Shirley Dental Practice

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Ben Harris

Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1997 and is an active member of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the NZ Dental Association and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

After nine years away from Christchurch practising dentistry in London and Auckland, Ben returned home to Christchurch in 2007, having just completed his Fellowship in Sydney, Australia.

Ben performs general and cosmetic dentistry using the latest equipment, materials and methods. His team is so committed to being at the leading edge that they undertake many many hours of extra training every year. Ben alone has attended more than 200 hours of further training in the last three years.

Dentist

Dr Elliot Stevens

Elliot started her career as a dental assistant in 2006 in Dunedin (where she is from) and has worked in Dunedin, Waikato and Canterbury since graduating from Otago University in 2013 with a B Ed and BDS with Distinction.

Elliot has undertaken volunteer work overseas to further her skills and is looking forward to doing more of this in the future in both NZ and overseas.

Elliot has a special interest in providing gentle dentistry for those patients who are nervous about a visit to the dentist or have not had a positive experience in the past.

 
In addition to doing…
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Elliot started her career as a dental assistant in 2006 in Dunedin (where she is from) and has worked in Dunedin, Waikato and Canterbury since graduating from Otago University in 2013 with a B Ed and BDS with Distinction.

Elliot has undertaken volunteer work overseas to further her skills and is looking forward to doing more of this in the future in both NZ and overseas.

Elliot has a special interest in providing gentle dentistry for those patients who are nervous about a visit to the dentist or have not had a positive experience in the past.

 
In addition to doing fillings, dentures, implants, bridges and crowns, at Shirley, Elliot provides wisdom tooth removal services for which oral sedation is provided.  This is also provided for any anxious patients deemed suitable, oral sedation is provided to make the procedure a more pleasant experience. 

The most enjoyable part of Elliot's job are the people she meets. She believes it's all about listening to what each individual person would like for their mouth and their health and doing everything possible to care for each person who walks in the door.

Elliot is really looking forward to caring for the existing patients at our Shirley branch and meeting all of her new patients.
Dentist

Dr Lois Neville

Lois graduated with a BDS in 2015. Upon qualifying she practiced in London, treating a wide variety of dental problems. She moved to Christchurch in 2018 and is really enjoying the lifestyle here. She is passionate about reassuring anxious patients to the point where they visit regularly. She performs dental procedures in a gentle manner, putting patients at ease and she gets great satisfaction from resolving dental pain with endodontic treatment.

She wants to see patients smile with confidence, in particular by restoring chipped, worn and stained teeth. This is achieved using bonded composites, crown work and conservative teeth whitening.…

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Lois graduated with a BDS in 2015. Upon qualifying she practiced in London, treating a wide variety of dental problems. She moved to Christchurch in 2018 and is really enjoying the lifestyle here. She is passionate about reassuring anxious patients to the point where they visit regularly. She performs dental procedures in a gentle manner, putting patients at ease and she gets great satisfaction from resolving dental pain with endodontic treatment.

She wants to see patients smile with confidence, in particular by restoring chipped, worn and stained teeth. This is achieved using bonded composites, crown work and conservative teeth whitening.

Lois enjoys working as part of a team providing patients with wholesome dental care. She keeps up to date with all aspects of general dentistry by attending courses regularly.

Since moving to New Zealand, Lois has pursued various outdoor activities such as skiing, sailing and socialising with family and friends.

Hygienist

Harry Ji

Harry graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Oral Health and is a qualified dental hygienist and dental therapist.

Christchurch is Harry's new 'hometown' after moving from Korea in 2002. He attended Christchurch Boys High School before studying in Dunedin.

Harry really enjoys the scope of being a hygienist and therapist and is especially interested in general dentistry and treating children. Harry enjoys meeting and getting to know his patients as individuals. He strives to create the best treatment outcome for each person who walks in the door.

Outside of work, Harry regularly goes to the gym in the evening, plays football and enjoys spending time with his friends and family