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Team and Service

The trusted local dentists for all ages on the North Shore

At Viva Dental, we offer dental care tailored to your needs on the North Shore. Committed to making you feel comfortable, we provide an environment that is welcoming. While each of our dentists has a different personality and style of operating, they all pride themselves on offering exceptional, gentle, quality dental care to all patients. All of our team are trained in Otago with over 10 years of experience in the field of dentistry. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your dental needs.
Dr Mike Wu is one of our dentists on the North Shore

Dr Mike Wu

I was a house surgeon in hospital for five years before I came to New Zealand in 1995. After three years study I gained the diploma in dental technology at Wellington (CIT), I practised as a dental technician in Christchurch for a year. Then I moved to Dunedin for further study in dentistry. I graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2003.

I have been practicing in Viva Dental since 2004, I enjoy performing all forms of dentistry and I have a particular interest in oral surgery, crown and bridge, design and make dentures with my strong dental technician back ground. I enjoy to take care of elderly patients, I also visit the local rest home to help the residents there. Viva Dental is a well known family dental practice on the shore. I like meeting every one of my patients, and working to customise their treatment plan to suit their individual. So if you have any problems with your teeth, big or small, I will do my best to help you out!

New Zealand has been my home for the last 18 years and I just love its amazing scenery and friendly people. outside work I enjoy time with my family and three children, swimming, playing tennis and travelling.
Dr Shelley Paterson

Dr Shelley Paterson

I graduated from Otago in 1990.

I first worked as a maxillofacial house Surgeon at Hutt Hospital in Wellington. Although I enjoyed my time there treating facial trauma and surgical cases I found I had much more interest and talent in general Dentistry.

With 2yrs under my belt in NZ I moved to the UK where I eventually practised for 10yrs. I did all ranges of Dentistry in the UK from National Health, Mixed private to finally settling into a Private Practise for 6-7yrs as the in-house Dentist for the Multinational corporate bank JPMorgan. This was a fantastic job and truly gave me the opportunity to “spread my wings” in the field of advance general Dentistry. It’s where my introduction to implants and cosmetic dentistry began.

With the birth of our Son in 2002 we decided to return to NZ. Central London is no place for children that need grass between their toes.

We now have 2 beautiful children and I have been working at Viva Dental for about 8-9 yrs

I love doing general Dentistry with an emphasis on cosmetics and helping improve people’s similes. There is considerably more artistry in Dentistry then most patients realise

Since being at Viva I have also gathered a following of “little people”. Mums are very good at spreading the word and before you know it you have a strong paediatric component to your practice. Treating kids is another skill all on its own and I have enjoyed the challenge of winning them over. Like all my Dentistry I find this very rewarding.

I have many passions in life. Dentistry is definitely one of them, but in my spare time I also love road cycling, triathlon, playing tennis and skiing (when I’m not being targeted by snowboarders) and of course trying to keep up with my 2 very active kids
Dr Ranee Charya

Dr Ranee Charya

I graduated in 1996 from the University of Otago. I then stated practicing in Wellington in a private practice and then part time providing dentistry for low income families at the resource centre. I enjoy performing all forms of general dentistry and providing care for anxious patients and children. My passion is preventive dentistry (showing you how to look after your teeth so we don’t have to fill them). I then moved to Auckland after my son was born were I starting working for Viva dental where I have been working for the past 10 years, Viva Dental has a very friendly atmosphere and is a joy to work in, and I am looking forward to seeing you at Viva.

Range of services

For all treatments and consultations, our dentists will take the time to discuss your specific needs and help you develop a plan for maintaining your oral health. Our team on the North Shore can provide the latest technology and perform all aspects of dental treatment including:
  • Maintenance & hygiene
  • White fillings
  • Crown & bridge work
  • Root canals
  • Dentures
  • Emergency dentistry
  • Tooth whitening
  • Mouth guards
  • Surgical extraction
  • Implants
  • Orthodontic braces
  • Acc & WinZ quotes

Free teenage dental treatment

As part of our dental services we are proud to offer free dental treatment for all teenagers aged 13 to 18 under the government’s Dental Benefits programme. Simply enroll your child at our friendly local clinic on the North Shore and they will receive a free annual check-up and treatment. Also if required, Dr Mike Wu is happy to provide a free orthodontic consultation during the appointment as well.
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