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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 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 a diverse background. Some of her favourite overseas experiences include dental placement in Fiji, exchange student in Europe and volunteering in South East Asia.

She 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 Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is also a certified laser tongue-tie practitioner, and currently completing 3-year residency in Full Face Orthodontics.

Sharleen believes great dental service goes beyond just putting fillings on teeth. It is to help patients regain the confidence in smiling, enjoyment in eating and achieving good oral health. Her goal is to be the gentle dentist who can provide comfortable, high standard care to help people overcome dental fear.

Outside of work Sharleen enjoys spending time in the nature hiking, swimming, scuba diving, and ‘is still trying’ to learn how to surf.

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.

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.

Stacey Office Manager

Hi my name is Stacey. I grew up in Russell the Bay of Islands. I'm married with three children and I've lived in Taupo for 14 years.

I have been working in the dental industry for 20 years. I have a passion for looking after people and meeting their needs to make sure they get the best care they deserve.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising, spending time with my family, and going to the gym.

Alice Chairside

Hi, my names Alice.

I started dental assisting here at The Dentists Taupo in October 2020.  In the short time I have worked here I feel as though I have learnt so much and am excited to keep learning as no two days are ever the same here in the clinic! I am privileged to work with a great, experienced team who are always there to help me out when I need it. Something I have throughly enjoyed doing is ortho as it is always fun working with children and rewarding to see their beautiful new smiles. 

In my spare time I like to gym, hang out with friends and go travelling. I hope to take my dental assistanting skills overseas one day. 

Bring on 2021!

Britney Chairside

Hi! My name is Britney and I have been part of the dentists team since November 2019. I was born in and I am currently living in Taupo.

I have a huge passion for working in health care because I love helping others. Working in dental is very rewarding and has given me the opportunity to provide care and help patients throughout their dental treatment.

Since starting my journey with my team at the dentists I have learnt so many amazing skills, and attained knowledge that has helped me strive in my job.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and doing anything creative such as drawing.

Janelle Chairside

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!

Jessaca Chairside

Hey there, I’m Jessaca and I’ve been part of The Dentist family as a dental assistant since the middle of 2020. I’ve lived in beautiful Taupo for the last seven years.

Since working at The Dentist I have gained many skills and experiences working along side a great team and I’m so grateful for the knowledge I have gained thus far!

I’ve found so far that the most rewarding part of my position is the connection you make with the patients and creating a bond with them so each and every time they come into the clinic they feel relaxed and welcomed.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I also enjoy baking and spending time in the sun!

Sambi Chairside

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 the dental industry has always been satisfying and enjoyable. I joined The Dentists in Taupo recently. 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 to read, travel and play with our Beagle, Hannah.

Tessa Chairside

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.

Josephine Chairside

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!

Rebecca Chairside

Kia Ora. My name is Rebecca.

I started this fantastic job in September 2021.

I am part of the Dental Assistant team, working alongside admirable Dental Assistants, and very knowledgable Dentists. The enjoyment I get in my working day, is providing every person who enters our dentistry rooms the best quality of care during their procedure with us. 

Outside of work, I like to spend quality time with family, and close friends. I also enjoy staying home, soaking up the simple things in life.

Morrigan Chairside

Hi, my name is Morrigan. I grew up in Tauranga until I was 3, I then moved to Taupo with my family and have lived here ever since. 

I started working at the dentists end of January 2022, and have enjoyed it so far while gaining new skills each day. Being a sterilisation nurse while also helping with some dental nursing has been great to learn and am excited to keep learning. Everyone is really friendly at the clinic, and is a great work environment to work amongst. 

In my spare time I like going to the Hawkes Bay to visit my friends and partner, but also love a weekend at home out on the boat when it’s good weather. I spent 2020 in Wellington for University and 2021 in Auckland, but am now doing it via correspondence through AUT.

Jade Receptionist

Hi my name is Jade and I became part of The Dentist's family just over four and a half years ago.  It was in this family that I developed a genuine love for all things dental.  What I found most rewarding was the interaction with each patient in sometimes very unnerving circumstances and being able to comfort, and reassure them with a warm smile and familiar face.

I became head nurse and gained my NZDA certification in 2019 which has always been a personal goal of mine so it was great to finally achieve this.

I have two very energetic children that keep me on my toes! In my spare time I enjoy all things fitness related, whether it be training in the gym or going for a bike ride.

Kylie Receptionist

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.

Megan Receptionist

Hey, I'm Megan. I am original from England and have been living in New Zealand for the last 8 years. I recently moved to Taupo at the end of 2020 with my partner and two six year old children.

I first started doing dental assisting back in 2016 on the north shore of Auckland, and have worked in a couple of places around north Auckland since then. Now settled in Taupo with the team here at the Dentists!

I spend most of my spare time with my children and with family.

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