Smile Centre Hastings

Meet Our Team

Smile Centre Martin Geddes
Lead Dentist

Dr Martin Geddes

Martin graduated from the University of Dundee in Scotland in 1985 and has over 30 years experience in community service and private practice in Scotland and New Zealand.

Martin spent many years in the Scottish Community Dental Service (CDS), treating children and special needs patients.

Martin, wife Wendy and their children, moved to New Zealand in 2003. Martin is an active member of the Hawke's Bay Dental Association, the New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry. In his spare time, Martin is a sea-scout leader and also enjoys orienteering, skiing and tramping.

Smile Centre Lauren Grierson
Dentist

Dr Lauren Grierson

Lauren graduated from Otago University in 2009 with a degree in Dental Surgery before settling in Hawke's Bay several years ago.

She has a special interest in Maori oral health and special needs patients, and previously worked at Hawke's Bay Hospital for two years.

These days, Lauren splits her working time between public health and private practice. Lauren has also worked in the Chatham Islands  and loved her time spent there as much as she enjoys the lifestyle of Hawke's Bay. Lauren has two beautiful little girls.

Marcos Bio
Dentist

Dr Marcos Rippel

Marcos is passionate about helping people through dentistry. He aims to provide consistent and quality results by understanding his patient's desires and needs.

Marcos has been a general dentist for over 15 years providing quality dentistry with a gentle touch and he is committed to helping patients keep their teeth for life. His special interests include endodontics and restorative dentistry.

He's a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and is registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand."

Smile Centre Kate Fairweather
Oral Health Therapist

Kate Fairweather

Kate graduated from Otago University in 2011 with a degree in Oral Health, which means she is dual qualified as a dental therapist and a dental hygienist.

Kate worked for just over a year in Wellington, four days with the school dental service seeing children from 2–12 years, and one day in private practice working as a dental hygienist.

These days, Kate works four days a week with us.  She works as a dental therapist on Mondays with teenagers and on Thursday and Friday as a hygienist.  On Wednesdays she assists Martin in our regular clinic. Kate keeps busy outside work with two cute little boys.

Smile Centre Wendy Geddes
Practice Manager

Wendy Geddes

Graduating from the University of Dundee in 1986 with a degree in Law and post-grad diploma in Legal Practice, Wendy worked as a lawyer in private practice and local government until she and Martin started a family.

With three boys in tow, she decided to take time off to study for a degree in Social Science. Wendy went back into private practice law in the Scottish Borders until she had a fourth child, this time a girl!

Wendy has been the Smile Centre's manager since taking over the centre in 2006. She enjoys cycling the local cycle paths, staying in shape at the gym and singing with Napier Civic Choir.

Catherine Tamatea
Dentist

Caroline Trojaner

With over 10 years of experience in all forms of general dentistry, Caroline enjoys all aspects of dentistry from simple procedures as fillings and extractions to complex treatments as crowns and root canal treatment.

After completing the 5-year Bachelor in Dental Surgery course, she finished a comprehensive 2-year post-graduation course in Dental Implants and a 1-year continuing education course in Oral Surgery.

Caroline practices dentistry holistically looking at the patient as a wholly unique individual, not just teeth and gums, in order to bring the best of all specialties together for their benefit. You will often hear her say: "By…

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With over 10 years of experience in all forms of general dentistry, Caroline enjoys all aspects of dentistry from simple procedures as fillings and extractions to complex treatments as crowns and root canal treatment.

After completing the 5-year Bachelor in Dental Surgery course, she finished a comprehensive 2-year post-graduation course in Dental Implants and a 1-year continuing education course in Oral Surgery.

Caroline practices dentistry holistically looking at the patient as a wholly unique individual, not just teeth and gums, in order to bring the best of all specialties together for their benefit. You will often hear her say: "By working to discover the underlying issues of the dental problems, as opposed to just treating the problem, you can prevent them from reoccurring and reduce your need for treatment in the future."

With her bubbly personality and gentle demeanour, she is passionate about approaching dentistry in the most conservative and comprehensive way, while tailoring it to suit each of her patients’ individual needs.

When Caroline is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband at the beach or at the gym where they train weight lifting and running together.