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Our team of experienced dental practitioners have a collaborative approach to your Oral Health needs

Helen Gibbons

Dr.Helen Gibbons

BDS (Otago)


About Helen

Dr Helen Gibbons has a BDS and BSc in Microbiology. She graduated from the University of Otago in 1985.

Her interests include treatment planning for older patients, taking an holistic approach to the treatment of dental disease and carrying out minimally invasive treatments. Helen’s end goal is to empower patients to take responsibility for their own oral health.

She attends a monthly study group and joins NZDA and other industry seminars to keep abreast of the new techniques, technologies and treatments available in dentistry.

Gurpinder Singh

Dr.Gurpinder Singh



About Gurpinder

Dr Gurpinder Singh graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry in 2003. After leaving dentistry overseas, Gurpinder began working in dentistry in New Zealand, and has been working in the Wellington region for the past 10 years.

Gurpinder enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in CAD/CAM dentistry. By attending regular dental conferences, Gurpinder keeps up to date with advances in dental technology.

When not working Gurpinder loves to travel and explore New Zealand’s wonderful hotspots.

Yvonne Chai

Dr.Yvonne Chai

BDS (Otago)


About Yvonne

Dr. Yvonne Chai graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. She had won an academic award in university for her overall performance in class.

Yvonne enjoys all aspects of dentistry with special interests in emergency dental care and creating a beautiful smile through restorative dentistry and clear aligner treatment. Yvonne is an Invisalign® Go and Spark™ Aligner provider.

When she’s not at the clinic, Yvonne can be found food hopping around restaurants or sipping coffee at the local cafes. Yvonne considers herself to be quite a foodie and coffee lover as most Malaysians tend to be! Yvonne is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors relaxing in New Zealand’s beautiful nature.

Lauren Tieh

Dr Lauren Tieh

BDS(Hons) (Otago)


About Lauren

Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago with First Class Honours and was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeon Academic Prize in recognition of her outstanding clinical, professional excellence, and leadership. Lauren has published several research papers on dental materials in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Conference in South America.

Lauren believes in practicing evidence-based dentistry with a focus on patient-centered care. She strives to provide a positive and comfortable experience.

Lauren began her career as a dental house surgeon at the University of Otago and Dunedin Public Hospital, during which she was exposed to a wide range of disciplines. These include Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and special needs dentistry.

Lauren attends meetings at the NZDA Wellington branch regularly and has previously filled the role of Secretary and Treasurer at the NZDA Otago Branch.

Lauren enjoys the great outdoors. She also enjoys yoga and social dancing. Lauren is fluent in English, Mandarin and Malay.

Andre Nowicki

Dr André Nowicki

BDS (Melbourne)


About André

I’m very happy to have joined the team at Real Dentistry and would like to share a few things about me.

I have been lucky to have had many enriching experiences which help me connect with people from diverse backgrounds. I have worked in outback areas, hospitals, as well as private general practice in New Zealand, Australia and Germany. If you feel more comfortable speaking your home language, I also speak Polish, German and French and I always look forward to meeting new people.

I enjoy the variety of dentistry and top-class teamwork to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. My preventive focus begins with gum health, managing wisdom tooth problems as well as offering durable and aesthetic solutions for replacing lost tooth structure and teeth. I am also a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and the International Team for Implantology.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with family, playing the clarinet in various bands and the great outdoors!

Yvonne Symons

Yvonne Symons


Oral Health Therapist

About Yvonne

Yvonne graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Yvonne’s background is rural and medical with more than 30 years of working in the public sector.

Yvonne wants to see her patients in good health and enjoys working with them to help them obtain good oral health. She believes that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. Yvonne has a special interest in patients with dental anxiety and those involved in sport.

When Yvonne is not working, she can be found working on her lifestyle block in the Wairarapa with her her husband, dog, and alpacas.

Vanessa Fortune

Dental Hygienist

About Vanessa

Vanessa worked in a dental practice for 12 years as a practice manager and then decided to further her education in the dental field, She graduated in 1999  from Otago with a Diploma in Dental hygiene and has had  over 20 years experience.

Vanessa has  worked in a specialist periodontal practice as well as private practice over those 20 years which has provided her with a lot of experience in treating gum disease.
Vanessa loves to bake and has a pussycat called Bertie.
Ritu Singh

Ritu Singh

Practice Manager
Briar Remnant

Briar Remnant

Front Office Coordinator

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