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Dr Aishah Na Dentist
Hi, my name is Aishah.
I was born and grew up in China. I moved to New Zealand to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. Since I have had a bad dentistry experience when I was young, I became determined to be a better dentist myself. I want to help people that are suffering due to their teeth, and help them experience positive dentist treatment and re-learn to trust dental health professionals. I know how important it is as a dentist to meet patient’s expectations and want help you reach lifelong well-being through better oral health care.
I’m interested in all aspects of dentistry. I am dedicated to provide a patient-centered, high-quality dental services and to help you smile more confidently.
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.
Dr Adam Durning And I are the directors of The Dentists Dental Group.
Dr Bodon Li Dentist
Hello, my name is Bodon (Yitao). I was born in China. I grew up in the hospital due to my father’s profession and because of that I was exposed to different areas of healthcare. When I was 15, I moved to New Zealand for high school. After being inspired by my cousin who is a dentist in Australia, I headed down to the University of Otago to complete my Bachelor of Dental Surgery.
I enjoy all aspects of dentistry. I believe dentistry is not only about teeth, but also a foundation of health. It helps patients improve their life quality and gain confidence. I aim to provide patient-centred, evidence-based, and stress-free dental treatments.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball and watching NBA. I am a big fan of Lakers.
Dr Brian Ng Dentist
Brian is a University of Otago graduate of 2015 and has previous work experiences at Masterton and Napier. He is competent in all aspects of dentistry with special interests in root canals, extractions and restorative crowns and bridges. He is a firm believer that dental visits can be consistently pleasant and stress-free.
Brian is consistently seeking to improve himself with the latest technology and dental advancements such as 3D scanners and lasers. Originally from Malaysia, he is fluent in both English and Malay.
‘Beyond acceptable. I aim to consistently provide high quality, comfortable dentistry where patient’s goals and expectations are understood and met. My believes are to always deliver honest dentistry where everyone is able to have informed choices, be educated and provided a treatment plan suited to all budgets.
A bit about myself, I enjoy a balanced lifestyle and am proud to call Taupo home. You would find me during my free times at the gym, swimming or busy cooking! Come and say hello!’
Dr Colette Khoo Dentist
Hi, my name is Colette. I was born and grew up in Malaysia. I am a Class of 2015 graduate of the University of Otago with Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Coming from a multicultural country, I am fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.
I am proud to call New Zealand my second home. It is a beautiful country and I have enjoyed every bit of my time here. It is my 6th year working in Taupo and I am grateful to beliving in this beautiful town and privileged to serve the growing community. I firmly believe that prevention is better than cure and oral health is fundamental for lifelong well-being. I have a passion to provide the best oral health care formy patients, understand their needs, making dentistry more pleasant and helping anxious patients to overcome their fear to get the best care possible. My goal is to put a smile on all the patients when they walk out of the surgery!
I am a huge foodie. Outside work, I like to bake and cook, experimenting new recipes or trying new restaurants. I also enjoy travelling and hiking, exploring both old and new places.
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 diverse backgrounds. Some of her best overseas dental experiences include placement in Fiji, oral surgery in IOA Sao Paulo Brazil, and clinical attachment in Taiwan hospital oral maxillofacial department.
Sharleen attends courses and conferences frequently to constantly expand skills and keep up with the latest technology. She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, and the New Zealand Society for Sedation in Dentistry. She is also a certified laser tongue-tie practitioner, and has completed her 3-year residency in Full Face Orthodontics.
Sharleen is proud to deliver the dentistry which helps patients regain their confidence in smiling, enjoyment in eating and achieving good oral health. Using a gentle and holistic approach, she aims to provide the most comfortable, high standard care to help patients overcome dental fear.
Outside of work Sharleen enjoys tramping, diving, and listening to podcasts while cooking.
Dr Zaiyou Chen Dentist
Hello, my name is Zaiyou but you can call me Zai (rhymes with pie). I was born in China and moved to New Zealand with my family when I was 6, so I consider myself a Kiwi. The combination of having a weird fascination with teeth and having braces in high school inspired me to study at the University of Otago where I completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (with First Class Honours).
I am interested in all aspects of dentistry ranging from fillings to root canal therapy. But what brings me the most joy is working together with my patients to achieve healthy teeth and a confident smile. I aspire to always deliver quality and holistic care, and to break the negative stereotypes of a dental visit.
I’m an avid volleyballer (indoor and beach) and love travelling outdoors to discover sights never seen before. Having been raised in a Chinese and Kiwi background, I am fluent in both English and Mandarin. Aside from dentistry and volleyball, you’ll find me eating food, going on road trips and working out in the gym. I can talk to you about all of these things, quite often while your mouth is full, so you can’t talk back.
Bella Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Bella and I’m happy to say I’ve been born and raised in Taupō my whole life. I have only recently started here at The Dentist and to say I love it would be an understatement! With how friendly and helpful all the staff here are it has really made me feel welcome.
