meet the team

Richard Stallworthy

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 Jin

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 Kamboj

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. 

Carmen Phillips-Cato

Carmen joined the team in 2019. She has over 20 years experience, working alongside both dentists and specialists, helping patients to achieve optimal oral health and gorgeous smiles! She is a big believer in ongoing care  and loves to educate her patients on how to maintain healthy mouths. Carmen has a very gentle, caring approach tailored to each patient.


Carmen enjoys working at Maunu dental because of its comprehensive approach to dentistry and its supportive and caring team members.

Desmond Cheong

Born and bred in Penang in the north of West Malaysia, Desmond grew up wanting to serve with mission aids in underdeveloped communities. He studied at the University of Otago, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery.

Having completed his primaries exam with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2019, he is constantly improving his dental skills and looking to undergo postgraduate training in the near future. With the variety of technology and collegial network at Maunu Dental, Desmond is proud to be able to provide quality dental care for his patients. Not only does he want to help people have healthier smiles, but he also wants to give them a reason to smile. 

Interests: Restoring smiles, saving teeth, decay prevention and patient education

Desmond speaks: English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien and Cantonese.

Rakesh Jattan

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 Shelley

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.

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 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 Mackessack

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 Williams

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.