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


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


Dental Specialist • football fanatic

Abdullah Barazanchi is a Dunedin based dental specialist in the field of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry.

Abdullah graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2006. After working in private practice for 8 years, he continued his studies at the University of Otago gaining a doctorate in speciality of Prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. Abdullah’s main area of expertise is in complex oral rehabilitation including restoration of dental implants and aesthetics. He has a passion for teaching, lecturing extensively at the University of Otago and internationally on the topic of restorative dentistry.  

Abdullah has continued interest in research on various topics, publishing regularly in international scientific journals. He also enjoys spending time with his family and is involved with various indoor and outdoor sports, particularly soccer.

- Bachelor of Dental Surgery 2006
- Doctor of Clinical Dentistry 2018, MRCDS (Prosthodontics)


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 • off-piste perfectionist

Hannah graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2018 with Bachelor of Nursing and spent her new graduate year at Otago Community Hospice before moving to Access Community Health. She has always had a strong interest in primary health care and really enjoys caring for a wide range of people in the community, enabling them to live well at home.

Hannah's favourite part about working at Origin is the fantastic team environment and every day she aims to help make the patient experience stress-free and easy. Hannah's day-to-day role involves meeting with patients for pre surgical checks, administering sedation during surgeries, giving post-op instructions, and assisting Soo-Wee and Jess with any patient related tasks they need help with. 

In her downtime, Hannah loves skiing and spends lots of winter weekends at Treble Cone or Cardrona, enjoys being active, watching Netflix, cooking, reading a book, gardening/home DIY, and catching up with friends and family.



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.


Front Office Representative • aspiring yogi

Hayley is the first friendly face you see when walking into Origin Surgeons. Her job at the practice is all things admin and helping keep everything running nice and smoothly. Customer service has always been a passion of Hayley’s so whatever you may need, she’s your go to girl and will always be more than happy to help.

She loves being a part of the Origin Team and really feels as though she has found a second family amongst this crazy, caring bunch.

In her spare time she loves to get bendy by practicing hot yoga, surrounding herself with friends, trying new things and living life each day as it comes.