About our
Dental Clinic

More than just a smile, we provide high quality professional dental care.

Timaru Dental Care are here to help you achieve optimal oral health by providing the highest standards of dental care. Come in and meet our great fully qualified dental team, they will make your visit easy and as comfortable as possible.

Mark Goodhew BDS

Dentist

Mark Goodhew BDS

Mark has practised dentistry in Timaru since 1986 and is a current member of the Professional Conduct Committee and former Chair of the Dental Council of New Zealand.

Mark is married with 3 adult daughters and in his spare time enjoys a round of golf and watching rugby.

Emily Wilson

Dentist

Emily Wilson BDS

Emily graduated from Otago School of Dentistry in 2013 and is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association. She has worked within the hospital system treating children and special needs adults.

In her spare time Emily is involved with rowing and enjoys exploring the region on her road bike.

Jitte van der Zee

Dentist

Jitte van der Zee BDS

Jitte graduated with a Batchelor of Dental Surgery with Honours from the University of Otago in 2021 and is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association.

Jitte has a passion for dentistry and a goal of continuing to develop his knowledge and skills in dentistry to help every patient achieve the best treatment outcome. He was born and raised just out of Wellington but found Dunedin his second home whilst studying Dentistry.

Outside dentistry Jitte enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, getting outdoors, camping, surfing and playing tennis.

Joy Dunn

Hygienist

Joy Dunn BOH

Joy graduated with a Batchelor of Oral Health from the Otago School of Dentistry in 2012 and is a current member of the New Zealand Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists Association.

Joy has been with us since 2014 and is passionate about improving individuals oral health and well-being.

In her spare time Joy enjoys dancing and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Kylee Little

Dental Assistant

Kylee Little

Kylee joined the Timaru Dental team in 2008 and is a qualified Dental Assistant with the New Zealand Dental Association.

As our senior Dental Assistant Kylee is in charge overseeing the maintenance and ordering all of our equipment and products.

Kylee is married and has two children. In her spare time she enjoys music, caravanning and spending time with her family and friends.

Meredith Alban-Jones

Dental Assistant

Meredith Alban-Jones

Meredith joined the Timaru Dental team in 2013 and is a qualified Dental Assistant with the New Zealand Dental Association.

A caring and considerate member of our team Meredith is passionate about dentistry and finds huge job satisfaction in helping others.

In her spare time Meredith enjoys listening music and spending time with her family and friends.

Sophie Leonard

Dental Assistant

Sophie Leonard

Coming to Timaru Dental as part of the High School Gateway Program Sophie made the decision that she wanted to pursue a career as a Dental Assistant.

She became a permanent member of the Timaru Dental team in 2019 and gained her NZDA qualification in 2020.In her spare time Sophie enjoys spending time with her daughter and catching up with family and friends.

Sarah McLachlan

Dental Assistant

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah joined the Timaru Dental Care team in February 2023 and in 2024 commenced her NZDA Certificate in Dental Assisting.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys outdoor activities, family time, gardening and interior design.

Jesse Brown

Dental Assistant

Jesse Brown

Jesse joined the Timaru Dental Care team as a part time Dental Assistant in June 2023 and in 2024 commenced her NZDA Certificate in Dental Assisting.

Prior to joining us Jesse worked as a Vet Nurse and holds a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Technician.

In her spare time Jesse enjoys spending time with family and friends, watercolour painting, gardening and voluntary church work.

Kath Fraser

Receptionist

Kath Fraser

Kath is the latest member of the Timaru Dental Care team starting late February 2023. In her spare time Kath enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

Barbara Higginson

Practice Manager

Barbara Higginson

Barbara joined Timaru Dental Care in 2016 after 34 years in the legal sector.

In her spare time Barbara enjoys spending time at the lakes or away in the caravan with family and friends.