Rotorua Dental Centre

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Carl Heens

Carl graduated with honours from the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1989. He worked in his own private practice for 26 years before moving to Rotorua in January 2016. 

Carl believes in putting the patient at ease during treatment and trying to make the treatment as pain free as possible. He is highly experienced in dentures, crown and bridge work and has a lot of experience working with implants.

Seeing his patients happy with their smile after he has treated them, whether it is through a simple procedure or more complicated treatment, is rewarding for Carl.

Outside the practice Carl enjoys spending time with his family, friends, biking, walking in the Redwoods and sailing with his colleagues. 

Dentist

Dr Johannes Van Der Walt

Johannes graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1982 with a B.Ch.D (hons). He has practiced in South Africa, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and now New Zealand.

The most enjoyable part of his role is creating a beautiful smile. Johannes clinical interests are minimally invasive biomimetic and cosmetic dentistry, interceptive functional orthodontics, keyhole surgery for wisdom tooth removal and implant placement. 

Outside of the practice Johannes enjoys being with family, fishing, motor biking and sailing. He is also planning to build an eco house.

Dentist

Dr Kirsty Lamb

Kirsty graduated with commendation from the University of Glasgow, Uk in 2000. She was one of the first to take part in The General Professional training scheme in Scotland. As part of this she had a position in general practice as well as a Senior House Officer post in Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. Since then she has worked in both private practice and public funded in both Scotland and Ireland before moving to NZ in 2009.

Kirsty enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and the satisfaction of returning confidence to her patients smile with sometimes the most simple procedure. She…

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Kirsty graduated with commendation from the University of Glasgow, Uk in 2000. She was one of the first to take part in The General Professional training scheme in Scotland. As part of this she had a position in general practice as well as a Senior House Officer post in Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. Since then she has worked in both private practice and public funded in both Scotland and Ireland before moving to NZ in 2009.

Kirsty enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and the satisfaction of returning confidence to her patients smile with sometimes the most simple procedure. She constantly attends courses and conferences to continue training and to keep up to date with the latest techniques.

Outside of work she is currently kept busy with her young son.

Oral Health Therapist

Vanessa Cassels

Vanessa graduated as an Oral Health Therapist in 2008.

Her interests include Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics and her main focus is to educate her patients. 

Vanessa says she gets real enjoyment and satisfaction seeing an increase in confidence form nervous or anxious patents and loves seeing patients achieving great oral health. 

Outside of the practice, Vanessa most enjoys spending time with her family. 

Practice Manager

Kathy Longbottom

Kathy is the Practice Manager and has a certificate in Dental Assisting. She has been with the practice since 2008 and has worked within dentistry for more than 25 years.

She enjoys meeting and helping people who come into the practice. Being the first point of contact for patients she ensures she is welcoming and helps to make them feel at ease.

In her spare time Kathy likes gardening, reading, spending time with family and friends, biking and quilting.

Dental Assistant

Ana Douglas

Ana is one of our lovely Dental Assistants at Rotorua Dental Centre.

Dental Assistant

Renae Anderson

Renae is one of our lovely Dental Assistants at Rotorua Dental Centre.

Dental Assistant

Aimee Webb

Aimee is one of our lovely Dental Assistants at Rotorua Dental Centre.

Dental Assistant

Charlotte Towers

Charlotte is one of the lovely Dental Assistants at Rotorua Dental Centre.