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Meet Our Team

Takapuna Chris
Dentist

Dr Chris Ferreira

Chris graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1984, and completed an honours degree in 1989. From 1984 he gained valuable experience, first working in the Defence Force medical services, followed by a period with the Department of National Health. He was in solo private practice in South Africa for 12 years before making the move to New Zealand in mid-2006.

He enjoys practising dentistry, maintaining a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and implantology, and his goal is to provide high-quality care, professionally and ethically in a friendly and caring environment.

In his free time, he enjoys cycling, tramping, playing the piano, live theatre and reading.

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Dentist

Dr Jots Rajput

In 1990 Jots graduated from Witswaterand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. After a number of years practising in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he enhanced his knowledge with a postgraduate course in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, which is regarded as one of the world’s leading centres for education and research in the oral health care sciences.

Jots joined Lumino Takapuna (Formely Proudmouth Takapuna) in 2006. His expertise is with complex crown and bridgework, endodontics and Invisalign makes him a valuable member of the clinical team.

“I really enjoy dentistry because it’s a mixture of…

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In 1990 Jots graduated from Witswaterand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. After a number of years practising in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he enhanced his knowledge with a postgraduate course in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, which is regarded as one of the world’s leading centres for education and research in the oral health care sciences.

Jots joined Lumino Takapuna (Formely Proudmouth Takapuna) in 2006. His expertise is with complex crown and bridgework, endodontics and Invisalign makes him a valuable member of the clinical team.

“I really enjoy dentistry because it’s a mixture of everything - art, science and human relationships. I do a lot of full-mouth rehabilitation, but I also work with quite a few older patients who find it hard to afford some of the new technology. I try to find affordable solutions for them that don’t compromise quality.

“I’m also doing a steady amount of Invisalign work, which can achieve some teeth-straightening movements better than traditional methods. Invisalign is particularly good for people 40 and over, who want straighter teeth without having to wear visible braces.”

Lumino The Dentists partner with the Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust in Wairoa, to provide dental services to those in need. Jots has joined the group of volunteers for the past two years. Read all about the initiative here.


Jots also offers Snap-On Smile!

Snap-On Smile’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin make it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.

You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or permanent cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth.

And for many people, Snap-On Smile can be life changing. It gives back the confidence to smile. Thousands of people worldwide have already experienced the unique benefits of Snap-On Smile.

Mt Eden Daniel
Dentist

Dr Daniel Kamariera

After graduating from Otago University in 1999 with his BDS, followed by nine years practising in London, Daniel is delighted to be working in the area that he grew up in. Having attended Westlake Boys in the 90s it is great to see the new developments in Takapuna and to be part of the team at Lumino The Dentists.

Daniel enjoys having the opportunity to connect with members of the local community and provide them with quality care. Dentistry is primarily about people and Daniel is a big believer in putting the patient first.

Daniel is interested in all aspects of General…

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After graduating from Otago University in 1999 with his BDS, followed by nine years practising in London, Daniel is delighted to be working in the area that he grew up in. Having attended Westlake Boys in the 90s it is great to see the new developments in Takapuna and to be part of the team at Lumino The Dentists.

Daniel enjoys having the opportunity to connect with members of the local community and provide them with quality care. Dentistry is primarily about people and Daniel is a big believer in putting the patient first.

Daniel is interested in all aspects of General Dentistry and the challenges and variety that it provides. He is also interested in cosmetic dentistry, especially in anterior wear. Daniel is passionate about staying at the forefront of dentistry and regularly attends courses to ensure that he provides the absolute best dental treatment.

Daniel is an avid foodie and loves cooking for friends and family. He also likes to travel, play squash and golf and loves watching rugby.

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Dentist

Dr Fleur Woolford

Dr Fleur Woolford graduated from the University of Otago in 2009 with Distinction and the Harvey Brown Prize for Excellence. She joined the Takapuna team in January 2018 and loves working with the passionate clinicians here.

Her main clinical interests include orthodontics (both early intervention to intercept problems in developing children, and traditional braces for teenagers and adults), family and cosmetic dentistry and minimal intervention work. A particular interest is using composite resin to create instant direct veneers which preserve as much tooth structure as possible. She believes in taking an overall view of the mouth, to avoid unwanted surprises. Fleur…

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Dr Fleur Woolford graduated from the University of Otago in 2009 with Distinction and the Harvey Brown Prize for Excellence. She joined the Takapuna team in January 2018 and loves working with the passionate clinicians here.

Her main clinical interests include orthodontics (both early intervention to intercept problems in developing children, and traditional braces for teenagers and adults), family and cosmetic dentistry and minimal intervention work. A particular interest is using composite resin to create instant direct veneers which preserve as much tooth structure as possible. She believes in taking an overall view of the mouth, to avoid unwanted surprises. Fleur has a patient-focused approach with every treatment tailored to each person’s lifestyle, budget, and goals to help have a smile they love!

Fleur regularly attends continuing education courses and has been accepted into the Lumino Go programme, which guides clinicians to provide comprehensive, evidence-based dentistry. When not working, Fleur enjoys exploring Auckland with her husband and daughter, and volunteers for the charity Warming Hearts which provides care bundles for new babies.

Fleur works late nights and Saturdays. Call now to book a free 30 minute initial orthodontic/smile makeover consultation!

Takapuna Peter
Dentist

Dr Peter Rucastle

Dr. Peter Rucastle is an experienced and passionate dentist from South Africa. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1989. He has previously worked in the UK and has owned a successful practice in Johannesburg, Smile Xtreme Dental Studio, before relocating to New Zealand.
 
