Kerikeri Dental Centre

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Simon Leith

Simon Leith completed his Dental Degree at Otago University in 2003, then spent two years at Hutt Valley Hospital helping specialists treating complex cases.

He learned a variety of extra skills in oral surgery, prosthetic rehabilitation and treating medically compromised patients.

He then joined a large private practice in Wellington City where he worked for 2 years. He gained extra skills in IV conscious sedation to help anxious patients have dental treatment.

Simon is following his passion in providing Orthodontic Treatment and completed his Cosmetic Orthodontic training with two of America’s foremost cosmetic orthodontic dentists.

He provides orthodontic assessments from…

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Simon Leith completed his Dental Degree at Otago University in 2003, then spent two years at Hutt Valley Hospital helping specialists treating complex cases.

He learned a variety of extra skills in oral surgery, prosthetic rehabilitation and treating medically compromised patients.

He then joined a large private practice in Wellington City where he worked for 2 years. He gained extra skills in IV conscious sedation to help anxious patients have dental treatment.

Simon is following his passion in providing Orthodontic Treatment and completed his Cosmetic Orthodontic training with two of America’s foremost cosmetic orthodontic dentists.

He provides orthodontic assessments from age 8, and will provide early treatment to prevent some more serious problems developing. He treats all ages with clear and metal braces and has been using short term orthodontic systems, known as 6 Month Smiles, for 6 years.

He has also completed a two year mini-residency in Sydney under orthodontist Derek Mahony where he undertook over 700 hours of training. Patients are informed verbally and in writing that he is a dentist with training in orthodontics and continues to work with specialist orthodontists for complex cases.

Moreover, Simon also handles dental implant procedures at the practice.

Simon and his family moved to Kerikeri in 2008 to enjoy the winterless north and a more relaxed lifestyle.

The Lead Dentist at KDC, Simon is always striving to provide patients with a memorable comfortable experience, knowledgeable advice and expert dental care. An ongoing commitment to continuing education and the many hours he invests in advanced training ensures that his patients receive the best possible and most evidence based treatment available.

He would also like to continue on next year with another two years to complete an MClinDent in Ortho. Simon has been instrumental in bringing new technologies to the practise – Cerec technology – where we can repair and restore your tooth with the best tooth coloured material in one visit.

Dentist

Dr Andrew McNaughton

Andrew graduated from Otago University with a Dental Degree in 1984, and joined a private practice in Masterton before spending 8 years in a group practice on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington.

Given the rural nature of the clinic, Andrew was required to become highly skilled in a wide array of procedures and ever-changing patient needs. While on holiday in Northland in 1992, Andrew and his family discovered Kerikeri and fell in love with the area. They made a decision to return and live here, and three years later in 1995 Andrew became a senior partner in Kerikeri Dental Centre.…

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Andrew graduated from Otago University with a Dental Degree in 1984, and joined a private practice in Masterton before spending 8 years in a group practice on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington.

Given the rural nature of the clinic, Andrew was required to become highly skilled in a wide array of procedures and ever-changing patient needs. While on holiday in Northland in 1992, Andrew and his family discovered Kerikeri and fell in love with the area. They made a decision to return and live here, and three years later in 1995 Andrew became a senior partner in Kerikeri Dental Centre.

Andrew's Bahai faith is central to his life and practice. Together with his wife and four children, he is actively involved in International Taekwon-Do, sailing & water activities, an organic sustainable lifestyle that includes straw-bale housing, and numerous community activities.

He is a Member of the International Assoc. of Orthodontics (IAO), the New Zealand Dentists Orthodontic Society (NZDOS), and founding member of INVISALIGN in NZ – being the first to introduce the system to Northland.

Dentist

Dr Lloyd Jerome

Lloyd graduated from University of Edinburgh, Scotland with his BDS in 1985. He is committed to helping nervous clients feel relaxed about their treatment and having a great rapport with clients and team members. He likes becoming adept in new techniques, especially in the realm of cosmetic work. Lloyd is interested in minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry, mercury-free dentistry, cosmetic solutions for restorative dentistry, effective long-term prevention of dental disease and treatment of the anxious and phobic client and creating a relaxed working environment.

To further his studies Lloyd attends courses every year on new innovations in dentistry. He is a member…

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Lloyd graduated from University of Edinburgh, Scotland with his BDS in 1985. He is committed to helping nervous clients feel relaxed about their treatment and having a great rapport with clients and team members. He likes becoming adept in new techniques, especially in the realm of cosmetic work. Lloyd is interested in minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry, mercury-free dentistry, cosmetic solutions for restorative dentistry, effective long-term prevention of dental disease and treatment of the anxious and phobic client and creating a relaxed working environment.

To further his studies Lloyd attends courses every year on new innovations in dentistry. He is a member of the NZIMID (New Zealand Institute for Minimal-Intervention Dentistry) and is also working with his colleague, Richard Owen, on their patent for the use of Ozone gas in dental disease prevention.

