Taradale Dentist

Meet Our Team

Lead Dentist

Dr Humphrey Walker

Humphrey graduated in 1993 and has been the Principle Dentist at Lumino Taradale since 1999. He appreciates the long-term relationships that he has formed with his patients, and he has a keen interest in laser dentistry, crowns, bridges, implants, periodontics.

When he’s not in the practice, Humphrey enjoys spending time with family, fishing, gardening and clay target shooting. Humphrey is an active member of the NZIMID (New Zealand Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry www.nzimid.org) of which he is also the past President and current Executive Director.

Dentist

Dr Paola Fenton

Paola graduated in 2000 in Colombia, with a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry. With a desire to gain experience in modern dental techniques, Paola relocated to London, where she worked along side a senior dentist of considerable skills, and 30 years of dental experience. He became her mentor and guided her through a number of techniques including dental implants, sinus lifts, bone augmentations and various cosmetic treatments. As a result, Paola has developed a keen interest in the world of dental implants, and continues to pursue advances in this field.

Later on, Paola moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she gained certification with…

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Paola graduated in 2000 in Colombia, with a Bachelor Degree in Dentistry. With a desire to gain experience in modern dental techniques, Paola relocated to London, where she worked along side a senior dentist of considerable skills, and 30 years of dental experience. He became her mentor and guided her through a number of techniques including dental implants, sinus lifts, bone augmentations and various cosmetic treatments. As a result, Paola has developed a keen interest in the world of dental implants, and continues to pursue advances in this field.

Later on, Paola moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she gained certification with the Australian Dental Council in 2012. She worked along side a number of specialists, and continued to build upon her experience with cosmetic dentistry, implants and adult orthodontics.

Drawn to the stunning natural beauty and serenity of New Zealand, Paola and her Kiwi husband Simon decided to move across and settle in the beautiful Hawkes' Bay. Paola strives to stay up to date with modern dental techniques and procedures, attending seminars both here in New Zealand and Australia as well as subscribing to numerous dental publications. Her main area of interest continues to be cosmetic dentistry and is excited by recent advances in this field that allow less invasive techniques to achieve equal if not better results compared to conventional treatments.

Paola places great importance in maintaining good oral health, and believes this plays a significant role in preventing disease and other oral complications. She aims to identify and treat the root cause of the dental condition, not just the symptoms, which makes for better long term results in overall health and well being. Paola goes to great lengths to ensure patients have a thorough understanding of their treatment options. She maintains a very gentle and calm approach, which assure patients feel comfortable, and at ease at all times.

In her free time Paola enjoys travelling, reading, exploring the outdoors and as a good Latina, dancing.

Practice Manager

Linda Dempsey

Linda has been responsible for the front desk for more than 20 years and of those she has been with the practice since 2004.

Linda loves meeting and greeting patients and helping them to feel at ease before their appointments. She also enjoys all the new friends she can make at the practice, whether staff or patients.

In her spare time Linda enjoys spending time with her family, walking and reading.