Auckland Central

Meet Our Team

Lead 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.

Proudmouth are very proud to have a CT scanner which allows Rob direct access in giving his patients an immediate answer to whether an implant can be placed and the costs…

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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.

Proudmouth are very proud to have a CT scanner which allows Rob direct access in giving his patients an immediate answer to whether an implant can be placed and the costs associated with it. Also, Rob is one of a small group of dentists that are trained to put in immediate molar implants which are designed to make treatments quicker and more cost effective for patients.

“Much of my time is spent on complex cases, because I’ve got a postgraduate diploma in restorative dentistry. It’s really about mouth rehabilitation – crowns, bridges and implants. Even if a patient can’t afford full restoration after an extraction, we can do socket preservation so that it’s possible to do an implant later on.”

“One of the big problems that we’re up against right now is the sugar in sports and energy drinks. People from all walks of life are drinking these and it destroys their teeth eventually. Most of the drinks don’t have any fluoride either. Fluoride needs to wash all over your teeth the whole time - avoiding tap water isn’t good for your teeth.”

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 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

"Understanding and respect are the first things I give my patients. It's important to me to forge a relationship so patients will trust what I'm saying and follow my advice. The best dentistry is no dentistry"

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.

Michael is a registered surgical and…

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"Understanding and respect are the first things I give my patients. It's important to me to forge a relationship so patients will trust what I'm saying and follow my advice. The best dentistry is no dentistry"

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.

Michael is a registered surgical and restorative provider for ACC dental implants and is dedicated to providing the best possible outcome every time.

“The advantage of working at Proudmouth is that your standards stay high. Your work is constantly being viewed by your colleagues and you can consult another dentist about a case whenever you want a second opinion.

“I believe the biggest problem with dental health is probably the same problem that's causing diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It's called diet. We've moved away from being hunter gatherers, which means eating whole food groups and only eating sparingly. Now we're shopping at a supermarket and eating for pleasure, rather than necessity.”

Michael began his implant journey when dental implants first became available in 1987. Dr Peter Clarke (oral surgeon) and a group of interested dental surgeons completed a week long course at Sydney University as an introduction to this new solution to replacing dentures with a fixed teeth. Working in close association with Dr Peter Clarke completing the surgical aspects and Michael designing and fitting the replacement teeth. Solutions were found for many patients who had lost their teeth and who were struggling with their dentures.

In 1995 the first general dentists were taken into training programs as implant solutions moved from “all teeth missing” to replacement of just a few teeth. Michael was trained, by Nobel Biocare, in the surgical aspects of implant placement in 1995 in Perth Australia.
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With the passage of time placement of dental implants for failing or missing teeth became “clinical best practice” and ACC came on board with this concept as it provided the best long term solution for the general public. Michael has been a registered surgical and restorative provider for ACC from the beginning of this service.

From the 1987 beginnings to current time, our understanding of this process has refined and improved. I’m proud to say all those early implants which met surgical criteria are all still functioning well.

Modern day implant surgery has become an everyday clinical practice and wonderful bonus for patients who need this service. In the appropriate circumstances it is now the best and longest lasting treatment solution we can provide.

Like all surgical provisions, dental implants are not appropriate for all cases but when correctly assessed will provide long term solutions.

The advent of 3-d radiography has meant case selection can be accurately made before treatment thus making solutions predictable and choices easy for each patient.

 

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 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 over 13 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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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.

Dr Adrian likes meeting lots of people and maintaining long-term relationships…

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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.

Dr Adrian likes meeting lots of people and maintaining long-term relationships with his patients. He also likes setting a high standard of clinical excellence in practice and truly believes that working with like-minded dentists at Lumino help achieve this.

He is married to fellow dentist, Dr Sienna Pat, and despite being in the same field, they manage to not talk much dentistry at all at home!

An avid pianist, he also used to play jazz piano at a number of bars and clubs in Dunedin and Auckland in his early twenties, but now restricts his audience to his children, who fortunately, have a very short attention spans and love “The Wheels On The Bus” - an easy audience, you may surmise, but surprisingly very discerning and frown upon variations to the main theme.

The family has a fluff ball Shih Tzu that thinks that it rules the home.

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.