When Lloyd is not busy in the practice he enjoys writing and has just completed his first book (about his wife and himself migrating to NZ) that has been published on Kindle! Lloyd loves travelling, photography, cooking, eating and is currently pretending to be a runner, training for a half-marathon. Lloyd is also a part-time farmer, keeping Alpacas.

Over the years Lloyd has had many achievements such as winner of 3M's "Innovations in Dentistry" award in 1995, twice runner-up "Probe Magazine" dentist of the year in the UK (1997 and 1999) and a while back he wrote an article on "The Art and Science of Distraction at the Dentists":
http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/psychology/distraction/

Dentist

Dr Dan Jahnke

After graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago, Dan worked in a busy private practice in Whakatane. During his time in the Bay of Plenty he had to become skilled in the full range of dental procedures.

Throughout this period, Dan gained a deep appreciation for the diverse cultural and social backgrounds of patients and the need to treat people with empathy and gentle care, while maintaining a relaxed manner.

Since then Dan has worked in several practices in Dunedin, Timaru and Geraldine before working for two months at Kerikeri Dental Centre. He enjoyed his…

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After graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago, Dan worked in a busy private practice in Whakatane. During his time in the Bay of Plenty he had to become skilled in the full range of dental procedures.

Throughout this period, Dan gained a deep appreciation for the diverse cultural and social backgrounds of patients and the need to treat people with empathy and gentle care, while maintaining a relaxed manner.

Since then Dan has worked in several practices in Dunedin, Timaru and Geraldine before working for two months at Kerikeri Dental Centre. He enjoyed his time here so much, that he decided to make the move north permanent with his family including two young children.

He has a prior degree in Pharmacology and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. This combination of study alongside his work experience enables Dan to bring a deep perspective to his clinical care, and he strives to ensure clear communication with his patients.

Dan has a special interest in enhancing the return to a functioning bite, especially crown and bridge work as well as surgical extractions including wisdom teeth.

Dentist

Dr Michael Ramsay

Dr Michael Ramsay graduated from the University of Otago with a BSD. He enjoys all forms of dentistry but gets a lot of satisfaction from endodontics and removable prosthodontics. He is hoping to do further studies in sedation, clear aligners, more advanced endodontics and more complex oral surgery.

Michael aims to deliver ethical, gentle and friendly dental care of a high standard - to consider an individual’s treatment needs, meet and exceed expectations and achieve long-term dental health and stability.

“I love my job the most when a person comes to the end of their treatment and feels confident, comfortable…

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Dr Michael Ramsay graduated from the University of Otago with a BSD. He enjoys all forms of dentistry but gets a lot of satisfaction from endodontics and removable prosthodontics. He is hoping to do further studies in sedation, clear aligners, more advanced endodontics and more complex oral surgery.

Michael aims to deliver ethical, gentle and friendly dental care of a high standard - to consider an individual’s treatment needs, meet and exceed expectations and achieve long-term dental health and stability.

“I love my job the most when a person comes to the end of their treatment and feels confident, comfortable and happy with their oral health. Helping one to achieve their dental goals makes for a happy patient, happy assistant, and happy dentist. I also love converting people’s fear of going to the dentist to a love of going to the dentist!”

You might be interested to know that aside from dentistry Michael can also play the bagpipes!

Hygienist

Pru Schuller

Prudence completed her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the University of Western Cape in 1988, then went on to complete her Bachelors Degree from the University of Missouri in the USA.

After returning to South Africa she completed her honours degree in dental science from the renowned University of Stellenbosch, then served in various practices for a seven year period before moving to New Zealand in 2007. After spending a year in a private practice in Auckland, Prudence joined the Kerikeri Dental Centre in September 2008.

With over 20 years of dental hygiene experience, Pru is skilled in administering local…

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Prudence completed her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the University of Western Cape in 1988, then went on to complete her Bachelors Degree from the University of Missouri in the USA.

After returning to South Africa she completed her honours degree in dental science from the renowned University of Stellenbosch, then served in various practices for a seven year period before moving to New Zealand in 2007. After spending a year in a private practice in Auckland, Prudence joined the Kerikeri Dental Centre in September 2008.

With over 20 years of dental hygiene experience, Pru is skilled in administering local anesthetic, taking radiographs, providing orthodontic treatments and advanced periodontal cleaning. She also teaches and lectures in specialised dental hygiene subjects, and attends international conferences to continue growing her own knowledge-base. Pru and her family thoroughly enjoy the easy lifestyle of Kerikeri, and are involved in many community activities.

Hygienist

Stephanie Kirckcaldie

Stephanie graduated from Cerritos, University of California in Los Angeles as a RDHEF BS Registered Dental Hygienist with expanded functions and with a Bachelor of Science.

She wants to integrate as a fun loving, gentle and compassionate Dental Hygienist with the interests of each patient’s comfort, overall dental health and safety at heart, and enjoys a healthy connection with her patients - encouraging over all wellbeing and preventive dental intervention.

