The friendliest DENTAL TEAM in Tauranga!

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Fi - Friendliest dentist!

Fi - Friendliest dentist!

Fiona is the friendliest female dentist in Tauranga! She is a smiling, Scottish dentist who moved to the Bay of Plenty in January 2011, after travelling all over New Zealand. She gained NZ residency in August 2011. Fi finds Tauranga a lovely, sunny city with friendly people in a wonderful location and is delighted to have settled here. She set up Gardens Dental from scratch in 2011, and is very happy to be so busy!

Fi and her husband Tom had their son Charlie in September 2013. They all enjoy going for walks with their two dogs Bailey and Toby. They have a menagerie of animals - 12 chooks, 4 ducks, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 fat piggies.

Fi is able to communicate effectively with patients and dental colleagues, and is keen to establish an excellent rapport. She is sympathetic to the needs of her patients and aims to provide comfortable treatment to the highest clinical and ethical standards. She is committed to the long-term dental health of you and your family.

Fi looks forward to providing the highest level of dental care to all her patients and hopes to keep your dental experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible! If you are looking for a friendly, quality, female dentist, please visit Gardens Dental Tauranga at 38 Cliff Road.

Check out our video so you can meet Fi and her team!

TIm - great Dental Hygienist & Therapist

TIm - great Dental Hygienist & Therapist

Tim joined Gardens Dental in August 2019, and has been an awesome addition to the friendly team in his role as an oral hygiene therapist. He will provide you with excellent advice and treatment in how to prevent, reduce or stabilise gum disease. Tim can also assess and treat children for their annual checkups.

Tim has always been interested in health, discovering his passion for dentistry while on an operational deployment to Afghanistan, where he noticed the effects that dentistry can have on people’s quality of life.

Tim served 10 years in the New Zealand Army as a medic, concentrating on pre-hospital emergency care. During this time he loved meeting new people and working to improve general health, while also being responsive to any situation that might arise.

After his experience in Afghanistan, Tim was motivated to pursue a career in Oral Health and has obtained his Bachelor of Oral Health from Otago. Tim loves to work with patients to make a positive change with an aim to applying a preventative approach, mostly focusing on education. He hopes to empower his patients to improve and maintain their oral health. Tim enjoys carrying out a variety of clinical procedures such as treating gum disease, tooth whitening and fillings on children.

Tim is still serving in the New Zealand Army as a Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. This role sees him manage the Reserve Medics for the upper North Island and plan all their training while encouraging and enabling their career development. While in the Regular Army, Tim was deployed in 2004, 2006 & 2007 to Afghanistan, The Solomon Islands and Korea.

Tim moved from Dunedin to the Bay of Plenty and has two sons Tarquin and Asterix. When time allows, his hobbies are: football (soccer), cycling, the outdoors and pretty much anything that involves water.

Rhonda, Natalie, Hannah and Rachel- AWESOME RECEPTION TEAM

Rhonda, Natalie, Hannah and Rachel- AWESOME RECEPTION TEAM

Rhonda, Natalie, Hannah and Rachel will probably be the first people to speak to you on the phone! They are both friendly, professional, efficient and awesome! 

They liaise with Fi and Tim if there are any emergency appointments required and some re-shuffling of our days is needed. They have a list of people that can come at short notice if someone has to reschedule, so if you would like to get added to that list, please let us know!

I had my first visit at Garden Dental today on recommendation from a friend. Fi made me feel very welcome and is super friendly and caring with a very down-to-earth yet professional manner. I felt quickly at ease which is just what you want when you visit the Dentist. Everyone at Gardens was in fact wonderful and friendly. I'm very happy and will definitely will be coming back :-) thanks again!!
Natalie Thompson  
I can not recomend Fiona and Vicki enough. Have always dreaded going to the dentist until these guys. Cannot stress how easy they made each appointment, they give the good drugs so you dont feel a thing. They are also lovely and friendly and always great at making you laugh. seriously cant recomend them enough : )
Ali Uden  
I have never felt so relaxed or happy about going to the dentist. Fi and Vicky are incredible and make me feel so at ease. I really wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
Sian Casserly  
What an absolutely refreshing change to go to a dentist and come out after an amazing, painless process. Have not regretted changing to Fiona and her team.
Steve Bolt  
One of the best dental experiences to date. Fi was fun and lighthearted which made for a pleasant appointment. Super gentle and checked in with me often to make sure I was ok. Can’t recommend her and her skills enough!!
Kristy Whitchelo  
Fi and Vicki you are honestly such a fantastic dental team. I have been visiting for many years now and can not speak any more highly of you both. You make my visits feel so relaxed that it doesn't feel like you are even at the dentist. Thank you girls for always looking after me, you are the best
Louise Fox  
Just recently had a cleaning & cavity filled by the lovely Fi from Gardens Dental. She is amazing and works wonders not only on your teeth but also to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during your time with her! Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a local dentist!
Jess Lowcher  
First review because I just wanted to say Fi and Vicky are honestly the scared of dentists but they have made it the best experience ever. Very gentle, zero pain for multiple complicated procedures and don’t make you feel bad about not going to the dentist for ages ..they are super cool!
David Weaver  
Fiona is great to deal with and goes the extra mile, even ringing you in the evening to check that all is well. She is highly professional and a breath of fresh air. A thoroughly honest and approachable dentist.
Jez Rogers  
I had extensive work done on my lower teeth and a new top denture made. It was almost a fun experience.
Fi & Vicki are a great team, and their constant banter helped me to relax. They did so much to improve my smile and my self confidence. I highly recommend them both.
Helen Roberts