Lumino Long Bay

Meet Our Team

Richard Choi (1)
Dentist

Dr Richard Choi

Richard grew up in the North Shore and attended Westlake Boys before graduating with a BDS in 2014.

Richard has a holistic approach to dentistry and has particular interests in wisdom teeth extractions and aesthetic restorations. He is fascinated with the latest dental technology and techniques and has undertaken numerous continuing education courses including a 2 year post graduate mini-residency course in orthodontics. He is passionate about fitness and nutrition, as well as helping his patients understand the many links between oral health and systemic health.

Outside of dentistry, Richard enjoys exercising, playing the guitar and travelling. One of his…

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Richard grew up in the North Shore and attended Westlake Boys before graduating with a BDS in 2014.

Richard has a holistic approach to dentistry and has particular interests in wisdom teeth extractions and aesthetic restorations. He is fascinated with the latest dental technology and techniques and has undertaken numerous continuing education courses including a 2 year post graduate mini-residency course in orthodontics. He is passionate about fitness and nutrition, as well as helping his patients understand the many links between oral health and systemic health.

Outside of dentistry, Richard enjoys exercising, playing the guitar and travelling. One of his most memorable trips was a dental humanitarian trip to Cambodia, working for a non-profit organisation providing free dental services in orphanages and schools in provincial areas.

Orewa Jaco
Dentist

Dr Jaco Minnaar

Jaco graduated in 2001 from Stellenbosch University in South Africa with a B.Ch.D.  He relocated to Orewa with his family after nearly 20 years of private practice in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Jaco enjoys providing all forms of dentistry and always aims to put a smile back on his patient's face - literally and figuratively.

Jaco also used to work at Lumino Snells Beach before its closure.

Outside of the practice, he loves spending quality time with his wife and two children. Outdoor activities such as running, cycling, swimming and hiking are always on his "to-do" list. 

Kellie Houlahan
Dentist

Dr Kellie Houlahan

Kellie Houlahan is a perfectionist and decided she wanted to be a dentist when she was 11 years old. Her best days in dental are when she knows almost everyone in her book. She believes it’s the relationships we establish that really lift our day. Of course, she also enjoys meeting new patients but loves her regulars because then she knows she's doing something right.

Anything design-related really lights Kellie up. She says she's that crazy dentist that says look how good your filling looks with all the amazing anatomy and detail, yet it’s in the top back tooth where…

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Kellie Houlahan is a perfectionist and decided she wanted to be a dentist when she was 11 years old. Her best days in dental are when she knows almost everyone in her book. She believes it’s the relationships we establish that really lift our day. Of course, she also enjoys meeting new patients but loves her regulars because then she knows she's doing something right.

Anything design-related really lights Kellie up. She says she's that crazy dentist that says look how good your filling looks with all the amazing anatomy and detail, yet it’s in the top back tooth where no one, not even yourself is going to see it.

Outside of work, Kellie enjoys spending time with her two young, adventurous boys, chilling on their rural property or off camping. She also tries to stay healthy so escapes to the gym when she's not busy cluttering up the house with another never-ending art project.

Carla Brown
Oral Health Therapist

Carla Brown

Carla graduated from the Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Her skills involve dental hygiene, therapy, and orthodontic auxiliary work, with a special interest in gum disease, bleaching and homecare education. She's also a member of the NZDHA and NZDOHTA.

Carla values patient-centred care and ensuring each person she sees has a comfortable, positive experience! She's also able to provide her services for free to secondary school children through the governments Dental Benefit Scheme.

Outside of work, Carla enjoys spending endless time at the beach, exercising at the gym or outdoors, cooking and exploring her liking towards fashion.

Takapuna Teen
Oral Health Therapist

Teena Olsen-Smith

Teena has been with Lumino since the beginning of 2012, having completed her studies in dental hygiene and therapy at AUT in 2011.

Teena enjoys working within a team environment and she is passionate about achieving patient satisfaction. She loves helping adolescents and hygiene patients achieve their dental and hygiene goals.

When she’s not in the practice Teena keeps busy spending time with her family.