City Dental On The Park Tauranga

Meet Our Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Linda Reithofer-Taylor

Originally growing up in Tauranga, Linda trained and qualified as a dentist at Otago University in 1980 where having graduated she taught at the University and then practised as an Itinerant Dentist in Australia serving several Aboriginal communities in remote areas and also as a practitioner at the Base Hospital in Cairns, Australia.

In the mid 1980's Linda travelled to the UK and forged a very successful career both as an Associate and later as a Practice Principal and owner. During this time she worked predominantly as a private dentist and within the NHS dental system in the 1980s. Linda…

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Originally growing up in Tauranga, Linda trained and qualified as a dentist at Otago University in 1980 where having graduated she taught at the University and then practised as an Itinerant Dentist in Australia serving several Aboriginal communities in remote areas and also as a practitioner at the Base Hospital in Cairns, Australia.

In the mid 1980's Linda travelled to the UK and forged a very successful career both as an Associate and later as a Practice Principal and owner. During this time she worked predominantly as a private dentist and within the NHS dental system in the 1980s. Linda was a Vocational Trainer for newly qualified dentists’ as well as undertaking further qualifications at UCLAN University in Implantology and Bristol University in general Dental postgraduate studies.

Linda is passionate about dentistry and is complimented by her patients for her professional manner and ability to put clients and children at ease especially where they may appear anxious. She has over 35 years experience and has particular interests and skills in surgical extractions, root canal fillings, dentures, cosmetic procedures and treatments, and Dental Implants.

Personal interests focus mainly around her family, with her mother in Tauranga and her husband, three adult sons and two Maine Coon cats. Other interests are following Rugby and Cricket, crafts, walking and Mountain gazing when time allows.

Ryan Smalgaski
Dentist

Dr Ryan Smagalski

Ryan graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry in 2012 with a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery).

The most enjoyable part about his role is being able to relieve dental pain. Ryan’s clinical interests are cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. He has also completed a one year general practice residency at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York.

Ryan will talk your ear off about surfing and comedy. He feels very much at home in New Zealand and feels privileged to live here.

Barisalhan
Dentist

Dr Baris Alhan

After graduating with honours in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, Baris studied Dentistry at the University of Glasgow, UK. Since graduating, he completed Dental Foundation Training in the highly sought after South West London Scheme.

Baris has worked in the National Health Service in the UK for a very short period of time before embarking his journey into private dentistry where he gained experience in treating patients from a variety of backgrounds with a varying complexity of treatments. Baris has continued to develop his skills by undertaking further training in advanced cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry in…

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After graduating with honours in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, Baris studied Dentistry at the University of Glasgow, UK. Since graduating, he completed Dental Foundation Training in the highly sought after South West London Scheme.

Baris has worked in the National Health Service in the UK for a very short period of time before embarking his journey into private dentistry where he gained experience in treating patients from a variety of backgrounds with a varying complexity of treatments. Baris has continued to develop his skills by undertaking further training in advanced cosmetic and aesthetic restorative dentistry in London, as well as Invisalign, facial aesthetics and digital dentistry.

Since qualifying in 2018, Baris has been a finalist in the following categories in some prestigious awards in the UK:

-Best Young Dentist 2021 at The Dentistry Awards
-Best Ceramic (crowns and veneers) Smile Makeover 2022 at the Dentistry Clinical Case Awards
-Best Treatment of Nervous Patients at the Private Dentistry Awards 2022
-Best Charity and Community Project 2022 at the Private Dentistry Awards 2022

Baris’ calming nature reflects onto his patients and he is always happy to go the extra mile to ensure his patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Baris enjoys getting to know his patients and giving them a smile they are proud of.

Outside of dentistry, Baris enjoys travelling, diving, watching football, camping and playing guitar, and recently playing saxophone. He is a big foodie. He loves cooking and visiting new restaurants to explore new tastes.

Fun fact- Baris is our balloon dentist! He makes balloon animals for our anxious and nervous patients. You can follow him on:
Instagram- @theballoondentist
Facebook- The Balloon Dentist

Treatments offered:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Teeth straightening
  • Composite bonding
  • Facial aesthetics (Botox)
  • Tooth replacement with bridges and dentures
  • Aesthetic crowns and veneers
  • Root canal treatment
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Anti-snoring devices
  • Tooth extractions
City Dental Tauranga Jason Birch
Hygienist

Jason Birch

Jason graduated from the University of Otago in 2005. He has recently returned to New Zealand after spending seven years practising in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

To meet all your dental hygiene needs, Jason continues to enhance his professional knowledge & skills by attending professional courses throughout the year.

In his spare time he enjoys Fishing, Jet Skiing, Mountain Biking, Photography as well as walking his dogs along the many beaches here in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.

Miriam Brooke
Hygienist

Brooke Terry

Brooke graduated with honors from Utah College of Dental Hygiene with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. After graduating she worked in America in Utah state before coming to New Zealand in June 2022.

Brooke aims to help her patients achieve their optimal oral health through personalized treatment, focus on prevention, and patient education to empower each patient to take control of their own health.

She loves that she's been able to travel and work in multiple locations and work with and meet people from all over. She is always excited to see progress with her patients, whether it's…

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Brooke graduated with honors from Utah College of Dental Hygiene with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. After graduating she worked in America in Utah state before coming to New Zealand in June 2022.

Brooke aims to help her patients achieve their optimal oral health through personalized treatment, focus on prevention, and patient education to empower each patient to take control of their own health.

She loves that she's been able to travel and work in multiple locations and work with and meet people from all over. She is always excited to see progress with her patients, whether it's a gum disease that they've gotten under control or habits improved, she is always happy to see the improvement in her patient's lives. You'll constantly hear her telling her patients "I don't expect perfection, but I love to see progress."

Brooke loves getting to explore the beauty of New Zealand. Her favorite place to be is by the water and greenery and/or in the company of good people. She also loves to dance and used to do competitive ballroom dancing. 

James Coatesworth
Practice Manager

James Coatsworth

James comes to Lumino with over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He graduated with a business degree in the United States, before relocating back to New Zealand with his family in 2017. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach, socializing with friends, travelling, and watching / participating in sporting activities.

Jasmin Willowst
Oral Health Therapist

Jasmin Chhabda

Jasmin, Oral Health Therapist, graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2022.

She always wanted to work in healthcare and was passionate about creating a beautiful smile and healthy gums.

She likes doing composite restorations, fissure sealants, fissure protections, extractions for young kids, dental hygiene. She is passionate and determined about helping people receive the desired
dental treatment needed and possess the skills to manage dental anxiety and phobia in seeking the treatment they require.

Outside of work, Jasmin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and gardening

Gemma Welton
Receptionist

Gemma Welten

Kaye Woodward (1)
Receptionist

Kaye Woodward

Kaye’s main goal is to ensure patients have a positive experience at our practice and would recommend us to others. Her favourite part of her job is the team she works with and the patients.

Outside of the practice, Kaye enjoys spending time with family and friends. Being outdoors - walking, gardening and spending time at the beach. Her favourite place to be is in Australia with her grandchildren and also Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula

 

 

Natasha Adams
Lead Dental Assistant

Natasha Adams

Melissa Clarke
Dental Assistant

Melissa Clarke

Mel is originally from Australia where she started her career as a dental assistant in 2004. She is a mum of two teenagers, and has been living in NZ for the past 10 years. The best part of her job is providing the best care possible for her patients, and ensuring they leave with a confident smile. 

Barbara Waldock
Dental Assistant

Barbara Baldock

Katie Caldwell
Dental Assistant/Receptionist

Katie Caldwell