Dentist – Dr Jo Milne
Whilst working in a Birkenhead practice with steep stairs, Jo had a vision that dentistry needed to be more easily accessible for the local community of Milford and Forrest Hill and together with Jasmax Architects set out to create a bright, airy space that has a timeless elegance as well as a relaxing ambience.
Dentist on Shakespeare was opened in November, 1999 and from that day Jo has never looked back. A reputation that spans over 30 years draws clients from all over Auckland. Since qualifying in 1982 Jo has worked 3 years in hospital based Oral Surgery units and the rest of the years in general practice. Special interests include cosmetic makeovers and early intervention of periodontal (gum) disease both of which improve confidence and overall well being. "A lot of dentistry is preventable, so it is my aim to educate patients to reduce risks of either tooth or periodontal damage. My hygienists are carefully chosen and trained to identify problem areas and continue offering advice at maintenance appointments" says Jo.
Jo has a commitment to excellence and strives to continuously update her knowledge and experience by regular attendance of seminars given by world renowned speakers. A Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in the subject of periodontology was awarded from Otago University in 1998. Jo is a member of the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, New Zealand Dental Association as well as the local Auckland Dental Association.
Spare time allows indulgences in tennis, tramping and skiing as well as support of her 2 children Hannah and Andrew.
Practice Manager- Ruchira G. Gajabe
Ruchira, our Practice Manager is dedicated to the dental field having graduated as a dentist in her home country of India and continued studies to specialize in Health Service Management in New Zealand. She job shares with Alice.
Ruchira plays a vital role in managing and balancing the workflow among all the staff members. She is an enthusiastic young girl with a vibrant personality.
In her spare time she enjoys trekking, reading and socializing with friends.
Dental Reception – Alice Oborn
Alice's warm friendly manner is well utilised as she enjoys the direct patient contact in her job-share role at Reception.
She has many years' experience in front-office reception duties, as well as a wide variety of P.A. and computer skills.
Alice enjoys a challenge and loves working in an organised environment; and being part of a friendly team. She lives on the North Shore and enjoys walking, travel and socialising with friends.
Hygienist – Lyn Badua-Furlong
Lyn came to Dentist on Shakespeare in 2002 and thrives on seeing the amazing improvements in her patients oral hygiene year after year.
Qualified as a dentist in the Phillipines in 1987 Lyn has added to her experiences by actively attending seminars centred around gum health. Lyn understands that lowered immunity can increase the effects of plaque damage and for this reason keeps herself up to date with the numerous products available as adjunctive homecare aids. Lyn is also our resident expert on Britesmile and Zoom in-surgery whitening systems so please feel free to make an appointment to look through our before and after albums whilst Lyn explains the process.
Lyn says "If a gum bleeds when brushing or flossing, it is not healthy."
Lyn will pull out all the stops to ensure that you maintain a healthy, bright smile for life.
Orthodontist - Mohamad Al-Dujaili
Mohamad trained at Otago University, Dunedin, shifting from early training in Physiotherapy to his favoured field of Dentistry. Upon graduation Mohamad joined his fathers Sydney practice for a few years before returning to Otago to gain his Clinical Doctorate in Orthodontics.
During the latter three years of study Mohamad not only worked part-time in private dental practice but published and presented his research and clinical cases in national and international forums, including at the Australasian Begg Society of Orthodontics and the European Orthodontic Society Conferences.
A firm believer in maintaining high clinical standards, Mohamad sat and successfully passed exams to become affiliated with Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Sydney. He is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists and the New Zealand Dental Association.
Beyond orthodontics, Mohamad enjoys the outdoors. In summer he is out mountain biking, running, fishing and hunting. Whilst in winter he loves to head to the slopes with his snowboard. Travelling around the world has also been a big part of Mohamad's life.
Implant Dentist – Pawan Kalra
Dr Pawan Kalra and his wife moved to New Zealand in 1995 and after successfully completing the New Zealand Dental Council registration exams, has been practicing comprehensive dentistry since 1996.
Dr Kalra has developed a passion for dental implant treatments. Since 1998 Dr Kalra has been involved in both surgical & prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry. Due to his vast experience in placing implants, he has been granted accreditation by ACC, which enables him to perform surgical placements for ACC cases. Dr. Kalra has been awarded Fellowship with ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantology).
Dentist on Shakespeare welcomed Dr Kalra as part of the team in 2006. Since then Dr Karla and Dr Milne have enjoyed working with over 100 clients together. It has been satisfying, says Jo, for me and the patient to know that we are on hand in one place to answer all their questions.
Dental Assistant – Jelena Vucina-Grzesiak
Jelena feels at home in the dental field having grown up with two uncles that are dentists. She has fond memories of fun and play around teeth as she was taught about the importance of taking care of them. Therefore it was a natural step to become a chairside assistant and pass this knowledge to clients of the practice as well as enjoy the variety of the role.
"It is always a great satisfaction to assist our team of dentists who are not only experts in their profession perfectly sculpting natural looking teeth but also relaxed and lovely people to work with.
When not at work, Jelena fulfils herself as a Mum; loves cooking, art and crafts, gardening, reading, indulging in nature and catching up with friends.
Senior Dental Assistant – Anita Lykkeberg
Anita shares her role as Dental Assistant with Jelena, citing ‘Dentistry is new for me but I am revelling in the variety of work here at Dentist on Shakespeare’. Originally from Denmark she qualified with a BSc in nursing in 1999. We all value her experience with patient care, sterilisation and stock organisation.
Following her husband’s career she has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia before retiring to settle in Auckland for the second and final time. ‘I am so happy to be outing down roots in New Zealand and with both my daughters being self-reliant and following their own dreams and aspirations. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, yoga and reading.