Bank Street Dental Whangarei

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Matt Ross

Dr Matt Ross graduated from The University of Otago with a BDS in 1996.

He has worked both in New Zealand and England, with over 20 years experience as a general dentist. Matt has a reputation for being gentle and caring.

Matt enjoys providing a service where his patients go away with a positive experience and feeling that they have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. He also believes in a hygiene-focused practice where patients become highly motivated and well informed by the comprehensive care they receive.

Matt has participated in advanced mentoring programs with Dr Derry Rogers…

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Dr Matt Ross graduated from The University of Otago with a BDS in 1996.

He has worked both in New Zealand and England, with over 20 years experience as a general dentist. Matt has a reputation for being gentle and caring.

Matt enjoys providing a service where his patients go away with a positive experience and feeling that they have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. He also believes in a hygiene-focused practice where patients become highly motivated and well informed by the comprehensive care they receive.

Matt has participated in advanced mentoring programs with Dr Derry Rogers for Restorative Dentistry and Photography, Dr Kevan Wong for Implantology and Dr Brett Hawkins for Orthodontics.

In October 2015 Matt became one of the first in Australasia to gain the prestigious qualification of a Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland. This examination assessed Matts knowledge of all things related to Implantology, Oral Medicine and General Dentistry.

Since 2011 he has been certified to practice IV sedation and was accredited with a Level 6 Advanced Life Support status. This enables him to offer comprehensive implant and restorative treatment options to nervous patients.

Matt was one of the first in NZ to utilise Platelet Rich Fibrin therapy in promoting wound healing with less pain and inflammation.

Matt also has a special interest in Orthodontics. He is an accredited Invisalign provider and offers functional and growth orthodontics to his younger patients.

Outside of practice hours, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and mentoring new graduates. His interests include rugby, fishing, gardening and cooking. Matt is married with three children who enjoy the beauty and outdoor lifestyle that Northland offers.

Diploma in Implant Dentistry Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
Member of the NZDA
Member of the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry
Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Member of the NZ Society of Conscious Sedation

Dentist

Dr Teresa Brinkley

Teresa is one of our more recent additions to Lumino The Dentists, Bank St team. After attending Kings College, and then graduating at Otago Dental School, Teresa spent five years working and travelling in the UK before returning to her home town of Auckland.

Teresa loves to see her patients leave smiling, especially after they walk in too ashamed to smile. Her dental interests include general family dentistry, preventative dentistry and minimally invasive dentistry.

When it comes to dentistry, Teresa works hard to provide quality dental care to create healthier mouths and confident smiles. She feels it is important to…

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Teresa is one of our more recent additions to Lumino The Dentists, Bank St team. After attending Kings College, and then graduating at Otago Dental School, Teresa spent five years working and travelling in the UK before returning to her home town of Auckland.

Teresa loves to see her patients leave smiling, especially after they walk in too ashamed to smile. Her dental interests include general family dentistry, preventative dentistry and minimally invasive dentistry.

When it comes to dentistry, Teresa works hard to provide quality dental care to create healthier mouths and confident smiles. She feels it is important to take the time to listen to her patients and work closely with them so that together they can create a customized treatment plan.

With three young children, Teresa and her husband (who is a primary school teacher originally from Whangarei) re-located to Whangarei mid 2013 to raise their children in the relaxed rural lifestyle – “living the dream on a 10 acre block”. Teresa cherishes spending time with the family and outside of work, she loves cooking, running, swimming and also exploring all the outdoor family activities that Northland has to offer.

Hygienist

Kim Begbie

Kim is an experienced dental hygienist who graduated from Otago University in 2002 and has been working in the dental industry since leaving school.

Maintaining high standards of patient care and clinical standards is something Kim is passionate about. The most enjoyable part of her role is delivering oral hygiene advice to help patients reach their optimum oral health.

In her spare time Kim loves to go fishing with her husband at Houhora, spend time with her teenage daughter, and go to the gym.

Hygienist

Julie Gillingham

Julie Gillingham is a registered dental hygienist having graduated in 2011 from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene Inc, in Ontario Canada.
In her role, she hopes to ensure that all patients are happy and comfortable and are treated with respect, also that they leave the practice with a better understanding of their oral health.

Julie says she enjoys the interaction she has with her patients and seeing the difference she can makes in their oral health and their smiles. She also has a strong interest in periodontics and forensic dentistry.

Outside of the practice, Julie enjoys time at the beach…

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Julie Gillingham is a registered dental hygienist having graduated in 2011 from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene Inc, in Ontario Canada.
In her role, she hopes to ensure that all patients are happy and comfortable and are treated with respect, also that they leave the practice with a better understanding of their oral health.

Julie says she enjoys the interaction she has with her patients and seeing the difference she can makes in their oral health and their smiles. She also has a strong interest in periodontics and forensic dentistry.

Outside of the practice, Julie enjoys time at the beach with her family, travelling and working out.

Julie also runs and owns ‘Milk and Cookies’ – making lactation cookies for breastfeeding mothers.

Practice Manager

Shirley Young

Shirley is the practice manager for the Lumino Bank Street practice. She hopes to provide a welcoming and pleasant experience for all patients that come into the practice. Shirley loves that everyday is different in her role and getting to know the patients of Lumino Bank Street is a highlight.

In her free time, Shirley loves spending time with her family, baking and fishing. You may be surprised to know she had previously owned a Mad Butcher when she lived in Christchurch, so she'll have some good meal recommendations, just ask.