Courtney Orthodontics Elmira Palmerston North

Meet Our Team

Specialist Orthodontist

Michael Courtney

Mike has strong family links to the Manawatu-Horowhenua area, and though he wasn't born here, he considers himself a local. As a newly-graduated dentist, Mike's decision to set up his practice in Palmerston North was an easy one because it was, in a sense, coming home.

Mike practiced as a general dentist in Terrace End for 10 years before returning to Otago University, where he was fortunate to be one of three students selected to undertake the Masters Course in Orthodontics. On completion of the course in 1994, Mike returned to Palmerston North to set up his Specialist practice.

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Mike has strong family links to the Manawatu-Horowhenua area, and though he wasn't born here, he considers himself a local. As a newly-graduated dentist, Mike's decision to set up his practice in Palmerston North was an easy one because it was, in a sense, coming home.

Mike practiced as a general dentist in Terrace End for 10 years before returning to Otago University, where he was fortunate to be one of three students selected to undertake the Masters Course in Orthodontics. On completion of the course in 1994, Mike returned to Palmerston North to set up his Specialist practice.

As a Specialist, Mike provides one-to-one Orthodontic care for every patient. After completing a comprehensive examination, he forms an individualised treatment plan to address any malocclusions or issues identified. He then takes time to discuss the plan in detail and invites patients and carers to ask lots of questions so they can make informed decisions.

Mike has a special interest in evidence-based dentistry. This means that he determines the best course of Orthodontic treatment for patients based on clinical evidence rather than on "marketing hype" that often comes with new products. "A lot of exaggerated claims are made about different brands of braces," Mike says, "But it doesn't matter what type of braces are attached to your teeth - essentially it's how the Orthodontist applies his technique to move the teeth that is important."

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Wendy Stanfield

Wendy started working with Mike in 2001, after 21 years working as a nurse at Palmerston North Hospital. Wendy assists Mike chairside and also taking patient records which includes photographs and impressions.

Wendy has a first-hand understanding of what patients and parents experience during orthodontic treatment since both her children have had braces, and she had orthodontic treatment herself as an adult.

For Wendy, getting to know her patients is one of the best parts of the job. "We build relationships that usually extend over several years from start-to-finish with braces," she says. "It's so rewarding to see the transformations young people make before and after braces treatment."

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Sharon Lankshear

Sharon joined the team in May 2013 having come from a long history of working as a dental assistant for many years.

Sharon enjoys all aspects of dentistry and enjoys working closely with patients and their families. Transferring from general dentistry to Orthodontics has been very rewarding.

Sharon says ‘”watching patients transform is amazing”. Sharon assists Mike chairside as well as taking patient records, facial photos and impressions.

One of Sharon’s favourite tasks is bonding on retainer wires behind patient’s teeth after braces are removed to retain those great smiles.

Orthodontic Assistant / Receptionist

Jemma Burbery

Jemma works closely with patients and parents who come in. She has been with Courtney Orthodontics on Elmira since Aug 2013.

Along with Leah-Anne she answers phone calls, schedules appointments and helps make people feel welcome to the practice. Jemma also assists chairside during appointments taking records, which include full facial photos and impressions.

Jemma says “We get to see some amazing transformations and see their confidence build throughout their treatment”.

Receptionist

Leah-Anne Hagenaars

Leah-Anne moved to Palmerston North with her partner Simon and their son Brody after living in Dunedin for the last 5 years.

Away from work she loves going on bike rides with her family, reading, knitting and visiting family and friends in Wanganui.

She looks forward to meeting your smiley faces.