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Renée Ford

Dental Hygienist


Dr. Helen Yan


Helen has been running Dentistry With A Smile since 2018.


After graduating from Otago Dental School in 2008, Helen joined our practice in 2009. Helen holds her certificate in Intravenous Sedation. 

Outside of work Helen spends a lot of time with her family. She, her husband and their two boys love to travel and explore.

Languages spoken: Mandarin


Dr. Laura Lee


Laura joined our practice this year and gained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago in 2014. 

She holds special interest in providing pain-free dental experience and pursues the highest quality of dentistry in all aspects of dentistry including root canals, oral surgery, CEREC crowns and full mouth rehabilitation. 


Laura recently moved to Christchurch from Napier with her husband, David, and they are enjoying exploring Christchurch and all it has to offer. Laura loves to read and keep up with the latest Netflix shows.

Languages spoken: Korean



Practice Manager

Hannah has been part of the surgery for almost 2 years. She also used to work in the surgery as a DA and receptionist for 10 years while at school and studying.


Hannah has 10 years experience as a teacher and is looking forward to using many of these skills when taking on the role of Practice Manager.

When Hannah isn’t working in the surgery, she can be found enjoying her indoor plant shop, walking the dog or socialising.


Dr. Dawson Young


Dawson graduated from Otago University with an Honours degree in Chemistry and completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1999. 

Dawson was first with our practice as a locum after graduation and returned after 2 years of OE in London to practice in Hoon Hay.

Dawson spends his free time with his partner and their son. He loves to spend time outside, tinker with carving and has even created his own video game machines.


Renée Ford

Dental Hygienist

Renée graduated with her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2003 and she has been with Dentistry With A Smile for 8 years. Renée enjoys keeping up with the latest in preventive treatment and technology, such as our new Airflow machine.

Renée loves to spend time with her family and dog whenever possible. They all enjoy travelling together, both locally and internationally when able.



Practice Manager

After 15 years with the surgery, Pip has now retired. She will be very  missed!


Pip has a lot of experience in medicine, firstly as a registered nurse for 20 years, then 10 years as a registered midwife and 15 years as Practice Manager at Dentistry With A Smile.


Dr. Leigh Stevenson


Leigh graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology in 1991 and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1994. Leigh has been part of the practice for 26 years. She holds her certificate in Intravenous Sedation. 


Leigh is kept very busy outside of the practice by her 3 teenage children and running her three dogs, two beagles and a bull breed rescue, in the Port Hills.


Allana Coxon

Dental Hygienist

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