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Dr Adam Durning Dentist - Co-Director
Hi, I’m Adam.
I studied dentistry right here in New Zealand at our very own University of Otago. I received my degree in 1990 and moved to the lovely environs of Wanganui. I consider it a privilege and take great pride in knowing I will provide a lifelong service to the Whanganui community and find it difficult to express the gratitude I have of now treating the children and grandchildren of my original patients from so many years ago.
I am happily married to Stephanie who is a practice nurse and we are the proud parents of three children, Anna, Finlay and Luca. I love the outdoors and am an avid fisherman, hunter, skier and love riding motorcycles.
I am passionate about taking an all-encompassing approach to dentistry and oral health and to achieving the best outcomes possible for my patients. I firmly believe that oral health is a vital component to our overall health and well-being and have dedicated myself to this philosophy and the advancement of dentistry throughout New Zealand.
Over the years I travelled extensively abroad to study and attend many courses. I am a life member and Diplomat of the World Congress of Micro Dentistry and graduated Dux in a 2-year Mini Orthodontic Residency Program. The insights, knowledge and skills I obtained resulted in me becoming the first accredited Australasian Clinical Laser Trainer and I developed a training program designed to pass on these modern dental techniques to dentists back home in New Zealand as well as Australia. During this period, I travelled extensively lecturing internationally. Because I was so actively involved in the rapid increase and utilisation of modern technology and techniques within Dentistry, I identified a need for a formal structure and organisation within the field and I consequently founded the New Zealand Institute of Minimal Intervention Dentistry in 2002.
Over the years I expanded my horizons and am now a Co-Director of the Dentists Group which is a group of like-minded dentists who have our patients interests at the heart of everything we do.
Dr Mark Huang Dentist
Dr Mark Huang came to live in New Zealand from Taiwan in 1995 to pursue a better education and living environment and is “exceedingly satisfied with the opportunities New Zealand has offered”.
Mark graduated from Otago University in 2004 and even though he had no family or friends in Wanganui, he decided to move here because he wanted the opportunity to work with Dental Lasers in one of the most up to date practices in New Zealand. Mark believes in regular check-ups, early detection of decay and minimally invasive treatment. In the past three years Mark has been treating patients with I.V sedation, micro air-abrasion and CEREC (computer aided porcelain restorations). He enjoys the efficiency and quality treatments the laser technology brings.
Mark says “I am very thankful for the technology. There is no comparison to the treatment this technology provides. The dental laser especially has enhanced my performance and has helped me to treat my patients in a less invasive and more comfortable way”.
Dr Tony Lin Dentist
Tony graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Born in Taiwan and moved to New Zealand when he was 14. He attended Auckland Grammar School before heading down to Dunedin for dental degree. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has special interest on dental prosthetic, root canal treatment and cosmetic dentistry.
Tony believes modern dentistry is about patient comfort and quality service. He aims to provide the best care to all patients with latest technology. He attends courses frequently to keep up-to-date with the latest dental technology and clinical research. He also has publications in the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and Journal of Dental Education.
Tony is a member of New Zealand Dental Association and New Zealand Institute of Minimal Invasive Dentistry.
Outside dentistry, he enjoys basketball, biking and travelling.
Dr Sue Cheah Dentist
Sue graduated from the University of Otago in 2015. Born in Malaysia, she is able to communicate fluently in English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese.
She enjoys partnering with people, especially to improve their oral health and appearance. Her passion lies in the restorative and oral surgery sector of the profession.
Driven by a simple work ethic, Sue treats her patients with care, as she would to herself and her family.
Outside of the practice she spends her time exploring nature, trying new cooking recipes, snowboarding, practising yoga and looking at dog memes.
Dr Jamie Searle Dentist
I grew up in Levin before moving to Dunedin to study Dentistry. 5 years in the cold was enough to convince me to move closer to home, so I made the move to Wanganui.
Working at The Dentists has been very rewarding, with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. It has also been very rewarding seeing the improvement we can make in peoples lives through their oral health.
I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and the New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, and am constantly striving to better myself and the outcomes I can provide for all patients.
Outside of work you can find me digging up dirt at a golf course near you.
Dr Sean Phillips Dentist
I am very excited to be part of the friendly team of fantastic clinicians at The Dentists, Whanganui. My focus is to provide high quality dental care to our community using the latest technology and techniques.
Growing up on a farm near the village of Puhoi, just north of Auckland, my interest in dentistry was sparked during orthodontic treatment. The satisfaction and confidence I gained was life changing.
Early detection and prevention of oral disease is my passion. With a good home care routine and regular professional support, I believe everyone can have strong, beautiful teeth and a smile that will last a lifetime.
Continuing education is vital, so I regularly attend conferences, courses and professional online lectures. I am a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, NZDA Mentorship Programme and the New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.
