Christchurch City CBD

Meet Our Team

Crop Ben Harris
Lead Dentist

Dr Ben Harris

Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1997. He spent two years working in Dunedin and then Christchurch hospital after graduation before heading to work in London. After nine years away from Christchurch practicing dentistry in London and Auckland, Ben returned home to Christchurch in 2007, having just completed his Fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

Ben has been on the Lumino clinical board since 2011 and is an active member of the NZ Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Ben has always strived to achieve excellence in his work and…

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Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1997. He spent two years working in Dunedin and then Christchurch hospital after graduation before heading to work in London. After nine years away from Christchurch practicing dentistry in London and Auckland, Ben returned home to Christchurch in 2007, having just completed his Fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

Ben has been on the Lumino clinical board since 2011 and is an active member of the NZ Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Ben has always strived to achieve excellence in his work and stay at the forefront of technical advancements in dentistry. He performs general and cosmetic dentistry using the latest equipment, materials and methods including digital scanning and digital smile design. He is driven to give his patients the best care and experience possible. He regularly attends lectures and courses from minimal intervention to advanced procedures such as root canal therapy and Implant restoration.

Ben has an interest in reconstructing worn mouths and the prevention of dental disease. He enjoys developing and implementing a long term plan which future proofs someone’s mouth, with the goal of leaving the patient in a maintenance program with peace of mind that their teeth are disease-free and optimally restored.

Ben grew up on a farm in North Canterbury and brings exceptional skills, experience and clear no-fuss communication to the team. Outside of dentistry Ben has a passion for health and fitness and can either be found at the gym, spending time with his young family or thinking about going back to the gym.

Christchurch City Brigitte Lynw
Dentist

Dr Brigitte Lyne

Brigitte graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Brigitte practices a full range of general dentistry including crowns, implant crowns and molar endodontics. She is also a certified Platinum Invisalign provider, offers sedation options at our Christchurch City practice and takes referrals for treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction using botulinum toxin and splint therapy.

Brigitte particularly enjoys cases where a combination of Invisalign orthodontics is paired with conservative cosmetic dentistry such as bleaching & bonding to enhance her patient’s smiles. Since 2016 she has completed 125 hours of professional development courses which she thoroughly enjoys.…

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Brigitte graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Brigitte practices a full range of general dentistry including crowns, implant crowns and molar endodontics. She is also a certified Platinum Invisalign provider, offers sedation options at our Christchurch City practice and takes referrals for treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction using botulinum toxin and splint therapy.

Brigitte particularly enjoys cases where a combination of Invisalign orthodontics is paired with conservative cosmetic dentistry such as bleaching & bonding to enhance her patient’s smiles. Since 2016 she has completed 125 hours of professional development courses which she thoroughly enjoys. Outside of work Brigitte is the president of Canterbury Young Professionals where she volunteers her time, she also an active member of the New Zealand Dental Association Canterbury branch.

Book an initial Invisalign consult online with Brigitte today. We do offer payment options - please contact us for further information.

Christchurch City Kate Arlidge
Dentist

Dr Kate Arlidge

Kate graduated from Otago with a BDS in 2010. She is an experienced dentist having worked in private, public and emergency dentistry in both Australia and New Zealand.

She has a particular interest in endodontics (root canals) as well as general dentistry and full oral health well being for her patients.

In her spare time she likes to run and fuels her creative side with an interest in art especially painting.

Kate is in the Christchurch City practice on Wednesdays from 1pm to 8pm, and Saturdays from 8.30am to 5pm.

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Dentist

Dr Lesley McCafferty

Lesley graduated in 2000 from the University of Glasgow, UK with a BDS and BSc Hons. She has gained an MJDF from the Royal College of Surgeons, London in 2009, MSc Dental Implants in 2016 and has been trained in cosmetic injectables.

She is particularly interested in cosmetic dentistry including dental implants, anti-wrinkle injections with Botulinum Toxin A and dermal fillers.

Book a FREE consultation now with Lesley to discuss IMPLANT treatment options or cosmetic injectables.

Christchurch City Felicity Bryce
Hygienist

Felicity Pask

Felicity graduated from the university of Otago as a Dental Hygienist in 2005.

