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Nitish Surathu and Sujatha Mathew, Lead Dentists

Team Amber is headed by Nitish Surathu and Sujatha Mathew who founded the practice in Gisborne in 2010. If you would like more information about them professionally please click here. Their vision was to set up a unique practice with advanced technology in an environment that values individual care and attention. They believe they have been able to realise that vision, but are constantly updating the practice and themselves to bring the best to their patients.

They are hugely community oriented and have been involved with support for various local causes over the years including The Sunrise Foundation,Autism New Zealand, St Johns Gisborne, The Sunny Day Trust, The Life Education Trust, Gisborne War Memorial Theatre Trust, The Women’s Native Tree Project Trust, Bethlehem Foundation, Fostering Kids, Sport Gisborne, Tairawhiti Multicultural Council, Lost Hope Restored, House of Breakthrough Trust, Eatsmart Tairawhiti (Gizzy School Lunches) and The Ruel Foundation. The Gisborne Girls Hockey Team is also supported by them through Amber Dental.

In 2019, they started their own charitable trust called the Amber Foundation to mark Amber Dental’s 10th year. Amber Dental works closely with the Amber Foundation to provide multiple free dental treatment days throughout the year and uses the Foundation’s mobile dental unit to provide much needed dental care up the East Coast.

Nitish and Sujatha firmly believe in approaching patient oral health with disciplined regular examinations and maintenance care, having realised over many years of practice, that there is no better way to keep the cost of care realistic. Central to their vision is the wonderful team they have surrounded themselves with who help them everyday to live their vision.

Zoon Kang

Lead Associate Dentist

Zoon has been an Associate Dentist with Amber Dental for over 5 years now and leads our emergency dental response team. Committed to his patients, hard working and throughly professional…

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Rachel Lim

Associate Dentist

Rachel completed her BDS from the University of Otago and joined Amber Dental immediately after. She provides a wide range of general dental services to her patients and is compassionate…

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Victoria Lim

Oral Health Therapist

Victoria heads our hygiene and oral health therapy section and is a favourite with many of our patients. She completed her Bachelor's in Oral Health from the University of Otago…

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Jane Diggle

Administration Manager

Jane is Amber Dental's Administration Manager and has been a valuable member of the team at Amber Dental for over a decade now. She brings extensive on-the-job experience to her…

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Maisy Start-Walter

Front Office Manager

Maisy is Amber Dental's Front Office Manager and brings previous customer service experience to her role. Known for her empathy and her people oriented nature, Maisy is often the first…

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Malou Kepel

Reception Coordinator

Malou is Amber Dental's Reception Coordinator and brings management, leadership, accounting and customer service experience to her role from a wide range of work environments. Having travelled extensively and lived…

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Shanayah Ruru

Receptionist

The lovely Shanayah is a Receptionist with us and brings her effervescent personality to her job. Always smiling, genuinely caring and very supportive of the entire team, Shanayah brings her…

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Sarah McHardy

Lead Dental Assistant

Sarah is our senior most Dental Assistant with over 5 years experience who works with Sujatha. She has completed the New Zealand Dental Association course and is also Level 6…

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Phalla Ou

Dental and Laboratory Assistant

Phalla is a very experienced Dental Assistant who has also served in her role at Amber Dental for some years now. She has completed the New Zealand Dental Association Course…

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Sara McKay

Dental Assistant

Sara is our lead dentist Nitish's Dental Assistant and everyone on the team agrees that you need patience and fortitude in that role :). Sara has both and is able…

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Sophie Goodson

Dental Assistant

Sophie joined Amber Dental when she made a career shift from retail. She is currently completing her New Zealand Dental Association Course in Dental Assisting and is Level 4 certified…

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Hinearihi Smith

Dental Assistant

Hine first came to Amber Dental as a patient and ended up becoming a Dental Assistant with us, something we have seen happen before. Her endearing empathy and her supportive…

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