meet the team
Richard graduated from the Universtiy of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2000. He then worked at Invercargill hospital for 2 years gaining valuable experience in oral surgery, trauma and treating medically compromised patients. Richard then moved to the UK and concentrated on cosmetic dentistry. He returned to NZ in 2005 and joined the team at Maunu Dental. Richard likes to take a preventative approach by educating patients and using conservative dental procedures.
Interests: Endodontics, IV and nitrous sedation, difficult cases.
Emily was born and raised in Christchurch and is a graduate from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She lived in Melbourne and Dunedin before moving to Whangarei and joined the friendly team at Maunu Dental.
She is motivated by improving patients oral health and in turn their overall health. Emily provides gentle, patient centred care to ensure the best experience for all.
Interests: General dentistry including Restorative and Aeshthetic
Emily speaks: English and Mandarin
Jasmine graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 with a Bachelor of Oral Health degree. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic Oral Health Therapist who is qualified to provide both dental hygiene and dental therapy services.
Jasmine is committed to helping her patients achieve and maintain exceptional oral health.
Martin joined our dental team in March 2021. He owned his own practice in South Africa, and moved to our beautiful town in 2019. He has a dental degree and a post graduate diploma in root canal treatments from the University of Pretoria.
Martin has a warm personality, is gentle with needle phobic patients and is dedicated to both his profession and patients. With a particular love for aesthetic fillings and crowns, you will feel at ease when being treated.
Interests: When not working on beautiful smiles, Martin can be found enjoying outdoor activities- motorcycling, scuba diving, hiking and mountain biking.
Rakesh is a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon with a surgery group practice in Auckland. He has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago (2000), a Bachelor of Medicine and Master’s in Dental Surgery (2009) and a specialist fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (OMS) (2014).
He currently works as a Maxillofacial Consultant at Auckland and Middlemore Hospitals.
Rakesh specialises in all forms of Oral Surgery including wisdom teeth, difficult extractions, implants and dental and oral pathology. He is an affiliated provider with Southern Cross and also ACC registered provider.
Heather attended Indiana University School of Dentistry in the US, graduating in 1999 with an Associate in Science and Dental Hygiene degree. After 9 years of practising as a hygienist, including work at the Indiana University Dental School, Heather moved to NZ in May 2008.
As a dental hygienist Heather gently guides patients’ personal care to achieve and maintain sound oral tissues as an integral part of their general health.
Born in Malaysia, Ivy grew up in Wellington, London and Doha, moving back to NZ to study at the University of Otago, graduating in 2016 with a bachelor of Dental Surgery.
Ivy moved to Whangarei in 2017 to work as House Officer - engaging in a wide range of dentistry including oral and paediatric surgery, hospital and specialist dentistry. She is motivated by helping people in pain and allowing them to continue with their daily lives.
Interests: Oral surgery, extractions and biopsies.
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.
Julie has been a hygienist in Whangarei for 20 years and joined Maunu Dental, back in March 2019.
She enjoys meeting people and helping patients to achieve and maintain good oral health.