Melissa has over 13 years experience in the dental industry, starting initially as a dental assistant before going on to study Bachelor of Oral Health at Otago University and graduating in 2012. Her career in dentistry has led to her working throughout NZ, and in Australia and England. Mel’s qualification as an Oral Health Therapist allows her a duel scope to provide a full range of dental care for teenagers under the funded government dental scheme, and also work as a Hygienist to treat or prevent gum and periodontal disease. Mel enjoys building report with her patients, as she believes a relaxed, trusting environment in the dental clinic helps build optimal dental health. Knowing that dental visits can be a source of anxiety for patients she strives to turn her appointments in to a positive experience. When Mel isn’t at work she has a passion for travel, enjoys playing and following sports and spending time with her dog down at Petone Beach.