Paul Burgess Dental Nelson

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Karen Doouss

Karen graduated from Otago University in 1987 and has been practicing in the Tasman/Nelson area since then.
Karen is passionate about improving dental health through education. She loves how creating beautiful smiles can transform someone’s life.

She has special interests in amalgam replacement, porcelain work, intravenous sedation, holistic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, bleaching and orthodontics.
Karen completed an orthodontic diploma for general practitioners in 2006. She has a developing interest in implants and laser surgical procedures.

Outside the practice Karen attends Richmond New Life church with her husband John. She has 3 grown up children.  She loves stories whether it be reading, writing or watching…

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Karen graduated from Otago University in 1987 and has been practicing in the Tasman/Nelson area since then.
Karen is passionate about improving dental health through education. She loves how creating beautiful smiles can transform someone’s life.

She has special interests in amalgam replacement, porcelain work, intravenous sedation, holistic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, bleaching and orthodontics.
Karen completed an orthodontic diploma for general practitioners in 2006. She has a developing interest in implants and laser surgical procedures.

Outside the practice Karen attends Richmond New Life church with her husband John. She has 3 grown up children.  She loves stories whether it be reading, writing or watching movies. She believes in living well and helps others to do so with her part time health and wellness business. 

In September 2017, Karen  went on board the Pacific Hope on a medical and dental mission to Vanuatu, to do her bit to help. Read about her life changing experience here and in the Nelson Mail here.

Dentist

Dr Gavin Van Vledder

Gavin graduated from the University of Stellenbosch , Cape Town , South Africa in 1994 with a B.Ch.D. He has experience working in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Dubai.

Gavin joined Lumino in July/August 2016 and enjoys working as a team with his patients, taking time to listen to their needs and concerns. "I do my best to allow patients to have a pleasant , kind and gentle dental experience."


Gavin is a highly skilled Dentist with over 22 years experience practicing all aspects of general dentistry. He has a special interest in dental implants, crowns, bridges and veneers…

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Gavin graduated from the University of Stellenbosch , Cape Town , South Africa in 1994 with a B.Ch.D. He has experience working in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Dubai.

Gavin joined Lumino in July/August 2016 and enjoys working as a team with his patients, taking time to listen to their needs and concerns. "I do my best to allow patients to have a pleasant , kind and gentle dental experience."


Gavin is a highly skilled Dentist with over 22 years experience practicing all aspects of general dentistry. He has a special interest in dental implants, crowns, bridges and veneers to name a few. Gavin's primary focus is on preventative care and improving his patient's smile.

Outside of the practice you will find Gavin spending with his wife and child. They love the outdoors, hiking (tramping) and experiencing all that the country has to offer.

Oral Health Therapist

Michelle Johnstone

After graduating from Dental Therapy at Otago in 1999, Michelle worked in public health for 3 years in Canterbury and Otago, treating children from 2 to 12 years of age at the School Dental Service.
 
After 2 years working and travelling in Sydney and Canada Michelle returned to South Australia where she studied whilst working for the SA Dental Service.
 
Michelle completed her Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009 and commenced work at a busy Dental Partners practice in the Clare Valley. Here she gained 6 years of invaluable experience working as a dental therapist and dental hygienist for…

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After graduating from Dental Therapy at Otago in 1999, Michelle worked in public health for 3 years in Canterbury and Otago, treating children from 2 to 12 years of age at the School Dental Service.
 
After 2 years working and travelling in Sydney and Canada Michelle returned to South Australia where she studied whilst working for the SA Dental Service.
 
Michelle completed her Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009 and commenced work at a busy Dental Partners practice in the Clare Valley. Here she gained 6 years of invaluable experience working as a dental therapist and dental hygienist for a large group of happy patients. Michelle brings her friendly nature and professionalism to offer each patient the best dental experience possible.
 
It is with great anticipation that Michelle returns to Nelson with her husband and 2 young children and she is looking forward to many exciting challenges ahead!

Practice Manager

Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes is the Practice Manager at Paul Burgess Dental in Nelson. 

She gets pleasure out of giving the best customer service she can and likes working in a team environment.  She’s a people person who loves having fun.  

With a long career in retail, Kelly wanted a completely new challenge and found that with Lumino. 

Outside of the practice, Kelly enjoys spending time with her her family and enjoys Nelson’s beautiful nature, where she has lived her whole life.