Since graduating (with distinction) from Otago in 2010, Laura has carved out an impressive career for herself. Laura believes in practising ethical, evidence-based dentistry with a focus on patient centred care. She strives to provide a positive, comfortable, relaxed and pain free experience – because of this, she has been able to build long lasting relationships with her patients.
Laura completed post graduate studies and received a Fellowship in General Dental Practice from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS). In 2016 she was awarded the Sutherland Prize in recognition for achieving the highest marks in General Dentistry. Considering her career achievements thus far, it’s not surprising Laura was selected to receive the Outstanding Young Dentist of Year Award by the NZDA for 2017/2018.
Laura is incredibly passionate about her profession and the community she works with. Spending a day a week working for the Hutt Valley DHB allows her the opportunity to treat those who may not be able to tolerate treatment in a private practice setting. She also acts as a mentor and provides continued professional development for new Dental graduates and Dental Therapists.
In her spare time, Laura volunteers with multiple charities – she provides dental treatment to those in need at the Downtown Community Mission (DCM), and is the Wai Water Coordinator/Lead for Healthy Families Trust. She’s also very committed to One Percent Collective, a charity started by her partner in 2012 which to date has raised over $800,000 to support local charities like DCM.
Weather it’s skiing, mountain biking, or hiking around the New Zealand bush, you’ll often find Laura enjoying the great outdoors. She is also a yoga enthusiast and enjoys practicing mindfulness.