Our Team


Dr. Lakshay Kumar
BDS (2009), NZDREX, MFDS Royal College of Surgeons – Edinburgh

Our founding Dentist and passionate dog father. A dynamic person, Lakshay, has a rare ability to empathise and understand the motivations of people from all walks of life. He has a decade of experience behind him; he started his career back in his home country India where he has worked in some of the busiest hospitals of India.

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After migrating to New Zealand he has worked in four towns/cities of New Zealand before finally making Auckland his home. He took over Sunnynook Dental clinic 2 years ago and it has now become his little work child. Since this time Dr Lakshay has constantly made strategic improvements in the look, feel, work-culture and patient experience @Sunnynook Dentist.

He has carefully and thoughtfully planned and pioneered the growth of Sunnynook Dentist. Since he took over, he has treated hundreds of happy and satisfied patients – The reviews we receive on Google and Facebook are a testimony to the happy clients we have earned during these years. He is on a quest to enlighten the world to floss. Legend has it that The Queen once took lessons from him on flossing and she has managed to retain all her teeth since.

He is well educated and continually keeps updating himself. He has many professional laurels, some of the most notable being the recipient awardee of the prestigious Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and Member of Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

He can be classified as an iPhone type guy – likes non-complicated and minimalistic ideas. He is a blackbelt in taking complex concepts and explaining them in plain English, especially if its to do with your teeth. Although he can do the same in Hindi and Punjabi. Dental surgery comes natural to him and has special interest and immense experience in Dental Implants, Root Canal Treatments and Wisdom teeth extractions.

Lakshay is a true techie and gadget freak. He is currently on a mission to automate every last piece of his house (and life). When he is not at work, Lakshay can be seen saving the world on his latest PlayStation game. He is an avid Game of Thrones fan. Ask him how he felt about the Finale ending,
and you can kiss goodbye to your dental appointment and listen to his Game of Thrones ending theories for the next 30 mins. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.


Dr Sherin Takawi
BDS (Otago), GradDipClinDent (Clear Aligners) – University of London (EODO)

An Otago graduate, Dr Sherin has proven to be extraordinarily passionate about all things dentistry, with a clinical focus on providing Invisalign to promote your best smile. She has an eye for cosmetic dentistry, veneers and crowns, and will combine her knowledge and skill of cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign to tailor a plan to achieve the best smile possible. With a focus on prevention and a gentle touch Dr Sherin creates a comfortable and relaxed environment, to enable you to confidently have a positive dental experience.

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Dr Sherin has worn many hats over the years. When she is not at the clinic, she can be found teaching the final year Dentistry students at the Otago University South Auckland campus, where she has been a member of staff for over four years. She is also the Honorary Secretary of the Auckland Dental Association, serving on their Executive Committee for over three years.

She is known for being very bubbly and friendly with all her patients and takes pride in her professional development. Dr Sherin is fluent in both English and Arabic.

Outside of the clinic, you can find Dr Sherin’s passions range from sweating it out at the gym or baking up a storm in the kitchen. Sherin has recently picked up baking as her passion. Our lunchroom is a testimony to that, always being well stocked with cakes, puffs and pastries. We all love to help ourselves to her baking when she brings it in. Ya Ya we do brush after we have them. If you’re lucky and we haven’t eaten them all, she may even share her baking with you! She is also a recent puppy aunt and on your lucky day she will share Milo’s pic of the day with you.

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Dr Andre Xavier

Dr Andre is the latest brilliant dentist to join our team. He brings with him a confounding personality and a rib-tickling humour. He is that guy you cannot ignore or forget once you have met him. Andre has recently moved from England. Legend has it that he left England around the same time and for the reason Harry and Megan left. The Tabloids and Paparazzi wouldn’t let him live in peace. So what better country in the world to find peace than New Zealand?

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Since joining Sunnynook Dentist, Dr Andre Xavier has proven to be an extraordinarily passionate, dedicated dental professional. He has a precise focus on delivering high-quality, comprehensive examinations and treatment individualised to each patient’s needs. This stems from his community approach to providing care, compassion and, above all, knowledge to his patients, so they feel comfortable and confident enough to make informed decisions regarding their own dental health. Dr Andre has a good grasp of communicating across all cultures as he has recently joined our fabulous team after having travelled all the way from the UK – he even has that old English charm to greet you with. Don’t be surprised if you are greeted by him with proper English etiquette with a sir or mam. As Dr Andre brings 7 years of experience across various aspects of dentistry, having worked in both busy hospital and private clinic settings, you can have every confidence that he possesses the capabilities to perform any dental treatment precisely and gently. His particular focus and passion is centred on restorations, such as fillings, crowns, and veneers – so he will be more than happy to work with you to give you that stunning smile.
During his odd days off – he enjoys exploring New Zealand’s beautiful backyard, going to the gym, and attending Salsa classes! Book with Dr Andre today to enjoy a world-class dentistry experience.


Prof. Zac Morse
BDS, BScDent(Hons), GradDipClinDent, PGDipEndo, PhD, FPFA, FICD, FADI

Professor Morse has many roles within the dental profession, and lucky for us, one of those includes working for our clinic every Saturday. For the remainder of the week, he is busy at university working as a Professor of Oral Health, supervising under- and post-graduate students, and developing oral health research. In addition, he has a passion for sharing his knowledge, skills and experiences nationally and internationally on various Oral Health issues, including dental pain and anxiety management.

