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Dr. Akash Kota B.D.S. (Otago)

Principal Dentist

I graduated from the Dental school in Otago in December 2015…

Dr Robert Jones B.D.S. (U. Lond.)

Dental Surgeon

I graduated from Guy’s Hospital, London in 1976…

DR Michelle McSweeney B.D.S. NUI (Hons)

Dental Surgeon

I graduated from University College Cork, Ireland, in June 2013…

Tia Yu

Hygienist & Oral Health therapist

I graduated from Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago Dental school in 2018…

Carla Mowbray DSA

Dental Nurse

I joined The Dental Clinic team in 2006, after a long career in hairdressing and embarked on my DSA certification course…

Charlotte Macdonald-Winiata

Dental Nurse

After leaving school, I determined to persue a career in the dental field…

Sandra

Dental Surgery Assistant

I achieved my NZDA Dental Surgery Assistant’s qualification in 1985 and over the next 16 years…

Teresa Laffey

Receptionist

I have recently joined Masterton Dental Clinic as part of their Reception and front desk team…

Dr. Akash Kota B.D.S. (Otago)

 

Principal dentist

I graduated from the Dental school in Otago in December 2015 and was very pleased to be extended an offer to join the team at Masterton Dental Clinic. I wanted to find a position in a modern, progressive practice that offered a comprehensive range of in-house treatment options and a Principal that both welcomed and encouraged the teaching of these skills and promoted advanced learning. In 2019 I have taken over Masterton Dental and look forward to providing quality dental care in the community. The part I enjoy most about the job is getting to know all my patients, ensuring they are at ease during their visits and working to high level.

I am studying towards post-graduate qualifications in Orthodontics and Dental Implantology. Over the years I have attended residency programmes and courses in Prosthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry and Practice Management systems. Professionally I am a member of the following organisations and study groups: NZ Dental association (NZDA), NZ Sedation Dentistry (NZSSD), NZ Dental council (NZDC), International Team Implantology (ITI).

In my spare time I am slowly working towards my Private Pilots Licence, and doing dental volunteering abroad (Samoa and Cambodia so far), attending the local gym and travelling overseas.

Dr Robert Jones B.D.S. (U. Lond.)

Robert @ wellington cosmetic clinicDental Surgeon

I graduated from Guy’s Hospital Dental School, London in 1976 and worked for 8 years in the Hospital and National Health Services in London, Kent and Wales, including the establishment of several successful private Practices.

I studied general practitioner Orthodontics during this period before spending several years in the United States running an airline company and attending many courses and seminars in Oral Surgery.

In 1994, I undertook a partnership, and eventual succession, in a large multi discipline Practice in Germany, where my role was, primarily, in the field of Oral Surgery, Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry.

I spent the period 2000-2005, working in Southern Africa, in the Oral Surgery department of a hospital as well as part- time in a private Dental Practice.

I relocated to New Zealand in 2005 and established The Dental Clinic, in Masterton, with Dr. Paddy Greville, where I currently practice, part time, as a general Dental Surgeon, with an interest in minor oral surgery and orthodontics.

I am an accredited provider of INVISALIGN orthodontic treatments.

During the last 3 years, I have undertaken advanced training in the use of Botulinum Toxin ( Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) and dermal fillers, not only for their therapeutic (medicinal) uses, but also for appearance medicine.

I am accredited by TC Aesthetic Academy in Harley Street, London and also by the Australasian Academy of Dento Facial Aesthetics (AADFA).

I hold professional memberships of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA), New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (NZACD), New Zealand Society for Sedation and Anaesthesia in Dentistry (NZSSAD) and the Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ).

I have always had a keen interest in sport, playing representative Rugby, Cricket and Squash in a past life!

DR Michelle McSweeney B.D.S. NUI (Hons)

DENTAL SURGEON

I graduated from University College Cork, Ireland, in June 2013 and have worked for 3 years in London and Kent. During this time I gained considerable experience in both Private and National Health Practices.

In 2016, I travelled to New Zealand with a view to exploring the Country and found myself drawn to the Wairarapa, where I decided I should like to settle and make this my home.

It was my great fortune to discover that Masterton Dental Clinic were considering expanding their Practice and it was with great pleasure that I found myself being offered an Associate Dental Surgeon position within their organisation. One of the great attractions is the opportunity I will be afforded to advance my knowledge and experience within so many and varied branches of Dental Surgery.
Since joining Masterton Dental Clinic, I have pursued an advanced training in aesthetic medical procedures and am further expanding my experience under the guidance and mentorship of Dr Robert Jones at Wellington Cosmetic Clinic. I am excited about extending my Dental Surgery skills into the field of aesthetic medicine at Wellington Cosmetic Clinic.
I currently hold Professional memberships with Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) and The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, painting and traveling- most of which I intend to do exploring New Zealand over the next few years.

