Interests: Gym, being active, family, friends, animals
Favourite Food: Red velvet cake, Thai food
Favourite Drink: Bubbles
Favourite Spot: In the heat of the sun anywhere in the world
Tom Egnot
Tom Egnot
Conductor of the team

Birth Place: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Qualifications: BDS Otago, BSc Canterbury
Experience: Christchurch Hospital Dental Department. Numerous private practices in Australia and New Zealand
Interests: Dental Cosmetics, Aesthetics and Artistic Implanting, Dental Engineering and Science, combining modern dental technologies with a gentle soft handed touch.
Favourite Food: Fish and Chips
Favourite Drink: Iced Christchurch Tap Water (pre quake), but Pinot Noir (now!)
Favourite Spot: Victoria Park, Christchurch, overlooking the plains to the Southern Alps

Tom completed his BSc in Canterbury before deciding that he really wanted to be a dentist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Otago in 1985. Since then Tom has collected substantial experience as a dentist. After leaving the Christchurch Hospital Dental department, where he was a House Surgeon for 18 months he moved on to private practice in numerous centres in Australia and New Zealand. In 2000 Tom settled back in Christchurch when he took up a directorship with The Smile Company. This long established practice provided just the environment Tom was looking for to advance his interests. Tom has continued his professional development in general dentistry with a special focus on providing modern solutions for people requiring advanced dental care.

Victoria Moss
Victoria Moss
Auntie Vic

Birth Place: Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK
Qualifications: Certificate in Dental Nursing Manchester University, NobelBiocare surgical and prosthetic training, Tatum institute assisting certificate in surgical and implantology dentistry
Experience: 20 year dental experience in general and hospital in both New Zealand and the UK
Interests: Mountain biking, gardening and reading
Favourite Food: A good blue cheese with crackers, rotisserie chicken
Favourite Drink: I’m a sucker for a tall skinny spiced chai latte served extra hot!
Favourite Spot: My lounge, big squishy sofa, fire on, wine, stinky cheese, husband, cats, DVD… perfect!

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