Auckland Central

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Steven Casci

Steven graduated from the University of Otago in 2001 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After graduation, Steven worked for 2 years as a House Officer at Auckland Hospital before heading in to private practice where he has worked for 15 years, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Prior to his return to New Zealand, Steven spent seven years working in an exclusive private practice in London’s Harley Street providing an extensive range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

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Lead Dentist

Dr Werner Eichholz

Werner graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1981. He completed two compulsory years in the SA Army, as a dentist, before moving to the United Kingdom for three years.

In 1986, Werner and his wife answered the call of the ocean and set off to sail around the world. Their adventure lasted six years; when roots inevitably had to be planted, they chose New Zealand. At Proudmouth, Werner is renowned for his compassion, knowledge and expertise, especially when it comes to mouths that haven’t seen a dentist for a long time.

“The open lifestyle and opportunities for…

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Werner graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1981. He completed two compulsory years in the SA Army, as a dentist, before moving to the United Kingdom for three years.

In 1986, Werner and his wife answered the call of the ocean and set off to sail around the world. Their adventure lasted six years; when roots inevitably had to be planted, they chose New Zealand. At Proudmouth, Werner is renowned for his compassion, knowledge and expertise, especially when it comes to mouths that haven’t seen a dentist for a long time.

“The open lifestyle and opportunities for a young family convinced my wife and I to stay in New Zealand. I’ve been with Proudmouth for many years now and have built up a loyal and diverse patient base. Proudmouth is the ideal environment for building knowledge and expertise. We’re all devoted to improving our patients’ dental health

Dentist

Dr Rob Shearman

Rob gained his BDS at Otago University and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Restorative Dentistry. After extensive travel and work experience overseas, he joined the Proudmouth group in 2002 and is currently our Clinical Director, which means he advises on the clinical requirements and direction of our practice.

Rob's areas of expertise are cosmetic dentistry and complex dental cases, including the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants.

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Dentist

Dr Erving Cheng

After graduating from Otago in 1996, Erving completed a stint in the military before joining the Proudmouth team in 1998. In 2005 he took some time to travel and work in the UK. Erving returned in 2007 to rejoin the practice.

Erving believes in providing quality dentistry with a gentle touch and is committed to helping patients keep their teeth for life. His special interests include endodontics and preventative dentistry.

"My patients often say that the treatment hurt a lot less than they thought it would. I try to make their experience as pleasant as possible."

"Cost can be a…

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After graduating from Otago in 1996, Erving completed a stint in the military before joining the Proudmouth team in 1998. In 2005 he took some time to travel and work in the UK. Erving returned in 2007 to rejoin the practice.

Erving believes in providing quality dentistry with a gentle touch and is committed to helping patients keep their teeth for life. His special interests include endodontics and preventative dentistry.

"My patients often say that the treatment hurt a lot less than they thought it would. I try to make their experience as pleasant as possible."

"Cost can be a real obstacle to dental health. But regular maintenance can cost you a lot less than waiting for treatment. If you leave a small cavity to progress into a large cavity, it's going to cost more."

"At Proudmouth you can get input and ideas from different dentists. That's better for the patient. There's a power of knowledge in the group."

Dentist

Dr Janet Lund

After graduating from the Otago Dental School in 1993, Janet has split the last 20 years of private practice between Wellington and central London. She took advantage of her time in the UK and attended numerous courses and lectures with world class speakers, and incorporated the best of these ideas into her work for the benefit of her patients.

Janet has returned home to New Zealand with her husband and baby daughter, and we are thrilled to have her on the Proudmouth team.

She thoroughly enjoys providing all forms of dentistry and has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, removing…

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After graduating from the Otago Dental School in 1993, Janet has split the last 20 years of private practice between Wellington and central London. She took advantage of her time in the UK and attended numerous courses and lectures with world class speakers, and incorporated the best of these ideas into her work for the benefit of her patients.

Janet has returned home to New Zealand with her husband and baby daughter, and we are thrilled to have her on the Proudmouth team.

She thoroughly enjoys providing all forms of dentistry and has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, removing old metal fillings and providing life like tooth coloured restorations.

“I take before and after photos of all my restorations. When I have finished rather than hearing “what a great looking filling”, I like my patients to be able to say “what a great looking tooth”.”

“For me, the best outcome for my patients is for the work I do to be invisible!”

Prevention is the best form of dentistry; attending for regular checkups is the best way to avoid unwanted surprises.

Dentist

Dr Michael Dawson

After graduating from Otago University in 1973, Michael poured his energy into building a loyal patient base with a winning combination of expert advice and treatment.

His vast experience, gathered both in London and New Zealand, contributes to his belief that the combination of a motivated patient and a good clinician guarantees the achievement of life-long dental health.

