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 Goodhew

Dentist

Emily Goodhew 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.

Daphne Tsao

Oral Health Therapist

Daphne Tsao BOH

Daphne graduated with a Batchelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago in 2019 and is a current member of the New Zealand Oral Health Therapists Association.

She is experienced in oral health and dental hygiene and has worked with both children and adults in private clinics and for the Canterbury DHB.

In her spare time Daphne likes baking, cooking and doing regular work outs.

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 in dentistry.

She became a permanent member of the Timaru Dental team in 2019 and is working towards gaining her NZDA qualification.

In her spare time Sophie enjoys catching up with 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.

Wendy Smith

Receptionist

Wendy Smith

Wendy has been with Timaru Dental Care since 2004 and while now only working part time, she is an integral part of the team.

In her spare time Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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