Mt Eden Dental Surgery Mt Eden
Dental Surgery

Our staff

Our patients have high expectations and deserve the best. We are proud to have the staff to meet those expectations.

Our Dentists are very experienced and caring. Our Assistants and Reception Staff enjoy their work and have worked with us in many cases for years. There is nothing we haven't seen before or can't handle.

Honestly we enjoy our work and want to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Dr Michael Burns | Dentist

Dr Michael Burns

Mike was born in Wellington. He is another esteemed graduate of the Otago School of Dentistry. Mike has a wealth of experience and has worked in Mt Eden since 1990. He is affectionately referred to as 'the nice guy' of Dentistry, his skill levels are second to none and he can make a difficult job seem easy. He has three "adult boys " and is actively involved in their lives and sports, as well as golf, boating, fishing and skiing.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Mike's enthusiasm for his job and his patients make him a very popular dentist.

Dr Sahar Dadbakhsh | Dentist


Sahar moved to NZ from the UK in 2012 , she lives in Mt Eden and has children at the local schools. She qualified in 1999 from Guy’s Hospital Dental School in London spending a period of 2 years in a Maxillofacial Department developing her oral surgery skills and was successful in obtaining her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Following this, Sahar spent over 10 years in general dental practice providing a wide variety of treatment.We are very lucky to have Sahar working with us, she has a special interest in mandibular advancement snoring appliances and has experience using Invisalign techniques for Orthodontic problems.

Dr Keith Hoolihan | Dentist

Dr Keith Hoolihan

Keith Hoolihan graduated from Otago Dental School in 1978. Auckland is Keith's hometown, he worked at Auckland Hospital and also in general practice in England and West Germany before settling in Mt Eden in 1985. Keith has three adult children, and a couple of grandchildren. He enjoys his work, loves music, yoga and the beach in Summer. Winter will find him out each Saturday refereeing Soccer or cycling.

"We have a very special practice here and I want to make every patient who walks through our door feel special as well."

Dr Tisha Yang | Dentist

Tisha graduated from the University of Otago [ with Credit]. Having experience in General Practice in Tauranga and Auckland, she is excited to serve the Mt Eden community, the place where she grew up and calls home. Tisha takes great pride in her work , ensuring her patients get the best service possible , making every dental visit a pleasant one. She is dedicated to continued education and is passionate about the use of modern materials with the latest techniques.On weekends, you will find her skateboarding and latin street dancing.

Dr Don Macalister | Oral Surgeon

For many years we are fortunate to have had a successful working relationship with Don Macalister who operates from our Surgery most weeks. This means anybody requiring Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth removal or advice on tricky issues can be seen by him very conveniently. Don is a very skilled and experienced Oral Surgeon. He has developed an amazing Intravenous Sedation Technique using very precise modern equipment to administer sedation with target controlled infusion. Don lectures internationally on this subject and is considered an expert.

Angela Mans-Salt | Practice Manager

Angela is our Practice Manager. She has a nursing background and when she first came to New Zealand from Holland worked for us at first as a Dental Assistant ,. Her kiwi husband was a patient of the practice his whole life. Angela has a couple of children now and has a busy life looking after them plus all of us. Angela is the "go to person" around the practice and is always willing to help.

Marnie | Hygienist


Marnie is a New Zealand qualified Dental Therapist. Originally from Taranaki but now living in Mt Eden. She is a great friend to many of our patients, putting them at ease with her friendly manner. A visit to the hygienist should be fun as well as beneficial. Marnie is just perfect with children and a visit to her is great introduction to the practice for them.

Penelope Edgecombe

Penny has worked with us for many years now. At one stage we had one of Penny's daughters as an employee as well. After a stint overseas Penny is back working on Reception part time. She is a great person to have around and is valued by the other staff as well as the patients.


Carmen works with us part time now ,often on reception but also helping out clinically. Carmen is a wonderful, calm , helpful person . She had been working with us full time before starting a family . We are happy to have her back on the team.



Kendall is our youngest staff member . She is a skilled Dental Assistant and a joy to work with. It is great to have someone to teach us how to behave like "today's people". We are happy to learn .


Larissa.jpg Originally from Brazil . Larissa has an Uncle who is a Dentist she is a natural in the Dental Surgery. She is a great Dental Assistant very organized and very friendly.



Sharmila works part time as Dental Assistant. She is naturally very calm and relaxed. She is a Dentist and spends her spare time preparing for her NZ dental exams. She brings with her both passion and experience in dentistry. She loves a clean and tidy practice and is also great advising patients about oral health. With a patient, friendly attitude, good work ethics and great skill set, she really adds value to the team. She has a 4 year old girl and she loves to spend time with her family.

Lewis Hamilton | Dental Technician

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis runs the Mt Eden Crown & Bridge Studio from our premises. He manufactures advanced restorative work for Dentists all over New Zealand. For our patients he can precisely match colour and size when we are doing porcelain cosmetic work. Lewis has worked with us for many years. He lives in Mt Eden with his family and like us is always going to provide the best long term technical solution.


Registered Nurse working with Don Macalister. Very experienced with IV sedation and post operative care.


Registered Nurse working with Don Macalister. A great surgical nurse.