Lumino Queens Drive Lower Hutt

Meet Our Team

Raffle Henderson Michelle
Dentist

Dr Michelle Ting

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago and is a member of the NZDA. 

Having spent two years working in Dunedin and Christchurch hospitals as a dental house surgeon, Michelle has a broad range of experience and enjoys all aspects of dentistry.

Calm and careful, her favourite part of the job is seeing a nervous patient become relaxed in the chair. Outside work hours, she is kept busy by her two young children.

Raffle Henderson Helen Gibbons
Dentist

Dr Helen Gibbons

Dr Helen Gibbons has a BDS and BSC in Microbiology. She graduated from the University of Otago in 1985. Her interests include long-term treatment planning for addressing ageing dentition, practicing holistic approaches to the treatment of dental disease and doing minimally invasive treatments. Her end goal is to empower patients to take responsibility of their own oral health after all.

Dr Helen also attends a monthly study group and joins NZDA and other industry seminars to keep abreast with the new techniques, technologies and treatments available in dentistry.

Coffee is something that gives her a jolt of energy and she…

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Dr Helen Gibbons has a BDS and BSC in Microbiology. She graduated from the University of Otago in 1985. Her interests include long-term treatment planning for addressing ageing dentition, practicing holistic approaches to the treatment of dental disease and doing minimally invasive treatments. Her end goal is to empower patients to take responsibility of their own oral health after all.

Dr Helen also attends a monthly study group and joins NZDA and other industry seminars to keep abreast with the new techniques, technologies and treatments available in dentistry.

Coffee is something that gives her a jolt of energy and she can’t NOT have her cuppa. She also loves traveling, hanging out with family and friends, following the lively Wellington music scene, as well as being in the mountains. Something that might surprise you is that she likes Country and Western music!

Dr Helen is in til late on the first Monday of each month.

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Dentist

Dr Elizandro Rangel

Elizandro graduated with a BDS in 2000. Having completed his studies in Brazil he decided to further his career in New Zealand and registered under the Dental Council for New Zealand and Australia.

The most enjoyable part of his role is making patients feel welcome and at ease, as well as improving and maintaining dental health. Elizandro likes to work with his patients as a team to get the best result. He also likes to ensure he gets his patients dentally healthy with the most natural looking options. To keep a tooth looking like a tooth is crucial as a dentist!

Outside of the practice Elizandro likes to stay healthy by going to the gym and running. He also enjoys photography.

Absolute Dental Kiran
Dentist

Dr Kiran Thakrar

A graduate of the University of Manchester in the UK, Kiran Thakrar has over 20 years of experience in community services and private practices in the UK and New Zealand. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and passionately cares about her patients. As a dedicated believer in preventative dentistry, she follows a holistic approach to dental care. She educates and encourages her patients to enable them to improve their own oral health and avoid problems in the future.

She came to Wellington in 2006 with her family out of interest. They were so fascinated with the city, the friendly people and the New Zealand lifestyle that they decided to call it ‘home’.

 

Vishi
Dentist

Vishi Lakshmanan Veerappan

Vishi was born in Brunei and moved to New Zealand as a teenager. She graduated from Otago in 2012 and has been enjoying general dentistry since. Her favourite part of her work is getting to know her patients and treating their needs for the long haul.

Outside of work she loves cooking, eating, travelling, dancing and is slowly making her way through the Great Walks of New Zealand.

Absolute Dental Bettina Schmid
Hygienist

Bettina Schmid

Bettina graduated 1984 as a Dental Hygienist from the Zuerich Dental  Hygiene School in Switzerland.

After immigrating to New Zealand and the birth of her third child she became part of a small group of hygienists introducing the then still new profession to New Zealander’s.

Bettina’s main interests lie in actively involving clients in the management of their gum health enabling them to impact on their general wellbeing in a positive way.

She enjoys working as part of a best practice-patient focused team.

In her spare time Bettina enjoys bushwalks around the Wellington hills and snow skiing with family and friends.

Absolute Dental Claire Durso
Hygienist

Claire Durso

Claire started off her career in the dental field working as a dental nurse in Ireland, before continuing training in BSC Oral Health Science in Scotland. Since qualifying in 2015, she has worked as a hygienist/ therapist in both England and Scotland, whilst continuing her studies through post-graduate vocational training.

Her aim is to provide the highest quality of dental care in a relaxed and professional manner, improving patients' confidence by transforming their oral health.

In her free time, she likes to take part in sports such as rowing, running and the gym. She's very keen on travelling and really enjoys her time exploring the amazing places that New Zealand has to offer.

Alaina
Hygienist

Alaina Kalyan

Alaina graduated from Otago University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. In her final year, she was awarded the Annette King award for the highest-grade point average. Since qualifying Alaina has worked in Wellington for a Specialist Periodontist and reputable dentists.

In 2016 she spent time in the Himalayas carrying out volunteer dental work and more recently Alaina spent two years working in private practices in London.

Alaina believes strongly in preventative dentistry and has a special interest in patients with periodontal disease. She has a friendly, kind natured and thorough approach to care with her patients.  

Outside of work she likes travelling and exploring new eating places.  

Absolute Dental Lisa Gould (1)
Practice Manager

Lisa Gould

Lisa has been in the dental industry since 1999 and brings many years of experience both chairside/reception and practice management to the practice along with patient relationship skills gained from her 15yrs volunteer work as a qualified ambulance officer.

Lisa loves working with the great team that has developed here. She aims to ensure that patients have a positive experience with quality service and treatment.

Lisa believes that family and friends are the foundations in our lives. Therefore she enjoys spending time with her growing family and being a Nanna. Outside of family, Lisa enjoys competing at local and national…

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Lisa has been in the dental industry since 1999 and brings many years of experience both chairside/reception and practice management to the practice along with patient relationship skills gained from her 15yrs volunteer work as a qualified ambulance officer.

Lisa loves working with the great team that has developed here. She aims to ensure that patients have a positive experience with quality service and treatment.

Lisa believes that family and friends are the foundations in our lives. Therefore she enjoys spending time with her growing family and being a Nanna. Outside of family, Lisa enjoys competing at local and national level for indoor bowls, even achieving her dream of representing New Zealand. Other interests are ceroc dancing, music, reading and adventures as a pillion on her partners motorbike.

Raffle Henderson Julie
Practice Manager

Julie Humfrey

Julie is originally from Bonnie Scotland and made the move 12 years ago to New Zealand.

She has enjoyed various roles in the dental industry over the last 16 years and has spent the last five years with Lumino.

She is passionate about having a happy team and believes this makes for a great working atmosphere and in turn, a positive dental experience for patients.

In her spare time Julie enjoys Travelling, going to the gym, long walks with her Husband and dog, catching up with her grown up children at the weekend and sometimes curling up with a box set and a Merlot!