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Meet the Team

Dr. Gurpinder Singh - Johnsonville Family Dentist

Dr. Gurpinder Singh

Dr Gurpinder Singh graduated with a Bachelor of Dentistry in 2003. After leaving dentistry overseas, Gurpinder began working in dentistry in New Zealand, and has been working in the Wellington region for the past 10 years. Gurpinder enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in CAD/CAM dentistry. By attending regular dental conferences, Gurpinder keeps up to date with advances in dental technology. When not working Gurpinder loves to travel and explore New Zealand’s wonderful hotspots.

Dr. Upma Bhasin - Dentist - Johnsonville Family Dentist

Dr. Upma Bhasin

I started my journey as a general dentist after graduating. After practicing in India for 11 years, I migrated to NZ with my young family in 2003 after being mesmerized by the beauty of the country. I completed my NZDREX registration in 2005 and have practiced in New Zealand for the past 14 years. Pursuing my passion for the dentistry, over the years I have continually updated and expanded my pool of dental skills with ongoing training and professional development courses. I have had extensive training in Endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, CAD CAM dentistry & have added Implant dentistry to my list of skills recently.  I love my work and my family – they are what makes me happy. I love to take up new challenges. If my positive attitude and my skills as a dentist can put a smile on your face, it would please me more than any words can say.

Dr.Yvonne Chai

Dr. Yvonne Chai graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. She had won an academic award in university for her overall performance in class.

Yvonne enjoys all aspects of dentistry with special interests in emergency dental care and creating a beautiful smile through restorative dentistry and clear aligner treatment. Yvonne is an Invisalign® Go and Spark™ Aligner provider.

When she’s not at the clinic, Yvonne can be found food hopping around restaurants or sipping coffee at the local cafes. Yvonne considers herself to be quite a foodie and coffee lover as most Malaysians tend to be! Yvonne is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors relaxing in New Zealand’s beautiful nature.


Dr. Geraldine Chen

Originally from Malaysia, I pursued dentistry at the University of Otago and graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2019.

I am interested in all aspects of general dentistry and am constantly attending courses to keep up with the latest developments.

I enjoy getting to know people and helping them achieve their oral health goals. I strongly believe in empowering my patients with the knowledge & skills to maintain good long-term oral health and engaging them in decisions about their care.

Outside work, I enjoy going for walks, travelling and exploring new places, cooking, and trying new cuisine.


Dr. Irene Swartz

Irene likes  taking a comprehensive approach to treatment and enjoys restorative dentistry.  She has a special interest in restoring worn dentition and more complex rehabilitation.  She is a firm believer in starting with a healthy foundation, your gums and its supporting structures playing a crucial role in the longevity of your teeth.  Whether it’s a simple filling you need, a crown or bridge, implant restoration, cosmetic dentistry, rootcanal, extraction or dentures, Irene can explore with you what treatment options you might have.  She is careful to listen to what her patients need and what their situation may be when making treatment recommendations.


Irene obtained her dental degree from the University of the Philippines.  She spent three more years doing postgraduate training at the University of Minnesota, focusing on Family Dentistry and Geriatric Dentistry.  Her training, along with years of experience both in the United States and New Zealand, enables her to guide her patients in planning for a healthy dentition to carry them through into their old age.


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, walks along the water, swimming in the ocean, and cooking food she’s tried most recently at any of Wellington’s restaurants.


Cindy Chong
(Oral Health Therapist)

Cindy is an Oral Health Therapist who has a passion for improving oral health for both adults and kids. She was born in Malaysia, grew up in Auckland, and moved to Dunedin to study at Otago University. After graduating in 2022, she moved to Wellington to begin her career as an OHT.


Her journey began with the Bee Healthy community dental service where she is still working, and giving kids their greatly needed dental checks and treatments. Now she has started as a hygienist with us, and is determined to provide a comfortable experience for patients getting their regular scales and polishes.


Aside from her working life, she enjoys her time by relaxing and watching TV shows, crochet, baking, and playing volleyball with her friends.

Vanessa Fortune

Vanessa Fortune
(Dental Hygienist)

Vanessa worked in a dental practice for 12 years as a practice manager and then decided to further her education in the dental field, She graduated in 1999  from Otago with a Diploma in Dental hygiene and has had  over 20 years experience.

Vanessa has  worked in a specialist periodontal practice as well as private practice over those 20 years which has provided her with a lot of experience in treating gum disease.
Vanessa loves to bake and has a pussycat called Bertie.