Her role as a hygienist is to help patients maintain and treat existing gum disease and keep great dental health by preventing and encouraging them on what will work best for their oral health.

Felicity enjoys going fishing as well as gardening, reading and shopping.

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Oral Health Therapist

Mena Haidari

Mena completed her studies in 2020 at the university of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy. She comes from a family with a few Oral Health Therapists, which helped her have a better understanding of patient dental care and inspired her to follow the same career path.

Her role as Oral Health Therapist allows her to care for both adults and children. Her main focus is encouraging patients to take control of their oral health through education and also providing professional scaling, benefitting their general health in the long term.

Outside of work she enjoy reading books, watching the sunset and painting nature.

Linda Lin
Oral Health Therapist

Linda Lin

Linda grew up in Christchurch then moved on to pursue tertiary education in Dunedin. She graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2013.

Since then she has been working at the Canterbury District Health Board as an Oral Health Therapist, providing dental care and treatment for children and adolescents.

Ever since getting orthodontic treatment in high school, Linda developed an interest in dental care and oral hygiene as she researched methods to keep her oral health in good condition whilst having braces. Having discovered how much of an impact oral health had on an…

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Linda grew up in Christchurch then moved on to pursue tertiary education in Dunedin. She graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2013.

Since then she has been working at the Canterbury District Health Board as an Oral Health Therapist, providing dental care and treatment for children and adolescents.

Ever since getting orthodontic treatment in high school, Linda developed an interest in dental care and oral hygiene as she researched methods to keep her oral health in good condition whilst having braces. Having discovered how much of an impact oral health had on an individual's overall health, she decided to study Oral Health Therapy.

Her goal is to help and motivate others to keep on top of their oral hygiene care and to build good oral health habits.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, watching movies, and watercolour painting.

Andrei
Oral Health Therapist

Andrei Tantoy

Andrei graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from The University of Otago in 2019 and proceeded to work for the CDHB in 2020.

Andrei works mostly on children from 2-12 years of age. He also spent six months working at the Hospital Dental Service in 2019, providing dental hygiene care for all ages from medically compromised patients to complex ortho patients.

Andrei's main role as an Oral Health Therapist is to educate and provide periodontal care for his patients. He wants to provide all patients with the knowledge and the right tools to maintain their own oral health well.…

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Andrei graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from The University of Otago in 2019 and proceeded to work for the CDHB in 2020.

Andrei works mostly on children from 2-12 years of age. He also spent six months working at the Hospital Dental Service in 2019, providing dental hygiene care for all ages from medically compromised patients to complex ortho patients.

Andrei's main role as an Oral Health Therapist is to educate and provide periodontal care for his patients. He wants to provide all patients with the knowledge and the right tools to maintain their own oral health well. Therefore, In a small way, he helps patients empower themselves to maintain a smile they can be confident with.

Outside of work he likes spending time with family, going for hikes and going on shopping trips.

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Oral Health Therapist

Kelly Higgins

Kelly moved to New Zealand from the U.K. with her family in 2016 and began her oral health therapy degree soon after, graduating in 2019. She had previously worked as a dental assistant which inspired her to pursue a career as an Oral Health Therapist.

Kelly enjoys working with children and nervous patients. Her gentle manner has helped many people through dental treatments and she is always keen to receive feedback in an effort to adjust her techniques and approaches for each of her patients. She believes that patient education and encouragement is key in reducing dental anxiety; which in…

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Kelly moved to New Zealand from the U.K. with her family in 2016 and began her oral health therapy degree soon after, graduating in 2019. She had previously worked as a dental assistant which inspired her to pursue a career as an Oral Health Therapist.

Kelly enjoys working with children and nervous patients. Her gentle manner has helped many people through dental treatments and she is always keen to receive feedback in an effort to adjust her techniques and approaches for each of her patients. She believes that patient education and encouragement is key in reducing dental anxiety; which in turn promotes and achieves great oral health for all her patients.

In her spare time, Kelly likes to watch the latest movies and shows, explore beaches and go on trips around New Zealand with her husband and two girls.