Meet Our Team
Wanaka Dental are community focused dental practice with highly skilled team of Dentists and Hygienists. We look forward to meeting you...
Oral health therapist 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 unnecessary 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. Charlie WestCharlie has moved from Australia permanently with his young family. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in 2011 in the UK, he then studied for and successfully took postgraduate examinations gaining entry to the membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Following this, he spent a year working for the NHS followed by a year of additional training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery before migrating to Australia in 2013 to work in private practice and New Zealand in 2020.
Charlie has a passion for developing genuine and meaningful relationships with his patients. He enjoys communicating with patients to convey what is an ideal outcome from a health perspective. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and kite surfing.
Dr. Hilary RaffleHilary graduated from University College Hospital in London and worked in London for many years before moving to Wellington. After working part time while bringing up her three sons, she set up a practice in Lower Hutt with a friend and colleague so that they could practice the preventive dentistry they were passionate about.
After 16 years working in this practice she and her husband decided to move to Wanaka to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and climate.
Hilary's interest is in the assessment of the level of dental health and it’s corresponding need for treatment. Her goal is to provide long-term care with an emphasis on ongoing prevention, using minimally invasive techniques and hygiene appointments to provide a holistic approach to dental health.
Hilary likes to work with her patients to give them the skills to take responsibility for their own oral health and she likes them to be involved with all stages of treatment planning .
Dr. Jo MilneHaving qualified in the eighties with a BDS from University of London Jo kickstarted her career by working as a house officer in Hospital Maxillofacial Surgery Units. This surgical experience held her in great stead when moving into general practice. Further study in NZ led to a diploma in Periodontics being awarded from Otago University in 1998.
Jo’s passion for periodontics coupled with restoring worn teeth back to their natural form has largely evolved from following the preventive approach. Regular advice from the dental team has proven to reduce unnecessary emergencies and high costs. Where teeth have been neglected and need a new lease of life Jo also enjoys the challenge of creating a new smile to match an individual’s personality and facial profile.
Jo has a commitment to excellence and strives to continuously update her knowledge by regular attendance at seminars and peer group meetings. Wanaka has been a second home for over 25 years and having sold a practice in Auckland she now looks forward to spending more time here hiking, skiing and playing tennis.