After spending eight years as a Sea Scout, achieving both Chief and Queen Scout awards, I have developed a love of being in the great outdoors, tramping, camping, sailing and scuba diving. Additionally, I enjoy training in martial arts including Aikido, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Jenni Gibson Practice Manager - Group COO
I moved to Wanganui with my husband Dave 34 years ago. Wanganui is a great place and we raised our two children here who are now 34 and 32 years old.
I started working for Adam Durning in 1993 in a two-surgery practice in the National Bank Building in Victoria Avenue, as the Office manager. Prior to that I worked in the Retail and Hospitality industries. We then moved to our current location in Wicksteed Street and have continued to expand with 6 dental practices throughout New Zealand, also rebranding ourselves as The Dentists along the way.
As The Dentists have expanded so has my roll and I am now employed as the COO. I still play an active roll within the Wanganui practice as Practice Manager and I love interacting with our patients daily. I am lucky to have the opportunity to work within the other practices as well and enjoy working with a great team of enthusiastic people. I am very passionate about my work
Outside of work I enjoy family, friends, walking my dog, fishing, reading and relaxing.
Donna Rasmusen Chief Financial Officer
Hi my name is Donna
I was born and raised in Wanganui and have lived here all my life. Wanganui is a beautiful relaxed place to reside in where I have raised my two sons who are now aged 24 and 21
I commenced working for the dentists in August 2012 as CFO across the group of Practices which has been challenging and rewarding. Prior to that I went straight from school to an Accountants office where I worked for 32 years. In this time I gained extensive experience in all aspects of accounting and financial management.
Since joining the dentists I have had the opportunity to work with a great team who take pride and are compassionate for dentistry and total wellbeing and have founded great relationships.
Outside of work I enjoy time with friends, family, travelling, camping and keen follower of rugby.
Keri Hurst Office Administrator
Hi, I'm Keri.
I started working at The Dentists in 2013. I am a qualified NZDA Dental Assistant. However I branched off and changed roles as office Administrator.
I really love this dynamic role with the great support of my team. This role helps me to remain as part of the team in a different capacity, more so in the back ground helping to keep everything running smoothly.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love getting outdoors and enjoying what Wanganui has to offer.
Kelly Croot Receptionist
Hi I'm Kelly. I was born in Wanganui and have lived here all my life. I love Wanganui and feel we have a really special community.
I have worked in the dental industry for over 25 years both as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist. What I really love about my job is the contact with the patients and building long lasting relationships. I have done this with many over the years, which has now carried over to some of their children!
I enjoy being a part of the team at The Dentists and am committed to making patients feel welcome and comfortable within our practise.
Chris Ferguson Receptionist
I have worked in the Dental Industry for 34 years working for Dentists in Sydney, London and Wellington before returning to Wanganui.
I have worked for The Dentists for 14 years and really enjoy my job. We are like one big family, patients included.
Richelle Terrey Hygienist
Hi my name is Richelle
I have worked in the Dental Industry for the past 25 years. I started as a chair side nurse then went on to become a Hygienist.
I have been married to my husband Shaun for the past 20 years and have been a couple since we were aged 15 at High school. We have 4 beautiful children aged between 13-25 years of age.
I enjoy music and dancing. I am a keen gardener, and keep a very clean home, I might be just a little OCD and maybe this is what makes me such a good hygienist.
I have a happy easy-going personality with a quick wit sense of humor. I enjoy making people laugh with my funny little stories. I find ‘laughter’ a great form of medicine for the nervous and sometimes anxious patient.
I understand that most people don’t ‘love’ coming to the dentist, but my personal goal is for every patient to walk out feeling better than when they walked in.
Oral Health is what I do and it’s important to me that I help my patients also to have a clear understanding of what is happening in their own mouths, so we can work together as a team to keep you healthy.
I am honest, kind, caring, respectful, and totally passionate about what I do. It’s important to me not to just be your hygienist, but to become a friend in your journey to good Oral Health.
I love what I do, and I do what I love.
Louise Lawrence Hygienist
Hi my name is Louise. I mainly grew up and did most of my education in Whanganui. It was a great place to bring up my children Monique and Shaun, now also my grandson Jaxon.
I am proud to say I have worked for The Dentists now for 25 years. I love my job and I'm very passionate about my work. I am highly trained, have years of experience and pride myself on being professional. I like to greet each patient with a friendly smile and ensure they are comfortable, relaxed and well informed about their treatment plan. I do this by working in a modern dental practice with all the latest technology and by being supported by a great team of clinicians.
I am a member of the NZ Dental Hygienist's Association and the NZIMID and I frequently attend conferences and lectures to keep up to date with the latest technology. I strive to give every patient the best care and expertise of our profession. I believe oral health is important to over all health.
When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, yoga and helping my partner on a farm.
