Shirley Dental Practice

Meet Our Team

Crop Ben Harris
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.

Elliot
Dentist

Dr Elliot Stevens

Elliot started her career as a dental assistant in her home town of Dunedin in 2006. She completed her BDS, graduating with Distinction from Otago in 2013, and has worked in Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch.

In addition to providing all aspects of general dentistry, fillings, implants, crowns, bridges, extractions and dentures, she has an 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. She offers both oral and intravenous sedation allowing "sleep dentistry" to make the experience more pleasant.

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Elliot started her career as a dental assistant in her home town of Dunedin in 2006. She completed her BDS, graduating with Distinction from Otago in 2013, and has worked in Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch.

In addition to providing all aspects of general dentistry, fillings, implants, crowns, bridges, extractions and dentures, she has an 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. She offers both oral and intravenous sedation allowing "sleep dentistry" to make the experience more pleasant.

She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, the New Zealand Sedation Society and the Forensic Dental Association

Elliot loves her job as a dentist. She really enjoys helping people improve their dental health, listening to each individual about what they would like for their mouth and working with them to tailor a treatment plan to their specific needs.

Elliot has worked for Lumino for seven years and takes pride in being part of a team that provides excellent dentistry, a high standard of care and customer service and strives to make the experience as comfortable as possible for new and existing patients.

Elena
Dentist

Dr Elena Lazarus

Elena graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2016. She worked in private practice on the Kapiti Coast for several years before moving to Christchurch and joining the Shirley Lumino team in 2023. 
 
While Elena loves the variety that a job in general practice provides – no two days are the same – she gets the greatest satisfaction from relieving acute dental pain. Placing an emphasis on clear communication and tailoring the conversation to each individual, she strives to make every patient feel at ease, informed and involved in their dental care. Eager…
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Elena graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2016. She worked in private practice on the Kapiti Coast for several years before moving to Christchurch and joining the Shirley Lumino team in 2023. 
 
While Elena loves the variety that a job in general practice provides – no two days are the same – she gets the greatest satisfaction from relieving acute dental pain. Placing an emphasis on clear communication and tailoring the conversation to each individual, she strives to make every patient feel at ease, informed and involved in their dental care. Eager to stay at the forefront of dentistry, Elena regularly attends professional development courses to ensure she can offer the absolute best treatment to her patients. 
 
Outside of the job, Elena is studying towards a qualification in interior decorating and in her downtime can usually be found bingeing podcasts on long nature walks with her retired greyhound Mia. 

Phebe Dinsdale
Dentist

Dr Phebe Chua

Phebe graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in 2019. Hailing from sunny Malaysia, Phebe has a disposition that takes after the warm weather of her homeland. Well known for her gentle and empathetic approach, she has a pleasant chair-side manner and enjoys relating with patients, young and old. She takes pride in delivering quality patient-centered dental care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. 

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Malay. In her downtime, she relaxes by going for a run and playing the 'cello. She also serves in her local church and finds great joy in spending time with people she loves.

Krizza OHT
Oral Health Therapist

Krizzia Del Rosario

Krizzia graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago in 2018. Since then she has worked in both public and private practices.

Her first job was at the Hawkes Bay DHB where Krizzia grew up, treating kids 18 and under, this job allowed her to sharpen her surgical skills, which included fillings, pulpotomies and extractions of primary teeth. She then pursued private work where she found her passion for oral hygiene and the links to systemic health.

Krizzia's goals are to improve patient outcomes and to continue to grow and expand her knowledge as there is…

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Krizzia graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago in 2018. Since then she has worked in both public and private practices.

Her first job was at the Hawkes Bay DHB where Krizzia grew up, treating kids 18 and under, this job allowed her to sharpen her surgical skills, which included fillings, pulpotomies and extractions of primary teeth. She then pursued private work where she found her passion for oral hygiene and the links to systemic health.

Krizzia's goals are to improve patient outcomes and to continue to grow and expand her knowledge as there is always something to learn. The thing Krizzia loves most about her job is getting to know her patients and the satisfaction of patients after an appointment.

Krizzia has always had a passion for working with children and helping others improve their overall well being. Outside of work Krizzia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outdoors, reading, hiking, and swimming at the beach. Krizzia is also a certified yoga teacher and has a side hustle making cakes! Aside from all of this, Krizzia is also a mother.

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Hygienist

Kerri Walklin

Kerri studied Dental Hygiene at the University of Otago, and graduated in 2005, after having already worked as a dental assistant since 1994. After graduating, Kerri worked full time in a busy dental practice as a registered dental hygienist, until taking a break from work to have her two children.

Kerri enjoys working in a partnership with people to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth - via assessments, gentle and thorough scaling, and individualised homecare advice, whilst being sensitive to her patients needs.

Out of work, Kerri is a busy mum and loves spending time with her two daughters and three dogs.