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.

Olivia Raffills

Dr. Charlie West

Charlie 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.

Olivia Raffills

Dr. Ania Simonow

Ania graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2004 and has worked in private practice since. In her 18 years of practice, Ania has owned a practice for 7 years and has also been a Clinical Consultant to the final year dental students at the Oral Health Centre of WA in Australia.

Ania loves to provide a dental environment in which patients feel comfortable, welcomed and relaxed.

Her true passion is in conservative cosmetic dentistry especially composite veneers, though she enjoys restorative, crown and bridge and implant dentistry and has been known to do a lot of root canal treatment. Ania encourages her patients to play an active role in their dental care and always does her best to reassure and educate them on their dental health.

Outside of work, Ania loves to travel and has visited many of the cold countries of the world. (Yes she loves the cold weather!). Ania also has a keen interest in photography, as well as enjoying the great outdoors including hiking, biking, kayaking & camping.

Olivia Raffills

Dr. Jo Milne

Having 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.

Olivia Raffills

Dr Simon Barnes

Simon initially worked as a House Surgeon in Wellington Hospital after graduation before entering private practice. One of the areas of dentistry he has found most rewarding is helping overcome fear through building trusting relationships, caring for people, and striving to provide pain-free dentistry. He loves to share knowledge with patients and takes a holistic approach to lead them into good health. 

Outside of dentistry you’ll find him enjoying the mountains biking, skiing and riding.

Olivia Raffills

Dr Graham York

After graduation from Otago Dental School, I spent my first year at Auckland Hospital and as an on-call house surgeon you were required to cover A&E emergencies at 4 hospitals. A huge learning curve and valuable experience. 

I then shifted to a private practice in Palmerston North for two years before moving to Balclutha where I spent 39 years in this rural environment. The advantage of this is, apart from treating their dental health, sometimes spanning 3 generations, many friendships were developed. We covered all branches of dentistry while referring more complex cases to specialists. 

On a trek to Everest Basecamp, I noticed the gross decay of the teeth of the Sherpa children.  A few years later I was part of a group of dentists as part of the Smile High organisation who returned to the trail to spend a few days dentally educating and treating some of the children.

We moved to Wanaka and still enjoying dentistry part time, while appreciating the advantages of cycling, trekking and boating Wanaka has to offer.