We care about you and your teeth, using the latest technology and pain-free techniques, combining procedures such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and oral surgery.

Dental Assistants


Michaela joined us in July 2019. She has been assisting for all dentists, sterilising, helping at reception.
She recently has also been assisting in implant surgery


Aaliyah started with us at the beginning of 2019. She is completely new to dentistry and is studying to become a qualified Dental assistant.
She works along side the lovely Desmond.


Paige is Emily’s assistant.  Paige joined us from another Whangarei dental surgery in February 2019.  Paige is lovely friendly and a great help to Emily.


Carrie has been working with Dave Stallworthy for over 25 years. She organises many aspects of his practise, including chairside, implant surgeries and administrative duties. Carrie is a qualified dental assistant, whose extensive experience in our dental practise makes her a highly valued member of our team.

Carrie is also a qualified beauty therapist, who runs a treatment room from home in her spare time.


Bridget started with us at the beginning of 2010 as a nursing assistant, steriliser and also provides support at the reception desk. Bridget grew up in Kaitaia and moved to Whangarei to pursue a career in the dental industry after completing her final year of high school. Bridget completed her Dental Assistants Certificate in 2011. Bridget works alongside Richard Stallworthy.



Cherie has been part of the team for quite some time now (June 2018).  Cherie joined us from the Dental Department at Whangarei Hospital and brings with her a wealth of dental knowledge.  Cherie is part of our great reception team and is lovely kind and so helpful on the phone.


Sheryll was part of the “Original” reception team when the “Church” opened in 1997. After having her daughter, Olivia, and a few other jobs, she returned in January 2012 to be part of the fantastic welcoming team at Maunu Dental once again. She helps with appointments, patient enquiries, administrative duties and makes our patients feel welcome and comfortable.


Kylie Leggatt joined the team in November 2012. Kylie has previously worked in retail and then for a Background Screening Company. Kylie is working with Sheryll at the front desk and also looks after all the ACC administration.

Sterilising Infection Control


Jen started with us in 2017.  Jen has been amazing throughout the surgery.  She does sterilising, she helps in surgery, she helps at reception, she does work in the lab – she is everywhere.


Natalie has worked here in our infection control area since 2001. She maintains our high standard of cleanliness and sterility, which is a vital part of the everyday running of our surgery.

Dental Hygienists


Julie is our new hygienist that only works Mondays. Julie started with us in March 2019.  Julie is lovely and gentle – as gentle as hygienists go.


Shereen began as a dental assistant in 2005 completing her training with New Zealand Dental Association. She worked as a Dental Assistant on the Hibiscus Coast for a number of years before deciding to further her career attending Auckland University of Technology to complete a bachelor in Oral Health. Shereen graduated in 2011 with a dual degree in hygiene and dental therapy. She began her career with Waikato DHB as a dental therapist before moving to Whangarei to be closer to her family.


Heather attended Indiana University School of Dentistry in the United States graduating in 1999 with an Associate in Science – Dental Hygiene degree. After practising hygiene for 9 years in the U.S. including work at the Indiana University Dental School Heather started practising hygiene here in New Zealand May 2008.

The primary task of the hygienist is in prevention and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, also know as gum disease. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. As a dental hygienist Heather will gently guide patients’ personal care to achieve and maintain sound oral tissues as an integral part of their general health.

Hygienists are trained to recognise the warning signs of potentially life-threatening diseases whose early symptoms first appear in the mouth. Some of the other services provided include: fissure sealants, fluoride treatments, diagnostic radiographs, in-office and home whitening procedures.

Heather now has two children and is presently on maternity leave after having her son in February 2013.



Desmond started at the surgery in May 2019 and is an experienced dentist and has joined us after moving to Whangarei from Napier.


Emily is our new lady dentist.  She started in February 2019.  Emily is so lovely kind, very thorough.  She will be very helpful with any dental questions.

Dr Dave Stallworthy

B.D.S., F.I.C.D. Specialist Hospital Dentist

Dave graduated from Otago University with his BDS in December 1973, and began working at Auckland Hospital in 1974. Here he gained valuable experience in Hospital dentistry and in oral surgery, which he carried over into private practice in Otahuhu the next year. He then left on his OE and worked for several years in England furthering his career. On his return to New Zealand in 1978, he became a partner in a busy general practice in James Street, where he worked for many years.

In 1981 he took up a part-time appointment at the Whangarei Hospital to further his interest in oral surgery, and received specialist qualifications in 1990 for his work in Hospital dentistry. This is still an important part of every working week for Dave, providing him with the opportunity to treat trauma cases, such as fractured jaws, oral pathology and medically compromised patients. It also means that he is able to liase with specialist surgeons and other medical colleagues on a regular basis.

In 1997 Dave and business partner Bev van Melsem moved their practice to new premises at 19 Maunu Road, where they have been able to expand the range of services they can provide for their patients. Unfortunately Bev had to retire in 2001 due to ill health. Dave now has Richard (his son) and Megan McGregor to help run the practice.

In addition to a wide range of conservative dentistry procedures, Dave’s special interests are in oral surgery and implantology.
In association with Kylie McGregor-anaesthetist, Dave has a monthly operating list at his rooms to treat patients requiring a IV sedation for surgery cases and for those who are nervous in the dental chair.

For those patients considering having implants, Dave has been placing implants for 25 Years and does both the surgical and prosthetic procedures in his rooms.  To ensure that he is up to date with the latest techniques,  Dave is a regular attendee at Dental Implant conferences and workshops both in NZ and overseas. Dave is a member of the Australasian Society of Implantologists.


Dr Richard Stallworthy


Richard was a Whangarei Boys High School student before attending Otago University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2000.

Richard spent his first two years after graduating working in Invercargill hospital. Here he gained valuable experience in oral surgery, trauma and treating medically compromised patients.

He then moved to the UK and worked in Hampshire for 2 years, where emphasise was placed on cosmetic dentistry.

On his return to New Zealand in 2005, he joined the team at Maunu Dental.
Richard is an experienced Dentist who enjoys all aspects of general dentistry; he likes to take preventative approach by educating patients and using conservative dental procedures.

Richard has a special interest in endodontics and over the past 3 years he has been able to develop his endodontic technique further by using the practice’s microscope.

Richard also has experience treating patients with IV and nitrous sedation and often uses his oral surgery skills on patients who have difficult cases, requiring sedation.

Recently the practice purchased a bio-lase soft tissue laser, which Richard is routinely using for soft tissue surgery. Since he has been practising here Richard has established a large client base of regular patients.