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Dentist

Dr Natalie Revell

As a graduate at the University of Otago Natalie worked at the Dunedin Hospital as a Maxillofacial house surgeon. This has brought with it great experience in emergency care as well as skills in oral surgery. After spending some time working in Hamilton Natalie was keen to return back to a much loved Auckland, a home to many of her friends and family.

Patients' trust and commitment is of great value to Natalie and she believes in conservative and gentle approach where time is spent with patients to educate and to enable them to reach the best treatment option together…

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As a graduate at the University of Otago Natalie worked at the Dunedin Hospital as a Maxillofacial house surgeon. This has brought with it great experience in emergency care as well as skills in oral surgery. After spending some time working in Hamilton Natalie was keen to return back to a much loved Auckland, a home to many of her friends and family.

Patients' trust and commitment is of great value to Natalie and she believes in conservative and gentle approach where time is spent with patients to educate and to enable them to reach the best treatment option together . She aims to build long term relationships to provide for a wide range of ages and needs.

Natalie also has experience in Intravenous Sedation to delivery stress and anxiety free dental treatment to her patients, be it wisdom tooth extraction or any other restorative dental work. Natalie enjoys all aspects of dentistry with particular interest in cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and endodontics (root canal treatment). A member of NZ Dental Association, NZ Society of Endodontics, NZ Society of Sedation in Dentistry Natalie is a keen learner and dedicates a lot of time to continuing education through attending workshops, classes and conferences both in NZ and abroad.

Outside of work Natalie enjoys the outdoors, endurance sports, tennis and spending time with her family and friends.

Dentist

Dr Preetesh Parsotam

Preetesh a former pupil of Auckland Grammar School, graduated from the University of Otago in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He worked as a dental house surgeon at Hutt Valley Hospital gaining valuable experience in surgery and treating patients with complicated medical histories before moving to private practice in the Wellington area. Determined to do a partial OE, Preetesh moved to Melbourne completing three years in private practice with a focus on aesthetic and implant dentistry.

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Dentist

Dr Luke Simpson

Luke graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2000. He was awarded NZ Society of Periodontology prize and Leask Memorial Medal for Conservative Dentistry.

Luke joined the Lumino team in 2008 and is interested in composite (white) restoration, cosmetic dentistry, restoration of heavily worn or broken teeth and oral surgery (including wisdom teeth and implants). The thanks received after helping a patient get over their fear of the dentist, or fixing their smile, is his most favourite part of being a dentist.

Outside of the practice, Luke is a keen skier, loves mountain biking and enjoys watching a good movie.

Dentist

Dr Amanda Hawkins

Originally from Christchurch, Amanda completed a Bachelor of Science at Canterbury University then graduated from Otago Dental School in 1993. After a year in Te Awamutu, she moved to Auckland and has practiced there ever since.

She enjoys providing a wide range of dentistry including cosmetic crown and veneer treatments. Ensuring every patient's experience stress-free is important to her.

Amanda regularly attends dental courses and conferences to keep up with the latest innovations and techniques. She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Amanda currently lives in Titirangi with her partner and two children.

Dentist

Dr Adrian Tan

Adrian graduated from the University of Otago in 1994 with a BDS. His current area of clinical focus is surgical dentistry (wisdom teeth and implant dentistry), and CAD/CAM dentistry, with a strong interest in reconstructive/rehabilitive dentistry. He is a mentor for the New Zealand Dental Association, and enjoys meeting and guiding new graduate dentists at the start of their careers. He is also a Key Opinion Leader for CAD/CAM dentistry for Henry Schein and Planmeca, helping teach and demonstrate the latest in Planmeca's suite od 3D and CAD/CAM instruments.

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Hygienist

Annetjie Van Den Berg

Hygienist Annetjie joined Proudmouth when she and her family moved to New Zealand from South Africa. It was a change designed to ensure the long term health and happiness of the family, and the van den Bergs have adapted easily to the Kiwi way of life.

Annetjie loves dealing with people of all ages and cultures. In her opinion, it’s never too late to start looking after your oral health – she’s seen it all and she’s ready to help.

“Ideally you should see a hygienist twice a year - about every six months. We can prevent a lot of…

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Hygienist Annetjie joined Proudmouth when she and her family moved to New Zealand from South Africa. It was a change designed to ensure the long term health and happiness of the family, and the van den Bergs have adapted easily to the Kiwi way of life.

Annetjie loves dealing with people of all ages and cultures. In her opinion, it’s never too late to start looking after your oral health – she’s seen it all and she’s ready to help.

“Ideally you should see a hygienist twice a year - about every six months. We can prevent a lot of problems and teach you how to brush and floss effectively. It’s good for your oral health and your health generally.

“Because there’s a big team at Proudmouth, there’s always someone available if you want advice. Everyone has their specialties here – we all learn a lot from each other."

Hygienist

Manel Weerasinghe

Manel was born and educated in Sri Lanka. In 2000 she moved to New Zealand with her husband and two children, joining Proudmouth as a hygienist soon after.

