Wanaka Dental Practice

Meet Our Team

Wanaka Tony Wong
Lead Dentist

Dr Tony Wong

Dr Tony Wong graduated from The University of Otago with a BDS in 1980. He has worked both in New Zealand and in England, with 34 years experience as a general dentist and 25 running the successful Dixon St practice in Wellington.

Tony enjoys providing a service where his patients go away with a positive experience and feeling that they have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. He also believes in a hygiene-focused practice where patients become highly motivated and well informed by the comprehensive care they receive. Tony has participated in advanced mentoring courses with Dr Derry Rogers…

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Dr Tony Wong graduated from The University of Otago with a BDS in 1980. He has worked both in New Zealand and in England, with 34 years experience as a general dentist and 25 running the successful Dixon St practice in Wellington.

Tony enjoys providing a service where his patients go away with a positive experience and feeling that they have been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. He also believes in a hygiene-focused practice where patients become highly motivated and well informed by the comprehensive care they receive. Tony has participated in advanced mentoring courses with Dr Derry Rogers for restorative dentistry and Dr Kevan Wong for implant surgery. 

Outside of practice hours, Tonys’ interests include golf and various adventure sports from windsurfing to adventure motorcycling. Tony has a wife and three daughters who enjoy the beauty and outdoor lifestyle that Lake Wanaka and Central Otago offers, hence their decision to move here to work and live.

Wanaka Karina Edwards
Dentist

Dr Karina Edwards

Karina graduated from The University of Dundee in Scotland in 2009 where she earned a BDS (with merit).

She has spent the majority of her career since then working as a general dentist in Australia and New Zealand with spells as a volunteer dentist in East Timor, Cambodia, India and Papua New Guinea.

Karina recently returned to NZ with her family and joined our Wanaka team in April 2018.

Karina enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and takes pride in her attention to detail and providing a gentle and thorough experience for her patients. She is also qualified to provide…

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Karina graduated from The University of Dundee in Scotland in 2009 where she earned a BDS (with merit).

She has spent the majority of her career since then working as a general dentist in Australia and New Zealand with spells as a volunteer dentist in East Timor, Cambodia, India and Papua New Guinea.

Karina recently returned to NZ with her family and joined our Wanaka team in April 2018.

Karina enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and takes pride in her attention to detail and providing a gentle and thorough experience for her patients. She is also qualified to provide cosmetic tooth alignment using the Cfast system.

Karina is happiest when spending time outdoors with her family and enjoys climbing, scuba diving, tramping and travel.

Andries Smith Website
Dentist

Dr Andries Smith

Andries was born in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand as a child. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Otago with a BDS.

With more than 10 years dental experience, he remains passionate about helping people attain and maintain healthy smiles, and has worked in Australia and New Zealand, in both public and private practice. After almost a decade dodging sharks, snakes and funnel-web spiders, Andries and his family have moved back to New Zealand to settle down in the best place on earth, Wanaka.

Andries strives to treat every patient like he would his own family, with…

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Andries was born in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand as a child. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Otago with a BDS.

With more than 10 years dental experience, he remains passionate about helping people attain and maintain healthy smiles, and has worked in Australia and New Zealand, in both public and private practice. After almost a decade dodging sharks, snakes and funnel-web spiders, Andries and his family have moved back to New Zealand to settle down in the best place on earth, Wanaka.

Andries strives to treat every patient like he would his own family, with honesty, gentleness and respect, taking time to explain every treatment option that is available and carefully structuring treatment plans to his patient’s needs. If you are fearful of dental treatment, he is the dentist for you!

When not working, Andries spends a lot of time researching new dental techniques and technologies and frequently attends professional development courses. He is an active member of his local church community and loves spending time with his wife and two kids. Together, Andries and his family like to make the most of the outdoors. Don’t be surprised if you see him out hiking, biking, trail running, kayaking, hunting, or fishing.

Wanaka Amanda Allen
Oral Health Therapist

Amanda Allen

Amanda Allen is an Oral Health Therapist who graduated from the University of Otago in 2009. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Health Science.

Amanda loves helping people with their oral health goals and needs. She prides herself on providing gentle treatment with an empathetic approach to her patients, and always strives for the best possible treatment and results for all patients.

She says she feels she has two roles as an Oral Health Therapist. “In dental therapy I particularly enjoy working with adolescents and helping them create healthy habits that will last a lifetime. My hygienist role allows me to…

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Amanda Allen is an Oral Health Therapist who graduated from the University of Otago in 2009. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Health Science.

Amanda loves helping people with their oral health goals and needs. She prides herself on providing gentle treatment with an empathetic approach to her patients, and always strives for the best possible treatment and results for all patients.

She says she feels she has two roles as an Oral Health Therapist. “In dental therapy I particularly enjoy working with adolescents and helping them create healthy habits that will last a lifetime. My hygienist role allows me to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of patients, from those who need routine hygiene maintenance, to those with more difficult periodontal needs.”

Outside of the practice, Amanda says she loves everything Wanaka has to offer, from getting out on the bike or lake to hiking the beautiful mountains.

Harish Lala Harish
Endodontist

Dr Harish Lala

Harish started his career in hospital dentistry in the area of facial trauma based at Middlemore Hospital working under consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeons. He then moved into private practice and worked in Auckland's very first accident and emergency dental unit in Remuera Rd. From here Harish gained valuable practical experience in dealing with emergency and acute dental situations with an emphasis on saving teeth. Harish has now focused his practice to the special field of Endodontics in Remuera.

Harish is a practical person, intent on getting the job done efficiently, painlessly, and with compassion. He wants to treat everyone…

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Harish started his career in hospital dentistry in the area of facial trauma based at Middlemore Hospital working under consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeons. He then moved into private practice and worked in Auckland's very first accident and emergency dental unit in Remuera Rd. From here Harish gained valuable practical experience in dealing with emergency and acute dental situations with an emphasis on saving teeth. Harish has now focused his practice to the special field of Endodontics in Remuera.

Harish is a practical person, intent on getting the job done efficiently, painlessly, and with compassion. He wants to treat everyone as if he were the patient himself. Therefore, his interest lies in the practical art of delivering the best endodontic care using well established and proven methods.

Harish mentors colleagues, offers advice, and regularly runs education courses to general dentists to up skill the practical aspects of root canal therapy. Harish is a firm believer of the use of technology as appropriate as an adjunct to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.

Harish's interests are total body and mind fitness. He plays tennis every Saturday afternoon, visits a personal body trainer 3 days per week and spends 2 days per week with a personal boxing instructor. Harish is also married with 2 wonderful daughters.

Credentials

  • BSc from University of Otago in 1984
  • BDS from University of Otago 1988
  • Master of Dental Science in Endodontics from University of Melbourne 1995
  • Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons MRACDS