Our Team

Current representatives of our Executive Committee, Standing Committees and Trusts
NZAO Executive Committee
Dr Prashant Zaveri
President
Practices:
Zaveri Orthodontic & Periodontic Centre
Auckland Region, East Auckland
Zaveri Orthodontic & Periodontic Centre
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Prashant Zaveri
Practices:
Zaveri Orthodontic & Periodontic Centre
Auckland Region, East Auckland
Zaveri Orthodontic & Periodontic Centre
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Dr David Wescott
Vice President
Practices:
Takapuna Orthodontic Group
Auckland Region, North Shore, Takapuna
David Wescott

David is a specialist orthodontist at Takapuna Orthodontic Group (TOG) with his business partner Mark Pinkerton. After graduating as a dentist in 1999 from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) he worked as a dental house surgeon at Greenlane Hospital and Middlemore Hospital from 2000-2001. He then spent the next two years as a dentist in Auckland, followed by another two year period in Invercargill as a dentist.

He then returned to Otago University in 2006 and graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics (DClinDent (Orth)) in 2008, which allowed him to register as specialist orthodontist in New Zealand. A month later, he passed membership examinations held by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Orthodontics and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthodontics. David is a committee member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

Practices:
Takapuna Orthodontic Group
Auckland Region, North Shore, Takapuna
Dr Peter Dysart
Immediate Past President
Practices:
Lakes Orthodontics
Cromwell, Otago
Peter Dysart

Peter Dysart MDS (Otago) has been a registered Specialist Orthodontist for over 25 years.

Peter was based in Dunedin for 25 years working in private specialist practice. For many of those years he was also a part-time Senior Lecturer on the post-graduate orthodontic training programme at Otago University. In recent years he has served Central Otago/Southern Lakes region.

Practices:
Lakes Orthodontics
Cromwell, Otago
Dr Justine Anderson
Secretary
Practices:
Ocean Orthodontics
Hawkes Bay, Napier
Justine Anderson
Practices:
Ocean Orthodontics
Hawkes Bay, Napier
Dr Ross Anning
Treasurer
Practices:
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Region, East Auckland
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region, Remuera
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Ross Anning

Ross hails from Auckland but has gained significant experience in both New Zealand and the UK. Having first qualified at the University of Otago he worked in Wellington, Auckland and London, first as a House Officer and then a general Dentist.

This experience fuelled his passion for more complex cases requiring orthodontic treatment, so he returned to the University of Otago to complete a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics, after which he returned to the UK to work in Specialist Practice in London and Surrey.

Ross returned to New Zealand and established Auckland City Orthodontics in 2017. He enjoys treating children, teenagers and adults with an emphasis on modern treatment modalities including clear aligners using the most up-to-date digital techniques.

When he is not working at his practice or spending time with his young family, he enjoys a round or two of golf and helping out at his son’s school.

Practices:
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Region, East Auckland
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region, Remuera
Auckland City Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Dr Tony Bunyan
Editor
Practices:
Tony Bunyan Orthodontist
Auckland Region, East Auckland, Howick
Tony Bunyan Orthodontist
New Plymouth, Taranaki
Tony Bunyan
Practices:
Tony Bunyan Orthodontist
Auckland Region, East Auckland, Howick
Tony Bunyan Orthodontist
New Plymouth, Taranaki
Dr Azza Al-Ani
Councillor
Practices:
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, North Shore, Takapuna
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, Hibiscus Coast & Warkworth
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, East Auckland, Howick
Azza Al-Ani

Azza is a specialist orthodontist working at Shakespeare Orthodontics in Epsom and Takapuna, in Auckland. In 2009, Azza graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Credit from the University of Otago. She worked as a Dental House Surgeon at Auckland, Greenlane and Middlemore Hospitals; and as a Dental Officer at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital. Before commencing her specialist training, she held a part-time Professional Practice Fellow position at the Faculty of Dentistry, while working as a dentist in private practice.

Azza graduated from the University of Otago with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics. She passed examinations to gain memberships into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Azza is also certified with the Australasian Orthodontic Board (AOB), and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO), and the New Zealand Dental Association. Currently, she is the AOB Convenor for New Zealand members, holds a role on the NZAO Executive, and is part of the NZAO Wish for a Smile Trust team.

Azza’s area of research interest is hypodontia. She has presented about this topic at the European Orthodontic Society Congress, and at the International Association Dental Research ANZ Scientific Meeting; and has been involved in the publication of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Practices:
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, North Shore, Takapuna
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, Hibiscus Coast & Warkworth
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Central, Auckland Region
Shakespeare Orthodontics
Auckland Region, East Auckland, Howick
Dr Kimberley Timmins
Councillor
Practices:
Kimberley Timmins

Dr Kimberley Timmins has a passion for the dental profession, and in particular the field of orthodontics, which began when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Otago. Her passion for the dental profession, her desire to learn and be the best she could be resulted in Kimberley graduating first place in her class with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Distinction in 2003 from the University of Otago.

Kimberley received 14 academic and clinical awards during her studies. Most significantly, Kimberley was awarded both the top clinical and the top academic award upon graduation, placing first place in her class, receiving both the prestigious Gold Medal in Clinical Dentistry for the top clinical student in her graduating class and the Harvey Brown Medal for Overall Academic Excellence. Her excellence in Orthodontics was recognised by being named the graduating recipient of the Burt Medal for Excellence in Orthodontics.

Following graduation, Kimberley worked for two years at Auckland’s Greenlane & Middlemore Hospitals as part of the Maxillofacial team, before working as a dentist in private practice in Auckland.

In 2008 Kimberley returned to the University of Otago where she undertook her post-graduate specialist training and graduated as a Specialist Orthodontist with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics in 2010.

