Auckland Central

Meet Our Team

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Lead 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 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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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 Lumino Auckland Central (formerly Proudmouth) for many years now and have built up a loyal and diverse patient base. Lumino Auckland Central is the ideal environment for building knowledge and expertise. We’re all devoted to improving our patients’ dental health

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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 before it became Lumino Auckland Central. 

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 (now Lumino Auckland Central) 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."…

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After graduating from Otago in 1996, Erving completed a stint in the military before joining the Proudmouth (now Lumino Auckland Central) 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 Auckland Central, you can get input and ideas from different dentists. That's better for the patient. There's a power of knowledge in the group."

Auckland Central Janet Lund
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 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…

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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 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.

Auckland Central Michael Dawson
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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Natalie Revell
Dentist

Dr Natalie Revell

As a graduate at the University of Otago Natalie worked at the Dunedin Hospital as a Maxillofacial house surgeon. This 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, 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…

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As a graduate at the University of Otago Natalie worked at the Dunedin Hospital as a Maxillofacial house surgeon. This 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, 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 deliver 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.

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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 is 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.

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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/rehabilitative 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 of 3D and CAD/CAM instruments.

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Dentist

Dr Yolin Govender

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Yolin has more than a decade of experience in private dental practice.

Yolin graduated in 2006 as a general dental practitioner and has since been enhancing his skills, academically and clinically. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Oral Surgery, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics and has recently completed his Master’s Research Degree.

Apart from offering treatment in all aspects of general dentistry, Yolin has a special interest in surgical extractions, wisdom teeth removal, implant (both surgical and restorative) treatment, interceptive orthodontics in young adults and cad-cam (digital) crown treatments in one visit.

Yolin has…

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Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Yolin has more than a decade of experience in private dental practice.

Yolin graduated in 2006 as a general dental practitioner and has since been enhancing his skills, academically and clinically. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Oral Surgery, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics and has recently completed his Master’s Research Degree.

Apart from offering treatment in all aspects of general dentistry, Yolin has a special interest in surgical extractions, wisdom teeth removal, implant (both surgical and restorative) treatment, interceptive orthodontics in young adults and cad-cam (digital) crown treatments in one visit.

Yolin has spent most of his career as a clinician in a corporate practice but also did part-time sessions as a clinical teacher and lecturer for undergraduate dental students in Oral Surgery and Orthodontics.

Yolin believes in forming a long-term relationship with his patients and his kind, caring personality is what makes his patients refer others to him. He is gentle and endeavours to make each visit pain free by spending time explaining thoroughly and walking his patients through step by step of what to expect.

Outside of work, Yolin is a family man who enjoys cooking for his family. You might also find him on a hiking trail, exploring beautiful New Zealand. If you do, he insists that you stop for a chat and a quick snack.

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Dentist

Dr Garry Healy

Garry graduated from the Otago University School of Dentistry in 1981 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.

The following year he worked as a Dental House Surgeon at the Otago Dental School in conjunction with Dunedin Public Hospital before embarking on his OE to the United Kingdom where he worked for 3 years in a general dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent.

On his return to New Zealand in 1986, he relocated to Auckland where he purchased the inner city practice of Dr Alec Mitchell - this well-established dental practice was originally located in the Lister Building and had been…

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Garry graduated from the Otago University School of Dentistry in 1981 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.

The following year he worked as a Dental House Surgeon at the Otago Dental School in conjunction with Dunedin Public Hospital before embarking on his OE to the United Kingdom where he worked for 3 years in a general dental practice in Sevenoaks, Kent.

On his return to New Zealand in 1986, he relocated to Auckland where he purchased the inner city practice of Dr Alec Mitchell - this well-established dental practice was originally located in the Lister Building and had been in the Mitchell family for over 80 years.

In 1994, due to the need to expand the premises Healy Dental moved to the Southern Cross Building on High Street. More recently Garry and the Healy Dental team have merged with Lumino Auckland Central and are now located on Level 1 in the AMP Tower at 29 Customs Street West.

Garry is an active member of the New Zealand Dental Association as well as currently being the President of the Auckland Dental Association. He is continually involved in furthering his professional development in the latest techniques and procedures in dentistry so he is able to provide the most up to date care for his patients.

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Dentist

Dr Tom Kool

Tom graduated from Otago University and spent his initial years in private practice in Auckland, followed by 3 years in London and travelling extensively throughout Europe and Africa.

Upon his return to Auckland, Tom established Kool Dental Services. In March 2021, Tom and the Kool Dental team merged with Lumino Auckland Central and are now located on Level 1 in the AMP Tower at 29 Customs Street West.
Tom has a commitment to continuing education and prides himself on staying at the forefront of technical advancements in dentistry. His philosophy is to provide his patients with a relaxed, adaptable and caring…
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Tom graduated from Otago University and spent his initial years in private practice in Auckland, followed by 3 years in London and travelling extensively throughout Europe and Africa.

