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.

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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 White Smile Dental having moved to the Northshore in October. 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 White Smile Dental 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 White Smile Dental having moved to the Northshore in October. 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 White Smile Dental 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! 

Takapuna Fae
Oral Health Therapist

Fa'e Laume

Fa’e is an enthusiastic and personable young professional, she graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelors of Oral Health in 2017.

Since graduating Fa’e has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and skills having worked in various private clinics in West Auckland, South Auckland and now the North Shore honing both her dental hygiene and dental therapy scopes of practice.

The most empowering aspect of Fa’es job, she feels, is the ability to improve an individual’s quality of life. She achieves this through educating her patients about how to maintain healthy oral health outcomes by having a holistic approach when creating…

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Fa’e is an enthusiastic and personable young professional, she graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelors of Oral Health in 2017.

Since graduating Fa’e has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and skills having worked in various private clinics in West Auckland, South Auckland and now the North Shore honing both her dental hygiene and dental therapy scopes of practice.

The most empowering aspect of Fa’es job, she feels, is the ability to improve an individual’s quality of life. She achieves this through educating her patients about how to maintain healthy oral health outcomes by having a holistic approach when creating care plans specific to the needs of each of her patients. Fa’es gentle and empathetic touch coupled with her fine eye for detail will ensure for great results following treatment, and you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to maintain great oral health outcomes.

Fa’e is so passionate about education that she is also a clinical educator at AUT for the Oral Health Department.

Fa’e also offers FREE annual dental examinations for adolescents, and also any necessary preventative or restorative treatment required.

When she is not in the clinic Fa’e likes to keep herself busy with her friends and family.

Fa’e works at Lumino Wairau Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Oral Health Therapist

Ainsley Mcintyre

Ainsley graduated with a BHSc in Oral Health from AUT university in 2019 and is now a registered Oral Health Therapist. Over her 3 years of study, her passion developed in helping people achieve optimum oral health.

Her patients can expect a one-on-one, personalised experience where the quality of care and patient education are top priorities. She is confident in caring for all ages from seeing 0-18s for dental examinations and restorative procedures and 18 and over for gum treatments and maintenance using best practice techniques.

You will be sure to feel comfortable in the hands of Ainsley with her kind demeanor and gentle treatment approach. Outside of dentistry she enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and keeping fit. 

Ponsonby Harnet
Oral Health Therapist

Harneet Saini

Harneet graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Otago University in 2014. Since then she has been working in various areas in the Auckland region. Due to this diversity, she has ample experience working with patients of various needs.

Harneet enjoys helping her patients create good habits and improve their overall lifestyle to achieve better oral health. She enjoys learning and keeping up with the current technology for patients’ needs and implementing new ideas as dentistry advances.

When she is not in clinic, she is usually running to her crossfit classes and trainings. She also enjoys spending time with her friends…

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Harneet graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Otago University in 2014. Since then she has been working in various areas in the Auckland region. Due to this diversity, she has ample experience working with patients of various needs.

Harneet enjoys helping her patients create good habits and improve their overall lifestyle to achieve better oral health. She enjoys learning and keeping up with the current technology for patients’ needs and implementing new ideas as dentistry advances.

When she is not in clinic, she is usually running to her crossfit classes and trainings. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Health and fitness is a very important part of her life, and she believes it’s never too late or too early to work towards being the healthiest you.

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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.