With more than 20 years of dentistry experience, Manel is supremely qualified to educate and motivate her patients to improve their dental health. Her eye for detail makes her a great hygienist, and it also comes in handy for her hobbies - she enjoys cooking, embroidery and Sudoku.

“If you haven't been to a hygienist before, I'm very careful to work gently. I always explain what it will feel like, because it's…

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Manel was born and educated in Sri Lanka. In 2000 she moved to New Zealand with her husband and two children, joining Proudmouth as a hygienist soon after.

With more than 20 years of dentistry experience, Manel is supremely qualified to educate and motivate her patients to improve their dental health. Her eye for detail makes her a great hygienist, and it also comes in handy for her hobbies - she enjoys cooking, embroidery and Sudoku.

“If you haven't been to a hygienist before, I'm very careful to work gently. I always explain what it will feel like, because it's important that my patients trust me. As your gums get healthier, I can my work a step further and it won't be uncomfortable.

“When you're going to be getting some cosmetic or restorative work done, good healthy gums are especially important. I do my part, they do their part - and that's how you get a good looking mouth.”

Hygienist

Hiromi Sato

Born, educated and trained in Japan, Hiromi moved to New Zealand in 2003. She is known for her fun personality and gentle touch. She's also a master at whitening treatments.

Along with her passion for clean white teeth, Hiromi has an entrepreneurial streak - she makes organic toothpaste for people who are allergic to fluoride.

“As well as hygiene work, I do whitening treatments. It's so much easier at the dentist than trying to do it at home. Great if you have a special occasion, a job interview or a very important meeting. Whiter teeth help you to make a good impression.”

Hygienist

Emiko Fujimoto

Emiko joined Proudmouth in 2002, after 16 years of working in the dental health sector in Japan. She is dedicated to providing her patients with gentle but very efficient hygiene treatments.

An important part of Emiko's job is helping people to improve their brushing and flossing. She says that it's not so much about doing more, rather it's about improving your technique so that your cleaning is more effective.

“Gum disease is linked to dietary habits. Less sugar and more vegetables is good advice if you want to have a healthy mouth.

“At Proudmouth it's easy to gain new skills. For example, I'm now trained to give local anaesthetic. It's a good environment for growing your knowledge.”

Hygienist

Katie Maahs

American born and breed, Katie acquired her degree from Salt Lake City Community College in the rocky mountain state of Utah in 2007.

Through continuing education, mentorship and leading-edge dental practises, Katie has worked with the latest advancements in the clinical setting. Exciting procedures such as risk assessments, saliva testing, erosion identification, periodontal therapy, prosthodontic and implant maintenance – these are all in the forefront of her profession.

“In today’s day and age, people should be able to have a smile that they are proud of and promotes confidence. The act of smiling can transform the world around us. It lifts our mood as well as the mood of others. This simple gesture was one of the primary reasons I decided to become a dental hygienist.”

Oral Health Therapist

Lily Wei

Lily brings passion and enthusiasm to her job, and a desire to do the very best for her patients.

A mother of 2, she believes in great oral health from infancy right through to old age.

Practice Manager

Anjali Patel

Angie is the Practice Manager at Auckland Central and has overall responsibility for the management and administration of the practice. She joined with over 13 years practice management experience, in dentistry.

“It’s essential for me to remain solution-focused as my day is often filled with conflicting priorities. My drive and role are primarily about people so the people have to come first”.

She passionately believes in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care in a compassionate environment that provides exceptional service and education.  

Married with 2 kids, Angie’s interests include speaking, community work, music, travelling and spending time with family.

Dentist

Dr Nishant Nair

Nishant graduated in 2005 and after working overseas for a couple of years, he relocated to New Zealand in 2007.

He studied at the School of Dentistry, University of Otago in 2008-09. After completing his studies, he moved to Whanganui where he worked in a high-end General Dental Practice for nearly 10 years.

Nishant has a lot of experience in general dentistry, is a keen learner and dedicates a lot of time to continuing his education.

He has completed Certified Post Graduate courses in Oral Surgery and Laser Dentistry, and is a Certified Invisalign provider.

He enjoys every aspect of…

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Nishant graduated in 2005 and after working overseas for a couple of years, he relocated to New Zealand in 2007.

He studied at the School of Dentistry, University of Otago in 2008-09. After completing his studies, he moved to Whanganui where he worked in a high-end General Dental Practice for nearly 10 years.

Nishant has a lot of experience in general dentistry, is a keen learner and dedicates a lot of time to continuing his education.

He has completed Certified Post Graduate courses in Oral Surgery and Laser Dentistry, and is a Certified Invisalign provider.

He enjoys every aspect of general dentistry, is passionate about aesthetic and cosmetic procedures, and always strives to provide treatment of the highest standard using the latest technology and the most advanced dental materials in a very caring and a gentle manner.

When Nishant is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his two children. He enjoys travelling and loves playing cricket.