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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. Jonathan Sheng


Jonathan joined our practice in 2023, coming from a practice in Gisborne. He studied at Otago University and completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2020.


Allana Coxon

Dental Hygienist

Allana joined our practice in 2021. She studied Bachelor of Oral Health and graduated in 2013 from University of Newcastle, NSW. Allana finished her Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) in 2014.

She prides herself in providing gentle hygiene treatment and instilling confidence in anxious patients.

In Allana's spare time she spends time with her two greyhounds, dabbles in outdoor sports and enjoys being our token Australian.


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.

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Dr. Sam Gowen



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Denture Technician

Omar works for Duchenne and holds a clinic bi weekly at Dentistry With a Smile. 

We love having him as part of our team and being able to offer denture services for our patients.


Dr. Laura Lee


Laura and her husband have recently welcomed a baby girl! Laura will be on maternity leave until further notice.

Laura joined our practice in 2021 and gained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago in 2014. 

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

Languages spoken: Korean


Renée Ford

Dental Hygienist

Renée graduated with her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2003 and she has been with Dentistry With A Smile for 10 years. Renée enjoys keeping up with the latest in preventive treatment and technology, such as our 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

Hannah has been part of the surgery since the beginning of 2020. She also used to work in the surgery as a DA and receptionist for 10 years while at high school and studying.


Hannah has 10 years experience as a teacher and finds many of the skills transferable into the role of Practice Manager.

In her spare time she enjoys socializing, cooking and travelling wherever and whenever possible.

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