Dr Andrew Findlay
Andrew graduated in 1984 with a BDS from Otago University and practised for 2 years as a Dental House Surgeon In both Hutt and Wellington Hospitals. He has enjoyed private clinical practice in Wellington for some 30 years since and has established more recently, Wakefield House Dental
In 2018 Andrew was awarded the honorary title of FICD , Fellow of the International College of Dentists. www.ICD.org
The College has been honoring the world's leading dentists since 1920 and is located in 122 countries worldwide. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer-review process leading to the recognition of the individual's :
“outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”
At the outset of his career, he was inspired by the early work of Dr Per Ingvar Branemark and how he had pioneered the concept of replacing missing teeth with osseointegrated dental implants. Since his first introductory course at the prestigious Branemark Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden, Andrew has spent almost all of his 30+ year career treating dental implant patients both surgically and prosthetically and has witnessed the tremendous development in dental implant systems and their extended application in dentistry today.
Andrew has enjoyed his past role in the Australasian Osseointegration Society as Federal President and was instrumental in establishing the AOS branch in New Zealand. He has presented in both Australia and New Zealand on implant related topics at conferences, seminars, and study group level.
Cosmetic dentistry has remained one of the cornerstones of his everyday practicing life. Andrew is a firm believer that continuing education is an important part of a dentist’s career and so is always keen to learn about new dental materials and innovative cosmetic techniques for the benefit of his patients.
He has a particular interest in all aspects of oral rehabilitation and the restoration of broken-down dentitions back to full health
Andrew has a particular interest in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. Snoring and Sleep Apnoea are very under-recognised conditions which can often carry significant health risks. Andrew works closely with the Respiratory Physicians and the technical team at the University of Otago WellSleep Centre. Dental devices, appropriate advice and follow-up can often be very effective strategies for managing these conditions.
Andrew maintains his enthusiasm for dentistry and blends it with his family life and a passion for surfing, mountain-biking, and all-things outdoors.
In 1997 Sheryne graduated as a dental hygienist from Otago Polytechnic. She quickly developed a keen interest in the prevention of periodontal (gum) disease and cosmetic tooth whitening. She firmly believes healthy gums maintain a healthy body and that a beautiful smile can boost confidence in a person from any walk of life.
Sheryne is a highly experienced, dedicated and meticulous clinician and enjoys staying abreast of the latest techniques by attending conferences, courses, and local study groups. Her gentle touch is always appreciated by her many dedicated patients.
We really appreciate Sheryne’s loyalty to our practice and its patients and in fact, she started her dental career as a dental assistant for Andrew’s father, Peter Findlay!
We are very fortunate that Sheryne works part-time in Dr William Gaudie’s specialist periodontal practice, where she is fortunate to have the opportunity to treat patients with complex periodontal problems. It makes it possible to develop her skills and experience in a specialist environment.
Outside of the office, Sheryne keeps supremely fit. She was an aerobics instructor for several years and loves competitive running and rock and roll dancing.
Nikki joined the practice in 2005 as a Dental Assistant and it was not long before she got to know almost all of our patients, fantastic! Nikki showed a keen interest in the inner workings of our dental practice and when the position became available, she took on the role as Practice Manager. She continued the good work and continues to develop new policies and protocols ensuring Wakefield House Dental is always ahead of best practice.
Nikki prides herself in always listening and understanding every individual patient's needs and makes sure their visit is a pleasent experience.
Kim joined Andrew Findlay’s dental team in 2009 as his chairside assistant. It rapidly became clear that her many years in the dental field had broadened her skill and experience which has made her an invaluable member of our practice. Earlier in her career, Kim gained her NZ Dental Association Dental Assistant’s qualification in her home town of Edgecome. Shortly after, she moved to a new position in a busy Whakatane dental practice as the Clinical Manager.
Outside of work, Kim most of all enjoys spending time with her family. If there’s a pause in her busy life, however, she has a keen interest in arts and crafts including weaving with flax. She enjoys visiting Wellington’s great restaurants and theatres and has a love of the outdoors, exploring our beautiful New Zealand.
Jasmine moved to the Wellington region with her family in 2009 from the sunny Bay of Plenty. She graduated in 2013 with a BSc in Geography from Victoria University and joined the Practice soon afterwards.
She successfully qualified as a NZ Dental Association Assistant in 2014 and has a wide skill set working with both Dental Hygienists and Dentists. Being highly motivated and a quick learner, she seamlessly integrated into the team and works well in any situation.
Her interests include baking, computer gaming and cars