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Meet your team

  • Dr Yvonne Vannoort BDS (Otago)

    Sanctuary started in 2006 as a place where the ideas and philosophies that I had developed over many years came together. I invested in great technology, as well as a small committed and empathetic team.... and we grew from there. Today we are a team of 18 and we continue to learn and commit ourselves to providing the best that dentsitry has to offer. We regularly train together as well as persue our individual interests and expertise.

    Thank you to our loyal clients and friends over these past years, we are grateful to you for returning to us for so long. We also welcome new clients if you feel that we are the best people to serve you and your family.

    Remember that we always seek and appreciate your most honest feedback about our services...thats the best way that we can learn what your needs are and how we can improve what we do.

    On a personal note, my interest over the years has focused on learning about holism.....and then applying that concept to dentistry. I have learnt about the effect of mercury and other heavy metals on our bodies, why flouride may be of benefit to our teeth but no to the rest of our body!

    I am a student of nutrition and how the lack of minerals in our food, and/or our poor digestion effects our body and our teeth. I have learnt about how the environment in which we live, grow and process our food has changed, especially over the last generation or two... and how the consequences of this are manifesting in the disease of not only ourselves but our precoius children particularly. There is still much to learn and understand, I hope this website and your contact with us at Sanctuary will help you also to learn more and promote choices that result in better health and wellness outcomes for you, your family and our wider community.

    Member of New Zealand Dental Association

    ACNEM. Australasian College of Environmental and Nutritional Medicine.

    AIMA. Australasian Integrative Medicine Asscoiation.

  • Dr Sylvia Hong BDS (Otago)

    Sylvia is enjoying returning to family and friends in Botany, as she attended Macleans College before graduating from Otago University. Her parents came from Korea and settled here when she was three years of age. The Sanctuary team welcomed her as an Associate Dentist in 2012. Sylvia understands that a visit to the dentist is not easy for many people. It is for this reason that she makes sure that you are comfortable, by being very gentle, considerate and taking the time to explain all your options for treatment.

    She also believes that oral health plays an integral part in determining the quality of our lives whether it be talking, eating, smiling or being well and feeling confident. She has great satisfaction in helping you achieve this good health, comfort and confidence. Sylvia is passionate about all aspects of general dentistry and also has a special interest and place in her heart for children. "I love to interact with children and teenagers and I believe that a positive experience with me early in life will set up good oral health habits for life".

    Sylvia dedicates much of her spare time ensuring that her knowledge and skills are polished by attending dental courses in New Zealand and overseas. Her spare time is otherwise spent in the outdoors, traveling and enjoying her two small dogs. She looks forward to meeting and serving you at Sanctuary. 

  • 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 Ali Murtuza BDS

    Ali completed his dental training at Otago Dental School after receiving his first degree from Manipal University, India. After working at one of the best practices in Hawkes Bay for 2 years, Ali moved to Auckland in 2012, making this his home.

    Ali strongly believes that his clients should understand all their treatment options, so takes the time to explain these. He is gentle, kind and calm and likes to ensure that people are comfortable during all procedures and discussions.

    He is enthusiastic about all aspects of general dentistry and passionately continues to learn about new technologies and recent advances.

    Ali's passion outside of dentistry is cricket, when not at Sanctuary he will be found watching or playing it!

  • Dr Damian Park

    Damian fell in love in New Zealand when he visited Auckland for the first time. He then made a decision to move from Argentina to New Zealand permanently, because it would be the greatest gift he could give to his beloved children.

    He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 2004 and completed the Specialisation in High Complexity Rehabilitation with Dental implants and Prosthesis in 2013. He enjoys brushing up on his skills by attending dental courses here and overseas.

    Throughout Damian's 12 years of experience, he has learnt the importance of thinking from patient’s point of view. This means that he takes time to build trust, he ensures that his patients feel comfortable and relaxed, and he checks that they fully understand their oral situation and the treatment required. He even knows what each dental material tastes and feels like, because he puts all the new dental materials in his mouth first. Damian also loves playing soccer and camping with his two small children and wife Sylvia. Besides English, he speaks 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.

  • 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.

  • Grace Han Dental Hygienist (Otago)

    Grace arrived in New Zealand with her family in 2003 and studied Dental Therapy at the University of Otago, graduating in 2006. Since then she has worked a a Dental Therapist and Hygienist in Wellington and Auckland.

    Grace has two young children, a daughter and a son who has recently started school. A miniture Schnauzer is also part of the family. 

    We are very grateful that Grace has joined our team as she brings much expertise and is known for her very gentle and thorough approach to hygiene treatment. 

     

  • 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.

  • Lisa Clark Client Co-ordinator.

    Lisa is the lady with the warm smile who you will meet when you first come to Sanctuary. She has a lifetime of experience in dentistry having started her career in dentistry when she was 17 years of age, working for many years as a dental assistant. She therefore has much expertise that allows her to capably coordinate your appointments. 

    Lisa has two adult children and lives with her husband in Pukekohe. She is an avid reader!

  • Robyn Carter Dental Assistant

    Robyn has worked with Sanctuary for a number of years. Robyn is known for her infectious and consistent smile as well as her kind and compassionate manner. She is invaluable to the entire Sanctuary team.

  • Lian Healy Dental Assistant and Client Coordinator.

    Lian has been working for our clinic for a number of years. Her role as a receptionist is to make sure that everyone feels nice and comfortable when they walk in to our clinic.

    Lian is very fit and regularly supports her husband run "boot camp" early in the morning to help others achieve health and fitness. She is a true inspiration to us all!

  • Ashley Landon Dental Assistant.

    Ashley assists Dr Sylvia Hong. She is a very organised and meticulous assistant who helps put her clients at rest knowing they are in capable and gentle hands. 

  • Heather Jones Dental Assistant

    Heather is the newest addition to our team with over 8 years of experience. She fell in love with New Zealand when she visited Auckland for the first time and she is really enjoying her live over here. Heather is also a “signer” for the deaf/hard of hearing.