The Smile Company Team

Meet our friendly, experienced team.

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

Dentists

Anna
Anna

Dentist

Birthplace: 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.

Marika
Marika
Dentist

Birthplace: Canada

Qualifications: Doctorate of Dental Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2016)
Experience: Hospital and private practice experience
Interests: Surfing, Biking, Snowboarding, Swimming, Sewing, Crafting
Favourite Food: Lamb roast with loads of veggies…or anything chocolate (as long as it is gluten and dairy free!)
Favourite Drink: A nice glass of Chardonnay
Favourite Spot: Anywhere near or in the ocean- cold or warm!

Born and raised in Quebec, Dr. Marika Arnold speaks both English and French. Marika first attended dental hygiene school and practiced for 5 years as a hygienist before making the big jump and going back to university. She completed her degree in Dentistry at McGill University, Montreal in May 2016 winning prizes for compassion, professionalism and exhibiting the highest level of patient care. To increase her knowledge and gain experience in advanced treatments for complex health conditions, Marika attended a General Practice Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in Utah, she worked in a hospital setting treating patients of all ages with various medical conditions. The last 5 years were spent on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada where she perfected her art in cosmetic dentistry, including but not limited to full mouth reconstruction, implant retained dentures and single to multiple implant crowns and bridges. She worked closely with local specialists to achieve the most predictable outcome in some of the most challenging cases. With her combination of experience and academic knowledge, Marika is a well-rounded dentist offering a high level of care to her patients in all aspects of dentistry. When Marika is not at work or in the ocean, you can find her exploring the many parks around Christchurch with her school age daughter Emma, her husband and her fur baby, Macchiato.

Tom
Tom
Conductor of the team

Birthplace: 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.

Dental Assistants

Alex

Dental Assistant

Birthplace: 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

Vanessa

Dental Assistant

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Certified Dental Assistant
Experience: Since September 2019
Interests: I enjoy cooking, exercising and shopping
Favourite Food: Indian and Mexican cuisine
Favourite Drink: Soy hot chocolate or something refreshing
Favourite Spot: Anywhere in the sun or cosy at home

Hayley

Dental Assistant

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Qualifications: Qualified makeup artist, certificate in classic eyelash extentions and soon to be qualified DA
Interests: quality time with loved ones and my dog Shyla, going for scenic walks, traveling and adventuring, stand up paddle boarding, music, festivals and gym
Favourite Food or Drink: Most things carbs, and caramel milkshake
Favourite Spot: Abel Tasman or anywhere where there is water, sunshine and nature to enjoy!
Something about yourself: I’m currently studying, I want to travel and get out my comfort zone by trying new things!

Sam
Sam
Dental Assistant

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Qualifications: Certified New Zealand Dental Assistant Qualification. Barber.
Interests: Mad about the outdoors, enjoys hikes & hill climbs
Favourite Food: a good medium rare steak and anything that involves peanut butter
Favourite Drink: Strong long black
Favourite Spot: Anywhere in the sun or on the hill tops taking in our beautiful views

Dental Hygienists

Heidi
Heidi
Dental Hygienist
Birthplace: 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!
Jenny
Jenny
Dental Hygienist

Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan. Immigrated to New Zealand over 20 years ago.
Qualifications:  Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Otago (2010)
Experience: 8 years in private practices across Auckland before joining The Smile Company.
Interests: Gym, trying out new cafes and an absolute succulents addict!
Favourite Food: Italian pastas and Tiramisu
Favourite Drink: Spanish sangria
Favourite Spot:  By the lakes on a calm sunny day

Jenny graduated in 2010, obtaining her Bachelor of Oral Health degree from faculty of dentistry at University of Otago. Moving back home to Auckland after her training, she gained her valuable experiences in various private practices as an Oral Health Therapist. After developing a special interest in preventive care and periodontics, Jenny moved to Christchurch and joined The Smile Company as a dental hygienist where she continues to provide gentle, yet thorough and positive experience for every patient. In order to reach your optimal oral health, she makes sure to attend regular workshops and seminars so that she can work out an up-to date collaborative home care plan to suit your lifestyles.

I love interacting with patients and seeing them walk out with a confident smile brings a huge sense of achievement and that’s what keeps me going to strive for the best!” – Jenny

Megan
Megan
Dental Hygienist

Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Qualifications: FdSc in Oral Health Science
Experience: Dental Nurse from 2012, then Dental Hygienist from 2016.
Interests: Exploring New Zealand!
Favourite Food: Gluten-Free (not through choice!) Pizza
Favourite Drink: Raspberry Schweppes / Strawberry Milkshake
Favourite Spot: At the Beach

I qualified as a Dental Nurse with the General Dental Council, UK in 2013. In 2014 I began Dental Hygiene training, working in hospital, community, and private practice environments, qualifying with a Distinction in 2016.
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, I worked for the British Ministry of Defence for 3 years, having various postings around England.
In 2019 I became registered with the Dental Council New Zealand and moved across the world to Wellington to work in a private dental practice, before moving to Christchurch and starting at The Smile Company June 2020.

Saba
Saba

Dental Hygienist

Birthplace: 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.

Admin

Jayne
Jayne
Practice Coordinator
Birthplace: 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

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