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Dr Regan Leslie Dentist - Co-Director

Regan is originally from Christchurch. After Dental School, he and his wife Namiko spent 6 years in Wanganui before moving to the Hawkes Bay in December 2015. Regan and Namiko have two young daughters and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

He is a member of NZ Dental Association, NZ Society of Sedation in Dentistry, and is a fellow of the International Dental Implant Association.

Regan has had a lot of experience with complex dental problems and has undergone advanced training in Dental Implants, IV Sedation, Tooth Extractions and Smile Makeovers.

He has volunteered on missionary trips to South America to help provide treatment to underprivileged people and has also spent time working in New Zealand prisons.
Regan is continuously learning through professional education courses around the world and is proud to be able to provide an exceptional level of care for the people of Hawkes Bay.

Dr Ruth van den Heever Dentist

Originally from South Africa, I moved to New Zealand at a young age. I grew up in Hawkes Bay and Wellington and moved to Auckland where I gained a Bachelor of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Auckland.

After graduating from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, I moved back to Havelock North in 2019 for the opportunity to join The Dentists, the lifestyle Hawkes Bay has to offer and to be closer to my family.

I pride myself on being approachable, empathetic and I am committed to improving my patients dental experience.  With a patient centred approach, I believe in giving my patients both the education they need to improve their own oral health as well as presenting all treatment options available for them to make an informed decision.

I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry with a strong focus on minimally invasive dentistry and the early detection of any potential problems. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, travelling, spending time with my family and friends and daily runs with my dog, Ruby.





Dr William Cho Dentist

Hi my name is William Cho.  I’m originally from South Korea and moved to New Zealand in 2001. I lived in Auckland through to high school and moved to Dunedin to study dentistry.

I have worked in Rotorua before deciding to move to Napier for the current job.
I initially got into dentistry following my sister’s footsteps but really found passion in dentistry after seeing the positive changes I can make in people’s lives. This drives me to become a better dentist everyday and I spend a lot of my own time further educating myself.

Kelly Parnell Head Dental Assistant

Hi! My names Kelly and I've been part of The Dentists team in Taradale since 2015.

Prior to dentistry I had worked in various other healthcare roles including working with and looking after the elderly.

I gained my NZDA certification in 2016, and continually strive to expand and further my dental knowledge. I have a specific interest in Infection Control and Sterilisation.

I love working with the team in Taradale and looking after all our patients with compassion and kindness.

Outside of work I love spending quality time with my husband and our two wonderful children. I enjoy cooking, baking and a good book!

Ashleigh Duncan Dental Assistant

Hi my names Ashleigh, I'm 21 and I have been working for The Dentists since August 2018.

After finishing school I completed a certificate in health science and then moved on to dental assisting where I found my niche! I studied and gained my Dental assisting qualification in 2017.

I have a huge passion for teeth and helping others, which is one of the many reasons I love my job here at The Dentists!

In my spare time I enjoy the sun, drinking coffee and having fun with friends.

Kasey Douglas Head Receptionist

Hi I'm Kasey. Born and bred in the Hawkes Bay, living in Havelock North. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in accounting. Since graduating I have held positions in administration, marketing, accounting and human resources.

I have been with The Dentists for just over two years. I am caring, approachable and willing to help patients with their dental needs.

Outside of work I enjoy cooking, baking, spending time at the beach and everything fitness related.

Rose Cornish Dental Assistant

Hey! My names Rose and I'm new to the fun and friendly team here at The Dentists Taradale.

I'm 20 years old and have a passion for helping people and using the best of my ability to ensure our patients are happy with the treatment we provide.

I've learned so much knowledge in such a small amount of time, with people that have such an amazing passion for their job and are so driven to be the best they can be in their work. The atmosphere is infectious.

I enjoy being with family, friends and my two beautiful dogs Mai and Luna. I also love doing craft projects in my spare time and reading in the sun.

Tira Douglas Dental Assistant

Hi, I'm Tira. I'm 27 years old and live in Hastings with my 2 young children.

Dentistry has always been a passion of mine and I love the satisfaction that comes with helping and caring for people.

Outside of the clinic I enjoy spending time with my children, going to the gym and being outdoors.

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