Torbay Dental Practice

From The Dentist's Mouth - Jaco Minnaar

Orewa Jaco

Dr Jaco Minnaar is part of the team at Lumino Torbay and Smile Studio Orewa. He has relocated to Orewa with his family after nearly 20 years of private practice in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

How and when did you decide dentistry was right for you?

Growing up I was lucky to have had a very caring and gentle dentist, and having him ask if I wanted to have a look at what his day looks like when in High School probably nailed it.

What are you most looking forward to about life in New Zealand?

Meeting new friends. Making new memories. Growing in our community as a family.

Tell us a bit more about your special interests in dentistry?

I do like doing whatever I can for my patient in every situation, so I wouldn't say that I've got any special interests at the moment.

If you could give a patient ONE piece of advice on how best to look after their oral health, what would it be?

Always do the best you can to look after yourself - including teeth.

What do you MOST enjoy about your job?

Having satisfied and happy patients and obviously interacting with all kinds of different people.

Outside of dentistry, what do you do with your time?

I do enjoy running, cycling, swimming, hiking - weather permitted. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

Finally, what makes you smile?

Definitely seeing that my family and friends are happy.

Dr Jaco will be splitting his time between Torbay and Smile Studio Orewa.