Gentle Dentists Ellerslie

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Monty Al-Ansaree

Monty has been with Lumino’s Gentle Dentists practice since the end of May 2012. He is an Otago University graduate and before joining the Lumino team he spent time working for the Capital and Coast DHB where he improved his skills in emergency dentistry, trauma management and oral surgery.

Monty has a growing interest in cosmetic dentistry and endodontics, but he likes all aspects of dentistry. Monty especially enjoys making his patients feel at ease, pain-free and boosting their self-confidence. He has a genuine interest in their wellbeing and therefore takes pride in providing quality dental care.

Outside of the…

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Monty has been with Lumino’s Gentle Dentists practice since the end of May 2012. He is an Otago University graduate and before joining the Lumino team he spent time working for the Capital and Coast DHB where he improved his skills in emergency dentistry, trauma management and oral surgery.

Monty has a growing interest in cosmetic dentistry and endodontics, but he likes all aspects of dentistry. Monty especially enjoys making his patients feel at ease, pain-free and boosting their self-confidence. He has a genuine interest in their wellbeing and therefore takes pride in providing quality dental care.

Outside of the practice Monty loves playing squash, football and spending time with family and friends.

Monty is also trained in Invisalign, book your free initial consult to see whether Invisalign is right for you.

Dr. Monty is not taking any new patients under 18 years old.

Dentist

Dr Pawan Kalra

Pawan graduated from University in New Delhi with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1989 and Fellowship (ICOI) in 2007.

Being the leader of a team and meeting different clients is what Pawan enjoys most about his job. Pawan has a special interest in surgical and implant dentistry and is furthering his studies by attending short courses and conferences. Pawan also provides ACC covered implants. 

Outside of the practice Pawan likes to read books, watch movies, play golf, spend time with his family and coach a cricket team.

Dentist

Dr Aditi Patel

Dr Aditi Patel brings over 15 years of clinical experience to the team. She attained a postgraduate diploma in clinical Dentistry from Otago University in 2002.

Aditi has been an external examiner for both postgraduate and undergraduate students at the school of Dentistry at the University of Otago.

Aditi always strives to achieve clinical excellence in her work and keeps abreast of the clinical and technical advancements in dentistry by attending continuing educational programmes. She has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and a keen eye for detail. Aditi is extremely passionate about her work and this is reflected in the treatment and care she provides to her patients.

Hygienist

Rebecca Woledge

Rebecca graduated 2008 from Auckland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Health Science - Oral Health degree.

A highlight of her studies was a placement in the New Zealand Defence Force dental practice in Wellington, as the clinic was right next to where both her parents had been during some of their time in the services.

She can practice all scopes of dental hygiene providing periodontal care for child and adult patients in consultation with a dentist.

Currently, she works three days a week managing the hygiene program for the practice. Her passion for her field drives her to achieve a…

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Rebecca graduated 2008 from Auckland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Health Science - Oral Health degree.

A highlight of her studies was a placement in the New Zealand Defence Force dental practice in Wellington, as the clinic was right next to where both her parents had been during some of their time in the services.

She can practice all scopes of dental hygiene providing periodontal care for child and adult patients in consultation with a dentist.

Currently, she works three days a week managing the hygiene program for the practice. Her passion for her field drives her to achieve a high standard of care. She has an eye for detail and a focus to achieve excellence for her patients.

Rebecca is also in her third year as Chairperson for the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Dental Hygienist Association and she partakes in two Auckland based Dental Hygienist study groups.

From her involvement with her professional body and study groups, her passion, knowledge and skills continue to evolve and strengthen.

Outside of the practice, she works two days as a private clinic.

She also runs a very active household that always has a few DIY projects on the go with her two young children and support of her mother. Other activities you will find her engaged in is cooking or baking with her son, catching waves with her daughter or out ticking off scenic walks around Auckland.

Oral Health Therapist

Nidhi Vyas

Nidhi is an Oral Health Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry.

She graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2017 with a Bachelor of Oral Health.

Interests include, violin, painting, tramping and trekking.

Dentist

Dr Sachi Fernando

Sachi was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the Waikato from a young age. 

He graduated dentistry at The University of Adelaide. After graduation he worked in Waikato and then in Auckland for two years in mainly community dental clinics.  

He went to Toronto, Canada for 2 years and worked in private across three clinics in the city. During that time he did a one year residency in implant dentistry in Toronto.

He then spent 5-6 months travelling Latin America afterwards and moved back to New Zealand.

His special interests in dentistry include oral surgery especially wisdom teeth…

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Sachi was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the Waikato from a young age. 

He graduated dentistry at The University of Adelaide. After graduation he worked in Waikato and then in Auckland for two years in mainly community dental clinics.  

He went to Toronto, Canada for 2 years and worked in private across three clinics in the city. During that time he did a one year residency in implant dentistry in Toronto.

He then spent 5-6 months travelling Latin America afterwards and moved back to New Zealand.

His special interests in dentistry include oral surgery especially wisdom teeth and implant dentistry.

Outside of dentistry he continues learning the Spanish language, does salsa dancing and is a huge fan of basketball and cricket.