Botany Dental Practice

Meet Our Team

Dentist

Dr Laura Hurd

Laura had nearly 18 years of dentistry experience prior to joining Lumino in December 2016. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1998.

Laura is especially interested in general restorative dentistry and finds working with and meeting all kinds of interesting people the most enjoyable part of her job as a dentist.

Laura is enjoying being part of the Lumino group but when not in the practice she can be found exploring and hiking around New Zealand with her husband and three children.

Dentist

Dr Ali Murtuza

Born and brought up in Dubai, Ali moved to New Zealand in 2009 soon after graduating from the most prestigious dental school in India. Ali completed his dental training at University of Otago for a year before clearing the NZ dental registration exams.

Ali has worked in Dunedin, Napier and Auckland. He is passionate about dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest in dentistry and technology so that he can provide the best to his clients. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has a special interest in orthodontics.

Ali’s clients consider him as a kind, caring and…

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Born and brought up in Dubai, Ali moved to New Zealand in 2009 soon after graduating from the most prestigious dental school in India. Ali completed his dental training at University of Otago for a year before clearing the NZ dental registration exams.

Ali has worked in Dunedin, Napier and Auckland. He is passionate about dentistry and keeps up to date with the latest in dentistry and technology so that he can provide the best to his clients. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has a special interest in orthodontics.

Ali’s clients consider him as a kind, caring and gentle practitioner who takes time to listen and discuss treatment plans tailored to individual needs.

Apart from work, Ali loves cricket and enjoys spending time with his wife and little girl.

Oral Health Therapist

Nicole Parshotam

Nicole is originally from Zimbabwe having moved to Auckland in 2002. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of Health in Science in Oral Health.

She is passionate about preventative dentistry and working alongside her patients to enhance their knowledge of Oral disease processes and home care. Nicole enjoys learning new techniques and applying them in the surgery and likes to attend conferences to see what’s developing in the dental world.

Nicole is relaxed with a calming nature and tries to make every trip to the hygienist a pleasant visit.

When not in the surgery Nicole loves cooking, walks, the occasional horse ride and is currently looking to learn salsa!

Practice Manager

Sheryn Butcher

Sheryn comes from an extensive administerial and customer service background and aims to help make every patients experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Sheryn has come to understand that people view visiting the dentist in many different lights.

She and her team want to ensure that each person who visits their practice, leaves feeling like they have been cared for, listened to and valued.

Sheryn has lived in Howick/Botany her whole life and has two grown daughters who live in the UK along with her first grandchild. Her only ‘at home’ baby is her Standard Poodle who you may see visiting the clinic occasionally.

She enjoys photography, dog training and reading.