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Dr Danny Lee Dentist
Hi, I am Danny. I graduated BDS with distinction from University of Otago in 2015 and moved to Rotorua in 2016.
I was born and bred on the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia for the past 20 years before deciding to move to Otago to study and pursue a career in dentistry.
I have always believed in the old adage that prevention is better than cure. The philosophy of dentistry has changed over the years from the typical “drill-and-fill” mode to a medical model which emphasises preventative treatment and a more conservative approach. It is very important to me that patients understand the different types of dental diseases and adopt lifestyles and habits that improve their oral health. I have special interests in wisdom teeth extraction with/without sedation and cosmetic rehabilitation. Aesthetics is very important to me as I believe it will open up a multitude of possibilities in life.
Outside work, I live and breathe football, or rather what is known as soccer in NZ. I have supported Arsenal football club since I was 7 years old. Locally, I used to play/train for Rotorua United until I suffered a serious shoulder injury which prevents me from playing competitive games anymore. Nowadays, I often work out my strength at Flex Fitness or completing strava run challenges in the Redwoods and Blue Lake.
Dr Gaius Zhang Dentist
Gaius is a recent graduate dentist from the University of Otago and relocated to the Bay of Plenty from Auckland, to join the team in Rotorua.
He is a friendly and passionate dentist, interested in all aspects of general dental practice. He practices minimally invasive patient-centred care with a focus on patient education and prevention to effectively meet the needs of each of his patients. He is striving to create a positive contribution to his community as his passion for dentistry continues to flourish.
Outside of dentistry Gaius loves cooking and exploring different cuisines with family and friends. He is looking forward to discovering everything the Bay of Plenty has to offer.
Dr Maia Tapsell Dentist
Ko Te Arawa te waka, Te Arawa te iwi
Mai i Maketū ki Tongariro
Ko Pukemaire tōku maunga
Ko Kaituna tōku awa
Ko Ngāti Whakaue tōku hapū
Ko Whakaue Kaipapa tōku marae
Nō Maketū ahau
Ko Māia tōku ingoa
Maia was raised in Tauranga and Maketu and made the move back to the Bay of Plenty in 2021. She brings to The Dentists a wealth of knowledge surrounding health, having completed a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacology (Distinction) prior to a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and is published in The Journal of Public Health.
Maia is a gentle dentist who focuses on education and prevention so patients can take charge of their oral health and achieve their oral health goals. Maia always aims to create a non-judgemental and safe environment for patients and particularly enjoys helping anxious patients overcome their fear of the dentist.
Since gaining her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago, Maia has become a Forensic Dentist for the Waikato Bay of Plenty region. She has also developed a special interest in cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, and oral surgery.
Maia devotes her time to ongoing study and is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, Te Ao Marama, New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology, New Zealand Institute of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, New Zealand Society of Endodontics and the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
In her spare time, Maia enjoys horse riding, pilates, and is a student at Te Reo Purapura and the local Korean Language School.
Dr Mia Chua Dentist
Mia was born and raised in Malaysia and moved to New Zealand in 2015 to continue pursuing her dental career at the University of Otago. Since graduating from dental school in 2017, she has worked in Whangarei, Waikato regions and Auckland before moving to Rotorua. She appreciates the experience of working in the diverse areas of Aotearoa, which has shaped and enhanced her professional and personal development.
Mia believes oral health is fundamental to lifelong well-being. The privilege of empowering her patients to take control of their oral health has motivated her to continually improve her clinical knowledge and skills as a dental clinician.
She has enjoyed all aspects of general dentistry with a special interest in biomimetic dentistry, which aims to conservatively restore damaged teeth and replicate their natural-like strength and function.
Outside of work, thanks to the beautiful sights Rotorua has to offer, she loves to explore those fantastic walking tracks and enjoys being surrounded by nature.
Dr Natasha Manuson Dentist
Natasha is a dentist who has been part of the Rotorua community since 2020. She is passionate about creating a comfortable, safe space for her patients to achieve their dental health wishes.
Natasha finds meaning in helping those who are anxious about visiting dentists. She is gentle, patient, aswell as offers solutions including Intravenous Sedation to help them overcome unease.
Her enthusiasm for the arts merge seamlessly as a dentist. Natasha is well connected with the arts community in Rotorua and spent Summer of 2022 as a resident artist with The Arts Village. She calls Rotorua home for all of its lake swimming and hiking adventures.
She is affiliated with the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; the NZ Society for Anaesthesia and Sedation; and the NZ Dental Association. Other academic achievements include receiving the Royal NZ Dental Corps Prize for Oral Surgery on completion of her Bachelor of Dental Surgery and the R.C. Tonkin Scholarship to research cross cultural interactions of migrant populations of New Zealand.
Through active listening to her patients concerns, Natasha believes working together to make the best decision for her patient’s oral health.
Hello! My name is Alex, I moved from Auckland 7 years ago and absolutely love Rotorua. I joined the team recently; I have worked in healthcare in the past and enjoy helping others and finding the best results for their needs.
I can’t wait to see you in our clinic soon!
Cheyenne Head Dental Assistant
Keeley Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Keeley I made the move to The Dentists in May of 2023. I have a passion for customer service which allows me to work alongside The Dentists whilst learning everyday!
Marcela Dental Assistant
Hola! My name is Marcela, I was born in Chile. After moving to New Zealand my mum and sister became dental assistants which has inspired me to follow in their footsteps. Although I’ve not been here long, I love The Dentists and the team!
Niamh Dental Assistant
Sarah Office Manager
Hi, my name is Sarah, I am born and raised in Rotorua and love that its central to everything, forests, beaches, and cities.
I have been with The Dentists for a year now and love learning and growing every day. Growing up as someone who hated the dentist, I find it ironic I now work within one. My goal is to show people the dentist is not as scary as they think and help them overcome those fears.
Hi, my name is Tara, I’ve been with the dentists for 1.5 years now and love learning something new every day. I previously worked in dentistry which has been a growing passion! Can’t wait to see you soon