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Dr Zac has studied, lived in and been exposed to diverse environments, cultures and languages and can speak English, Greek and Japanese. He is also functional in Chinese, having lived and worked in China for many years as one of a limited number of foreign dentists. Patients appreciate his open and friendly manner, so please feel free to ask him anything about Oral Health, for example, orthodontics, including invisible braces or endodontics (root canal treatment). He doesn’t have too much free time but when he does, he’s out exploring the foods and flavours of Auckland.


Alphin Wilson
Practice Manager

Meet our practice manager and coffee lover Alphin. She is the one who keeps a check on all of us. She has immense knowledge and experience in the Dental industry and is well versed with all aspects of Dentistry. Alphin is our brilliant allrounder, and you will find her as your nurse, a friendly face at reception or racing around managing our background duties. She is Sunnynook Dentist’s longest serving and surviving team member. She has an eye for detail and can constantly be seen finding ways to make the practice better and more efficient. If your dental appointments have become faster and more comfortable, it’s cause Alphin has brainstormed a way to do things more efficiently and effectively.

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She has a rare depth of experience in the dental industry and has worked though every role at the practice, she understands the in and outs of the practice from the front desk reception to mastering the skills of a dental nurse, to managing a perfectly smooth-running practice. She is also involved in the onboarding and training of new team members. In this capacity she draws on her vast experience and knowledge of different roles and history at Sunnynook Dentist and at other practices throughout New Zealand. She is our Jack of all trades and mastering each one of those roles royally. She loves organising all the staff parties and activities and the success of these events speaks for why she is our beloved practice manager.

In her free time, Alphin is currently on a quest to make the perfect playlist for everyone to enjoy. She is extremely social and loves to catch up for a coffee with friends, exploring different cafes each weekend. If not out and about, you may find her cosied up in the library with a good book in hand.



Meet our Smiley face receptionist – Ray of Sunshine and Expert Task Juggler. Our resident Instagram expert, and the brainchild behind most of our social media posts. She is probably the first person you will talk to, when you call us and the first one to greet you with her infectious smile when you walk through our doors. She has a unique ability of connecting with patients in a way no one else can at Sunnynook Dentist. She is super organised and believes that things must be done once and done perfectly.

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She keeps a tab on everyone in the team and makes sure everyone is well behaved and well organised. We can be seen sneaking away from Olga when we haven’t finished our list of tasks….everyone at work is scared of the “Olga look”. When you see it you can’t miss it.

When Olga is away from the clinic, you will often find her outdoors amongst nature with her furry baby Froddo. She loves to go hiking and has found recent love in Photography and Baking. She has done advanced training in both and you may see her running her studio or bakery in the future ( although we secretly pray she doesn’t leave us). Olga’s caring and kind nature makes it easy for our patients to connect and feel at ease and this allows everyone who walks through our doors to enjoy a cheerful, comfortable, and successful visit. Olga is fluent in English and Russian.


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Racquel is our smiley, Popcorn loving, Super Mom to Sam, but says her husband is no less than a second. Proud Filipino.

Racquel has recently joined our team after immigrating to New Zealand from fast paced Dubai. She loves the relaxed and laid by lifestyles she enjoys here in NZ and loves the extra time she enjoys with her family. No wonder she says no to all the Saturday Shifts.

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She exudes a cheerful, exuberant energy wherever she goes, and we have no idea how we would managed without her! Racquel is our brilliant allrounder, and you will find her as your nurse, a friendly face at reception or racing around managing our background duties. She is our expert organiser and loves playing the game – let’s pickup stuff the dentist left out and put it back to the place it belongs. We believe she perfected that skill from her two kids (Dentists are no less than Kids for Nurses). Once you get chatting with her, I doubt you’ll even remember that you’re at a dental clinic. Away from the clinic she will be spending time with her Husband and sam finding best icecream spots around Auckland. So, if you would like some tips, we encourage you to come meet her at your next dental appointment– she will be sure to provide you with a warm welcome, and a smiley greeting every time.

Racquel is fluent in English and Filipino. She works with Dr Sherin and you are in for a comfortable, Calming and entertaining experience with this team.


Isabel (Isa)
Dental Nurse

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to our nursing team. Isa arrived into New Zealand 1 year ago. She has vast experience working in many countries including Argentina and Australia – so you can be assured that she is bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to make your dental visit as smooth and carefree as possible.

We feel very lucky to have this sweet, and savvy young lady working with us.

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She is our organisational rockstar in the clinic and manages our dental laboratory and sterilisation protocols to perfection. She may come across as timid and shy at first but wait till she gets comfortable with you; she becomes the star of the party and will always greet everyone around her with an infectious smile, and gentle voice.  Before coming to work with us she could be found working in Sydney managing a larhe team at a cooperate dental practice. She is a keen traveller and has traveled most of the world. She often has a trip planned, and by Monday morning has many stories to tell of both the buoyant successes and hilarious failures. She is also a passionate dancer, and exceptional latin chef. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Isa primarily works with Dr Andre. They both have an eye for attention to detail. So if you’re keen to get this dream team, don’t hesitate to book today.


Dental Nurse

Nidhi is our Saturday nurse and ace Hummus Mastero.

She is a highly skilled and is an overseas trained Dentist. She is currently going through the process of converting her Dental degree to New Zealand standards. So she could be on the other side of the chair taking care of your teeth soon. She has great attention to detail and has the most caring nature. She loves a good laugh and a hearty meal. Our lunch room is full of both when she is around.

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She works with Dr  Zac on Saturdays. If work doesn’t allow you to come to your Dentist on a weekday, then it’s time to change jobs !! But if you plan to stick to this one, then you are in great hands and with this lovely team.

These days her ‘spare’ time is spent focusing on her full time master’s course and completing her weekly ritual of going on a Sunday Hike when the Auckland weather gods are kind.