Advanced Dental Care Manurewa

Meet Our Team

Advanced Dental Pawan Kalra
Lead Dentist

Dr Pawan Kalra

Pawan is the Lead Dentist at Advanced Dental, Manurewa. He graduated from University in New Delhi with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1989 and Fellowship (ICOI) in 2007.

Being the leader of a team and meeting different clients is what Pawan enjoys most about his job. Pawan has a special interest in surgical and implant dentistry and is furthering his studies by attending short courses and conferences. Pawan also provides ACC covered implants.

Outside of the practice Pawan likes to read books, watch movies, play golf, spend time with his family and coach a cricket team.

Advanced Dental Huda Salman
Dentist

Dr Huda Salman

Huda joined the Lumino team in 2015. She graduated with a BDS from the University of Baghdad in 2003, she also completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in 2006.

Huda has had a number of years of experience in general and hospital practice. She strongly believes that the general well-being of a person is closely connected to their oral health.

When she is not in the practice, Huda enjoys spending time with her family.

Advanced Dental Jash Aloysious
Dentist

Dr Jashanth Aloysious

Jashanth graduated from DR.M.G.R University, Chennai, India in 2009 with a BDS.

The most enjoyable part of his role is exploring the various intricacies of dentistry, working towards perfection and achieving maximum patient satisfaction.

Jashanth is interested in general dentistry with special interest in crown and bridge works and orthodontics. He is keeping abreast with the latest advancements in dentistry and looking forward to pursue higher studies in orthodontics. 

When not at the practice Jashanth likes to keep in touch with family back home, hanging out with friends, watching movies, following cricket and the Liverpool football club. 

Chris Shepherd Profile
Dentist

Dr Chris Shepherd

Dr Chris Shepherd graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago in 2012.

Chris' dental interests are cosmetic dentistry, filling, root canals, tooth whitening/bleaching, smile design, tooth removal and surgery, wisdom tooth removal, gum health and long term planning to achieve comfort and peace of mind.

He enjoys providing a pleasant experience and working with his patients to achieve long term oral health and happiness with their smile. 

Chris is a perfectionist when it comes to his clinical work. However, he most enjoys building long term relationship with his patients in order help them achieve their oral health goals.…

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Dr Chris Shepherd graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago in 2012.

Chris' dental interests are cosmetic dentistry, filling, root canals, tooth whitening/bleaching, smile design, tooth removal and surgery, wisdom tooth removal, gum health and long term planning to achieve comfort and peace of mind.

He enjoys providing a pleasant experience and working with his patients to achieve long term oral health and happiness with their smile. 

Chris is a perfectionist when it comes to his clinical work. However, he most enjoys building long term relationship with his patients in order help them achieve their oral health goals. He aims to make this experience as comfortable as possible and provide high quality care

Chris enjoys working with a wide variety of people to achieve a high standard of excellence for their care. The tears of happiness when people realise they are beginning the journey to a healthy mouth are the best part.

Outside of the practice, Chris enjoys spending time in nature, surfing, hiking and snowboarding. Chris and his girlfriend also got a Labrador puppy, which takes up a lot of his time.

His favourite place to be is Tutukaka, Whangarei. Diving the poor knights is one of the best experiences he's had. After meeting his partner, she was reading what he was writing. Chris is also a firm believer in giving back to the community and regularly volunteers in New Zealand and overseas.

Advanced Dental Erlinda
Hygienist

Erlinda Badua-Furlong

Erlinda graduated in the Philippines with a DMD – Doctor of Dental Medicine and Hygiene in 1987.

Erlinda enjoys seeing patients' oral hygiene improve and their big smiles of satisfaction. She also enjoys receiving referrals from friends and family. Erlinda's clinical interests are periodontics and oral surgery.

Outside of work hours Erlinda enjoys her Sabbath and outdoor activities.

Advanced Dental Mena Aitken
Practice Manager

Mena Aitken

Philomena, or more commonly known as Mena, was born in Ireland and has over 20 years experience within the dental industry in New Zealand. It was her dream from leaving school to be in dentistry.

She loves helping the local community feel comfortable and cared for whenever they come to see the dentist. The caring and professional demeanour of Lumino suits her style of creating and fostering relationships with patients. She says she loves the people she gets to interact with the most about her job, and likes making them feel special and valued. Mena also likes knowing that she…

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Philomena, or more commonly known as Mena, was born in Ireland and has over 20 years experience within the dental industry in New Zealand. It was her dream from leaving school to be in dentistry.

She loves helping the local community feel comfortable and cared for whenever they come to see the dentist. The caring and professional demeanour of Lumino suits her style of creating and fostering relationships with patients. She says she loves the people she gets to interact with the most about her job, and likes making them feel special and valued. Mena also likes knowing that she can make a difference with her enthusiasm and drive to always offer the best service.

When she’s not in practice, Mena likes helping out within the local community, walking her dog, doing yoga and really just living a healthy lifestyle. An interesting fact about her is that she actually loves playing soccer – in fact, she coaches her 8-year-old son’s soccer team! She is also a guest speaker for the Salvation Army’s bridging programme.

Tanvi Patel
Oral Health Therapist

Tanvi Patel

Born and raised in Auckland, Tanvi graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health in 2016. She started her career in the public sector by joining the Auckland Regional Dental Service.

Tanvi is strongly committed to delivering oral health care to a high standard with compassion. She enjoys working with patients to improve their oral and general health by providing individual-based hygiene regimes. She aims to provide a pleasant and positive experience for every individual through an emphatic approach.

She continues her professional development and stays updated by regularly attending courses and is a member of…

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Born and raised in Auckland, Tanvi graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health in 2016. She started her career in the public sector by joining the Auckland Regional Dental Service.

Tanvi is strongly committed to delivering oral health care to a high standard with compassion. She enjoys working with patients to improve their oral and general health by providing individual-based hygiene regimes. She aims to provide a pleasant and positive experience for every individual through an emphatic approach.

She continues her professional development and stays updated by regularly attending courses and is a member of the NZ Dental & Oral Health Therapists Association.

Outside of work, Tanvi enjoys travelling, volunteering for organisations, spending time with friends and family and trying Auckland’s new eateries.