Wairau Park Dental Centre

Meet Our Team

Wairau Park Stephen Charles
Senior Dentist

Dr Stephen Charles

Stephen graduated with a BDS from The University of Otago in 1992 and has been at Wairau Park Dental since 1993. Outside of the practice Stephen enjoys fishing and tennis as well as spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Tony Hires2
Lead Dentist

Dr Tony Dey

Tony graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2001, and then worked for 3 years in the public sector. First in the busy Oral Surgery department of Waikato Hospital and later for a Maori health provider on the East Cape. During his stint on 'The Coast' he learnt to surf and still manages to get back out that way for a little work and to catch a wave.

Tony recently partook in an initiative, where Lumino The Dentist had partnered with the Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust in Wairoa to provide dental services to those that can’t afford…

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Tony graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2001, and then worked for 3 years in the public sector. First in the busy Oral Surgery department of Waikato Hospital and later for a Maori health provider on the East Cape. During his stint on 'The Coast' he learnt to surf and still manages to get back out that way for a little work and to catch a wave.

Tony recently partook in an initiative, where Lumino The Dentist had partnered with the Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust in Wairoa to provide dental services to those that can’t afford it. Read more about this community initiative in the Hawkes Bay Today here.

Takapuna Sonika Ghale
Dentist

Dr Sonika Ghaie

Sonika graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

She enjoys building a relationship and trust with her patients and making them happy. She solves their dental issues in a gentle, pleasant and professional manner.

Sonika is interested in all aspect of dentistry and always likes to keep up to date with the latest developments. She has particular interest in IV Sedation to help nervous patients. 

Having recently moved to New Zealand Soinka and her Fiancé enjoy exploring the country, enjoying the weather (compared to the UK) and she has taken up upholstery and pottery.  

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. 

Lydia Mcgowan
Dentist

Dr. Lydia McGowan

Irish-born Lydia is the newest dentist to join Lumino Wairau Park having moved to the Northshore in October 2020. Lydia moved over from Glasgow, where she graduated with an Honours degree in 2017. She is excited to be part of the friendly work team at Lumino Wairau Park and meet her new patients.

Lydia enjoys all aspects of dentistry, in particular helping anxious patients achieve their desired results in a relaxing environment and improving their confidence. She has recently completed a diploma with the Royal College of Surgeons England and regularly attends courses to continually improve her knowledge and skills.…

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Irish-born Lydia is the newest dentist to join Lumino Wairau Park having moved to the Northshore in October 2020. Lydia moved over from Glasgow, where she graduated with an Honours degree in 2017. She is excited to be part of the friendly work team at Lumino Wairau Park and meet her new patients.

Lydia enjoys all aspects of dentistry, in particular helping anxious patients achieve their desired results in a relaxing environment and improving their confidence. She has recently completed a diploma with the Royal College of Surgeons England and regularly attends courses to continually improve her knowledge and skills. 

Aside from Dentistry, Lydia enjoys keeping fit at the gym and visiting the many beaches and weekend markets New Zealand has to offer! She also enjoys going out for brunch on the weekends and is a big rugby fan! She is looking forward to exploring New Zealand and having her family/friends back home in Ireland over to visit! 

Nidhi Vyas2
Oral Health Therapist

Nidhi Vyas

Nidhi is an Oral Health Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry.

She graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2017 with a Bachelor of Oral Health.

Interests include, violin, painting, tramping and trekking.

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.

Ponsonby Cathryn Sanda
Practice Manager

Cathryn Sanda

Cathryn joins Lumino Ponsonby after a managing the Lumino practice in Mt Eden.

Prior to joining the Lumino team, Cathryn’s spent 8 years within the veterinary industry and she brings with her, strong leadership skills and a passion to deliver exceptional customer service. After working in South Africa, USA and the UK, Cathryn has now made NZ her home.

In her spare time Cathryn enjoys health & fitness, cooking, spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors of NZ.