Meet the team at Richmond Dental Centre

Richmond Dental Centre has a dedicated team of Dental professionals who care about your dental health and wellbeing.

Graham Leathley B.D.S, Dip Clin Dent (restorative) M.D.S (general dentistry) - Richmond Dental Centre

Graham Leathley B.D.S, Dip Clin Dent (restorative) M.D.S (general dentistry)

I graduated with a BDS in 1981 and joined the practice in 1983 after working as a dental house Surgeon in Otago. I completed a Post Grad Diploma in restorative dentistry in 1993 and a masters in general dentistry in 2012.  I have a special interest in implants and crown and bridge with my thesis concentrated on the success and survival rates of crowns in private practice.

I am married to Anneke and have four children, two son-in-laws and nine grandchildren. Outside of dentistry my wife and I are involved with Hope Community Church and I enjoy jogging, mountain biking, fishing and time over in Golden Bay.

Ross  Ferguson B.D.S - Richmond Dental Centre

 Ross Ferguson B.D.S

I graduated from University of Otago Dental School in 1971 and I am married to Yvonne. We have three married children and twelve grandchildren. I joined the practice in 1972.

My particular interests outside dentistry are centered on family, golf, travel and my leadership role with Richmond Community Church. I have been very fortunate to be able to combine my passions in promoting and leading volunteer dental health teams to places where dental care has been either unavailable or unaffordable.

In this role, I've taken teams to Papua-New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mozambique, Fiji and this year I am leading a Dental and Medical team to Vanuatu. I have also taken regular trips to a unique clinic in Jerusalem (Dental Volunters for Israel Clinic) alongside Dentists from over 15 different countries providing dental care for needy children from all backgrounds.

 

Annemieke Lewis B.D.S - Richmond Dental Centre

Annemieke Lewis B.D.S

I grew up in New Plymouth and studied dentistry at Otago University, graduating in 1994. I then moved to Australia where I met my husband David. I worked in the hospital there, and in private practice in the UK and Australia.

We have four children, two girls and two boys. We moved to New Zealand in 2008 and have settled in Nelson to be near family. My passion is the outdoors, and I enjoy running, mountain biking and family tramping trips.

Marius van Staden BChd - Richmond Dental Centre

Marius van Staden BChd

I graduated with a BChD at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in June 1991. After working at the Naval Base in Simonstown as a Dental Officer for nearly 2 years, I moved to Cradock in the Eastern Cape where I had my own practice for 16 years.

I moved to New Zealand in 2008 and am enjoying life in my newly adopted country.

I love spending my leisure time golfing, fly fishing and social biking.

Matthew Clark B.D.S - Richmond Dental Centre

Matthew Clark B.D.S

I consider myself a 'local boy' having grown up in Richmond.  I graduated from Otago in 1994 and have since traveled extensively and worked in Australia, New Zealand and England.

Before coming to Richmond Dental I owned my own practice on the Kapiti Coast for seven years.  At present I live in Motueka with my partner, Lauren and family. My interests include tramping, gardening (especially cacti and succulents), house renovation, snowboarding and classic British motorbikes.

Ann-Marie Urunkar B.D.S - Richmond Dental Centre

Ann-Marie Urunkar B.D.S

I graduated from Otago University in 1995 with a BDS and then worked for the New Zealand Defence Force before moving to Nelson to join the team at Richmond Dental Centre.

I have a passion for dental missions which has taken me to various countries to provide dental care for people who are not able to access a dentist otherwise.

I aim to provide painless dental treatment as well as finding dental solutions that's going to suit individual needs and circumstances, this involves taking time to explain all the treatment options so patients can make an informed decision. I particularly enjoy giving anxious patients a positive dental experience.

Outside dentistry, my hobbies include weight training, cooking and animals.

I am married with a young family.

 

Jacob Linn B.D.S - Richmond Dental Centre

Jacob Linn B.D.S

Kia ora! It's great to be back home in the beautiful Tasman region. Having grown up here - educated at Mapua Primary and Motueka High School - it was an easy decision to make the move to come back and settle down.

I graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2018. Since then I have spent time working in New Plymouth and the Nelson Bays region. I have experience working in private practice and also the public sector with time spent at Nelson Hospital Dental Department in 2021.

I joined Richmond Dental Centre and Pienaar Health Dental at the start of 2022 and love working with the team.

My approach to dentistry is patient centered with a focus on clear and honest communication. I have a special interest in digital dentistry and Oral Surgery. I practice with a conservative mindset and place an emphasis on prevention.

Outside of work you'll find me out training for a triathlon, lounging on the beach, or catching up with family and friends for coffee.

Dr Clarence Sutardja B.D.S, B.D.T - Richmond Dental Centre

Clarence Sutardja B.D.S, B.D.T

Born in Indonesia, I moved to "scarfie" central Dunedin, NZ at 2014. I graduated from the University of Otago with both the Bachelors of Dental Technology at 2017, and the Bachelors of Dental Surgery.

I am passionate on all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. I am friendly, approachable and enjoy making positive connections with my patients, and while providing quality patient centric care. I thrive to pursue excellence in the care I provide by giving the best patient experience possible with the state-of-the-art facilities we have at Richmond Dental Centre.

Having been in New Zealand for the later half of the decade, the natural scenery of the South Island has developed some new hobbies such as tramping, snowboarding and surfing as well as golf.

Day to day, I enjoy to exercise and participate in social sports such as basketball and football. I have special interests in modern history and hold a high appreciation in creative writing. I look forward to calling Nelson/Richmond my home and exploring natural splendor of the Tasman region.

Rachael Teece OHT - Bachelors Degree in Oral Health - Richmond Dental Centre

Rachael Teece - Oral Health Therapist

After many years working as a Dental Assistant, both here in Nelson and overseas, I graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor degree in Oral Health.

I am thoroughly enjoying working at Richmond Dental  with the added bonus of being back home in sunny Nelson.

Rachael Scowen - NZDHA - Richmond Dental Centre Oral Health Therapist

Rachael Scowen - Oral Health Therapist

I qualified in 2014 in Dunedin. I came back to my home town to practice & am currently enjoying my time working for the Ministry of Health at the hub at Henley/Waimea.

I have been able to manage a half day a week working with the wonderful team at the Richmond Dental Centre.

Richard Carley, Registered Dental Technician - Richmond Dental Centre

Richard Carley, Registered Dental Technician

Member of New Zealand Institute of Dental Technologists.

Graduated with Diploma in Dental Technology at Central Institute of Technology in 1998.

Joined Richmond Dental Centre in 2002.