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.
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery, 2004
- Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery (Distinction), 2014
- Doctor in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Surgery, 2017
Registered Nurse • 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.
Surgical assistant • Sport-Watching Aficionado
Sarah has been working at Origin since 2018 as a surgical assistant. As a surgical assistant her jobs include assisting Soo-Wee in procedures, admin work and anything else she can find around the place to do.
One of her favourite aspects of working in the practice is getting to watch patients leave with Origin ice packs wrapped around their faces after their wisdom teeth surgery.
Sarah's very passionate about dentistry but most of her spare time is spent on cricket in the summer and rugby in the winter - if you're lucky, you can probably catch her on the dance floor for a boogie.
Surgical assistant • Geo-caching and bush walking
After 30 years in the dental industry, Kirsty joined the team at Origin surgeons in 2019. Given that she’s always up for a chat, Kirsty is also the perfect fit for the challenging role of working front office.
When not working, Kirsty loves spending time with her family and exploring our amazing Aotearoa through tramping and geocaching. Combining these family explorations with her love of photography makes for many memorable and well-documented adventures!