Wanaka Dentist Team

Meet Our Team

Wanaka Dental  

Wanaka Dental are community focused dental practice with highly skilled team of Dentists and Hygienists. We look forward to meeting you...

Olivia Raffills

Olivia Raffills

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 Alex Bowen

Dr. Alexander Bowen

Alex comes to us from the U.K graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2015 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After graduating, he spent time working in Scotland, both in practice and as a hospital based emergency dentist. 

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! 

Dr Hilary M Raffle

Dr. Hilary Raffle

Hilary 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 .

Susan Church

Dr. Susan Church

Dr Susan Church is in Wanaka for winter direct from Remuera where she specializes in facial aesthetics including toxin and fillers.  Susan graduated from the University of Otago in 1987. 

After six years with the New Zealand Defence Force, she travelled to London where she worked for four years, before returning to New Zealand.

Susan has completed many cosmetic surgery courses, including a highlight in Brazil, studying composite veneers with Dr Newton Fahl. She continues to regularly attend courses and conferences both nationally and internationally. Above all, Susan prides herself on her ability to deliver high-quality dentistry with a genuine, friendly approach.

In addition to dentistry, Susan has completed advanced training in anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatment. This has become a very popular adjunct for her clientele. She lectures around New Zealand on use of both Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. Recently she has returned from Los Angeles having completed the Swift Beauty Masterclass with the world renowned plastic surgeon Dr Arthur Swift. 

Feel free to contact the office to arrange a free cosmetic consultation with Susan if facial injectables are something you are interested in.