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.

Paola

Dentist

Birthplace: Santiago, Chile- Australian for the past 27 years

QualificationsBachelor of Dental Surgery with honors from the University of Sydney. Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Implants) from the University of Melbourne, Master of Clinical Dentistry in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics with distinction from King’s College London. Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist, Membership by examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
ExperienceGeneral practitioner in the private, public and university sectors. Practice principal and Lead Dentist.
InterestsSkiing, Hiking, Camping
Favourite Food: Seafood. One of my favourites Akaroa Salmon
Favourite Drink: Belgian or German Beer, NZ Distinction Ale.
Favourite Spot: Anywhere in the high mountains skiing with the family ideally on a powder fill day.

I am passionate about my profession and my patients. I feel privileged to work with them to achieve what they desire for their smile and health.

I am dedicated to achieving outstanding results for our patients with the most up to date techniques in a stress free environment.

Outside dentistry I enjoy raising my 3 children Christopher, Isabella and Henry with my husband Andrew. We are a passionate outdoor family that enjoys skiing, camping and hiking.

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

Charlotte
Charlotte
Dental Assistant

Birthplace: West-Berlin, Germany
Qualifications: German Certified Dental Assistant
Interests: Natural medicine/Homeopathy, spending time with family and pets
Favourite Food: Asian infused
Favourite Drink: Matcha Latte with Almond milk or Shiraz
Favourite Spot: anywhere close to the big wide ocean

Kym
Kym
Dental Assistant

Birthplace: Christchurch
Qualifications: 

  • NZDA Introduction and Dental Assisting Certificate
  • Electrical Engineering Certificate level 3
  • Certificate in International Flight Attending
  • National Certificate computing level 3
  • Certificate in Applied Business Practices
  • Certificate in Outdoor experiences

Experience:  3 years as a Dental Assistant in the NZDF (Army)
Interests: DIY, renovating, gardening, exercising, kayaking and outdoor activities
Favourite Food: Pizza or Burgers
Favourite Drink: iced chocolate
Favourite Spot: anywhere that’s in the sun and swimming and walking tracks, enjoying our country.
Something about yourself: I’m a mother of two boys, I face paint, love to get creative and give anything a go myself.

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
Victoria
Victoria
Auntie Vic

Birthplace: 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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