Kerikeri Dental Centre

Meet Our Team

Kerikeri Simon Leith
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.

Kerikeri Andrew Dentist
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.

Kerikeri Lloyd Jerome
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/

Kerikeri Dan Jahnke
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.

Kerikeri Michael Ramsay
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!

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Dentist

Dr Jeremy John Stevens

Jeremy graduated from Leeds UK in 1989 and worked in the NHS, the British army and private practice before moving to NZ in 2006.

He owned two practices in Hokitika and Kaiapoi before selling and moving to Auckland in 2017. After a holiday in Kerikeri, he and his wife fell in love with the area and are looking forward to living and working here from 2020.

Jeremy has a passion for high quality painless dentistry and has a particular interest in root canals, crown and bridgework and implant retained replacement teeth.

When not working he enjoys walking, gardening ,reading , cars and wine and has a passion for wellness and nutrition.

Jeremy looks forward to meeting his patients in Kerikeri.

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Dentist

Dr Jennifer Danks

Jennifer graduated with a BDS in 2015 from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

She has a specialist interest in sports dentistry, dealing with trauma and prevention of injury to athletes. She is also interested in design and composite bonding. 

She likes to make all patients feel comfortable and at ease during procedures and offers IV sedation for anxious patients.

Since Jennifer's graduation she has attended multiple courses including: IV conscious sedation, CFAST short term orthodontics, minimally invasive veneer preparations and Totally Composite (anteriors and posteriors).

Building up rapport with patients and providing good patient care and service is one…

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Jennifer graduated with a BDS in 2015 from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

She has a specialist interest in sports dentistry, dealing with trauma and prevention of injury to athletes. She is also interested in design and composite bonding. 

She likes to make all patients feel comfortable and at ease during procedures and offers IV sedation for anxious patients.

Since Jennifer's graduation she has attended multiple courses including: IV conscious sedation, CFAST short term orthodontics, minimally invasive veneer preparations and Totally Composite (anteriors and posteriors).

Building up rapport with patients and providing good patient care and service is one of Jennifer's work goals. She also wants to continue her training in smile design and improving her patient's confidence in the dental industry. Patient satisfaction, working as a team, facing and overcoming challenges in the surgery are also important to her.

One thing Jennifer couldn't live without is her dog Sandy. While she is in New Zealand she hopes Sandy learns to use Facetime.

Jennifer is passionate about a good work-life balance. She loves adventures and travelling the world. She is a big Scotland Rugby supporter - she is a season ticket holder and never misses a game!

Outside of work Jennifer enjoys cooking for friends and family before heading out to a bar for a few social gins and a boogie. She also enjoys hill-walking and the occasional documentary binge.

An interesting fact about Jennifer is since 2014 she has been training in the act of flying trapeze. She trains at her local circus school in Glasgow but has also trained all over the world in London, Las Vegas and Brazil.

Kerikeri Pru Schuller
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.

Kerikeri Stephanie Kickcaldie
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.

Kerikeri Claire Anderson
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.

Samaria
Oral Health Therapist

Samaria Ramari Prime

Samaria graduated from AUT, North Shore Campus in 2012.

She enjoys restorative dentistry in 0 -17 year-old's and working with first time hygiene patients where she is part of a patient's journey to restoring their periodontium to a healthy condition, from the beginning. 

Samaria loves the diversity of her patients as well as the background and dental conditions she is exposed to. She enjoys being able to deliver a variety of services to her patients and being able to make a difference to a patients aesthetics, health and self-esteem.

Samaria is motivated by making a difference to a patient’s life,…

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Samaria graduated from AUT, North Shore Campus in 2012.

She enjoys restorative dentistry in 0 -17 year-old's and working with first time hygiene patients where she is part of a patient's journey to restoring their periodontium to a healthy condition, from the beginning. 

Samaria loves the diversity of her patients as well as the background and dental conditions she is exposed to. She enjoys being able to deliver a variety of services to her patients and being able to make a difference to a patients aesthetics, health and self-esteem.

Samaria is motivated by making a difference to a patient’s life, whether in relation to aesthetics, relief of pain or self-esteem.

Outside of the practice, Samaria enjoys spending time with family and friends - she is part of a large family with 8 brothers and 4 sisters. 

She loves mind-challenging games and activities (quizzes, cryptic crosswords, board games etc) as well as Crossfit and social sport including Netball and Touch Rugby. She also loves singing and a good music jam session.

Kerikeri Shannon Davis
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!

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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.

Kerikeri Tania Mitchell
Lab Technician and Dental Assistant

Tania Mitchell

Kerikeri Helen Davis
Dental Assistant

Helen Davis

Helen is a Dental Assistant to Jennifers Danks.

Kerikeri Rava Willis
Dental Assistant

Rava Willis

Rava is a Dental Assistant to Dr Simon Leith.

Kerikeri Sandy DA To Simon
Dental Assistant

Sandy Ladd

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

Sally Mason Skinner
Dental Assistant to Michael Ramsay

Sally Mason-Skinner

Sally is a Dental Assistant to Michael Ramsay.

Kerikeri Louisa DA To Andrew
Dental Assistant

Louisa Oakey

Louisa is Dental Assistant to Dr Andrew McNaughton.

Dental Assistant

Anne-Marie Jensen

Anne-Marie is a Dental Assistant and Sterilisation Nurse.

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Dental Assistant

Krystal Jackson

Krystal is a Dental Assistant to Dan Jahnke

Kerikeri Billie Klinac
Casual Dental Assistant

Billie Klinac

Billie is a Casual Dental Assistant at our practice.

Kerikeri Tracey Phillips
Sterilisation Nurse

Tracey Phillips

Tracey is a Sterilisation Nurse.

Christina
Receptionist

Micaela Fegan

Micaela is one of our receptionists.

Amanda Bates Kerikeri
Receptionist

Amanda Bates

Amanda is one of our receptionists.

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Receptionist

Greer Matich

Greer is one of our receptionists.

Shivani
Hygienist

Shivani Chand

Shivani graduated from the University of Otago in 2015. She returned to her home city of Hamilton after completing her degree, to give back to the community she grew up in.

Since graduating she has worked in a variety of environments, in both private and public sectors of health. Whilst employed with the Waikato district health board, she took an opportunity to work in some of the full immersion Maori schools, where she grew as a clinician and obtained her experience in clinical dentistry. Exposure to such culturally different surroundings allowed her to understand better how to perform her professional…

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Shivani graduated from the University of Otago in 2015. She returned to her home city of Hamilton after completing her degree, to give back to the community she grew up in.

Since graduating she has worked in a variety of environments, in both private and public sectors of health. Whilst employed with the Waikato district health board, she took an opportunity to work in some of the full immersion Maori schools, where she grew as a clinician and obtained her experience in clinical dentistry. Exposure to such culturally different surroundings allowed her to understand better how to perform her professional duties, whilst still respecting sensitivities that any patient or family may have.    

Shivani’s goal is to use her holistic approach in dentistry and give her patients the best achievable outcomes. She looks forward to exploring Kerikeri and its surrounding environments as she loves the outdoors.