Meet the team

Meet the Eden Orthodontics team

Here at Eden Orthodontics, we are passionate about providing the best experience and results possible for you. We have team members that can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. Our staff love seeing the results Dr Smiths’ treatment makes for our patients. Each person who walks through our doors is unique, and if you join us at our clinic, we will customise your treatment experience every step of the way.

Our Team

Rachel Smith

Dr. Rachel Smith - Specialist Orthodontist

Dr. Rachel Smith is the Specialist Orthodontist and owner of Eden Orthodontics. Before returning to New Zealand to establish her own practice, she worked as a private orthodontist in the exclusive Harley Street area of London. 

Rachel is a leading clinician in the use of state-of-the-art orthodontic techniques. She has significant expertise and experience in all aspects of orthodontics including aesthetic approaches. This allows her to achieve the very best outcomes to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. Rachel is a regular speaker at conferences on a variety of orthodontic topics and is the top provider of Invisalign in Auckland.

Rachel is a New Zealand qualified Specialist Orthodontist holding a Doctorate in Orthodontics from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, New Zealand Dental Association and the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). In her spare time, Rachel enjoys Crossfit, yoga and spending time with her family.

Tara

Tara Field

Treatment Co-ordinator 

Tara is our Treatment Coordinator here at Eden Orthodontics. She has many years’ experience in account management and customer service.

Tara has been working with Dr Smith since the inception of Eden Orthodontics and is loving spending time in the practice: meeting and building relationships with our patients and of course seeing new smiles being created.

Tara lives locally in Mt. Eden with her two children and dog, Bailey. Outside of work, if she’s not powering up the mountain, she’s spending time on her yoga mat.

Jennifer

Jennifer Absalom

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Australian born and bred, but calling Auckland home with her Kiwi man, Jennifer has been in orthodontics since 2012 and absolutely loves being a part of Dr. Smith’s team. She enjoys changing lives one smile at a time and is loving every minute of her job! 

When she's not in the practice, you’ll find Jennifer enjoying a cup of coffee, listening to music, lifting weights, or planning her next trip around the world.

Denise

Denise Berry

Receptionist 

Denise is a fabulous receptionist of the Eden Orthodontics team and is a key member of the welcoming committee!

She has many years’ experience in Customer Service and Administration Management in various industries in NZ. Denise is new to the orthodontic industry and is enjoying getting to know our patients and families.

Denise lives locally with her husband and has a daughter attending University in Dunedin.

In her spare time, you can find her in her garden, mountain biking and enjoying catch ups with friends and family.

Karen

Karen Hau

Orthodontic Auxiliary

My career in Oral Health began with a Dental Therapy degree from Auckland University of Technology. Shortly after graduation, I left NZ for my birthplace Hong Kong and was introduced to the world of Orthodontics working with a US trained Orthodontist.

After moving back to Auckland in 2015 and gaining valuable experience at the Auckland Regional Dental Service, I joined the team at Eden Orthodontics and embarked on the Orthodontic Auxiliary training programme.

I was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Auckland. I am fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

In my spare time, you’ll find me working out in my local Crossfit box in Epsom, spending time with my family and baking treats for friends and family.

Sarah

Sarah Duffy

Business Administrator 

I joined the Eden Orthodontics team July 2016 toas the business administrator and special projects coordinator.Having worked as a registered nurse for 20+ years, the chance to be part of a dynamic industry with a vibrant, progressive team is exciting!

You may recognise a likeness to Dr Smith – we are sisters! I am very proud to be working along-side her and the team here.

I live locally with my husband and have 2 children at local schools.

Stacey

Stacey Logan

Orthodontic Assistant 

Originally from Zimbabwe, but she is really a Kiwi girl! Stacey joined the Eden Orthodontics team in 2019 from Ponsonby Children’s Dental Service. She spent five years there and is currently completing her Dental Assistant training. We are thrilled to have her here to support our practice and to help her develop further professionally. 

Stacey is our environmental champion encouraging us to we reduce, reuse or recycle at home and at work! You may also find her SUP in St Heliers, or at the gym keeping strong! She has 2 beautiful dogs, Ice and Noodles who keep her busy and entertained at home.

Aqeela

Aqeela (Kaz) Gamieldien

Orthodontic Assistant 

Kaz originated from South Africa, grew up in Auckland then moved to Perth to study. She has returned home and has settled back in NZ. She joined us here from a private dental clinic in North Shore where she still works part time. She is thriving in the orthodontic environment assisting Dr Smith and our Orthodontic Auxiliaries in the clinic and generally making herself indespensible.

Kaz has worked in the piercing industry meeting a variety of colourful and interesting people. She is usually found on her days off with her partner, family and friends. She is an all season beach goer and loves a good book.

Jasmine

Jasmine Brame

Orthodontic Assistant 

Jasmine is fresh out of school and a talented artist. Her potential to join our team was spotted during her New Patient consultation here and she came on board to work in the clinic for our busy end of year. She fitted in so well we convinced her to stay permanently, delaying starting her University course in Photo Media. 

Jasmine loves the direction her decision has taken her. She is able to combine her creative talent with her clinical role here.

When Jasmine is not at work she is hanging out with friends and family including her beloved dog, Allie.

Talore

Talore Weatherley

Receptionist 

It’s hard to find great people but we have found a gem here! Talore was looking for a change from her previous role and chose us! Smart, capable and so friendly she is our newest recruit to the front of house team. Talore comes with experience in customer service, web design and childcare. 

Talore is new to the health industry and is enjoying learning about orthodontics and meeting our amazing patients. She is at the office most days so her precious spare time is spend with her partner, family and friends. She loves going to concerts and can also be found enjoying one of Auckland’s many eateries!

Ready to meet the team?

If you would like to meet our fabulous Eden Orthodontics team, book your consultation today and come into the clinic. We’d love to see what we can help you achieve with our orthodontic treatments.

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