Garden Place Dental Hamilton

Meet Our Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Richard Young

Richard is an experienced dentist, having graduated from Otago University in 1994.

He has been with Garden place dental since 1995 and a partner since 1997. As a dentist, Richard enjoys being able to transform patients smiles. He has a particular interest in designing and making porcelain crowns and cosmetic dentistry.

To further his dental studies, Richard is regularly attending continuing education courses in New Zealand and overseas.

Outside of practice hours Richard enjoys cycling, skiing, travel and spending time with his family.

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Dentist

Dr Mercedes Aquino Dizon

Mercedes graduated as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of the East, in Manila, the Philippines in 1991. After migrating to New Zealand in 1999, she passed the New Zealand Dental Registration Examination in 2003.

She enjoys general dentistry, such as extractions, filling and dentures, crown and bridge works and root canal treatment. She also enjoys gum treatments. She has a particular interest in implants and worn dentition and multiple extractions.

She is a compassionate, caring and conscientious clinician who believes in going the extra mile for her patients. With over fourteen years of experience in general dentistry…

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Mercedes graduated as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of the East, in Manila, the Philippines in 1991. After migrating to New Zealand in 1999, she passed the New Zealand Dental Registration Examination in 2003.

She enjoys general dentistry, such as extractions, filling and dentures, crown and bridge works and root canal treatment. She also enjoys gum treatments. She has a particular interest in implants and worn dentition and multiple extractions.

She is a compassionate, caring and conscientious clinician who believes in going the extra mile for her patients. With over fourteen years of experience in general dentistry in New Zealand, she is committed to continual personal and professional development to ensure the provision of the best quality care for her patients.

Helping people overcome their fear of dentistry is one of her favourite parts of her job. She also loves being able to help people to become confident with their smiles and helping her patients to stop experiencing pain.

Outside of work, she enjoys walking with her husband and watching movies. She also enjoys spending time with her two children, her friends and extended family. To relax, she likes to read self-improvement books, flicking through magazines and building small Lego. On the weekends, she is often found relaxing at home or by the beach or lake. 

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Practice Manager

Nicola Ferguson

Nicky loves organising and is a big advocate of structure and understanding workflows. There is plenty for her to sink her teeth into at the practice. She loves working with a great team and loves the variety of the job, interacting with different people and the challenges that each day brings.

When not at the practice Nicky likes spending time with her family and loves watching her daughter grow and learn new things. She likes shopping and the rare moments to herself to read a book.

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Oral Health Therapist

Chloe Blannin

Chloe graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2019.

Her main goal is to help patients improve their oral health and making sure her patients leave happy.

She enjoys helping people and improving their confidence. 

Outside of the practice Chloe enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

She enjoys going away on weekends. Her favourite place it be is Ruapehu, Queenstown, Raglan or Taupo.

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Hygienist

Juliana Eksteen

Juliana Eksteen graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa and has furthered her knowledge with ongoing education in New Zealand. She has over 20 years of experience and knowledge in general dental hygiene and orthodontics. 

Her aim is to provide her patients with a positive and stress-free experience and where they will leave with knowledge that will improve their oral and overall health.   

Outside of work Juliana enjoys being active by playing squash and cycling. She values spending quality time with family and friends.