Coastlands Dental Health Centre Paraparaumu

Meet Our Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Jareth Lau

Jareth was born in Wellington and attended Newlands College before going to dental school at the University of Otago. He graduated in 2012 with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction). 

He worked in Whanganui right out of dental school where he spent six years at a great practice and met his fiancée, Michelle. Jareth loved the work environment where he was mentored in the latest dental techniques and technology. He enjoyed the opportunity to provide a great standard of dental care in a tight-knit community, very similar to Paraparaumu and the Kapiti Coast.

Towards the end of their time in…

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Jareth was born in Wellington and attended Newlands College before going to dental school at the University of Otago. He graduated in 2012 with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction). 

He worked in Whanganui right out of dental school where he spent six years at a great practice and met his fiancée, Michelle. Jareth loved the work environment where he was mentored in the latest dental techniques and technology. He enjoyed the opportunity to provide a great standard of dental care in a tight-knit community, very similar to Paraparaumu and the Kapiti Coast.

Towards the end of their time in Whanganui, Jareth and Michelle felt ready for a new adventure. So, they said their goodbyes and set out to backpack around the world for all of 2019. They returned home to begin their time at Lumino Coastlands in January 2020, just in time before Covid changed the world as we know it!

Outside of dentistry, Jareth absolutely loves sport and animals. On their recent travels, he and Michelle tried to see as much of the great outdoors as they could; from animals migrating across Africa, to the national parks of North America. They attended some pretty memorable sports matches as well like South American and European football matches and the Boxing Day test in Melbourne. However, nothing gives him more satisfaction than being a dentist and taking care of people. He looks forward to meeting patients, giving them a great dental experience and providing life-changing dental care!

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Lead Dentist

Dr Michelle Tan

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction) from the University of Otago in 2014, and was also awarded the Orthodontics Medal. In 2017, she completed a two-year Orthodontics mini-residency in Sydney and has a special interest in braces and Invisalign.

Her first job out of dental school was in private practice in Whanganui. The variety of work required here allowed her to hone her skills in different aspects of dentistry, including fillings, extractions, root canals, crown and bridgework, dentures and orthodontics.

Michelle has always wanted to work in healthcare and started out dreaming of becoming a doctor. Wanting…

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Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction) from the University of Otago in 2014, and was also awarded the Orthodontics Medal. In 2017, she completed a two-year Orthodontics mini-residency in Sydney and has a special interest in braces and Invisalign.

Her first job out of dental school was in private practice in Whanganui. The variety of work required here allowed her to hone her skills in different aspects of dentistry, including fillings, extractions, root canals, crown and bridgework, dentures and orthodontics.

Michelle has always wanted to work in healthcare and started out dreaming of becoming a doctor. Wanting to marry that ambition with her love of art and working with her hands led her to dentistry. Michelle is passionate about helping people receive the dental treatment they need. She understands dental anxiety and phobia are barriers for many people in seeking the treatment they require. 

Michelle has loved every day so far as a practising dentist and looks forward to what she hopes to be many more years ahead.

Outside of work Michelle enjoys hiking, reading, painting, and travelling. Michelle and her fiancé, Jareth, backpacked around the world for a year in 2019. They visited over 20 countries and enjoyed exploring the world together.

She is thrilled to join the wonderful team at Lumino Coastlands, and looks forward to seeing you soon!

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Dentist

Dr Louisa Dempster

Dr Louisa Dempster graduated from the University of Otago in 1995 with a BDS (with Distinction).

She is passionate about all aspects of general dentistry, especially preventative dentistry, crowns, bridges, veneers and periodontal care.

Her main professional goals include helping her patients achieve their optimum dental health and helping them maintain their smiles for the future.

She aims to provide a high level of dental care in a relaxed and gentle way and enjoys getting to know her patients, their family and friends and helping them all maintain their smiles.

Louisa has been with Coastlands since 1999, but has spent…

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Dr Louisa Dempster graduated from the University of Otago in 1995 with a BDS (with Distinction).

She is passionate about all aspects of general dentistry, especially preventative dentistry, crowns, bridges, veneers and periodontal care.

Her main professional goals include helping her patients achieve their optimum dental health and helping them maintain their smiles for the future.

She aims to provide a high level of dental care in a relaxed and gentle way and enjoys getting to know her patients, their family and friends and helping them all maintain their smiles.

Louisa has been with Coastlands since 1999, but has spent time working in Fiji and the UK.

Outside of the practice, Louisa enjoys the outdoors. She enjoys walking and spending time with her family. Her favourite place to be is on the slopes in Wanaka.

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Dentist

Dr Laura Ichim

Dentist Laura Ichim was awarded the Outstanding Young Dentist award by the NZDA in 2017.

She has been working with Lumino since 2016 but has been practicing Dentistry for 7 years both in the private and public sectors. Laura continues to work part-time for Hutt Valley DHB as a Community Dentist.

Laura is not new to winning awards, she has also been awarded the Sutherland Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) for gaining the top mark in the final Fellowship Examinations in 2016.

“It is an honour and privilege to be named Outstanding Young Dentist,” she…

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Dentist Laura Ichim was awarded the Outstanding Young Dentist award by the NZDA in 2017.

She has been working with Lumino since 2016 but has been practicing Dentistry for 7 years both in the private and public sectors. Laura continues to work part-time for Hutt Valley DHB as a Community Dentist.

Laura is not new to winning awards, she has also been awarded the Sutherland Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) for gaining the top mark in the final Fellowship Examinations in 2016.

“It is an honour and privilege to be named Outstanding Young Dentist,” she says of the award. “The NZDA have helped guide and support me along my professional journey from being a dental student until today. Being part of this incredible organization has taught me a lot about professionalism, collegiality and the importance of our dental community.”

She says giving back to her community and making a difference is crucial for a balanced and satisfying professional life.

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Oral Health Therapist

Kathryn Lanyon

Kathryn is the oral health therapist at Coastlands Dental.

Kathryn takes care of dental hygiene and dental therapy for our Paraparaumu patients.