Rangiora Dentist

Meet Our Team

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Lead Dentist

Dr Ben Harris

Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1997. He spent two years working in Dunedin and then Christchurch hospital after graduation before heading to work in London. After nine years away from Christchurch practicing dentistry in London and Auckland, Ben returned home to Christchurch in 2007, having just completed his Fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

Ben has been on the Lumino clinical board since 2011 and is an active member of the NZ Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Ben has always strived to achieve excellence in his work and…

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Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1997. He spent two years working in Dunedin and then Christchurch hospital after graduation before heading to work in London. After nine years away from Christchurch practicing dentistry in London and Auckland, Ben returned home to Christchurch in 2007, having just completed his Fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

Ben has been on the Lumino clinical board since 2011 and is an active member of the NZ Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Ben has always strived to achieve excellence in his work and stay at the forefront of technical advancements in dentistry. He performs general and cosmetic dentistry using the latest equipment, materials and methods including digital scanning and digital smile design. He is driven to give his patients the best care and experience possible. He regularly attends lectures and courses from minimal intervention to advanced procedures such as root canal therapy and Implant restoration.

Ben has an interest in reconstructing worn mouths and the prevention of dental disease. He enjoys developing and implementing a long term plan which future proofs someone’s mouth, with the goal of leaving the patient in a maintenance program with peace of mind that their teeth are disease-free and optimally restored.

Ben grew up on a farm in North Canterbury and brings exceptional skills, experience and clear no-fuss communication to the team. Outside of dentistry Ben has a passion for health and fitness and can either be found at the gym, spending time with his young family or thinking about going back to the gym.

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Dentist

Dr Jason Bradshaw

Dr Jason Bradshaw graduated from Otago University with a BDS in 2011. He performs all manner of dental treatments and places particular emphasis on communication with his patients. 

After graduating, Jason spent the next few years in private practice in his hometown of Blenheim before spending some time overseas in the United Kingdom.

He has recently moved back to New Zealand, choosing Christchurch as his home, after two years in London.

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Dentist

Dr Fionnuala Cowhie

Fionnuala graduated from University College Cork in Ireland with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2010. In 2011 she gained an MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow.

After graduating, Fionnuala worked in Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and spent several years in the North East of England working in both an Oral Surgery and a Facial Trauma Department. A move to New Zealand in 2017 brought her to Wellington where she worked in a busy city practice until her recent move to Christchurch. 

Fionnuala’s area of expertise is difficult extractions, including wisdom teeth, and treating nervous…

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Fionnuala graduated from University College Cork in Ireland with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2010. In 2011 she gained an MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow.

After graduating, Fionnuala worked in Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and spent several years in the North East of England working in both an Oral Surgery and a Facial Trauma Department. A move to New Zealand in 2017 brought her to Wellington where she worked in a busy city practice until her recent move to Christchurch. 

Fionnuala’s area of expertise is difficult extractions, including wisdom teeth, and treating nervous patients with IV and oral sedation. She is passionate about working with patients to help them feel comfortable and empowered about their dental treatment. After training through the Global Institute for Dental Education in Los Angeles, she also provides dental implant treatment for patients who have missing teeth. 

Outside of work Fionnuala and her husband are keen trail runners and will no doubt be kept very busy with all that the South Island has to offer.

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Dentist

Dr Andrew Kent

Andrew graduated in 2014 from Kings College in London. He also has a medical degree and worked for several years as a doctor in hospital.

Andrew's dental interests include composite bonding, aesthetics and Invisalign Go.

He enjoys creating a relaxed clinical environment that enables patients to feel that they are listened to, cared for and feel comfortable to undertake the care that they require if they have struggled with dental anxiety.

Andrew enjoys that his work provides the opportunity to develop relationships with people that can last decades and to support and care for them during this period.

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Andrew graduated in 2014 from Kings College in London. He also has a medical degree and worked for several years as a doctor in hospital.

Andrew's dental interests include composite bonding, aesthetics and Invisalign Go.

He enjoys creating a relaxed clinical environment that enables patients to feel that they are listened to, cared for and feel comfortable to undertake the care that they require if they have struggled with dental anxiety.

Andrew enjoys that his work provides the opportunity to develop relationships with people that can last decades and to support and care for them during this period.

Outside of the practice, he enjoys being outdoors with his family and has particular interests in surfing, photography, hiking, fishing and rock climbing.

His favourite place to be is at the beach on a nice sunny day with my family or up a cliff or mountain face with close friends.

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Dentist

Dr Heena Desai

Heena graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Distinction from the University of Otago.

Heena grew up in Wellington and Brisbane before moving to Dunedin for her training. Since graduation, she has had experience working in the Maxillofacial department which gave her skills in working with children, surgical procedures and  dental trauma. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. Heena understands the anxiety of coming to a dental practice and takes particular time in ensuring she is thorough with all her patients.

Heena and her husband recently moved to Christchurch and are looking forward to exploring the Canterbury region outside of the dental practice.

Rangiora Lisa
Lead Hygienist

Lisa Meredith

Lisa completed her studies at the University of Otago in 2007.  She then worked in the dental industry in the UK from 2000 and moved to NZ in 2005. She joined Ben Harris in 2008 when his practice was new. Lisa is the Lead hygienist for North Avon, Shirley Dental, City Dental and Rangiora.

She is committed to the oral health of patients and believes that regular care is the best care. She also believes in the importance of educating her patients to enable them to achieve long term health. She encourages all patients to visit on a regular basis to…

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Lisa completed her studies at the University of Otago in 2007.  She then worked in the dental industry in the UK from 2000 and moved to NZ in 2005. She joined Ben Harris in 2008 when his practice was new. Lisa is the Lead hygienist for North Avon, Shirley Dental, City Dental and Rangiora.

She is committed to the oral health of patients and believes that regular care is the best care. She also believes in the importance of educating her patients to enable them to achieve long term health. She encourages all patients to visit on a regular basis to have their teeth examined and cleaned, as the earlier any problem is identified, the less difficult and expensive they are to treat and the better the results. 

Lisa is experienced with nervous patients and takes extra care to be gentle, as well as thorough.

When she's not busy at the practice she enjoys the outdoors and renovating her 1950's property in North Canterbury. 

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Oral Health Therapist

Mena Haidari

Mena completed her studies in 2020 at the university of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy. She comes from a family with a few Oral Health Therapists, which helped her have a better understanding of patient dental care and inspired her to follow the same career path.

Her role as Oral Health Therapist allows her to care for both adults and children. Her main focus is encouraging patients to take control of their oral health through education and also providing professional scaling, benefitting their general health in the long term.

Outside of work she enjoy reading books, watching the sunset and painting nature.