The Team


Introducing Helen Yan – Dentist

  • Helen joined the practice in January 2009
  • Educated at Avonside Girls High, Helen graduated from Otago Dental School in 2008.
  • Helen’s sons Louis and Leon occupy most of her time outside practice hours.

Introducing Tony York – Dentist

  • Tony graduated from the University of Otago with his dental degree in 1977, and holds his qualification in intravenous sedation.
  • After working in South Canterbury for 18 months, Tony returned to his home town to commence practice in Lincoln Road, where he had been a patient since high school.
  • Tony has offered 40 years continuous service to his Hoon Hay patients.

Introducing Leigh Stevenson – Dentist

  • Leigh has been in the practice for 25 years.
  • She graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology in 1991 and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1994.
  • Leigh holds her certificate in Intravenous Sedation.
  • Leigh has 3 teenage children and has a special interest in Porcelain work, Crowns, Bridges and Implants.

Introducing Dawson Young – Dentist

  • Dawson graduated from Otago University with an Honours degree in Chemistry and (in 1999) his Bachelor of Dental Surgery.
  • Dawson was first with our practice as a locum after graduation and returned after 2 years of OE in London to practice in Hoon Hay.
  • Dawson’s son is now at primary school.

Introducing Pearl Moruti – Dentist

  • Pearl studied her BSc General at the University of Botswana and graduated with BDS from University of Otago in 2016.

  • She enjoys all aspects of dentistry but  has a special interest in invisalign.

  • Pearl moved to New Zealand from Botswana in 2012 and enjoys  the relaxed and outdoorsy lifestyle here. 

Introducing Renee Ford – Dental Hygienist

  • I graduated with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene from Otago in 2003.
  • Since then I have worked throughout New Zealand and Australiia, including Otago, Central and Wellington.
  • I moved to Christchurch 3 years ago with my husband and 2 children to rejoin Dentistry with a Smile.