WELCOME TO TURNER LIM AUCKLAND ORTHODONTISTS


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Meet Fiona
our Specialist Orthodontist

Fiona has travelled a long road since primary school in Dunedin. She studied for her dental degree at Bristol University, England and then completed her three-year Master’s Degree in Orthodontics, with an academic scholarship at the University of Otago. 

She became a Specialist Orthodontist in 1999. She practiced as an orthodontist in Auckland and England both in the hospital and private practice. In 2004 Fiona set up practice in New Lynn where she has since looked after over 6000 local patients.

She actively participates in continuing professional development and runs the North Shore and West Auckland Orthodontist Peer group. This allows her to stay current on the latest technology and treatments. Fiona is a member of the Auckland Dental Association, New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists and Wish for a Smile Trust – the charitable arm of the NZAO.

Fiona is the mother of Isobel and Rory and is married to Arend. She loves the outdoors especially tramping and multi-sport. Reading, the arts, gardening and caring for the hens are other spare time activities.

Meet Donna
our Specialist Orthodontist

Donna has been in dentistry and specialist orthodontic private practice since 1997. After completing her undergraduate dental training at the University of Otago she spent 6 years in private and hospital practice as a general dentist.

She worked in Auckland, London and Melbourne before commencing her postgraduate specialist studies at the University of Melbourne with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Orthodontics in 2005. Following this, Donna returned to London working in private specialist practice before settling down in New Lynn in 2009.

Donna is a member of the Auckland Dental Association, New Zealand Dental Association, New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, Australian Society of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in Orthodontics and Wish for a Smile Trust – the charitable arm of the NZAO.

Donna has two young girls and is married to husband Peter. She speaks Cantonese and her passions outside of orthodontics are cooking, running and travelling.

Meet Kaye
our Orthodontic Auxiliary

Kaye graduated as a Dental Therapist in 1981 and worked in school dental clinics for 8 years before relocating to Auckland in 1988.

She moved into orthodontics, working as an orthodontic auxiliary for several years before leaving to start a family. Before joining the Turner Lim team, Kaye enjoyed working as a territory manager for two dental supply companies. After spending time at home raising her family, Kaye returned to orthodontics in 2010, finally joining Turner Lim in 2013.

Kaye lives with her husband, 3 teenage children and their exuberant dog, Jessie, in Mt Eden. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing and creating all sorts of handcrafts.

Meet Rachel
our Orthodontic Auxiliary

Rachel joined Turner Lim Orthodontists in 2014 as a dental assistant. She gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from having worked within general dentistry and as an assistant to a periodontist (gum specialist) and implant surgeon for several years. 

Rachel has experienced orthodontic procedures personally, having had braces treatment with Dr Fiona Turner using Invisalign (clear removable aligners). Rachel completed the Orthodontic Auxiliary Accreditation Program, with the training and support of both Dr Donna Lim and Dr Fiona Turner in 2017. She is now a qualified Orthodontic Auxiliary.

Rachel is a self-confessed gym junkie and when she’s not at the gym, she is kept busy and active with her blue staffy, Kai.

Meet Alla
our Orthodontic Auxiliary

Alla is originally from Russia where she trained and worked as an Oral Surgeon. She arrived in NZ, in 1996, with her husband and their three daughters. 

She started working as an Orthodontic Auxiliary soon after arriving, and finally joined the Turner Lim team in 2017. Alla brings with her a vast amount of dental knowledge, experience and vibrancy with both her clinical skills and culture.

In her free time she enjoys gardening, sewing, furniture restoration and spending time with her daughters and granddaughter.

Meet Sara
our Orthodontic Auxiliary in training

Sara worked as a dental chairside assistant for 10 years at various Auckland practices before joining our team in 2016 as an orthodontic assistant.

She completed her NZDA Dental Assisting certificate in 2009 and is currently training under Dr Donna Lim and Dr Fiona Turner with the Orthodontic Auxiliary Accreditation Program to become a qualified orthodontic auxiliary.

Sara loves traveling abroad and creating new adventures. She loves being outdoors and keeps fit and active by spending time at the gym.

Meet Nicole
our Orthodontic Assistant

Christchurch born Nicole began working as an orthodontic assistant for Turner Lim after she moved to Auckland from Queenstown in 2017. Before joining the Turner Lim team, Nicole spent 2 years in Germany working as an early childhood teacher for a Montessori Kindergarten. 