Upon his return to Auckland, Tom established Kool Dental Services. In March 2021, Tom and the Kool Dental team merged with Lumino Auckland Central and are now located on Level 1 in the AMP Tower at 29 Customs Street West.
Tom has a commitment to continuing education and prides himself on staying at the forefront of technical advancements in dentistry. His philosophy is to provide his patients with a relaxed, adaptable and caring environment and clinically he is a perfectionist. Tom provides all facets of dentistry including the latest cosmetic techniques.

Tom, a family man with 4 children, has a love for the outdoors  fishing, tramping, skiing and diving are just a few of his favourite pursuits.
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Dentist

Dr Vicki Chan

Vicki combines her gentle nature and warm personality with technical skills to our team at Kool Dental. Vicki is passionate about Dentistry and takes a particular interest in cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry.

Vicki graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago. With 3 children now, she smoothly balances her work and family commitments.

Vicki is an excellent communicator, she takes care in explaining necessary treatment, what the process involves and how to prevent dental decay.
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr Peter Vickers

BDS (Sydney), BMBS (Flinders), FRCS (Edin), FDSRCS (Eng), FRACDS  (Aust), Cert. Training LSU USA, FACCS (Aust)

Peter graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and from Flinders University, South Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. 

Peter also holds post-graduate fellowships from The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh and Australasia. He holds a Certificate of training in surgery from Louisiana State University, USA.

He is a specialist Oral and MaxilloFacial Surgeon and completed training in all aspects of major and minor surgery. Peter has previously worked in the UK, USA,…

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BDS (Sydney), BMBS (Flinders), FRCS (Edin), FDSRCS (Eng), FRACDS  (Aust), Cert. Training LSU USA, FACCS (Aust)

Peter graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and from Flinders University, South Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. 

Peter also holds post-graduate fellowships from The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh and Australasia. He holds a Certificate of training in surgery from Louisiana State University, USA.

He is a specialist Oral and MaxilloFacial Surgeon and completed training in all aspects of major and minor surgery. Peter has previously worked in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia. His last appointments included Director of The MaxilloFacial Unit, Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Peter is conscientious and caring in managing all patients requiring surgery ranging from minor dental procedures to major life-threatening events. He provides support to his dental and medical colleagues whenever and wherever it is needed.

There are many facets to a job requiring interpersonal skills, empathy, knowledge and caring. Over many years of working in different cultural environments, Peter has developed an organised discipline so patients have confidence in their or their children’s care. He is a very experienced Oral and MaxilloFacial Surgeon.

Outside of work, Peter is an avid runner and has completed three Queenstown mountain marathons as well as some of the world's majors. He also enjoys boating and spearfishing.

Auckland Central Annetjie Van Den Berg
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."

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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.”

Auckland Central Hiromi Saito
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.”

Auckland Central Emiko
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.”

Kool Lisa Clarke
Hygienist

Lisa Clarke

Lisa comes from the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, and completed her hygiene training in Boston, USA. She has settled into NZ life well alongside her kiwi husband and daughter. 

She is a strong advocate of dental health and presents it with a caring attitude. Lisa joined the Kool Dental team in 2005 and has been a great asset to us.

Away from the practice she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and sewing.
Auckland Central Katie Maahs
Hygienist

Katie Maahs

American born and bred, 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.”

Auckland Central Lily Wei
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.

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Oral Health Therapist

Leo Yang

Leo Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2017 from AUT. He also held a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from the University of Otago.
 
Leo is interested in helping his patients overcome their dental fears. He has actively been attending different courses, equipping him with latest techniques and treatment options. With combination of his microbiology knowledge, he will be able to guide his patients to achieve better oral health. He is passionate about meeting new people, getting to know them and hearing their stories.

He hopes to help educate patients about the link between overall health and oral…

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Leo Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2017 from AUT. He also held a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from the University of Otago.
 
Leo is interested in helping his patients overcome their dental fears. He has actively been attending different courses, equipping him with latest techniques and treatment options. With combination of his microbiology knowledge, he will be able to guide his patients to achieve better oral health. He is passionate about meeting new people, getting to know them and hearing their stories.

He hopes to help educate patients about the link between overall health and oral health and is motivated by seeing the difference he can bring to a patient.
 
Outside of the practice, Leo enjoys travelling (both far and near).

Leo loves seeing his patients walk out the door with refreshed smiles and with confidence!

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Practice Manager

Pratiksha Sharma

Pratiksha Sharma is the Practice Manager at Auckland Central.

She is also a trained dental therapist, graduating in 2008.

Her main goals include providing great customer service and trying her utmost best to help everyone walking through the door to have a pleasant experience and leave the practice happy.

She enjoys meeting new people every day and the team environment at the practice!