Meet the team
Here at Naenae Dental Clinic we are dedicated to providing you with a stress free visit with results that you are happy to show off. We have a team that brings you more than 100 years of combined experience in dental practice. We strive for dental excellence and keeping up to date with the latest dental technology. This enables us to provide you with the highest level of dental service and care. Want to know more about us and who you will be seeing? Details about the whole team can be found below.
Dentistry has always been a passion for me. It allows me to meet a wide variety of people, get to know them and their families and to help them. Originally I worked in India after graduating until 2006, when me and my family moved to New Zealand. In 2008, I completed the New Zealand Dental Registration Examinations and became registered as a dentist in New Zealand. I initially started working part-time at Naenae Dental Clinic and in 2010 I made the choice to commit to working full-time here due to the extremely high standard of care and could not be happier.
I have always been fascinated with dentistry, as a child I remember watching my father working as a dentist while I was growing up. Often I would drop in to his clinic after school and observe all the different procedures and techniques. I did not choose dentistry but it chose me! I have a passion in supporting people to be the best they can be. My role in Naenae Dental Clinic gives me the opportunity to use my skills and experience to do what I enjoy most – look after my patients.
Senior Dentist / Clinical Director
Throughout my career I have always strived to learn new techniques and use the latest equipment. I love the process of learning and mastering something new and then seeing how this benefits my patients. I also enjoy passing on this new information to other dentists which helps them overcome challenges I faced when I was a young dentist. As the founder of Naenae Dental Clinic my constant drive to learn and try new things has been behind much of what we do every day.
Coming from a family of dentist I have always been fascinated and admired the dental field. Having been exposed to the paramount importance of oral health when considering overall health I decided to become a dentist early in my university career. I spent 7 years studying to become a dentist at the University of Otago. Afterwards I spent time in Kaitaia working as a General Dentist for 2 years in a tight-knit community. I found it was very rewarding to know my patients individually and be a part of their community and lives. In 2014, I moved back to my home of Wellington and remembered why I fell in love with this city. I have worked in Naenae Dental Clinic since moving back and have enjoyed every aspect of providing dental care.
Having recently graduated from the University of Otago, with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with First Class Honours in 2015 I am glad to be back home in Wellington. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry especially identifying problematic areas for my patients and addressing them efficiently and painlessly. I pride myself in communicating effectively with my patients and keeping them relaxed during all stages of treatment. Although I miss being a university student, I enjoy the professional life of being a dentist and being able to provide dental care for my patients. I also enjoy traveling and regularly attend dental courses both in New Zealand and abroad to ensure I remain up to date with the latest in dental technology and procedures.
Kathleen has a wonderful ability to put people at ease and to get them laughing – something most patients don’t expect to experience at a dental clinic! She is a great for patients to get another opinion about improving their oral health. Her particular strength is helping people to see that taking one step at a time will make a difference and overcoming the idea that everything has to be done all at once. Through her expertise Kathleen helps her clients develop positive attitudes towards their oral health and take the steps necessary to achieve this.
Dental Hygienist / Oral Health Therapist
Beth graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Otago University in 2013, receiving awards from both the NZ Dental Therapist's Association and NZ Dental Hygienist’s Association during her studies. She has two daughters who keep her busy outside of work and in her spare time she loves tramping and photography. She joined Naenae Dental in 2017 after working in the Kapiti Coast and for the Bee Healthy Dental Service in Porirua. She treats college aged patients under the government dental benefit as well as working as a Dental Hygienist. Beth enjoys helping teenagers and their families understand the importance of good oral hygiene habits from a young age and aims to make each appointment a positive experience for all her patients.
Sally is a general practitioner working in Upper Hutt. Through her work she has extensive anaesthetic training and experience. Every week she visits our dental practice to provide I.V sedation for our patients who opt for this service. Having a medical doctor carry out this aspect of treatment ensures it is as safe as possible for our clients. Through sedation Sally is able to provide a relaxing and calming experience in a safe environment enabling you, to complete your dental procedure without worry. She has been offering this sedation service to Naenae Dental Clinic since 2011.
I have been working as a Dental Assistant since March 2012 and I qualified in 2013. I have been working here with the team at Naenae Dental Clinic for many years and enjoy absolutely every aspect. The staff here are amazing and the technology is really impressive and cutting edge. I feel really privileged to be working alongside Hamid and I have assisted a wide variety of procedures. I have additional skills in many aspects of dentistry including implant and ceramic laboratory procedures. In my spare time I love to play netball and hang out with friends & family
I joined Naenae Dental Clinic in 2014. Starting of my career as a dental assistant was challenging but the help and support of the team made it easier and welcoming. I have developed many additional skills over the years in orthodontics and minor oral surgery. I love my job and always strive to help ease my patients and make it a more comfortable experience.
After joining Naenae Dental Clinic this year I have discovered I have a drive for learning about the technology and procedures that take place right here! The Naenae Dental Clinic Family provide me with an exceptional amount of support and help as I settle in. I have been able to thrive and have a sense of achievement with everything I endure. I'm looking forward to expand my knowledge for the dental industry!
I have been part of Naenae Dental Clinic for close to 10 years. During this time I have gained valuable experience in many aspects of dentistry including endodontics, minor oral surgery and CADCAM dentistry. I first joined Naenae Dental Clinic not long after arriving in New Zealand from Iraq. Since then I have not looked back and love my job. Having extensive experience in the field means that I often help out my younger colleagues.
Lana has been with Naenae Dental Clinic for almost 15 Years. She is very caring and likes to welcome every patient as a friend. Her open, warm approach puts people at ease and helps them to relax even if they are nervous. Lana is very experienced and an important part of our team. Currently she is working as a circulating assistant helping support all dentists that are working on the day. Lana has a lovely garden and often shares her flowers and fruit in the Clinic - she also makes fantastic borscht!
I joined the team at Naenae Dental Clinic in 2011 as a Senior Dental Assistant. I was eager to extend my role and use my administration, accounting and computer skills throughout the clinic, hence I moved on to being Hamid’s PA and the Office Administrator for Naenae Dental Clinic. Having worked in Naenae Dental Clinic for the past 6 years I have enjoyed every aspect. We have an amazing team and always strive for excellence for our clients.
Front Office Coordinator
Originally from Sydney I moved to Wellington with my family. At first, the transition was challenging but after I settled in, I got customed to special character of Wellington. I hold a Master’s in Education and loves being involved in our clinic. I am very passionate about meeting the needs and overcoming challenges with our clients. When not working at Naenae Dental Clinic, she spends time with her son and family as a full time mother.
Front Office Coordinator
I have been apart of the team since 2016. I was new to the dental industry and find I am always learning something new. I am so grateful to be working with such a supportive, caring team. I love working in the front office and being the first form of contact for our patients. I have always worked in customer service and thrive on making people have the best possible experience. Outside of my work hours, I am a busy mum of two beautiful children and love spending time with my family. I have always had a huge passion for horses and have been competitively riding since I was six years old.