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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. 

I, along with Dr Adam Durning and Dr Regan Leslie are the directors of The Dentists Dental Group. 

 

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 Caris Heiniger Dentist

Hello, my name is Caris. I was born in Switzerland, to a Swiss father and Japanese mother, and moved to New Zealand when I was 11 years old. After being inspired by my mum’s dentist, I headed down to the University of Otago to complete my Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

I believe that maintaining good oral health is such a fundamental aspect of well-being, not only impacting general health, but also giving people the confidence to show their beautiful smiles. I am passionate about delivering high quality patient-oriented care, and strive to make every visit as enjoyable as possible.

Outside of dentistry, I very much enjoy the outdoors, especially skiing. I also like to get creative and work with my hands, whether it be cooking, painting, renovating furniture or knitting – one of my goals in the future is to live in a house that is mostly ‘made by me’.

Dr Brian 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!’

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.

Dr Colette 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.

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 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.

Kylie Dental Assistant/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.

Jessaca Dental Assistant

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!

Alice Dental Assistant

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 thoroughly 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!

Megan Dental Assistant

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.

Britney Dental Assistant

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.

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