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Meet the Team

 

Managing DirectorDr 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 Manager - Kevin Shallcross

Kevin started his dental career in the early 1990’s and graduated in South Africa as a Dental Technologist in 1994.  After working for a leading Crown and Bridge laboratory in South Africa  he joined the dental industry as a Technical Advisor before relocating to New Zealand.

Kevin has worked in a number of positions in New Zealand both in the dental industry and as a dental technician.  Over the years he has developed his knowledge in both analogue and digital techniques and workflows.  Kevin joined Oraltec in 2019 and believes the New Zealand owned companies have a lot to offer.  Oraltec accesses premium products and Kevin feels that putting these into both clinicians and technicians hands is key.  He believes that Oraltec is able to adapt and be flexible to meet customer needs which is important and ultimately helps achieve better patient outcomes.

Sales Manager - Leonie Fergusson

Leonie is the Oraltec Sales Manager and is in her second year with the company.  Many of you will have either met or know Leonie due to her extensive career in dentistry in New Zealand.  Leonie enjoys helping dental professionals and their staff and utilises a consultative approach via education and individual customer support.  She has transitioned from a background in nursing, sales management, practice management as well as highly specialised work with dental implants.  Leonie strives to consistently deliver quality service and support to key customers.  Her passion in both her work and personal life has always been to help others be their best.  She gains a great deal of satisfaction from setting up individuals and teams with the necessary tools for their success.  In the dental practice this has included running team days where lead dentists and their teams can uncover more about one another and share tools that lead to a better customer experience.  If the dental practice runs smoothly and efficiently with a cohesive team and quality products then it is a recipe for success for all concerned and will result in better patient outcomes.

 

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 Waikato, Briony is a full time territory manager for Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, BOP, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Palmerston North.  Briony spends her spare time with her family and friends. She enjoys cooking, gardening and motorbike riding.

Territory Manager, South Island – Wendy Wilton

Wendy has been working in health care since graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 1987.  In 2012 she joined Dentsply, which became Dentsply Sirona as a Territory Manager for the South Island, she worked in this role for seven years.  This was her first experience in the Dental Industry and was a steep learning curve, which she enjoyed and found challenging.

Wendy joined Oraltec in 2021 and is enjoying working for a New Zealand owned company that has integrity, premium products and strong principles.  She believes strongly in client centred practice and providing the best service. Wendy covers the entire South Island as Territory Manager for Oraltec.

Territory Manager, Auckland South/East/Central & Wellington – Hayden Bell

Hayden Graduated from University in Otago in 2018 with a degree in Human Resource Management.  He started at Oraltec straight after University in Customer Services which transitioned into him being responsible for processing shipments and looking after the Cavex agency.  He completed the New Zealand Dental Industry training course in 2019 which gave him a good overall understanding of dentistry.

After two years an opportunity presented in the sales department and in March 2021 he accepted a position as Territory Manager looking after areas in Auckland, Wellington and Kapiti Coast.

Hayden is passionate about providing solutions for customers and building strong relationships along the way.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, exercise and exploring new places.

 

Other Members of the Team

 

Operations Manager - Llewelyn Lewis-Long

Customer Services - Pauline O'Garra

                                   - Sophie Giles

                                   - Shinal McKoy

Warehouse Supervisor - Peter Wooley

Accounts - Meryl Strawbridge