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About My Dentist

We offer a comprehensive and modern approach to dentistry. We emphasise patient education and prevention, as well as providing informed transparent treatment options, and exploring the most comfortable way to deliver dental services.

The root cause of most dental problems is not knowing what’s happening in our mouths and how we can prevent it. Our dentists will not only fix any existing dental issues, but will address and educate what had caused the problem to begin with so that we can reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

We present all the options available for any conditions and provide our professional guidance along the way. Digital photos and X-rays of your teeth are presented on a tablet for you to see what’s actually happening, and we discuss what solutions might work best for you with all the pros and cons. We are strong believers that there is no one size fits all solution to dentistry.

Instead, we work together with you to pick the best plan to suit you in whatever situation you are in, whether it is a cost effective and affordable plan to get your teeth healthy or you’re after a brand new pearly white Hollywood Smile, we will help you achieve it.

A very challenging part of dentistry is finding the courage to actually come to the dentist. Modern dentistry has taught us to listen to your concerns and find out what some barriers to treatment are and find the most comfortable way to work together to overcome them and deliver the treatment to you. We always provide topical numbing gel and a gentle approach before putting any teeth to sleep, to ensure a comfortable experience throughout the treatment. Sedation is also an option available if you require that extra bit of comfort.

At My Dentist, we strive to take care of you from the moment you walk in the door to when you leave us with a brand-new healthy smile. Our goal is to provide an approach you can trust and rely on, that you can recognise us as your dentist, so that one day you will be proud enough to say to anyone “My Dentist takes care of my teeth!”

Meet Our Team

Dr Jim Han

Dental Surgeon, BDS Otago

Meet Jim

Dr Jim Han grew up in Howick, Auckland and went to secondary school at Macleans College. He completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago, and provided general dental care to families of Wellsford, Upper-North Auckland for five years before deciding to return back home to East Auckland. Jim has obtained an International Congress of Oral Implantologists Fellowship and completed a two-year course in Progressive Orthodontics in Australia. Jim has special interests in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and orthodontics.

One of Jim’s best qualities is his attention to detail and positive patient communication. Jim is very patient and takes the time to pay attention to the smallest detail. This virtue of patience shown by Jim to explain what is required and to get things done right the first time is what sets him apart from others. As the old saying goes, “Do as you would be done by.” This is the simple philosophy that Jim employs to his dentistry. Whether it be a couple of fillings or a complete smile makeover, Jim believes in treating other people the way he would like to be treated and this has been working wonders for him. Jim has a very calm, gentle and composed way about himself that patients have come to admire and love about him. Jim is very experienced in making anxious patients feel at ease after just their first visit with him. He provides reassurance to his patients by listening to their concerns and focuses on providing a positive experience to every patient. Jim speaks fluent Mandarin.

Outside of work Jim is a foodie, who makes a special hobby out of trying new cuisines and tastes. He is a keen fisherman, always looking to go fishing whenever the weather and time permits. He is known by his friends and family as a big technology and computer enthusiast if there ever was one.

Jim’s favorite quote:
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Dr Ahmad Mustafa

Dental Surgeon, BDS Otago

Meet Ahmad

Dr Ahmad Mustafa grew up in the beautiful town of Hawkes Bay from the age of two. At some point in Ahmad’s journey, he discovered the wondrous world of dentistry and pursued it. Ahmad completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago and began practicing in Whanganui. Ahmad is progressing further in his career as he will be completing the graduate programme for the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (NZACD) at the end of 2019.

Ahmad’s kind heart and compassion towards others is reflected in his outstanding dental work. He brings to the community his professional expertise and knowledge to provide quality treatment, which is best for each individuals needs and can be maintained for years to come. Ahmad understands that sitting in a dental chair is not easy; his humorous nature creates an environment for patients to feel as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. Outside of work Ahmad is a football enthusiast and a massive foodie – our team can vouch for his eating!

Dr Desmond Cheong

Dental Surgeon, BDS Otago

Meet Desmond

Born and bred in the culturally rich island of Penang in the north of West Malaysia, Desmond grew up wanting to serve with mission aids in underdeveloped communities. He saw dentistry as a tool he could use to benefit society and came to study at the University of Otago, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery. He has since learned a lot not only about helping people to have healthier smiles but also about giving people a reason to smile. Having completed his primary exam with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2019, he is constantly improving his dental skills both academically and clinically.

Desmond strives to provide a safe place where you would feel comfortable to achieve the dental health you want, from wherever you are at. Desmond enjoys providing whole-person care to enable good physical, functional, and psychosocial outcomes. His areas of interest include restoring smiles, saving teeth, decay prevention, and patient education. With the wide variety of technology and collegial network at My Dentist, he is proud to be able to provide quality dental care for his patients.

Desmond can speak multiple languages, including English, Mandarin, Malay, Hokkien, and Cantonese. Outside of work, you may come across Desmond attempting a tramp in the bush, trying not to fall on a snow slope, keeping a rally going on the tennis court, or absolutely not getting lost in another part of the world.

