Gentle Dentists Ellerslie

Meet Our Team

Gentle Dentists Monty
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.

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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.

Gentle Dentists Aditi Patel
Dentist

Dr Aditi Patel

Dr Aditi Patel brings over 35 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.

Advanced Dental Pawan Kalra
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.

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Dentist

Dr Taryn Desouza

Taryn graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide. While at university, she was very involved in the Adelaide University Dental Student Society (AUDSS) and in her final year, she was the Treasurer. Tayrn was also involved with the Adelaide University Rural Health Alliance (AURHA) as the Dentistry Representative. She was also privileged to be part of the Flying Doctor’s Service in remote South Australia.

Her interest in dentistry stemmed from an early affinity for healthcare, a keen eye for design and her attention to detail. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and keeps her…

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Taryn graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide. While at university, she was very involved in the Adelaide University Dental Student Society (AUDSS) and in her final year, she was the Treasurer. Tayrn was also involved with the Adelaide University Rural Health Alliance (AURHA) as the Dentistry Representative. She was also privileged to be part of the Flying Doctor’s Service in remote South Australia.

Her interest in dentistry stemmed from an early affinity for healthcare, a keen eye for design and her attention to detail. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and keeps her knowledge up to date by attending courses and online seminars where possible.

Taryn has always been passionate about helping people, volunteering for St Vincent de Paul and the Red Cross. Her aim is to help people receive the dental treatment they need, working with them to overcome dental anxiety and phobia which may have previously prevented them from seeking dental treatment.

Taryn loves to travel, and has visited more than 10 countries, nurturing a keen interest in understanding cultures, cuisine and the hearts of people. When travel is not an option, hiking or exploring the fascinating world of cuisine, takes up most of her spare time. You can often find her at food shows and markets all around the Auckland region. Recently, she has also developed an interest in landscaping and gardening.

Gentle Dentists Rebecca Woledge
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 two 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 two 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 fourth 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 three 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.

Nidhi Vyas2
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.

Ponsonby Leo Yang
Oral Health Therapist

Leo Yang

Leo Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2017 from AUT. He also held a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from the University of Otago.
 
Leo is interested in helping his patients overcome their dental fears. He has actively been attending different courses, equipping him with latest techniques and treatment options. With combination of his microbiology knowledge, he will be able to guide his patients to achieve better oral health. He is passionate about meeting new people, getting to know them and hearing their stories.

He hopes to help educate patients about the link between overall health and oral…

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Leo Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2017 from AUT. He also held a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) from the University of Otago.
 
Leo is interested in helping his patients overcome their dental fears. He has actively been attending different courses, equipping him with latest techniques and treatment options. With combination of his microbiology knowledge, he will be able to guide his patients to achieve better oral health. He is passionate about meeting new people, getting to know them and hearing their stories.

He hopes to help educate patients about the link between overall health and oral health and is motivated by seeing the difference he can bring to a patient.
 
Outside of the practice, Leo enjoys travelling (both far and near).

Leo loves seeing his patients walk out the door with refreshed smiles and with confidence!