Your team

Origin Oral surgeons has a unique offering.

We are a custom-built surgical suite, designed from the ground up, tailored to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience in New Zealand.

Our values form the foundation of everything we do, and we believe that a team approach is essential to patient care.

We pride ourselves on our originality, and have cultivated our unique team to reflect this.

Meet our team:


Specialist Oral Surgeon • ski enthusiast and masters weightlifter

After spending nearly 10 years as a dentist in Australia, Soo-Wee decided that a change in tools was in order. He returned to New Zealand to re-train in the field he is truly passionate about, and started Origin Oral Surgeons once he finished.

Returning to New Zealand made him re-visit his love for skiing, strategically managing to instill this love to his wife and kids. To keep himself strong, Soo-Wee trains in Olympic Weightlifting and competes as a masters lifter.

Follow his progress on the Origin Surgeons instagram page!

- Bachelor of Dental Surgery, 2004
- Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery (Distinction), 2014
- Doctor in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery, 2017


Specialist Oral Surgeon • Well caffeinated water lover

Originally from Korea, Jessica completed her dental training in Dunedin and began her career as a Dental/Maxillofacial house surgeon at the University of Otago and Dunedin Public Hospital. She subsequently worked in private practice in Oamaru and Auckland before returning to Dunedin to train in Oral Surgery. Jessica joined the Origin team in 2021.

Outside of work, Jessica is a keen swimmer and spends a good amount of time in the pool. She also enjoys reading and visiting local cafes for a good cup of coffee.

- Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Distinction), 2013
- Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery), 2020


Clinical nurse manager • Dedicated Dog Parent

Since graduating in Dunedin, Livv has worked in different fields of nursing, gathering experience locally in rehab, cardiothoracics and respiratory. More recently Livv ventured to Australia fulfilling various roles in a rural Emergency Department and Residential aged-care facility. Upon returning to her hometown, Livv became a part of the passionate team at Origin Surgeons.

Her drive is to deliver exceptional care in a comfortable and stress-free environment to take the fear out of dentistry and to keep your smilers smiling.

In her spare time, Livv is busy being a dog-mum to an extremely cute pup. She is also passionate about a good vintage of wine, cooking culinary masterpieces and, most importantly, good coffee.


Registered Nurse • happy home habitater

Since graduating in Dunedin, Hollie has spent the last four years in Intensive care and Coronary care. She is new to the Origin team this year and particularly enjoys the lifestyle that Origin has to offer. 

Hollie has a passion for caring, people and attention to detail and that’s why she is the perfect person for the job. Hollie’s day-to-day role involves meeting with patients for pre surgical checks, administering sedation during surgeries, giving post-op care and instructions. Hollie also assists Soo-Wee and Jess with any patient related task that they need help with. 

In her downtime, Hollie loves getting out in the garden with her cats, cooking and baking with her partner, home DIY and spending the remainder of her time with her family and friends. 


Sterilisation/Surgical Assistant • Magnificent Multi-tasker

Born in Dunedin and having been in the dentistry game for 13 years, Carly has gone from being a dental assistant to joining the Origin team to become our sterilisation nurse.

You will find Carly and her bubbly personality in the Steri room, making sure all things surgical are cleaned, packaged and sterilised properly to ensure patients are in a safe, clean and sterile environment.

You could say she's a pretty good juggler with balancing work life and motherhood. When she's not at work you will most likely find Carly, her partner, their two preschool aged boys, and two rescue dogs at the beach or a park kicking a ball around! She also enjoys going out for brunch and catching up with family and friends.



Lydia loves people, she enjoys going out of her way to make people feel valued. So to do that as a job with Origin, is a dream! 

Lydia spent three years travelling Aotearoa performing children’s theatre, so is not afraid to admit she loves a good Disney movie and has hit the woah a few too many times. 

When not seen in the Origin Office, Lydia enjoys having a boogie to the newest Beyoncé tracks and can often be seen head bopping behind her computer if a banger is playing.  

Lydia loves being a part of the Origin Team, she’s very proud to be associated with such a dedicated and passionate group of people. 


Registered Nurse •

Sophie moved to Dunedin from Christchurch to study nursing and loves it here so much she never left!

Sophie has previous nursing experience in rehabilitation where she loved providing holistic and quality care to her patients. She now brings this passion to our patients and is really enjoying the work life balance.

Sophie spends her spare time listening to Harry Styles, riding her boogie board in the ocean, and drinking iced lattes in the sun with friends.


Surgical Assistant •

Chanelle moved to Dunedin’s beachside from the slopes of Wanaka.

Passionate about constantly learning and improving her skills, Chanelle began her career as a dental assistant and is now enjoying her journey to become a surgical assistant at Origin.

In her spare time, Chanelle loves spending time in her gorgeous garden or adventuring around the coast on camping and surfing trips with her partner and friends. Waking up to a different ocean view on the weekends is one of her favourite things to do.