OrthodontiX Merivale Christchurch

Meet Our Team

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Specialist Orthodontist

Dr Ronald M. Sluiter

Ronald graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vri Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986.

Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam.

As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Ronald has practiced orthodontics in New…

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Ronald graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vri Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986.

Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam.

As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Ronald has practiced orthodontics in New Zealand. He is currently an international member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the European Orthodontic Society and the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

Apart from his work, Ronald enjoys his family and skiing and is known to play a game or two of Alpha Betty.

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Orthodontic Auxiliary

Laurel

Laurel is a qualified orthodontic auxiliary at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Merivale. She has previously worked with Ronald in Auckland and we like to think she followed him to Christchurch. Laurel is continuously learning and extending her education in orthodontics through courses and events outside of the practice.

When she is not at work, she, her partner, two girls and a cat enjoy being in the outdoors together, they especially love to be at the beach or in the hills walking. She loves food, especially international food and she enjoys cooking and trying out new flavours. She also like to dabble around with her sewing machine, her favourite thing to sew at the moment is crazy animal costumes for her kids!

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Orthodontic Auxiliary

Rachael

Rachael graduated as a dental therapist and also graduated with a Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1980. She can now add Orthodontic Auxilliary to her impressive curriculum.

Her dental interests Invisalign and dental monitoring. She loves the variety that her role brings her along with the opportunities in the OrthodontiX practice.

The thing Rachael loves most about her job is that the practice is constantly looking at the latest technology and always changing.

When she isn't at the practice, she is often found with her family by the lake, Wanaka or Benmore. She's also completed a few over 100km cycle…

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Rachael graduated as a dental therapist and also graduated with a Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1980. She can now add Orthodontic Auxilliary to her impressive curriculum.

Her dental interests Invisalign and dental monitoring. She loves the variety that her role brings her along with the opportunities in the OrthodontiX practice.

The thing Rachael loves most about her job is that the practice is constantly looking at the latest technology and always changing.

When she isn't at the practice, she is often found with her family by the lake, Wanaka or Benmore. She's also completed a few over 100km cycle races over the years and competed in water ski racing as a teen.

Rachael couldn’t live without her family, loves being outdoors and enjoys cooking.

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Orthodontic Auxiliary

Elina

Elina, originally from the United Kingdom, is an orthodontic auxiliary and a qualified dental assistant. She enjoys keeping up to date with new technologies in orthodontics and giving people the perfect smile. 

Elina and her husband have two lovely boys and she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors by camping all around New Zealand.

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Orthodontic Lab Assistant

Birgit

Birgit is our Lab assistant. She makes sure all our impressions are poured and appliances are made. She makes the scans of patients' teeth look pretty and she is very good at striking a deal for our ordering. She is Dutch after all.

She moved to NZ 13 years ago with her partner and luckily for her he went to see the orthodontist and secured her a job. When not working she loves to be outside and do odd jobs around her house situated in Purau. She is always in for a laugh and a practical joke.

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Orthodontic Auxiliary

Kelly

Kelly is a qualified orthodontic auxiliary at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Merivale. She has also previously trained and qualified as a dental assistant. Kelly is continuously learning and extending her education in orthodontics through courses and events outside of the practice. 

Kelly loves working with children and being a part of their orthodontic journey and creating beautiful confident smiles. Outside of OrthodontiX, she enjoys badminton, keeping active and spending time with her family.

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Orthodontic Auxiliary

Grace

Grace is our orthodontic auxiliary in training. She loves to learn and is quickly becoming adept in all things braces. You'll find Grace at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Merivale.

Grace has a passion for art and music along with cooking, baking and loves a good sci-fi. She really enjoys helping people feel better about themselves, which happens frequently at the OrthodontiX practice!

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Receptionist

Karen

Karen is one of our lovely receptionists and a qualified dental assistant, based at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Ashburton. She answers the phone for all three of our practices as well.

Karen loves interacting with all patients and their families and forming friendships with patients and staff. Her main goal is to continue to be approachable and friendly to all patients. She enjoys the great support you get at Lumino, being that it is a large, respected company.

Outside of the practice, Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She also volunteers at the Local Rugby Club, managing the Colts team.

She is most motivated by her patients and her favourite place to be is at home with family.

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Practice Manager

Maïthé

Maïthé is the practice manager for all three OrthodontiX locations. She is your go-to person to ensure everything behind the scenes goes smoothly.

She loves the diversity in her job and has worked with Ronald for over 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her family, enjoying the sun when it's out. Surprisingly, Maïthé has never had orthodontic treatment herself.

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Oral Health Therapist

Celeste

Celeste is our Oral Health Therapist and a qualified Orthodontic Auxiliary. We were very lucky she joined our team and now we can offer even more to our patients.

Celeste received her Dental Assistant Certificate in 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2018.

Her dental interests include hygiene, orthodontics, working with adolescent patients, patient care and management and making sure patients feel as comfortable as possible.

She hopes to gain adult scope and would love to learn as much as possible

Her main goal is to ensure great patient care, she loves working with patients and…

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Celeste is our Oral Health Therapist and a qualified Orthodontic Auxiliary. We were very lucky she joined our team and now we can offer even more to our patients.

Celeste received her Dental Assistant Certificate in 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2018.

Her dental interests include hygiene, orthodontics, working with adolescent patients, patient care and management and making sure patients feel as comfortable as possible.

She hopes to gain adult scope and would love to learn as much as possible

Her main goal is to ensure great patient care, she loves working with patients and a great team.

Celeste started working as a receptionist and Dental Assistant.  She studied at Knox Dental and Pitt Street in Dunedin. She is passionate about anything dental.

Outside of the practice she enjoys going to the gym, cooking and gardening.

What motivates her most is seeing patients motivated to change their oral health for the better and giving them the education to do so.

Her favourite place to be is in the sunshine. She was born in Invercargill and has an identical twin sister.

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Sterilisation Assistant

Abby

Abby is our sterilisation assistant and an aspiring dental assistant. She loves to learn and ensures things run smoothly at the OrthodontiX practices. You'll find Abby at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Merivale.

Abby’s favourite thing about her job is the people she gets to work with. Her goal is to get dental assistant qualification.

She loves music and Corgi’s and her favourite thing to do outside of the practice is attend dance classes.

Her favourite place to be is outside on a hike in the New Zealand forest.