Our clinical experts lead the way in providing our patients quality and best-practice clinical care. The Clinical Advisory Board provides a clear voice for all our clinicians. This enables them to express their valuable opinions and provide input into our overall vision and strategic direction for dentistry in New Zealand. The board is led by a group of our senior clinicians from within Lumino practices. They work in partnership with our senior leadership team to ensure the ongoing success of Lumino.
Fred graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1989. He has some 30 years of clinical experience. This includes starting his own private practice in Castle Hill, Sydney, in 1997. He grew this practice considerably and it went on to become a facility widely-known for clinical excellence. Today, Fred maintains part-time clinical hours at the practice, alongside his role as Clinical Director for both Lumino and Maven Dental Group (Abano Healthcare Group’s Australian dental practice brand). In this key role for the company, he provides clinical oversight across both sides of the Tasman.
Before becoming Clinical Director, Fred was a highly sought after dental educator. He was well known for his inspirational, honest, and enthusiastic presentations, which focused on achieving continuous improvement in clinical excellence. Fred’s intuitive understanding of the clinical environment and his passion for providing a high standard of patient care connected with his audience and empowered them to take up the challenge. Fred considers himself a lifelong learner and continues to devote time to ongoing education and sharing his knowledge and expertise. He is considered an industry thought leader and has lectured in Australia and internationally on numerous dental and non-dental topics.
Fred was an active member of the part-time teaching faculty at the University of Sydney where he was involved in the undergraduate programme teaching fixed prosthodontics, tooth conservation and oral health courses. He was awarded clinical associate at the university. He has held memberships of several dental industry associations. Fred is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (FICD).
Fred originally joined the board because of his desire to help in the growth of the dental industry. More importantly though, he wanted to realise his passion for delivering excellence in patient care, on a daily basis. In his clinical leadership role, Fred is able to do just that. He has a huge impact and influence on clinical care standards and outcomes for two of the largest trans-Tasman groups of dental practices. He brings to the board and the company a solid foundation of experience with the fundamentals of outstanding clinical practice – excellence in patient care, a commitment to the satisfaction of clinicians in the provision of excellence, and authentic collaboration in its pursuit.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1983. After a year as a dental house surgeon and a few years in practice, he moved to the UK where he worked in a combined National Health Service (NHS) and private practice for three years.
Andrew returned to New Zealand in 1989 and completed the three-year postgraduate programme required for specialisation. After working in the University, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, he then moved to Nelson and established a specialist prosthodontic practice in 1994. This practice has expanded over the years, and he now has an associate prosthodontist in his Nelson practice.
Andrew also travels each week to Wellington to provide dental implant restorative treatments with his surgical colleague, Dr Gerry Thyne. Since 1999, he has also been a visiting consultant in prosthodontics in the dental department at Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt.
Andrew has had extensive experience in teaching and lecturing over the last 25 years. He is widely regarded as a speaker in implant dentistry and more conventional prosthodontics. He has spoken at major conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Dubai and Singapore, and presented seminars and day courses across New Zealand and Australia.
Andrew is also an examiner for both the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He serves as a Clinical Advisor for both Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Health & Disability Commissioner (HDC).
Dr Holly Christmas graduated from the University of Otago in 2003, with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) with credit. She then went on to complete two years as an oral and maxillofacial house surgeon at Christchurch Hospital.
Following three years in Scotland working at the Glasgow Dental School and in private practice, Holly returned to New Zealand in 2008. She has spent the last eleven years in Queenstown at Frankton Dental. During that time the practice team has expanded to include six dentists, two hygienists, a therapist, practice manager, clinical coordinator, two receptionists and four assistants!
Holly went from associate to owner, and in 2018 Frankton Dental entered into a joint venture with Lumino The Dentists, something she is very excited about. Her team is what makes her most proud. She loves working in a collaborative environment, incorporating new technology and providing quality care that patients can get excited about.
Jacob graduated from the University of Otago with distinction, in 2002. He then gained valuable surgical experience as a dental house surgeon. His was experience was further developed when he worked as part of a surgical team in Manchester, England.
As well as continuing to practice as a general dentist, today Jacob teaches final year dentistry students at the University of Otago. He is passionate about all areas of general dentistry but fosters a special interest in cosmetic treatments, supporting anxious patients, and wisdom teeth removal.
Jacob was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) and in 2009 received the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) Outstanding Young Dentist Award. He is the current President of the Otago branch of the NZDA and holds membership of the NZDA, RACDS, the New Zealand Society of Sedation in Dentistry (NZSSD) and the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (NZACD). He also serves on a nationwide Restorative Advisory Panel for Henry Schein and mentors a group of new graduate dentists in the Graduate Professional Development Programme, hosted by the NZDA.
Ben graduated from the University of Otago in 1997. He then spent nine years practicing in London and then Auckland. In 2007, Ben returned to Christchurch, shortly after completing his fellowship in Sydney.
