Smile Creations Otaki

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Rob Young

Rob established the three Smile Creations practices, beginning with Waikanae in 2006, then Levin in 2007 and Otaki in 2008 before joining the Lumino group in late 2011. He is a highly skilled and experienced dentist, having graduated in 1986 from Otago University.

The part Rob enjoys most about being a dentist is restoring someone’s smile. His dental interests lie in cosmetic dentistry and implants.

Outside the practice Rob loves getting involved in his community through his work teaching Kung Fu.
Dentist

Dr Wayne Affat

Wayne graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1986. After graduating he worked as a locum dentist before opening his own general dental practice in Johannesburg in 1990. 

He regularly attends seminars, workshops and conferences to keep up to date with the fast-changing face of dentistry. Wayne offers a full range of restorative dentistry options and is happy to consult in this area in addition to providing cosmetic options.

His empathetic nature and philosophy of full dialogue between dentist and patient regarding their dental needs allows patients to quickly gain trust and build a good relationship between them.

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Wayne graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1986. After graduating he worked as a locum dentist before opening his own general dental practice in Johannesburg in 1990. 

He regularly attends seminars, workshops and conferences to keep up to date with the fast-changing face of dentistry. Wayne offers a full range of restorative dentistry options and is happy to consult in this area in addition to providing cosmetic options.

His empathetic nature and philosophy of full dialogue between dentist and patient regarding their dental needs allows patients to quickly gain trust and build a good relationship between them.

He decided to quit the rat race of Johannesburg in the latter part of 2016 and relocate to Wellington early in 2017 - to live life as one is supposed to. In his spare time he enjoys burning off energy in the gym, fine dining, and ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Wayne will be practicing out of Lumino Otaki every Wednesday. 

Hygienist

Jen Blakemore

Jen Blakemore is the Dental Hygienist at Smile Creations Otaki.

She says her main focus is patient education.  She is committed and passionate in her work and her biggest wish is for her patients to understand their oral health is linked to their overall health. 

Jen says she is passionate about furthering her knowledge and is always keen to keep up to date with clinical changes and best practices.  She says she loves the interaction between herself and her patients and seeing a positive change in them.

Outside of the office, Jen says her family are her driving force! She…

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Jen Blakemore is the Dental Hygienist at Smile Creations Otaki.

She says her main focus is patient education.  She is committed and passionate in her work and her biggest wish is for her patients to understand their oral health is linked to their overall health. 

Jen says she is passionate about furthering her knowledge and is always keen to keep up to date with clinical changes and best practices.  She says she loves the interaction between herself and her patients and seeing a positive change in them.

Outside of the office, Jen says her family are her driving force! She says her husband is irreplaceable (he still rolls out the red carpet for her) and she has three beautiful children. Jen has an adventurous streak – she competes in BMX. A more relaxing pastime is reading a good book!

Practice Manager

Pamela Rose

Pam was employed as a Dental Assistant at the newly opened Waikanae practice in 2006.  The following year she completed her Dental Assistant certificate.  Pam then moved to our Otaki practice in 2011 where she is currently based.

Pam enjoys catching up with existing patients returning for treatment and loves to hear the good comments from the patients.  She will always remember one comment from a lady saying she was the happiest woman in Otaki because of her teeth and the way they looked after her treatment!

Pam spends a lot of time in her garden, loves to cook or spend time with her friends.