Kimberley also undertook postgraduate examinations with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and holds both MOrthRCSEd and MRACDS in Orthodontics.

Kimberley has been working as a Specialist Orthodontist for more than ten years and remains dedicated to continuing her orthodontic education, keeping up to date with advances in orthodontic research and attending conferences and study groups.

Kimberley is currently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

Outside of orthodontics, Kimberley is a dedicated mother of three school-aged children. She loves to spend time with her husband and children, as well as keeping active with a passion for fitness and travel.

Practices:
Dr Mauro Farella
Dental School Orthodontic Representative
Practices:
Mauro Farella

Mauro Farella is Professor and Chair of Orthodontics, Head of the Postgraduate Programme in Orthodontics (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry), and Director of the Research Programme “Craniofacial Research”, at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Otago, New Zealand.

His current main research interests include clinical orthodontics, biomechanics, craniofacial growth and imaging, jaw function, oral biology, translational research using animal models, and development of wearable devices in dentistry and orthodontics. In addition, Mauro Farella is a widely recognised expert in orofacial muscles, bruxism, and temporomandibular joint research. Internationally, his past research endeavours have been supported with research grants amounting to over one million Euros.

He is Associate Editor of the Journal “Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research”, of the “Korean Journal of Orthodontics”, and member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Oral Rehabilitation”.

He has lectured in 22 different countries and is the recipient of several national and international research prizes, such as the Alan Docking Award from the International Association for Dental Research, and the Sir John Walsh Award, and the Research Supervisor of the Year (2021) Award, to acknowledge the excellence achieved in dental research and postgraduate supervision. Mauro Farella is a specialist in Orthodontics registered in New Zealand and practises clinical orthodontics exclusively.

Practices:
Jean Templeton
Executive Assistant, Webmaster & Program Administrator
Jean Templeton

Jean has had many years experience supporting Non for Profit Organisations and Business Associations and was contracted to be the NZAO Administrator and Webmaster in 2009 and subsequently was also contracted to the roles of Orthodontic Auxiliary Training Program Administrator, ERDG Administrator and most recently, FORENZAO Trust Secretary.

Standing Committees
Dr Kieran O’Neill
Chairperson
Education Research & Development Group (ERDG)
The purpose of the ERDG arm of NZAO is to provide ongoing support for Post Graduate research and to provide members with the regular opportunity to attend educational orthodontic symposiums.
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Practices:
O’Neill Orthodontics
Invercargill, Southland
Kieran O’Neill

Kieran is a registered Specialist Orthodontist in Invercargill who also has a branch practice in Queenstown. He practiced in Hamilton and then Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Otago University to complete his Masters in Dental Surgery in Orthodontics in 1994. He has been an active member of the NZAO , chairing the ERDG standing committee, and is currently the Vice President of NZAO. He is also a member of New Zealand Dental Association; the European Orthodontic Society and the American Association of Orthodontists.

He is married with three children. When not supporting them in their endeavours, he is involved in multisport, slightly competitive social cycling and kayaking.

Practices:
O’Neill Orthodontics
Invercargill, Southland
Dr Catherine Porter
Co Chairperson
Orthodontic Auxiliary Training Program (OATP)
The NZAO OATP is a training program for staff of accredited NZAO members, fully approved by the Dental Council of New Zealand, for the purpose of becoming full trained and certified as a registered orthodontic auxiliary.
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Practices:
Catherine Porter Orthodontist
Auckland Central, Auckland Region, Remuera
Catherine Porter
Practices:
Catherine Porter Orthodontist
Auckland Central, Auckland Region, Remuera
Trusts
Dr Winifred Harding
Chairperson
The Foundation for Orthodontic Research & Education (FORENZAO)
FORENZAO is a registered Charitable Trust aligned to the NZAO whose main purpose is to encourage, support and fund further scientific research in the field of orthodontics.
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Practices:
Winifred Harding

Winifred graduated as a dentist from Otago University in 1978. She practiced as a dentist in Auckland and London before returning to Otago in 1983 to study orthodontics. She graduated with her Masters in Dental Surgery (Orthodontics) in 1985. During her training she enjoyed some undergraduate teaching, and so in 1986 returned to teach both graduate and undergraduate students part time as well as having her own specialist private practice in Dunedin.

Winifred continues to teach graduate orthodontic students part time, to run a Craniofacial Anomaly Clinic at the Dental School and is finishing her private practice patients in preparation for retirement. She has had positions on the New Zealand Dental Association Board, the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Dental Association, the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists and the Asian and Pacific Orthodontic Society. She remains an active member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists

Practices:
Dr Matt Barker
Chairperson
Wish For A Smile Trust (WFAS)
The Wish For A Smile Trust is a registered Charitable Trust that aims to make specialist orthodontic treatment available to young New Zealanders who would otherwise be unable to access orthodontic care.
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Practices:
Matt Barker Orthodontist
Wellington, Wellington Region
Matt Barker

Matt graduated with a Science degree from the University of Canterbury, and later with a Dental degree from the University of Otago. He practiced as a dentist at the Hutt Hospital, in Kent (UK) and Christchurch (NZ).

Matt graduated with a Masters of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics (with distinction) and moved to Wellington to start a private practice and raise a family. He returned to the Hutt Hospital and has been on the maxillofacial and cleft palate teams since 2004. He has a special interest in presurgical nasoelveolar moulding of cleft palate babies.

Matt is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Orthodontic Association, and the World Federation of Orthodontists. He has also lectured at national conferences of the New Zealand Dental Association, the New Zealand Dental Therapy Association and to auxiliaries at the New Zealand Orthodontic Association.

Practices:
Matt Barker Orthodontist
Wellington, Wellington Region
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