Allie O'Donnell Beauty Therapy Manager
I have been working for The Dentists for 17 years starting out as a dental assistant in 2002. Dentistry appealed to me as I always had an interest in healthcare and working with people. I loved how social the job was and the fact that no two days were the same. Helping people and making a difference to their lives was definitely the best part.
In 2011 I decided to sidestep my career and study beauty therapy which has always been my true passion. I graduated with a NZ and internationally recognised qualification top of my class.
Integrating beauty therapy into our dental practice has been seamless as the services compliment each other perfectly. It allows us to take care of peoples total wellbeing with the aim of making people feel good about themselves.
I love being a beauty therapist. It's such a privilege for people to trust you to take care of their physical and emotional wellbeing. Most days I forget I'm at work as the clients almost always become friends!
Kelsie Gillam Beauty Therapist
Hi I'm Kelsie.
I completed my diploma in beauty therapy in 2015 with international qualifications. I have been working in the beauty industry for the past 5 years at 3 different salons.
During this time I have done many extra advanced training courses to expand my knowledge and treatment skills. I'm very passionate about the beauty industry, especially when it comes to skincare!
Jeimy McIver-Ramirez Dental Technician
I'm originally from Colombia and have a degree in Dentistry from the University of Columbia. I came to New Zealand in 2004 and since then I have been working as a Dental Technician at the Dentists.
I specialise in laboratory work and orthodontics and I'm very proud to be part of the team at The Dentists. There are always opportunities to learn new skills due to being able to access the latest technology and procedures.
Kendall Hart Dental Technician
Hi I'm Kendall.
I have been working at The Dentists for three years now and started off as a Dental Assistant. I worked as a Dental Assistant for the first year before moving in into the Laboratory, where i make dentures and mouthguards. I really enjoy the lab work as I feel like there is a real art to it and I've always enjoyed 'arty things'.
When I'm not working I enjoy being outdoors, going for walks and runs and doing workouts with my friends. I also love spending time with my family, attending concerts and travelling.
Jessi Podjursky Dental Assistant
Hi, I’m Jess.
I have been at the Dentists Wanganui for 4 years now, starting here when I was 18 after finishing my 1st year hairdressing, I wanted to try something new and thought dentistry would be an interesting option.
I enjoy all aspects of dental assisting but have a particular interest in implant procedures and aesthetics cases, helping people get their dream smile. It's really nice to see how confident and happy people can become with their teeth. I enjoy the reward of seeing patients reactions and getting them the results they want.
Outside of work I enjoy getting outdoors and keeping active. I love going to the gym, fitness classes and getting out for a bike ride. Spending time with family and friends is important to me also and I enjoy going out for lunch and catching up with them.
I enjoy working at the Dentists with a great bunch of people and the good relationships we develop with patients. It is great to be in a job where we are constantly learning new skills and every day is different.
Acacia Garner Dental Assistant
Rachel Mayo Dental Assistant
I am born and raised in Wanganui, New Zealand. I started dental assisting 5 years ago when i left school. I am a NZDA qualified Dental Assistant with my sedation monitoring certificate.
I enjoy working with people and always being on my feet. I never seem to get bored and I like a good challenge. I enjoy most parts of my job mainly because we are always doing something different and no two days are the same.
In my spare time I love to read, dance and spend time with family and friends.
Nadia Cvitanovich Kerr Dental Assistant
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Loran Coker Dental Assistant
Hi, I'm Loran. I was born and raised in Whanganui but spent 6 years in Australia, moving back to my hometown, my roots, to have my first baby who is now 2.
I have only spent a short time in the dental industry, but it has been something I have been interested in for many years.
After working as a casual assistant in the dental unit at the hospital, it sparked my interest even more and I was lucky enough to land a fulltime position here at The Dentists and I have not looked back since.
I absolutely love meeting new people everyday and helping them with their needs and I love how you never know what you're in for each day.
Phoebe Cromar Dental Assistant
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join the wonderful team at The Dentists Wanganui in August 2019. In this short time I have learnt an incredible amount and I can proudly say I really enjoy being a dental assistant.
I love interacting with patients. I help calm their nerves, reassure and support them through their treatment. The most rewarding part of my job is when the dentist and I show the patient the end result. It’s an incredible feeling when a patient has such gratitude and praise for the care and treatment they’ve received.
Modern dentistry has the ability to improve people’s lives and that’s what it’s all about here at The Dentists. There is so much to offer and I’m going to continue to work and grow my knowledge in the dental industry for a long time to come.
Outside of work, I enjoy fishing and anything in NZ’s great outdoors. Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Abbey Baldwin Dental Assistant
Hi I'm Abbey
I was born and raised in Wanganui and previously worked as an international flight attendant for 4 years.
What made me want to be a dental assistant is the reward of making someone feel good about themselves and that starts with a great smile.
In my spare time i enjoy physical exercise, the beach or spending time with family and friends.