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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 Specialist- Sophie Giles

Sophie has been involved in dentistry since 2012, initially completing a 3 year apprenticeship in Germany (this is a course that is recognised throughout Europe) which is her country of origin.  She worked in a large dental practice in Berlin before she and her husband who is a New Zealander decided to relocate to New Zealand. Since arriving in New Zealand in January 2021 she has worked with Oraltec.  Recently she has taken on the role of Laboratory Specialist which is an area of dentistry that she is especially interested in.  It suits her background well as Amann Girrbach, Kulzer and Scheu are all German companies that manufacture dental products and equipment used in dental laboratories.

She is proud to work for a New Zealand owned company which cares about customers and patients and lines up with her existing beliefs and values.  She enjoys building relationships with customers and is motivated to provide solutions.

Outside of work Sophie enjoys travelling and taking advantage of New Zealands beautiful walks and beaches. With Sophies family being in Germany she tries to go back for visits as often as possible.

Sales Manager - Leonie Fergusson

Leonie is the Oraltec Sales Manager and has been with the company since 2019.  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, 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, North Island – 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.

Territory Manager, North Island - Denise McNaught

Denise started her dental career in the late 1990s completing the NZDA Dental Assistants certificate in 1997. Over the next 14 years Denise gained vast experience as a DA and receptionist working across multiple Auckland practices and specialties. 

In 2011 Denise moved into Dental sales with a special interest in Cross Infection Prevention & Control and Sterilisation Technology. For the past 9 years Denise has become a familiar face across many Auckland practices presenting in-practice seminars and training on this subject. Denise has worked closely with specialists from across the world, and in 2016 completed Cross Infection Control courses in Sydney. In addition to this she has recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Sterilising Technology. 

Denise joined Oraltec early in 2022 as a Territory Manager.  She is passionate about the company and enjoys working for a New Zealand owned company with strong principles , high quality products and a strong customer focus .

Denise is married with 2 children and outside of work can often be found outside covered in mud in her garden or in a Yoga class.

 

Other Members of the Team

 

Operations Manager - Llewelyn Lewis-Long

Customer Services    -  Angela Cummins

                                    - Melanie Evans

Warehouse Supervisor - Peter Wooley

Accounts - Nicola