I’m currently undergoing training to be a Dental Assistant and have deeply enjoyed my training so far and am excited to keep learning more.
One thing that I really love about my job here is meeting all of the clients, and seeing them walk out with a happy smile is so rewarding.
Georgia Dental Assistant
Hi, I'm Georgia. I live here in beautiful Great Lake Taupo and proud to be part of our amazing team here.
I am excited for the opportunity to gain experience within such a friendly, professional environment.
I love working in the dental field, always aspiring to learn more and gain new skills.
The most rewarding part of my job is taking care of our patients and watching them leave our practice with a confident smile.
In my spare time I hang out with loved ones and enjoy going to the beach, cooking and painting.
Holly Dental Assistant
Hi my names Holly, proudly Taupo born and raised. I've had the privilege of joining the team at The Dentists Taupo as a dental assistant.
I really enjoy meeting patients from all walks of life and getting to know them. I love being able to help people create that perfect smile and seeing the joy on their faces.
In my spare time I enjoy walking the dogs and spending time with my friends and family.
Jade Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Jade. I have two children and have lived in Taupo for 13 years, I’m originally from Whanganui.
I first started working for the dentists in 2002. I took a break whilst bringing up my children and studying accounting. I missed working in the dental industry during this time and was lucky enough to be able to come back and work with the amazing team in Taupo.
I have always enjoyed working for the dentists as no two days are the same and there is always something new to learn. The most rewarding part of my job is helping patients build their confidence and ensuring a pleasurable visit to the dentist.
In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with family/friends and getting out on my horse.
Hey, my name is Janelle and I joined the team at The Dentists in February after returning home to Taupo after spending 6 years in Australia.
Working at The Dentists is such a rewarding job where no two days are ever the same. It's a privilege to be able to help the community alongside the knowledgeable team we have here who are always willing to lend a hand and share their experience.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, doing outdoor sports or relaxing!
Josephine Dental Assistant
Hi my names Josephine. I am lucky to say I am born and raised in beautiful Taupo. I have just recently joined The Dentists team in December 2021. I am enjoying every aspect of dental assisting.
Throughout the short time I have been here I already feel as though I have learnt so much and excited to see what else I am going to learn. I am very lucky to work along side a experienced team who are always willing to share their knowledge. Working here is very rewarding and I enjoy interacting and caring for our patients.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors and on the farm with my family.
I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings!
Kylie Office Manager
Hi I’m Kylie
I am a mum of 3, I have 2 boys and a girl. I grew up in a small town called Taihape and moved to Taupō in 2010. After studying and working in the hospitality industry for over 10years, I was looking to try something new. An opportunity arose in 2016 to work at The Dentists Taupō so I jumped at the chance and have never regretted it since. I took an extended maternity leave at the end of 2017 and returned back to work here in May 2020.
Working at The Dentists has been one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve worked in. I love that no two days are the same and the team here are always willing to pass on their knowledge and help up skill anyone that is keen to learn.
I love to have a good conversation with the patients, get to know them and help them feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they walk through the doors.
Outside of work I love to spend time with family and friends and do a bit of painting.
Lee-Anne Orthodontic Auxiliary
Hi I'm Lee-Anne, I have been part of the dental industry since 1985.
After leaving to have a family I returned and re-registered under the hygiene banner in 2000 and in 2004 added the orthodontic auxiliary to my scope of practice.
I have worked in both general and specialist practices and I was the first practice development clinical manager for Invisalign New Zealand.
I love all aspects of dentistry, especially the "techie" bits and believe there is nothing better than giving someone the gift of a beautiful smile. In my spare time I run around after my children, grandchildren and husband. I home renovate, sew, cycle, travel, walks and try to keep my two dogs happy.
Magda Dental Assistant
I am originally from Poland but lived in England before moving to New Zealand in 2006. I am bright and bubbly and what I love most about the dental industry is being around people and being able to help them.
In my spare time I love being with my partner and daughter doing outdoor activities and traveling.
Sambi Dental Assistant
Hi, I'm Sambi. I was born and raised in Japan where I worked as a dental assistant. I moved to New Zealand in 2018 and married a NZer.
My career in dentistry has always been rewarding. I joined The Dentists in 2020 and obtained the NZDA qualification in 2022. I enjoy my job with a wonderful team more and more each day. It's my pleasure to help our patients and work together to benefit them as much as possible.
Outside of work, I love books, music, playing with our Beagle and supporting Liverpool F.C.
Tessa Dental Assistant
Hi, my names Tessa.
I’m lucky enough to say I’ve lived in Taupo my whole life. I’ve been apart of The Dentist team as a dental assistant since may 2021.
Since starting I have gained many new skills and been able to help out wherever needed. I’m fortunate to work along side such a great team and to be able to care and help patients through out their dental journey.
In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, hunting and baking delicious treats.