Meet the Team


  Managing Director Dr John Hale, BDS, MSc (London), FICD

John graduated from Otago University Dental School in 1975 and worked in private dental practices in London until 1980 and then in his own group practice in Auckland. In 1990 John returned to London to the Eastman Dental Institute from which he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Restorative Dentistry in 1991.  He was made a fellow of the International College of Dentists in 1993 for services to continuing dental education.

John has acted as a clinical consultant to Oraltec from time to time over the last ten years.  He joined Christine in acquiring the company in 2015 because he believes there is a need to provide a higher level of clinical advice and product knowledge to the dental profession.

Aside from his passion for dentistry, John is an avid snow skier and loves to be on the water or playing golf.


  Marketing Director - Christine Bell

Christine joined Oraltec as General Manager in January 1999. Christine has an extensive knowledge of dental products and began developing her skills within the dental industry in 1988 when she joined Shalfoon Dental as Marketing Manager.  She completed a Business Diploma in Marketing in 1992 and then became the New Zealand Manager of Shalfoon Dental before leaving in the mid nineties to have a family.

Christine’s background lies in the healthcare industry, in science related areas – Christine is a qualified Medical Laboratory Technologist and has had extensive experience in various healthcare companies.

She feels Oraltec has a special place in the dental industry as it is one of very few New Zealand owned and operated dental supply companies.  It represents a number of smaller, specialised manufacturers from around the world who are focused on narrow product ranges which she believes ensures high quality innovative products.


  Laboratory Product Specialist – Robyn Mair

Robyn joined the dental world as a Dental Assistant and completed her NZDA certificate in 1999. Since then she has worked in a number of dental practices as both Dental Assistant and Practice Manager.  She spent five years working in the Middle East as a Supervisor in a 30 clinic government owned dental centre. This included its own laboratory with a staff of 12.

Robyn is licensed to work in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. After returning to New Zealand in 2007 she spent 14 months as a Practice Manager in Auckland before joining Oraltec as Laboratory Specialist in 2008.

Robyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is involved in various outdoor activities.


  Territory Manager, North Island – Briony Stevens

Briony has been working in various dental practices on the North Shore of Auckland and in the Waikato for the past 22 years. She has experience in reception, chairside and management in the dental practice environment. Immediately prior to joining Oraltec she was a senior chairside assistant for a dental practice in Hamilton. 

Now based in Auckland and Waikato, Briony is a full time territory manager for Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki and Wellington. Briony spends her spare time with her family and friends. She enjoys cooking, gardening and motorbike riding.


   Territory Manager, South Island Maria Forde

Maria originally commenced with Oraltec in 1994 as a Sales Representative based in Wellington. She was in that territory for over 10 years before moving to Christchurch for family reasons. She then spent a few years away from Oraltec and returned in 2010 based in Christchurch as the South Island Territory Manager.

Prior to joining Oraltec, Maria spent a number of years living on a farm and during this time sold cosmetics throughout the local farming district. She worked for a printing company in Christchurch and at the same time began selling advertising for the Central Canterbury News, while also working part time as a Dental Receptionist. Maria spent two years working chairside in Christchurch during which time she completed her Dental Assistants training as well as a Sales and Marketing Course.


  Other Members of the Team

Operations Manager - Llewelyn Lewis-Long

Warehouse Manager - Les Wildman

Customer Services - Pauline O'Garra

Communications Co-ordinator - Katrina Anderson

Shipping & Accounts Co-ordinator - Sonia Rigney

Accounts - Meryl Strawbridge


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