Bridgens Dental Te Puke

Meet Our Team

Bridgens Te Puke Dr Jose Marinho
Dentist

Dr Jose Marinho

José Marinho, originally from Portugal, graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in the United Kingdom in 2011 after initially completing a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2006. Since graduating, José has attended numerous courses including the world renowned post graduate one year Cosmetic Dentistry & Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry course in London. He was also recognised as a finalist of the prestigious Private Dentistry awards as Best Young Dentist in the UK.

Before moving to New Zealand, José worked in prominent private dental practices in Central London providing high-end treatments to his much loved…

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José Marinho, originally from Portugal, graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in the United Kingdom in 2011 after initially completing a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2006. Since graduating, José has attended numerous courses including the world renowned post graduate one year Cosmetic Dentistry & Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry course in London. He was also recognised as a finalist of the prestigious Private Dentistry awards as Best Young Dentist in the UK.

Before moving to New Zealand, José worked in prominent private dental practices in Central London providing high-end treatments to his much loved patients. José's caring and empathetic approach makes him extensively popular with his patients, to which he comes highly recommended.

José provides a wide range of treatments and has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, tooth-coloured restorations and teeth whitening. He has extensive experience as a certified provider of Invisalign, Six-Month Smiles (clear braces), Inman Aligner and Lingual braces (behind the teeth).

To complement his dental services, José also provides wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, providing a conservative administration to achieve a natural, youthful result.

José believes it is essential to listen to each patient's vision as every patient has a different desired outcome and only this way he can tailor the smile design to your needs and attain durable results which live up to expectations.

He is a member of the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the New Zealand Dental Association as well as the Waikato and Bay of Plenty branch. He has also published articles for the NZ Herald and The Weekend Sun.

Te Puke Amanda
Dentist

Dr Amanda Simmers

Amanda graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2005. Since then she has worked in various private and public settings, until settling into her own practice. 

She lived in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with her family for 10 years before moving to New Zealand. 

Amanda enjoys all aspects of dentistry and finds gratification in furthering her studies and spending time with her family. She looks forward to making a difference in her new community!

Brooke Holmes
Hygenist

Brooke Holmes

Brooke joined our team in July 2020. Having 15 years of clinical dental hygiene experience, Brooke trained and worked for the first 10 years of her career in the United States. She studied at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky which is consistently a top-ranking dental hygiene programme in the USA. She obtained both an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from WKU.

After moving to New Zealand with her family in 2015, Brooke worked in both Auckland in Tauranga mainly focusing on the treatment and maintenance of periodontal…

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Brooke joined our team in July 2020. Having 15 years of clinical dental hygiene experience, Brooke trained and worked for the first 10 years of her career in the United States. She studied at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky which is consistently a top-ranking dental hygiene programme in the USA. She obtained both an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene as well as a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from WKU.

After moving to New Zealand with her family in 2015, Brooke worked in both Auckland in Tauranga mainly focusing on the treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease.

Brooke enjoys tailoring treatment to each patients' individual needs while also being gentle and thorough. She is knowledgeable and skilled in treating a variety of conditions including periodontal disease, tooth sensitivity, hygiene treatment for both children and adults and teeth whitening.

She attended clinics and lectures in the USA to gain extra training and knowledge specifically in the treatment and prevention of both tooth sensitivity and fluoride applications, as well as teeth whitening and subsequent care.

Brooke and her family love the lifestyle Tauranga has to offer. In her spare time Brooke, her two children, husband and Jack Russell Terrier like to hike, go to the beach and play sport. She loves coaching her kids' basketball teams and also plays basketball herself.

Helen Profile
Practice Manager

Helen Ferguson

Helen Ferguson is the Practice Manager at Lumino Bridgens Dental, Te Puke. Prior to this, she was the Practice Manager at Lumino Gentle Dentists, Ellerslie.

Helen comes from an extensive administrative and customer service background.

Helen says she aims to make each visit as stress-free as possible for each patient and hopes to have them leaving the practice very happy.

Outside of the practice, Helen loves to spend time with her family and also enjoys riding her motorcycle!