Vivienne LevyBDS (LHMC), Dip.F.Od(LHMC), NZSSM, FICD
I was born in Liverpool and trained as a dentist at the London Hospital Medical College qualifying in 1986. I worked in London for a few years in various dental practices part-time, as well as getting a qualification in Forensic Odontology in 1988 (LHMC) followed by part-time work as an Honorary Lecturer at the London Hospital.
After a year or so traveling around the world and doing various locums, I bought Gavin Cumberpatch's practice here in Halswell in 1991. Over the years the practice has grown from a 2 chair practice to what you see today.
I enjoy all aspects of dentistry but have a special interest in Paediatric Dentistry. I keep up to date with current changes in dentistry and attend many courses and lectures. I am a member of various professional bodies including the NZ Dental Association, where I am a past- president of the local Canterbury Branch.
The Forensic side of my career is busy too. I am the Forensic Odontology Co-ordinator for Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson working for the Police and the Coroner. After the Boxing . I was the DVI Dental Ante-Mortem and Reconciliation Co-ordinator for the Christchurch Earthquake as well as being involved in other mass disasters.
My partner of over 30 years Charles and I have 3 great adult kids who always surprise me and make me proud. My interests include travel, reading, theatre, art, music, other people and anything I have not done or seen before.
Zinta McGuinnietyBDS (Otago)
I was born and raised in Christchurch. I graduated from Otago in 1999 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. The following 4 years were spent working in Britain. Firstly in Broxbourne, where I worked for 3 years. I then spent 1 year working in Camden. I returned to New Zealand in 2003 and settled back in Christchurch with my wife.
After returning I worked part time Linwood before working full time in Haslwell Dental Centre. I enjoy all aspects of Dentistry but especially implants and the new technologies within it, this has meant an enormous commitment to continuing education. I strive to achieve the best dental care possible. It is my aim to provide patients with a caring, friendly environment, and to minimise their discomfort and fear wherever possible.
Lizzie GilksBDS Hons (Cardiff), MFDS
I completed my dental degree in Cardiff, U.K. in 2013 during which time I was involved in providing emergency dental treatment to communities in rural India and Ghana. I then spent a year working as a house officer in the University Hospital of Wales Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, where I completed my membership examinations (MFDS) with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. These experiences gave me a huge insight into handling a wide range of cases, as well as managing medically compromised, emergency and special needs patients.
Since then I have enjoyed working in general dental practice in the UK and now New Zealand, with a particular interest in oral surgery, restorative dentistry and treating anxious patients. I am dedicated to providing high quality care and commit much of my time to continuing professional development to ensure I am working at the forefront of the latest techniques in dentistry.
Having had kind and caring dental experiences as a child, I always strive to put patients at ease with my friendly manner and provide dental treatment in a relaxed, calm environment.
Rebecca ChapmanBDS (Otago)
After completing my Bachelor of Dental Surgery in Otago, I have worked in both hospital departments and private practice. My first two years of work were spent at Christchurch Hospital as a Dental and Maxillofacial House Officer, where I gained experience in managing dental emergencies and trauma, as well as treating medically compromised and special needs patients. During this time, I completed the Primary Examinations through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. I then moved to private practice where I have worked in both Christchurch and Auckland.
I am currently working part-time at Christchurch hospital as a Special Needs Dentist, alongside my days at Halswell Dental Centre. I have a wide range of interests within dentistry, with a strong focus on prevention and providing patient-centered care in a friendly and gentle manner. The main areas of private practice I enjoy are general restorative dentistry, treatment of medically compromised and anxious patients. I have a keen interest in research and am also completing a Master of Community Dentistry (Dental Public Health).
After completing my degree from the University of Otago, I worked in Palmerston North for a couple of years before moving to Christchurch, and am glad to have joined Halswell Dental. I thoroughly enjoy the group practice atmosphere here as we are all a friendly and helpful bunch that focuses on patient-centered care.
I am passionate about providing quality care with attention to detail, and a gentle and comfortable experience for my patients as I understand it can be difficult coming to the dentist. I value the importance of preventative dentistry and will work together with patients to maintain a healthy dental lifestyle so they can keep smiling for longer.
Having come from Malaysia, I am able to speak 3 different languages, English, Malay, and Mandarin. I also enjoy trying different food and cuisine from different cultures and you will most likely find me in cafes and restaurants around Christchurch. '
Chelsea RohekarBOH (Otago)
Dental Hygienist, Oral Health Therapist
I graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2014. Coming from a dental background initially, I pursed a career down the dental hygiene and therapy pathway. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects in the role of being a dental hygienist and therapist, with particular interest in the prevention of dental and periodontal diseases.
Being born and raised in Christchurch, I love the outdoors and have just recently begun participating in triathlon events.
Christine WilliamsRDH (Otago)
Dental Hygienist, Oral Health Specialist
After immigrating from Herefordshire in the UK as a child we made Christchurch our
Years later after working in Photography processing and the Pharmacy industry, I was
given the opportunity to work in a Endodontic Practice, and then in a Dental Practice
as a Dental Assistant. Then after working for 18 months in the dental industry, I
decided to go to the next level and retrain as a Dental Hygienist.
I graduated in 2003 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Otago University, and in
2005 I gained my Local Anaesthesia Certificate, from Auckland University of
Since graduating I have worked for several dental practices long term including a
What I love about my job is working in a supportive team environment
Ellen DawsonRDH (Otago)
Oral Health Therapist
I qualified from the University of Otago in 2010 as an Oral Health Therapist. After graduating, I worked in Melbourne Australia for a few years before returning back to New Zealand, and have lived here in Christchurch ever since.
As a dental hygienist I am here to assess your risk of gum disease and dental decay. I will also teach you some easy tricks to prevent issues in the future and give you your healthiest smile.
I am originally from the sunny Bay of Plenty so love swimming and mountain biking.
Emily MunnBDT, PG Dip CDT
Clinical Denture Specialist
Emily graduated from Otago University in 2015 with Bachelor of Dental Technology followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology and has been working as a Clinician and Technician since then.
One of the reasons she wanted to work at Duchenne is because we only use the best quality products and latest procedures so that the aesthetics and function are the most effective for all patients.
Andrea has been associated with Halswell Dental Centre for many years, starting as an experienced chairside assistant, then as a receptionist and finally becoming practice manager in 2002.
Andrea shares Halswell Dental Centre's passion and enthusiasm for helping people to fulfill their dental needs.
One of the most enjoyable parts of her role is working with her great team to provide excellent service in a warm and friendly environment for their patients.
Outside the practice Andrea likes to spend time with her family and friends, walking the dog, crafts and cooking.
“Wear a smile - one size fits all.”— Author unknown