Meet the team

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 it and modernized it.

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

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.

Jay Kim

Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health in 2017 from Auckland University of Technology.


Since graduating, she has practised in Auckland, providing hygiene treatments for adults and treating young children with the School Dental Service.


She moved to Whangarei to join the lovely team at Maunu Dental in 2022. She is very passionate about encouraging patients to improve oral health in order to achieve a healthy, confident smile and best dental results.


Jay is fluent in English and Korean.

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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.

Sara Van Polanen Petel

My name is Sara Van Polanen Petel, I graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health.


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


Having recently returned to New Zealand I am excited to now be back in Whangarei to provide my patients with exceptional care while maintaining a caring and understanding approach to treatment.


Interests: During my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping and fishing and spending time with family and friends.

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.

Joanna 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.