Coastlands Dental Health Centre Paraparaumu

Meet Our Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Scott Murphy

Dr Scott Murphy graduated from the University of Otago in 2014. with a BDS.

Prior to joining Lumino Coastlands, Scott worked as a dental house surgeon at Hutt Valley DHB for two years. He also completed RACDS Primary Examinations, receiving commendations in each subject.

His dental interests include oral surgery, contemporary general dentistry, and working with medically complex patients.

Scott says he really enjoys changing patients' perception of dental treatment into a relaxed and positive-vibe.

He aims to not only provide the best evidence-based available treatments, but to encourage preventive techniques to improve oral health related quality of life, empowering…

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Dr Scott Murphy graduated from the University of Otago in 2014. with a BDS.

Prior to joining Lumino Coastlands, Scott worked as a dental house surgeon at Hutt Valley DHB for two years. He also completed RACDS Primary Examinations, receiving commendations in each subject.

His dental interests include oral surgery, contemporary general dentistry, and working with medically complex patients.

Scott says he really enjoys changing patients' perception of dental treatment into a relaxed and positive-vibe.

He aims to not only provide the best evidence-based available treatments, but to encourage preventive techniques to improve oral health related quality of life, empowering patients to value their oral health and to take control through preventative measures.

Outside of the practice Scott enjoys trail running, hiking, CrossFit, cycling, skiing and acro yoga.

He also enjoys cooking, good wine and good food as well as musical theatre.

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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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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 mini-residency in Orthodontics in Sydney. She has always wanted to work in healthcare and started out dreaming of becoming a doctor, but wanting to marry that ambition with her love of art and working with her hands, led her to dentistry.

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

Her first job out of dental…

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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 mini-residency in Orthodontics in Sydney. She has always wanted to work in healthcare and started out dreaming of becoming a doctor, but wanting to marry that ambition with her love of art and working with her hands, led her to dentistry.

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

Her first job out of dental school was in private practice in Wanganui; where the variety of work needed allowed her to hone her skills in different aspects of dentistry, which include fillings, extractions, root canals, crown and bridgework, dentures and orthodontics.

Michelle is passionate about helping people receive the dental treatment they need, knowing that dental anxiety and phobia are barriers for many people in seeking the treatment they require.

She aims to live a full life and outside of work, Michelle enjoys hiking, reading, painting, and traveling. Michelle and her partner recently backpacked around the world for a year, seeing over 20 countries and enjoyed learning about the world and ourselves.

She is thrilled to join the wonderful team at Coastlands Dental Centre, and looks forward to seeing you soon.

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Dentist

Dr Jareth Lau

Jareth looks forward to continuing the excellent care that Steve and Anne-Marie provided during their time at Coastlands Dental Health Centre.

Jareth was born in Wellington in 1991 and attended Newlands College before going to dental school at the University of Otago; graduating in 2012. 

He worked in Wanganui right out of dental school where he spent six years at a great practice and met his partner Michelle. Jareth loved the work environment where he had the opportunity to provide a great standard of dental care in a similarly tight-knit community such as Paraparaumu and the Kapiti Coast.

Towards the…

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Jareth looks forward to continuing the excellent care that Steve and Anne-Marie provided during their time at Coastlands Dental Health Centre.

Jareth was born in Wellington in 1991 and attended Newlands College before going to dental school at the University of Otago; graduating in 2012. 

He worked in Wanganui right out of dental school where he spent six years at a great practice and met his partner Michelle. Jareth loved the work environment where he had the opportunity to provide a great standard of dental care in a similarly tight-knit community such as Paraparaumu and the Kapiti Coast.

Towards the end of his time in Wanganui, Jareth and Michelle felt ready for a new challenge.  So, they said their goodbyes and for the past 12 months have been living out of backpacks as they adventured around the world. 

Outside of dentistry, Jareth absolutely loves sport, animals and nature. On his 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 and attended some pretty memorable sports matches as well.  However, nothing is as enjoyable and rewarding as being a dentist and taking care of people so he looks forward to meeting his patients and providing them with a great dental experience at their next appointment!

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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.