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Meet the team

Richard Stallworthy dentist

Richard Stallworthy

Richard is a general dentist with a variety of interests and skills. In addition to operating the only dental microscope in Whangarei, he offers both aesthetic and functional composite fillings, a digital scanner for designing modern crowns and bridges, and modern X-ray machines for placing dental implants. From emergency care to makeovers, he has experience in almost every aspect of dentistry.

His patients benefit from his keen interest in emerging technologies and procedures.

Richard grew up in Whangarei and has strong ties to the Northland region. After graduating from Otago Dental School, he worked at Southland Hospital, then in England.

Then, in 2015, Richard acquired his father David Stallworthy's 1996-established practice and expanded and modernized.

Interests: In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing with classic cars and weeding several acres of native scrub in Whangarei Heads.

Jason Phang Dentist

Jason Phang

Jason graduated from the University of Otago in 2015. He moved up to Whangarei and has enjoyed working here ever since.


Since graduating, he commits his time to learn new dental techniques and technologies to help patients have a better experience.


He enjoys offering many aspects of general dentistry in a gentle manner.


Growing up in Malaysia, he can communicate in English, Malay and Mandarin.


Interests: Outside of dentistry, he enjoys travelling, hiking and music.

Jo Burgess Hygienist

Jo Burgess

Jo graduated from Otago University Dental Hygiene program in 2001. You will find that she is compassionate, able to put patients and ease, and ensures a positive dental experience. Jo loves getting to know her patients while helping to achieve and maintain good oral health.

Jo grew up in Northland and has spent all her working career here. Raising a young family with her husband Scott she is involved in many areas of the community and enjoys taking on new challenges to diversify her knowledge. 

Interests: When Jo is not busy with her daughters' she enjoys being active, spending time with friends, and weekends away in her caravan.

Ivy Ting dentist

Ivy Ting

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 at the hospital as a House Officer for 3 years before joining us at Maunu Dental.


She enjoys doing surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal and is trained in providing intravenous and nitrous sedation.

Interests: In her free time Ivy enjoys vegetable and fruit gardening as well as travelling and going on hikes and nature walks.


Tanuja Sule

Originally from Singapore, Tanuja graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009. She worked at the prestigious Royal Dental Hospital in Melbourne before moving to Whangarei in 2016.

Tanuja is a warm, caring and approachable dentist. She really enjoys getting to know her patients, and in doing so creates a comfortable and relaxing environment for them. She strives to create a positive experience towards oral health for her patients. She will work with you to ensure every treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs.

Tanuja also has a passion for learning, and is committed to continuing education to ensure she is up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental healthcare. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and looks forward to helping her patients.

Interests: During her spare time she enjoys baking, running, designing jewellery and spending time with her family.


Anette Franck

Anette is a 2006 graduate of Otago University and with 17 years dental hygiene experience, passionately caring for and guiding patients to achieve a healthy mouth, strong gums and shiny teeth.


She is well versed with taking x-rays and providing tooth whitening techniques and loves building good relationships with all her patients.


Her patients also benefit from a post graduate qualification that allows her to administer local anaesthesia.

Interests: When not working, her other passions include photography and cycling and of course, family.

Martin Minne Dentist

Martin Minne

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.


Sara Van Polanen Petel

Sara graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health.


Sara worked in New Zealand for several years before moving to the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Here she continued her career in Oral Health and gained further experience in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy practice.


Having recently returned to New Zealand she is excited to be back in Whangarei to provide her patients with exceptional care while maintaining a caring and understanding approach to treatment.


Interests: During her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping and fishing and spending time with family and friends.

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