Peter believes in providing quality, affordable and lasting dental treatment options in a relaxed and virtually pain-free environment. He enjoys general dentistry but has a special interest in aesthetic dentistry, endodontics and oral surgery. He is a member of the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry.
 
He aims to increase his surgical skills…

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Dr. Peter Rucastle is an experienced and passionate dentist from South Africa. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1989. He has previously worked in the UK and has owned a successful practice in Johannesburg, Smile Xtreme Dental Studio, before relocating to New Zealand.
 
Peter believes in providing quality, affordable and lasting dental treatment options in a relaxed and virtually pain-free environment. He enjoys general dentistry but has a special interest in aesthetic dentistry, endodontics and oral surgery. He is a member of the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry.
 
He aims to increase his surgical skills by attending implant placement courses so that he can offer patients the complete package in-house for implant restorative dentistry.
 
He is a competitive cyclist (both road and MTB) and enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle. He is also an aspiring master chef. As well as transforming smiles, in his spare time he enjoys using nature to create aesthetic gardens.
 
Peter relocated to Auckland from South Africa to achieve a healthier work-life balance, and experience all the outdoor and cultural activities that New Zealand has to offer.

Nisha Nair
Dentist

Dr Nisha Nair

Having graduated with BDS in 2013, Nisha enjoys all aspects of dentistry ranging from simple fillings to complex treatments like root canals and crowns this helping get patients restore their smiles!

Nisha worked in hospital setting and rural areas for couple of years where she provided free dental treatments and promoted oral hygiene through educating the local community. She was appreciated for her paper presentation on "Regenerative dentistry" and would like to pursue her research into stem cells tooth regeneration in future. After completing her Australian dental council licensing exams, she joined Lumino in 2019 to continue working as a…

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Having graduated with BDS in 2013, Nisha enjoys all aspects of dentistry ranging from simple fillings to complex treatments like root canals and crowns this helping get patients restore their smiles!

Nisha worked in hospital setting and rural areas for couple of years where she provided free dental treatments and promoted oral hygiene through educating the local community. She was appreciated for her paper presentation on "Regenerative dentistry" and would like to pursue her research into stem cells tooth regeneration in future. After completing her Australian dental council licensing exams, she joined Lumino in 2019 to continue working as a passionate dentist. 

Nisha practices dentistry holistically keeping patients overall health and wellness in mind. Being a detail oriented person, she strives for excellence. She treats her patients the way she would like to be treated. With her bubbly personality and gentle demeanor, Nisha approaches dentistry in a comprehensive and conservative manner tailored to suit your individual needs. 

When she is not working, Nisha loves to swim and travel. She is an avid foodie and loves to try different cuisines. 

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Hygienist

Teena Olsen-Smith

Teena has been with Lumino since the beginning of 2012, having completed her studies in dental hygiene and therapy at AUT in 2011.

Teena enjoys working within a team environment and she is passionate about achieving patient satisfaction. She loves helping adolescents and hygiene patients achieve their dental and hygiene goals.

When she’s not in the practice Teena keeps busy spending time with her family.

Teena works at Lumino Takapuna on Mondays as well as the alternate Thursdays.
Takapuna Jake
Clinical Technician

Jake Innes

Jake has a Diploma in Dental Technology, an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Dental Tech and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Dental Technologists. He has been working as a clinical technician for 15 years and enjoys the hands-on creativity of designing and making new smiles. Jake also works out of Lumino The Dentists Red Beach.

His specialties include repairs, partial dentures, full upper and lower dentures.

When Jake is not busy working he likes to spend time with his family outdoors fishing, snorkelling, camping, hiking and skiing.

Nicole Wealleans
Oral Health Therapist

Nicole Wealleans

Nicole recently graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health Science from the Auckland University of Technology. Nicole's degree allows her to work alongside children up to the age of 18 and to do restorative work and work as a hygienist and fight and prevent gum disease. 

Nicole loves working in a group environment as it allows her to get a better insight into others' opinions on dentistry. She's very passionate about making sure all her patients are getting the best treatment they can possibly get, which means having one on one time working to prevent decay and gum disease with…

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Nicole recently graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health Science from the Auckland University of Technology. Nicole's degree allows her to work alongside children up to the age of 18 and to do restorative work and work as a hygienist and fight and prevent gum disease. 

Nicole loves working in a group environment as it allows her to get a better insight into others' opinions on dentistry. She's very passionate about making sure all her patients are getting the best treatment they can possibly get, which means having one on one time working to prevent decay and gum disease with some great advances she has learned through her studies.

When not practicing Nicole is a nanny for two beautiful families and when she's not nannying she's either surfing or working out.

Nicole loves finding other ways to improve herself as well whether it’s studying more advances in dentistry or bettering herself for her patients.

Nicole works at Lumino Takapuna Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday she is based at Lumino Wairau Park.

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Practice Manager

Karen Blay

Karen's goals for the practice are to provide great customer service and ensure every patient has a positive dental experience.

Karen enjoys meeting new people and working with a caring team in a busy practice.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys yoga and going to the beach but most of all she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Her favourite place to be is on the water on her stand up paddle board or on her yoga mat. Karen also enjoys doing headstands and handstands to relieve stress and tension.

 

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Oral Health Therapist

Chaitali Francis

Chaitali graduated with a BHSc (Oral Health) from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2009.

Chaitali's dental interests include preventative dentistry and minimally invasive dentistry. Her goals include building rapport and long term relationships with her patients for the best quality dental outcome.

The thing Chaitali enjoys the most about her job are her patients and the amazing, daily conversations with all of them.

Outside of work Chaitali enjoys gardening, cake decorating and spending time with her two beautiful daughters.

Her favourite place to be is at a nice restaurant with her friends having great chats over food and drinks. She is also a big fan of the Marvel Universe.