About Us

Dr. Rafid Salih (Ray)

 BDS,NZDREX,PGDipClinDent ( Otago)

I am a highly experienced and qualified dentist with a track record of delivering a high standard of general dentistry both in New Zealand and internationally for 20 years. I am the Principal Dentist at Newtown Dental Surgery and have experience in hospital dentistry, military dentistry, University Dental School practice and in other general practices. I am experienced in all aspects of dentistry including dental assessments, preventive services, restorative services (fillings, crowns, bridges and implants), cosmetic dentistry, extractions, oral surgery, hospital services surgery, dentures.

Dr Graham Symes


I am an experienced general dental practitioner with a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions and also surgery.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago University in 1985 and after 2 years as a House Surgeon at Wellington Hospital I returned to Otago to complete a Master of Dental Surgery in 1990. I completed my examinations to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2004. I was honoured to become a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2008 and Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International in 2011.
I have previously owned and operated a large dental practice in central Wellington for over 20 years and after taking some time off from dentistry to travel I have returned on a part time basis at Newtown Dental.


Dr. Snehal Shah


Snehal received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from India in 2010. After undertaking the New Zealand Registration exam for dentistry, she decided to settle down in NZ and now calls it home.

She loves all aspects of dentistry but Endodontics and Oral Surgery are her forte. To further upgrade her knowledge in general dentistry she took the Fellowship exam and holds a Diploma in Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

When not at work, Snehal spends her time with her husband and 2 young children. She is currently studying towards getting her Private Pilot License.


Dr David Wang

BDS, The University of Otago 2020

I graduated from the University of Otago in 2020, and as a new graduate dentist it is my great opportunity to be able to work in the capital as the start of my career.
I am interested in all aspects of dentistry especially oral surgery and restorative work. I am able to speak both English and Mandarin.
When on vacation I enjoyed having small trips and travelling to different countries to experience the different culture.


Dr. Harshitha

BDS, NTR University 2010

Australian dental council licensing exams 2017

I worked as a general dentist in India for 2 yrs after graduating and then moved to NZ with family. I took a break from dentistry for 4 yrs during that time I studied graduate diploma in addictions and did lot of traveling around the NZ. I love all aspects of dentistry with special interest towards restorative treatment. Using my strong academic background and compassionate nature I make sure to create a supportive and comfortable treatment environment for my patients. Apart from dentistry, I love spending time with my family, enjoy traveling and exploring NZ.


Dr. Yu Hoshino

BDS, Hiroshima University 1998

Australian Dental Council Licensing Exams 2017

I have worked as a general dentist for about 13 years in Japan. After moving to New Zealand I took a break from dentistry for 4 years to look after my three children. In 2017, I passed the qualification exam to practice dentistry in New Zealand. I am interested in all areas of dentistry, but I am particularly interested in preventive dentistry and denture treatment. I strongly believe that the best treatment in dentistry is good oral healthcare and I hope to help all my patients attain this.


歯科医師 ( 日本人 )




1998年 広島大学歯学部卒業、3年間の大学病院口腔外科勤務を経て


2011年 ニュージーランド移住、4年間の育児休暇

2015/2016年 Otago University Overseas Dentist Bridging Course を修了

2017年 オーストラリアにて歯科医師免許取得

2018年 現歯科医院に勤務


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100 Riddiford Street


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