Ben has been a member of the board since 2011 and has also served as a past Chair. He is the practice lead of four great teams in Christchurch and Ashburton, where his focus is on mentoring his teams and growing the practices.
Werner is the practice lead at our flagship practice, Lumino Auckland Central. He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1981 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). Werner then completed two compulsory years of service as a dentist in the South African Army. Following that he moved to the UK for three years, and in 1992, on to New Zealand shores.
Werner is renowned for his compassion, knowledge and expertise, especially when it comes to patients who haven’t seen a dentist for a long time. Apart from helping patients, he has a keen interest in the efficient management and growth of dental practices.
Werner loves to give back and occasionally takes part in volunteer pain relief missions to the outlying islands in Fiji.
Sarah is a general dentist who practices at Lumino Dental One in Newmarket, Auckland. She has been part of Lumino since 2012 and has been a member of the board since 2016.
Sarah has practiced in public and private practice dentistry in Australia and the UK. She has completed extra studies at university in law. She recently gained her Post-Graduate Certificate from AUT. Sarah has also completed prior studies in implants and forensics with the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP).
Sarah is a keen volunteer. She has volunteered in India, Romania and worked on Aboriginal Islands and in Australian prisons. Most of Sarah's volunteering time is now dedicated to improving the environmental footprint of dental practice, one rubbish bin at a time. She heads up a trans-Tasman dental group dedicated to this cause and writes a bi-monthly New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) column on the issue. Sarah also loves to give back to our communities on Lumino Day.
Dr Anna Walker graduated from the University of Otago with credit, in 2003. She joined Lumino after spending time working in both private clinics and maxillofacial departments in New Zealand and London.
Anna was a member of the board from 2011-2016 and in October 2019 she renewed her position. She is the Lead Dentist at our Mt Eden clinic, one of the biggest and busiest practices in the Lumino family.
Anna is committed to continuing education and providing the highest quality dental care for her patients, using the latest technical advances, in a gentle and professional manner. She has a special interest in implantology, minimal intervention, and cosmetic dentistry.
Chris serves as one of Lumino's Clinical Advisors and leads his Lumino practice team at City Dental in Tauranga.
Chris is an experienced general dentist who has a special interest in clinical compliance and complaint management. He has experience working with both the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) peer review process and the Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ).
Chris has been actively involved with forensic odontology for many years, following both the Christchurch Earthquake in 2011. He also coordinated the odontology team after the 2019 Christchurch mosque tragedy and assisted after the tragic Ethiopian air disaster.
Prashant graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Otago, in 1993. He returned to the university and then graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2003. Prashant was in private practice for over 20 years. He developed a successful collaborative clinical environment and providing clinical best practice care for his patients.
Prashant brings a wide-ranging experience and understanding of clinical delivery, with a passion for delivering patient-centric care. Prashant has a strong passion for the business of dentistry. He completed a senior executive programme at Harvard Business School focusing on strategic delivery in healthcare.
As a Clinical Advisor, Prashant assists our senior leadership team to deliver clinical excellence to achieve successful outcomes for patients, the company, and ultimately the wider industry. He has a special interest in aligning with leading practices and clinicians in the industry to boost our depth of practices and our pool of talent and industry experts.
Andrea graduated from the University of Otago in 1984. She brings with her a wealth of business, governance and clinical experience. A former director of Lumino and past Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board, Andrea currently acts as a Clinical Advisor to the senior leadership team. You will find Andrea practicing and leading her team at City Dental at Quay Park, Auckland.
Andrea is an internationally-recognised clinician, thought leader and educator. One of Australasia’s best known dentists, she is also a sought-after speaker. She has helped dentists globally with practical solutions to everyday problems. A practicing clinician, Andrea understands very well the day-to-day challenges of general practice dentistry.
Andrea is also a Digital Smile Design Master and Instructor, an Honorary Life Member of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a founding Member of the American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health as well as a Mentor and Alumni of the internationally renowned Kois Center in Seattle, USA, where she is regarded as an innovator and visionary thinker. She founded the Dental Fingerprint, a risk assessment tool for clinicians.
Tony leads his practice teams at three Lumino locations - Ponsonby, Wairau Park and Como Street, both in Takapuna, Auckland. As a result, he's a pretty familiar face on both sides of the bridge.
Tony's Lumino journey began in 2012, when his Ponsonby practice came under the Lumino umbrella. As a result, he has a unique insight into the Lumino business, from both clinical and commercial perspectives. He has worked at our Lumino support office for a number of years, in a business advisory role.
Tony has a keen interest in dentistry and enjoys being involved in Lumino with its unique position as New Zealand’s largest dental provider. He believes firmly in our vision and special position to make a real difference in oral healthcare in New Zealand.
Tony genuinely cares about people and loves to give back to our communities. The Wairoa initiative is one great example that he is proud to have spearheaded. This partnership with the Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust, in Hawkes Bay, aimed to provide essential dental treatment to those who couldn't afford it.