Vivienne LevyBDS (LHMC), Dip.F.Od(LHMC), NZSSM
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 Honourary Lecturer at the London Hospital.
After a year or so travelling round 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. I was deployed to Phuket after the Boxing Day Tsunami to help identify the victims of the Tsunami. Most recently I was the DVI Dental Ante-Mortem and Reconcilliation Co-ordinator for the Christchurch Earthquake.
My partner of 30 years Charles and I live with our 3 great kids who always surprise me and make me proud. My interests include travel, reading, theatre, 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.
David KaoBDS (Otago)
I graduated with Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago. I believe modern dentistry is all about comfort and service. My goal is to overcome dental anxiety and create a stress free environment for all dental treatments. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and has special interests in oral surgery, endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. I look forward to see the smile on your face.
Jo McMillanBDS (Otago)
After completing a dental degree in Otago in 2005, I returned to Christchurch and enjoyed two years working at Christchurch Public Hospital as a dental and Maxillofacial House Surgeon. Whilst there I gained vast experience working with medically compromised and special needs patients and spent a good proportion of my time working with emergency and trauma cases. This experience has enabled me to deal with a wide range of cases that present in private practice. While at the hospital I completed my primary examinations through the Royal Australasian college of Dental Surgeons.
Today I enjoy the variety of private practice (where I have been working since leaving the hospital) especially oral surgery and restorative dentistry.'
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.
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.
After graduating from University of Otago with Bachelor of health science endorsed in dental hygiene in 2004, I wanted to venture out of nz but didn't go too far.
I first stopped by Perth, travelled a bit and started working both in orthodontic practice and general practice in Brisbane. In 2013, I came to Christchurch with family.
Being a second generation migrant from Taiwan and spend most of my life between nz and Australia, I speak mandarin, Taiwanese,English and little cantonese.
I am passionate with preventive dentistry and endeavour to work holistically with patient and closely with our dental team to maintain your periodontal health.
If your gum is bleeding after brushing, your floss catch in between teeth, teeth feel furry, it is time to visit a dental hygienist today.
Tristan PattinsonBDT, PG Dip CDT
Clinical Dental Technician
Hi Im Tristan. I have been working with Duchenne Dental Sevices for more than 10yrs now and really enjoy the art of crafting smiles where there are none. I graduated through Otago University as a Dental Technician, able to construct all forms of oral appliances from dentures through to mouthguards and orthodontic retainers. Furthermore, I have trained in Clinical Dental technology and now enjoy meeting people and perfecting their desire to smile and go for a meal confidently. I realise that as much as I am about the art of crafting a smile, I have become more aware that I actually work in the confidence business. It is all about ones confidence when they Eat Talk and Smile.
I enjoy working for Duchenne Dental and I find it a real privilege to be working alongside the wonderful team here at Halswell Dental. I find it great to be able to provide many dental solutions under the one roof.
In my spare moments outside of work, I always enjoy spending time with my wife, Megan, and our fluffy Labradoodle, Gus. I also enjoy music and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to seeing you also and working a way to to bring about your confidant smile!"
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