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Meet your team

  • Dr Shayeste Irani BDS (Otago)

    Shayeste has the privilege of returning to serve her own community of East Auckland, as she grew up in Pakuranga and attended Pakuranga College before graduating from Otago University. Shayeste joined the Sanctuary team as Associate Dentist in 2013. Her warm, bright and outgoing personality combined with care and gentleness, puts you at ease whatever the treatment is that you require. 

    Shayeste has worked in both Greenlane and Middlemore Hospital Dental Departments which has given her invaluable experience. This experience has included the management of medically compromised people, wisdom tooth removal and periodontal (gum) treatment. She has enjoyed working with the elderly and children alike.
    She strongly believes in keeping her dental knowledge up to date by attending further education courses in all aspects of general dentistry here in New Zealand and internationally. In addition to her passion for dentistry and the service to her community, when she is not at Sanctuary, she is also loves dancing and the challenge of skiing.

  • Dr Damian Park

    Damian fell in love with New Zealand on his first visit. He made the decision to move his family from Argentina to New Zealand permanently.

    He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2004, his great passion for dental implants and full mouth cosmetic rehabilitation led him to complete the Specialisation in High Complexity Rehabilitation with Dental implants and Prosthesis in 2013. He has placed 100s of dental implants for his patients. Damian enhances his skill base and keeps up with the new advancements/ technologies in dentistry on a regular basis by attending dental courses here and overseas.

    Throughout Damian's 12 years of experience, he has learnt the importance of thinking from a patient’s point of view. Client trust is paramount for Damian, he will work at his client’s pace, he always ensures that his clients feel comfortable and relaxed, and he confirms that they fully understand their options and the treatment offered. Damian speaks English, Korean and Spanish fluently.

    The Sanctuary team has welcomed Damian wholeheartedly as we know he will make a real difference to the lives of our clients.

  • Dr Nate Chong

    Dr Nate Chong

    Nate graduated with the Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago. Since then he has worked in Tauranga before taking up the opportunity to work with Sanctuary Dental.

    Nate is passionate about quality dentistry and enjoys the challenge of creating individualised treatment plans, which can range from the simple to the very complex. He also has a wide range of interests, from aesthetic dentistry, root canal treatment, to crown and bridge work.

    "Being able to provide dental treatment that you need to the highest standard is my passion. Dental care can be personalised to suit every patient, based on the desired results that you have for your teeth. My main priority is not to only attend to your teeth, but to ensure that you are well taken care of and that you have a pleasant experience!"

    Outside of work he enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, tramping and travelling.

  • Caron Thorne Registered Dental Hygienist

    undefinedCaron came to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago from South Africa and made Auckland her home with her husband and two children. She joined Sanctuary in 2009 and brings 30 years of experience in dental hygiene with her.

    “As a dental hygienist, I provide the "shared care" for the prevention of the dental decay, the prevention of gum disease and the maintenance of gum health. Remember that our general health is directly related to our oral health, so on-going maintenance is essential.”

    Caron has also been the President of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association. The purpose of this organisation is to unite all Dental Hygienists and Therapists and to provide continuing education. This ensures that the profession continually strives to improve clinical skills and that Hygienists remain compliant with the Dental Council of NZ.

    Caron's other passion is gardening and plants, of which she is particularly knowledgeable about! She definitely has 'green fingers"! She is also very musical and sings in the worship team of her church.

  • Tracey Tebble-Lewis Practice Manager

    Tracey is originally from the UK, where she spent over 15 years Managing National Government contracts. Tracey’s passion is customer care and the delivery of quality services.

  • Lyndsey Roughton Treatment Plan Co-ordinator

    Lyndsey has been with Sanctuary since our beginning and we are very grateful to have her on our team. She has a lifetime of experience in dentistry starting her career as a dental nurse and working in a variety of dental roles over her career.

    Lyndsey has particular expertise in disusssing treatment options with our clients and organising and scheduling often more complex treatment plans. She is also able to answer many of your questions about Holistic Dendistry and removal of dental mercury amalgam. She has a passion for ensuring that you understand all the options available to you and that you have time to ask any questions that you may have. She capably co-ordinates the visits for people that travel from afar to see us.

    Lyndsey tecahes the piano in her spare time and spends time with her many beautiful grandchildren.

  • Kristel Andrade Dental Assistant

    Dental Assistant at Sanctuary Dental

  • Adele Harrichand Dental Assistant

    Dental Assistant at Sanctuary Dental

  • Helen Lu Dental Hygienist

    Dental Hygienist at Sanctuary Dental

  • Rima Singh Dental Hygienist

    Dental Hygienist at Sanctuary Dental

  • Mandy Chu Dental Hygienist

    Dental Hygienist at Sanctuary Dental

  • Kavya Murthy Reception

    Receptionist at Sanctuary Dental