Darfield Dental Canterbury

Meet Our Team

Darfield David New
Dentist

Dr David Rumble

With 22 years experience in all areas of general dentistry, David loves that the dental centre now has a choice of clinicians and great staff to look after the wonderful patients in Darfield and outlying areas.

David has been in the region since 1999, and offers all areas of dentistry from basic filling through to implant restorations and full cosmetic dentistry.

He has a passion for patients learning, maintaining and controlling their own mouths. To this end, he loves being a part of the process of empowering patients. Quality dentistry is always the care affordable to the patient, done to the highest level by a passionate health provider, supported by staff who really care for the patients.

Darfield Julia Tully
Dentist

Dr Julia Tully

Julia graduated from Bristol University in UK 1995 and joined the British Army where she worked as a dentist for 5 years. During this time, she qualified with post graduate diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

After leaving the Army as a Major, Julia practiced her dentistry in several private UK clinics and also worked for the NHS where she was responsible for setting up an emergency dentistry clinic.

She has combined her love of travel and adventure with her job and has practiced dentistry as a volunteer helping people with dental issues in Nepal, the Amazon,…

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Julia graduated from Bristol University in UK 1995 and joined the British Army where she worked as a dentist for 5 years. During this time, she qualified with post graduate diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

After leaving the Army as a Major, Julia practiced her dentistry in several private UK clinics and also worked for the NHS where she was responsible for setting up an emergency dentistry clinic.

She has combined her love of travel and adventure with her job and has practiced dentistry as a volunteer helping people with dental issues in Nepal, the Amazon, India and Sierra Leone.

She is an avid sportsperson, an enthusiastic skier, and a particularly keen runner, and despite many lessons is rubbish at tennis.

She fell in love with New Zealand when she competed in the Wanaka Ironman Triathlon in 2013 Wanaka.

Fulfilling her dream Julia moved to New Zealand in early 2019 after working for the British Government as a Dentist in Cyprus for 9 years.

She brings with her a wealth of experience and particular skills in the field of root canal therapy and restoration dentistry to the Darfield practice. In 2018 she finished her Diploma in Primary Dental Care from Edinburgh University.

Lincoln Emma Courtney
Dentist

Dr Emma Courtney

Emma grew up in England and trained as a dentist at The University of Liverpool. She served five years as a dentist in The Royal Navy, during which time she worked in Scotland, England and Gibraltar.

Emma arrived in New Zealand in 2005 and worked in a dental practice near Auckland, where she met her husband before they moved down to Christchurch in 2006. Emma has a post graduate diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which ensures you are in very capable, gentle hands. She indeed just really enjoys all aspects of dentistry.

Outside dentistry Emma is keen on…

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Emma grew up in England and trained as a dentist at The University of Liverpool. She served five years as a dentist in The Royal Navy, during which time she worked in Scotland, England and Gibraltar.

Emma arrived in New Zealand in 2005 and worked in a dental practice near Auckland, where she met her husband before they moved down to Christchurch in 2006. Emma has a post graduate diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which ensures you are in very capable, gentle hands. She indeed just really enjoys all aspects of dentistry.

Outside dentistry Emma is keen on tramping, playing hockey and watching the odd game of rugby.

Emma is at the Lincoln practice Mondays 8.30am-4.30pm.

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Receptionist, Chairside Assistant and Nurse Support

Leanne Hadfield

The newest member of the team at Darfield Dental, Leanne brings great skills to the role of Reception and Office Support. She also combines charside support into her position.

Her experience in business, IT and depth of experience with St John, gives the team another very skilled person for looking after the lovely patients in Darfield and greater area.

Darfield Claire Nash
Head Chairside Nurse

Claire Nash

Claire is the head nurse at Darfield Dental.

Claire moved from the UK 13 years ago with her husband and two girls. Claire has been working at Darfield Dental for the last 7 years.

She has huge experience with both reception, back office and chairside nursing.

Her wonderful way with patients and commitment to their care has made her an essential member of the team.

Claire brings a lovely community based awareness to the staff and this is reflected in the patients feeling very comfortable knowing she is around and involved in the care they take up.

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Claire is the head nurse at Darfield Dental.

Claire moved from the UK 13 years ago with her husband and two girls. Claire has been working at Darfield Dental for the last 7 years.

She has huge experience with both reception, back office and chairside nursing.

Her wonderful way with patients and commitment to their care has made her an essential member of the team.

Claire brings a lovely community based awareness to the staff and this is reflected in the patients feeling very comfortable knowing she is around and involved in the care they take up.

“It has been lovely working within the local community and getting to know our lovely patients, Darfield has been a very welcoming community to live and work in.”

Claire Enjoys tramping, cooking, spending time with family and friends and reading English History.

Darfield Kathy Nustrini
Reception and Office Support

Kathy Nustrini

Kathy Nustrini is the Senior Receptionist at Darfield Dental. She relocated to Darfield in January 2019 after a trip the previous year when she fell in love with the Southern Alps.

Kathy has been working with Lumino The Dentists since June 2016, and brings past experience from her previous front office reception role with Lumino in Torbay.

“I love my role at the front desk helping patients with their dental needs and appointments, I like to have the bookings running smoothly for our team of clinicians, staff and patients and being a people person, I like the interaction with people.”

Outside of the practice she spends all her time with her family, horses and property.

Lincoln Maree Mcelrea
Oral Health Therapist

Maree McElrea

Maree Graduated from Otago university in 2001 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. She is Interested in Preventative Dental Care and Periodontal.

Maree’s goal is to provide patients with information and skills to achieve optimum oral health. She has great satisfaction out of helping people have a healthy mouth and feeling good about themselves.

When not at the practice Maree’s favourite thing to do is running and her favourite please to be is at the beach. She has won a gold medal at the NZ rowing champs in novice 8’s and has run two marathons and the Routeburn track.