Upon returning to New Zealand, Nicole practised beauty therapy, owning her own salon, until a change of career focus led her to the dental industry. Nicole thrives on the fast pace of the orthodontic clinic and with her cheery smile and persona, can calm the most nervous patient.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys the outdoors, practising yoga and is an advocate for healthy sustainable living.

Meet Grace
our Orthodontic Assistant

“Westie” born and raised Grace comes to Turner Lim Orthodontists, having previously worked as an orthodontic assistant since 2014.

She enjoys building patient relationships and uses her previous customer service experience to help provide great patient care. Grace can empathise with our patients as she is currently undergoing orthodontic treatment using Invisalign with Dr Fiona Turner.

When she is not spending time with her close-knit family, Grace enjoys walking in the Waitakere ranges and watching movies.

Meet Rose
our Orthodontic Assistant

Rose worked in the retail and childcare sectors before discovering her passion and love for dentistry. In 2010, she gained her NZDA Certificate in Dental Assisting and worked the following 7 years in general dentistry. 

When the opportunity arose to further her knowledge and interests, Rose joined the Turner Lim team in 2017 as an orthodontic assistant. Born and raised in West Auckland, Rose enjoys helping build confidence and creating beautiful smiles for the many patients of her local communities.

In 2016, Rose and her husband became parents to daughter Ayla. She enjoys spending time with family outdoors, and likes to play the violin if she gets any spare time!

Meet Jo
our Office Manager
Treatment
Co-ordinator

 

Jo has 22 years’ experience working in the dental industry qualifying as a clinical assistant through the Christchurch Polytechnic. Whilst fulfilling her passion of travelling she enjoyed working for specialist dental practices in Sydney and London. 

Now working predominately at the front office, she enjoys the pace and dynamics of orthodontics. She loves being part of the journey of creating great smiles with her role as Treatment Coordinator along with making it financially achievable for families.

Jo & her husband are originally from Christchurch and now call Auckland home. She enjoys travelling, biking, general outdoor pursuits and is learning to love the garden – because someone has got to do it!

Meet Lou
our Front Desk
Administrator
Treatment
Co-ordinator

 

Lou joined the Turner Lim team in late 2016 and brings with her 18 years of dental experience and knowledge. She has spent the last 9 years in the Specialist Orthodontic field, thoroughly enjoying meeting new patients and helping create beautiful smiles. 

When she’s not busy with her latest renovation project, Lou likes to spend her spare time swimming, kayaking or walking the family dog along one of the many sunny North Shore beaches, where she lives with her partner and three children.

Meet Susi
our Administrator
Treatment
Co-ordinator

 

Susi started working in the dental industry in Germany in 1995 where she completed a Dental Chairside Apprenticeship. She moved to New Zealand as an Au Pair in 2000 and after a one year break from the dental industry she returned as a Chairside Assistant and later a Practice Manager for an Auckland Dental Practice.

She moved into a dental sales role with an Australian based company in 2006 where she stayed till her maternity leave. Two children and some admin work later she started with us at Turner Lim in early 2015. She is a part of the administrative and marketing team as well as a Treatment Coordinator during new patient consultations.

Susi and her family love their house overlooking the bush in the Waitakere Ranges and spend a lot of time exploring beaches and bushwalks. Being German, her children are bilingual and are always looking forward to their next visit to their Mum’s home country and to spending time with their German grandparents.

Meet Chris
our Front Desk
Administrator

Chris comes to our team with a background in communications having worked both with the Police and in the banking sector.

Two of her children have already completed treatment at our former rooms on Rata Street so she was already familiar with some orthodontic procedures. Having run a successful after school programme and being a self-confessed ‘Westie’ she is now seeing a lot of families she knows from the community coming in for treatment.

Chris is a keen photographer and enjoys the outdoors and keeps busy with her 4 kids, husband, dog and foster placements.

Meet Becky
our Business
& Finance Manager

Becky takes care of everything financial. She has been in the dental field since 1991 working as a dental assistant in Auckland and Palmerston North. 

She joined the Turner Lim team in 2011, bringing with her a vast range of experience, cheerfulness and dedication to all aspects of Turner Lim which is appreciated by all.

Becky loves spending time with her husband and two daughters (who’s beautiful smiles are thanks to the expert team at Turner Lim). She also enjoys reading, walking, travelling and swimming.

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We are an accredited member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists. Find out more at www.orthodontists.org.nz