Meet Our Team
Wanaka Dental are community focused dental practice with highly skilled team of Dentists and Hygienists. We look forward to meeting you...
Lead practitioner and co-owner Olivia originates from Dunedin, spending lots of time in Wanaka as a child she briefly attended MAC before graduating in 2010 from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Olivia is a highly trained oral health therapist who is committed to helping ensure your teeth remain healthy and improving the overall oral health of the local community.
Regular oral hygiene visits are essential for maintaining a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, enabling you to avoid un-necessary restorative dental treatment. Olivia has a gentle yet meticulous manner and a passion for working with and educating children, she is responsible for treating our adolescent patients providing check-ups, hygiene and restorative work where needed for patients aged 13-18 years old.
Outside the practice you’ll find Olivia taking part in a variety of outdoor pursuits including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and yoga. Olivia loves making the most of Wanaka's Beautiful landscapes.
Dr. Blake Brown
Originating from Florida, USA, Blake graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2013 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Since then Blake has spent time working in hospital dentistry at Queen's Medical Centre in Hawaii and in two different community clinics in rural Alaska before making the decision to settle in New Zealand in early 2017.
Blake enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and has a strong hygiene based preventative stance with a special interest in oral surgery and crown and bridge work. Calm and welcoming by nature, Blake is a hit amongst our patients who will often find him discussing favourite local hiking tracks long after they have left the chair!
Outside of the practice Blake will be very busy spending quality time with his wife and their newborn son Llewyn. With any time leftover (not much these days!) he'll be off exploring mountain hunting and fishing spots with his trusty golden retriever Atticus.
Dr. Rachel Ward
Rachel is originally a Southland girl, graduating from The University of Otago's dental school in 2012. Rachel has since spent time honing her skills both in private practice, and working as a Dental House Surgeon at Waikato hospital, before living overseas in the UK for 2 years.
Originally starting work with us as a locum, Rachel’s calm and reassuring nature has made her a firm favourite with our patients and is here to stay! Rachel’s interests lay in general dentistry, with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. Having recently completed training in facial aesthetics means Rachel is now able to offer Botox and facial fillers here at Wanaka Dental.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys a range of social sports, including netball and skiing, and enjoys travelling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also responsible for some epic baked goods which are a hit with the staff for morning tea!
Alex enjoy's all aspects of dentistry but has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry, as there's no better feeling for a dentist than when your patient leaves the surgery happy, and confident with their smile. With a warm and friendly nature, patients always feel relaxed and at ease in the chair, allowing Alex to take pride in a job well done.
In his spare time Alex keeps fit with gymnastics and yoga, enjoys playing guitar and learning new languages, currently learning Spanish!