 

Ann-Kristin Bottoni

Ann-Kristin Bottoni @ Masterton Dental Clinic

DENTAL SURGEON

I graduated from Hanover Medical School, Germany in 2007 and have worked in different practices in northern Germany for more than nine years. During this time I gained experience in the whole range of general dentistry, as well as in orthodontics, furthermore besides working I specialized in endodontics in 2013.

I am very interested in providing a positive dental experience for each and every one of my patients. I like to focus on conservative and minimally invasive dentistry and prevention.

After lots of travelling, my husband and I decided to make our dreams come true and move to the other side of the world. In 2017 we were finally able to pack our bags, right before our little son came into the world, who has been keeping our days busy and delighted since then.

After some time on maternity leave, I am now lucky and excited to join the team at Masterton Dental Clinic.

 

Tia Yu

Hygienist & Oral Health therapist

I graduated from Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago Dental school in 2018, and am very happy to join Masterton Dental Clinic as a full-time oral health therapist in 2019. With the modern facilities and the professional and friendly team, I believe I will continue to grow as an approachable, understanding, and skilful clinician. I aim to provide exceptional care for each and every patient. Born and raised in Xi’an, a city in China with extraordinary ancient history, I moved to New Zealand in 2015 for its world-class education and beautiful scenery.

I am professionally trained to provide restorative care for children and adolescents, and preventative hygiene care for all age groups. Improving public oral health by advocating policy changes is one of my aspirations.

I enjoy living in and working with a community in which everyone looks after each other as families. I am excited to move to Masterton since years of experience in volunteering has taught me such community has true potential to grow and is a great place to start off my career.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, sketching, and cooking.

Carla Mowbray DSA

Dental Nurse

I joined The Dental Clinic team in 2006, after a long career in hairdressing and embarked on my DSA certification course, passing this in 2007. Over the next few years I assisted in many oral surgery procedures, including several visits to the plastics unit at Hutt Hospital, where several of our patients have undergone extensive treatment for various oral cancers.

In 2010, I successfully completed my Level I examinations in Orthodontic Assisting and followed this by achieving certification in Level II in 2012. I have attended several Invisalign courses as well as the Fast Braces training.

In addition to the above, my duties include assisting in all aspects of general dentistry, administration and record keeping. I am trained in the Zoom tooth whitening system as well as sharing responsibility for the operation and maintainance of the sterilisation and radiography departments.

I am also trained to assist in the use of Botulinum Toxin for treatment of Bruxism and dento-facial aesthetics, Dermal Fillers and the Obagi range of skin rejuvenation treatments.

In my spare time I look after my demanding animals and am in the process of  planning to build a new home with my partner.

Charlotte Macdonald-Winiata

Dental Nurse

After leaving school, I determined to persue a career in the dental field but had to wait quite a few years before an opportunity arose to fulfil that dream. However, early employment after leaving school in the retail and hospitality industries prepared me well for dealing with the general public.

I am currently in my second stint of employment with Masterton Dental Clinic, returning two years ago after the birth of my twin daughters. I seem to have found myself specialising in nursing for new dental graduates and easing their path from student to General Practitioner- although I’m not sure if they would all agree with the word “easing”!

In addition to my chairside duties, I also work in administration, which is part of our rotation policy at the Practice, enabling all of us to be proficient in both clinical and administrative procedures. I am also trained to level 4 in resucitation and recovery.

In my spare time- twins allowing- I enjoy going to as many live concert events as I am able and hope to do more travelling in the future.

In my spare time I love walking, travelling and spending time with friends, not least of which involves the four legged canine who has decided to make our home his home!

Sandra

Dental Surgery Assistant

I have recently joined Masterton Dental Clinic as a clinical Dental Surgery Assistant having decided to return to my former profession.

I achieved my NZDA Dental Surgery Assistant’s qualification in 1985 and over the next 16 years, worked in several Dental Practices in both the Hutt Valley and Taupo. During this time, I had extensive experience in General Dentistry as well as the specialist services such as Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Endodontics. I was also able to gain considerable administrative experience during this period to complement my clinical time.

In October 2000, my husband and I came to Masterton to set up our own business, which we ran successfully for 12 years before I moved to a position within the hospitality industry but after 6 years decided to return to my initial profession.

Dentistry has certainly changed in the past 18 years but I am embracing the new challenge, particularly with Masterton Dental Clinic who offer all the treatments available within the field of dentistry.

I enjoy good food, wine and travel and am currently turning my hand to house renovations to which my interest in wine is put to good use!

Teresa Laffey

Receptionist

I have recently joined Masterton Dental Clinic as part of their Reception and front desk team and am currently undergoing the challenge of learning the completely different and complex field of Dental Surgery and its many branches.

In my spare time I love walking, travelling and spending time with friends, not least of which involves the four legged canine who has decided to make our home his home!

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