We believe that if you enjoy visiting the dentist, you’re more likely to do so, which is why our dental dream team is dedicated to an exceptional patient experience from the very first moment. In addition to friendly faces and accommodating attitudes, our practice staff are highly-trained in their various roles. Get to know them a little better by reading their bios, provided below, and feel free to shoot them a warm greeting when you arrive. If you have any questions about your appointments, payments, or anything else related to your care, or if you have special needs we can fulfill, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Welcome to Tam Dental Group!
Madison graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She is a caring, gentle clinician who focuses on delivering precise and quality care to her patients. Her focus on comprehensive dental care enables her to create beautiful smiles and mouths that are functional whilst still preserving the maximum amount of natural tooth structure. She enjoys carrying out a wide range of dental treatments but is particularly passionate about Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry. Madison will always strive for clinical excellence in all she does and is committed to working with you to create a preventative plan that is tailored to your needs.
Outside of dentistry, Madison loves music and keeping active. She teaches group fitness classes at Les Mills.
Madison is an active member of NZDA (New Zealand Dental Association) and an Executive Member Recruit for the NZACD (New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry).
Lillian trained as a dentist in the University of Otago. She has a gentle, caring nature and strives to deliver quality care and experience to all her clients. She is patient and engages her clients in planning treatment to ensure their voices are respected. She actively advances her knowledge and skills through continuing education and believes that everyone deserves a confident smile.
Lillian moved to Auckland as a child and did most of her schooling in New Zealand. She is fluent in English and Mandarin. Outside of dentistry, Lillian enjoys music, reading, traveling and the outdoors.
Lillian is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association, Auckland Dental Association, New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the New Zealand Society for Anaesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry.
Varsha Kumar joined Tam Dental Group in February 2017 as an NZDA-Certified Dental Assistant. Since then, she has been providing support to Dr. Clarence Tam, while making sure at all times that patients in her care are as relaxed and as comfortable as they can be. She graduated with a Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2013.
She spends her spare time with her daughters and husband. She loves cooking and does some food catering for friends and family. Taking long walks is her way of relaxing and enjoying nature. In years to come, she sees herself advancing herself as a dental assistant in IV sedation dentistry procedures. She is interested in traveling to countries like India, America and continents like Asia in general. She ultimately wishes to invest in building a dream home for her family.
Jurka graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health) as well as The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services). She brings with her a wealth of experience from her background in the New Zealand Home-Based Support Service Sector where she worked alongside individuals with age, disability and/or injury related needs in roles ranging from management, MoH needs assessment, mental health employment consultancy, and arts therapy. Prior to re-training as an Oral Health Therapist she held an integral role within a small team who developed a national kaupapa Maori service provision framework enabling rural NZ health care providers to compete with companies operating from international shores.
Since moving to oral health she has been published in dental journals and is our go-to teeth bleaching specialist. Having worked as a dental therapist for Lakes DHB (children services) she enjoys working with kids and as a recent mother she understands the challenges associated with maintaining sound home hygiene routines and dealing with all the stresses life brings. There is no need to be shy when it time to get on top of your hygiene needs.
Jurka is a full member of the New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association and the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association.
Jay graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Oral Health. She was born in South Korea and was raised in New Zealand, thus bringing fluency in both English and Korean. She is very passionate about encouraging patients to improve oral health in order to achieve healthy, confident smiles and outstanding dental results. After all, maintenance is a key component of restorative dentistry success!
She is a bubbly, down to earth individual who makes her patients feel comfortable during their appointments with her friendly, caring approach and ever-so-gentle hands!
Outside of work, she likes to watch movies, read good books and spend time with her friends and family.
Anna recently joined Tam Dental in Devonport as a qualified dental assistant.
“Long in the tooth”, she brings 15yrs’ experience.
As the “Queen-of-Clean and Sterile-Keen”, Anna’s top priority is the strict observance of safety protocols and infection control. Equally important is being keenly alert to dentist and patient requirements in surgery. Her motto: “TEAM – Together Everyone Accomplishes More”.
Anna was born in Kenya and raised in Zimbabwe. She and David have been married for 37yrs and have two adult children. The family immigrated 17yrs ago and are now proud NZ citizens.
Some of Anna’s interests include travels in Africa with her twin, wildlife conservation, art galleries, theatre, museums and studies in English and Afrikaans literature, history, geography, and archaeology. (“So much to do, so little time!”).
Angela Cummins our Practice Manager has worked in dentistry for the past 26 years. She has had many varied roles including chairside assisting, reception in a specialist practice and several years in dental supply companies doing call centre/inventory and product management roles.
Angela has worked at Casley Wong and Tam for over 11 years and has become a familiar face and voice to our regular patients, many of whom she can remember by name if they just pop in without an appointment in the book! With her many years’ experience in the dental environment, Angela is confident answering questions and dealing with any situation that may arise before or after your appointment.
When away from work, Angela enjoys spending time in her kitchen trying new recipes, loves reading, and good scary movies!
Lyn joined us in 2018 having previously worked for a well respected Endodontist in Remuera.
Lyn’s background prior to dentistry was many years in the airline industry which enriched her with a strong customer focus (and a love of travel!); empathy to customer needs being her priority.
Outside of the work environment she enjoys dabbling in her art, her walking group (wine involved!), family & socialising with friends.
Laurie graduated from the dental hygiene program of Niagara College, Ontario Canada in 1995. Laurie has specialised in treating moderate to advanced periodontal disease for over 20 years both in New Zealand and Canada. She is one of the few highly experienced hygienists in New Zealand able to perform perioscopy, which is a small endoscope used to treat periodontal disease non-surgically. She is empathetic and caring and always enjoys achieving optimal oral health for her patients.
Laurie has 2 teenage boys and a large extended family here in New Zealand. Her and her partner, Brett, enjoy traveling and staying fit.