Favourite Quote: “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love” — Mother Teresa

Joanne Lai

Oral Health Therapist/Hygienist, BOH Otago

Meet Joanne

Joanne moved to New Zealand at a young age from Malaysia. Joanne completed her Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago in 2011, with dual qualifications for dental hygiene and dental therapy. She has well over 10 years of experience. Joanne has extra-professional interests in Oral Myology and Forensic Dentistry.

Joanne has a friendly, responsible, and gentle nature. She has the vision to improve the health and well-being of her patients through excellent dental care and service. She takes pride to ensure her patients will have a positive and enjoyable experience at the dental clinic. Joanne has a huge sense of satisfaction when she can influence a patient to spend more personal effort on dental care such as attending hygiene appointments on a regular basis, brushing their teeth properly, or flossing every day. 

Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family. She finds all the joy in life just being with her husband, two adorable young kids, and a cute pug dog.

Joanne is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay.

Her favourite quote:
Whoever is happy will make others happy too – Anne Frank

Maria Zabala

Oral Health Therapist/Hygienist

Meet Maria

Maria is originally from Argentina and has lived in New Zealand for almost eleven years. Maria has been in the dentistry field for over nine years starting as a certified dental assistant by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) and then completing her Bachelor of Health Science at AUT in 2022, where she acquired a dual scope in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.

Maria is specially trained in the most up-to-date infection prevention and control standards as set by the New Zealand Dental Association to provide the most confident, clean, and sterile dental environments to all patients.

Maria is very intelligent, quirky, and full of joy. She brings a wonderful friendly atmosphere wherever she goes and is always there to light up the room. Maria speaks Spanish fluently. She also has great satisfaction in being able to make patients feel at ease no matter what procedure they may be having, always making sure to explain clearly what is going to happen to help build her patient’s confidence.

Her goal is to provide an enjoyable experience as well as personalised oral health education to encourage my patients to make positive changes in their home care and lifestyle choices.

Outside of work, Maria enjoys spending time with her loving husband, and friends and discovering new places around beautiful New Zealand. Maria has been lucky enough to travel a lot over the last few years and will continue doing so in her spare time.

Maria’s favourite quote: “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success”

Holly Burke

Patient Coordinator & Dental Assistant

Meet Holly

Holly grew up in East Auckland and attended Botany Downs Secondary College where she completed her NCEA Level 3 studies. Holly is proud to be able to serve in her own community and help those who are in need.

Anyone who has spent a moment talking to Holly will quickly realise she has a warm, bright and bubbly personality combined with gentleness and a kind nature. She takes great satisfaction in seeing people achieve good oral health and develop confidence whether it be talking, eating or smiling. She loves to interact with the elderly and children alike.

Holly has been working in the dental field for two years now. She understands that a visit to the dentist can be quite fearful for many people and it is for this reason that she puts herself in a position where she can bring ease and comfort to transform people’s fear of dentistry into a friendly experience.

When she is not at work, she is involved at LIFE Church, particularly serving in youth groups and CAP. In her spare time she likes to connect with family and friends, adventure the outdoors with her two lovely dogs, journal and listen to podcasts.

Holly’s favourite quote:
“Choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Asal Al-Janabi

Practice Manager

Meet Asal

Asal was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and made a decision in 2007 to move to New Zealand. Since living in New Zealand Asal got married and has two very sweet sons. Asal has been in the field of dentistry for over 10 years and is a certified dental assistant by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).

Asal is very passionate about providing high-quality dentistry. She thrives on being able to help patients have the best dental experience and service. She is well organised, authentic, detail oriented, a good listener, and always has a can-do attitude. Asal enjoys practice managing and encouraging the team, ensuring everything is done with excellence.

Outside of work, Asal makes the most of spending time with her precious boys and husband. Asal likes to socialise with her friends in the community. She has most recently incorporated yoga into her weekly schedule to promote her health and emotional well-being.

Asal’s favourite quote:
“It is not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.” – Elvis Presley

Yulan Qiao

Dental Assistant

Meet Yulan

Yulan is originally from China and has been living in New Zealand for over 18 years. Before getting into the Dental Field Yulan was operating an Asian supermarket. Yulan has been in the field of dentistry for 10 years now and is a certified dental assistant by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA).

Yulan has a special interest in orthodontic care and is training to become an orthodontic auxiliary. Orthodontic auxillary are registered health professionals with the Dental Council of New Zealand and are trained to complete intricate work alongside an orthodontist.

Yulan chose to be involved in dentistry as she has a passion for healthcare and seeing patients smile after treatment. Yulan has a warm heart, and she is easy going, personable and talented. Patients cannot help but feel at ease when around her. Yulan speaks fluent Mandarin and loves working with teens and young children.

Outside of work Yulan enjoys spending time with her three beautiful children and husband.
Yulan is a foodie and shopping enthusiast and enjoys exploring new places around the world.

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