Stephanie maintains a cheerful, bright and breezy, organized surgery and continually strives for easy, effective communication with her team and patients. She energizes a creative environment of disease prevention and…

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Stephanie graduated from Cerritos, University of California in Los Angeles as a RDHEF BS Registered Dental Hygienist with expanded functions and with a Bachelor of Science.

She wants to integrate as a fun loving, gentle and compassionate Dental Hygienist with the interests of each patient’s comfort, overall dental health and safety at heart, and enjoys a healthy connection with her patients - encouraging over all wellbeing and preventive dental intervention.

Stephanie maintains a cheerful, bright and breezy, organized surgery and continually strives for easy, effective communication with her team and patients. She energizes a creative environment of disease prevention and control, maintaining a unique exchange with each patient.

"I love my work, enjoy the outdoors, hiking, boating and camping with my family. I have many hobbies as well as reading a good book for relaxation," she says.

Oral Health Therapist

Claire Anderson

In 1981 Claire moved from Auckland to Kerikeri and was a school dental therapist at Kerikeri Primary School. After many years in Kerikeri, Claire is confident she can call herself a local.

She is passionate about her role as a Dental Therapist/Hygienist. Her focus has always been on prevention of dental disease and this has been made so much more achievable with improved dental products that support prevention and remineralisation of enamel.

Claire has three grown up kids, two dogs and one husband and is here to stay in Kerikeri.

Oral Health Therapist

Vicky Ryan

Vicky Ryan is a dental therapist and hygienist who is passionate about promoting oral health.

Previously, Vicky was part of the Navy for 27 years however now her interests lie in oral health promotion, with a focus on prevention and providing people with the knowledge of how and why it’s important to look after their teeth.

Her main professional goals include helping her patients overcome their dental fears and seeing them leave having had a positive experience. She hopes to educate her patients on good oral homecare and the importance of regular dental visits, setting them up with good hygiene…

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Vicky Ryan is a dental therapist and hygienist who is passionate about promoting oral health.

Previously, Vicky was part of the Navy for 27 years however now her interests lie in oral health promotion, with a focus on prevention and providing people with the knowledge of how and why it’s important to look after their teeth.

Her main professional goals include helping her patients overcome their dental fears and seeing them leave having had a positive experience. She hopes to educate her patients on good oral homecare and the importance of regular dental visits, setting them up with good hygiene skills for the future.

She says she loves working in a diverse environment and having the opportunity to work with both adults and children.

Outside of the practice, Vicky loves spending quality time with her children. She enjoys running and fishing in her spare time and says she can’t live without chocolate!

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Shannon Davis

Registered Orthodontic Auxiliary Shannon is new to Kerikeri and is looking forward to working with children to improve their oral health, in particular to help them feel better about themselves and grow in confidence as their teeth improve.

Shannon has a passion for helping children and her main goal is to help others achieve their dream smile.

She enjoys the diversity of her job and seeing the transformation in her patients.

Shannon says she loves seeing people happy at the end of their treatment. “I love how they grow in confidence, sit up straighter, talk with more confidence, hands go…

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Registered Orthodontic Auxiliary Shannon is new to Kerikeri and is looking forward to working with children to improve their oral health, in particular to help them feel better about themselves and grow in confidence as their teeth improve.

Shannon has a passion for helping children and her main goal is to help others achieve their dream smile.

She enjoys the diversity of her job and seeing the transformation in her patients.

Shannon says she loves seeing people happy at the end of their treatment. “I love how they grow in confidence, sit up straighter, talk with more confidence, hands go away from the face and they become more outgoing and genuinely happier,” she says.

Outside of the practice, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family. She hopes the Far North will bring new family experiences and lots more fun!

Practice Manager

Christina Newman

Christina has been with Lumino The Dentists since October 2012. As a practice manager, Christina enjoys dealing with a large team in a fabulous new practice with the latest technology. She loves working in a family orientated work place where the clinicians can do everything from an exam, to IV sedation and orthodontics.

Outside of the practice, Christina likes to relax with her two young boys and husband on their boat, walking the dog and raising baby ducklings from their incubator.

Admin Manager

Tracey Phillips

Tracey is the Administration Manager at Kerikeri Dental Centre.

Dental Assistant

Helen Davis

Helen is Dental Assistant to Dr Lloyd Jerome.

Dental Assistant

Rava Willis

Rava is Dental Assistant to Dr Simon Leith.

Sterilisation Nurse

Tania Mitchell

Tania is a Sterilisation Nurse.

Dental Assistant

Sandy Ladd

Sandy is a Dental Assistant to Daniel Jahnke and Simon Leith.

Dental Assistant

Sally Mason-Skinner

Sally is a Dental Assistant to Michael Ramsay and Daniel Jahnke.

Dental Assistant

Louisa Oakey

Louisa is Dental Assistant to Dr Andrew McNaughton.

Casual Dental Assistant

Billie Klinac

Billie is Casual Dental Assistant at our practice.

Receptionist

Amanda Bates

Amanda is on of our receptionists at Kerikeri Dental Centre.