Absolute Dental Lower Hutt

Meet Our Team

Dentist

Dr Elizandro Rangel

Elizandro graduated with a BDS in 2000. Having completed his studies in Brazil he decided to further his career in New Zealand and registered under the Dental Council for New Zealand and Australia.

The most enjoyable part of his role is making patients feel welcome and at ease, as well as improving and maintaining dental health. Elizandro likes to work with his patients as a team to get the best result. He also likes to ensure he gets his patients dentally healthy with the most natural looking options. To keep a tooth looking like a tooth is crucial as a dentist!

Outside of the practice Elizandro likes to stay healthy by going to the gym and running. He also enjoys photography.

Dentist

Dr Kiran Thakbar

A graduate of the University of Manchester in the UK, Kiran Thakrar has over 20 years of experience in community services and private practices in the UK and New Zealand. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and passionately cares about her patients. As a dedicated believer in preventative dentistry, she follows a holistic approach to dental care. She educates and encourages her patients to enable them to improve their own oral health and avoid problems in the future.

She came to Wellington in 2006 with her family out of interest. They were so fascinated with the city, the friendly people and the New Zealand lifestyle that they decided to call it ‘home’.

 

Hygienist

Bettina Schmid

Bettina graduated 1984 as a Dental Hygienist from the Zuerich Dental  Hygiene School in Switzerland.

After immigrating to New Zealand and the birth of her third child she became part of a small group of hygienists introducing the then still new profession to New Zealander’s.

Bettina’s main interests lie in actively involving clients in the management of their gum health enabling them to impact on their general wellbeing in a positive way.

She enjoys working as part of a best practice-patient focused team.

In her spare time Bettina enjoys bushwalks around the Wellington hills and snow skiing with family and friends.

Hygienist

Claire Durso

Claire started off her career in the dental field working as a dental nurse in Ireland, before continuing training in BSC Oral Health Science in Scotland. Since qualifying in 2015, she has worked as a hygienist/ therapist in both England and Scotland, whilst continuing her studies through post-graduate vocational training.

Her aim is to provide the highest quality of dental care in a relaxed and professional manner, improving patients' confidence by transforming their oral health.

In her free time, she likes to take part in sports such as rowing, running and the gym. She's very keen on travelling and really enjoys her time exploring the amazing places that New Zealand has to offer.

Hygienist

Monica Ragg

Monica started off her career in the dental profession working as a dental nurse in the United Kingdom after moving there from Europe. She then continued her career path by training in Oral Health Science at University of Essex and qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 2011. Since then she has worked in several dental practices in England.

Her aim is to provide the highest quality of dental care in a gentle and professional manner, improving patients' confidence and overall health.

She recently emigrated to New Zealand with her partner and two young children and joined the team here at Lumino Absolute Dental Lower Hutt.

In her spare time, she likes to meet with friends and be outdoor with her family.

Oral Health Therapist

Haasa Buggaveeti

Haasa graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2011 with dual BHSc degree majoring in Dental therapy and Hygiene.

Haasa is clinically interested in practising preventative dentistry for adolescents and providing them with oral health education. She is also interested in the treatment and stabilisation of gum disease by forming individual care plans. Haasa also works part-time with Hutt Valley DHB offering treatment to young children.

Providing vital dental care services to patients, knowing that she is contributing towards patient’s oral health, is what Haasa enjoys most about her role. She also enjoys meeting new patients and establishing trusting relationships.

Practice Manager

Lisa Gould

Lisa has been in the dental industry since 1999 and brings many years of experience both chairside/reception and practice management to the practice along with patient relationship skills gained from her 15yrs volunteer work as a qualified ambulance officer.

Lisa loves working with the great team that has developed here. She aims to ensure that patients have a positive experience with quality service and treatment.

Lisa believes that family and friends are the foundations in our lives. Therefore she enjoys spending time with her growing family and being a Nanna. Outside of family, Lisa enjoys competing at local and national…

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Lisa has been in the dental industry since 1999 and brings many years of experience both chairside/reception and practice management to the practice along with patient relationship skills gained from her 15yrs volunteer work as a qualified ambulance officer.

Lisa loves working with the great team that has developed here. She aims to ensure that patients have a positive experience with quality service and treatment.

Lisa believes that family and friends are the foundations in our lives. Therefore she enjoys spending time with her growing family and being a Nanna. Outside of family, Lisa enjoys competing at local and national level for indoor bowls, even achieving her dream of representing New Zealand. Other interests are ceroc dancing, music, reading and adventures as a pillion on her partners motorbike.