CHANGING THE FACE OF NORTHLAND ONE SMILE AT A TIME
Our dental team
JEFFREY JOY, D.D.S.
Jeff graduated from the University of Southern California – School of Dentistry (USA) in 1987 with his Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery. After graduation, he went on to own two large dental practices in the Los Angeles area for 20 years, before moving with his family to Whangarei in 2007. Jeff went on to design and lead the build of the new Kowhai Dental facility on Maunu Road, which opened in 2009.
Jeff's extensive training and experience includes advanced endodontics, complex restorative care as well as cosmetic dentistry, including modern, short-term orthodontics.
Matthias graduated from the University of Freiburg (Germany) in 1995 with his Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery. He continued his studies to include Implantology and Periodontology. Matthias went on to become an Associate Professor of Oral Surgery and Implantology at the University of Dusseldorf, followed by ownership of a private clinic in Overath, Germany.
He moved to Whangarei in 2016 and joined the team at Kowhai Dental in May, 2017. He continues to be a world-renown speaker on Implantology and Restorative Dentistry.
Taylor graduated from the University of Illinois – Chicago (USA) in 2005. After being an associate dentist for two years, he opened his own private dental practice in Broomfield, Colorado where he worked for 10 years. Taylor recently moved to Whangarei and is excited to be a part of the team at Kowhai Dental. Taylor has continued his education in many aspects of dentistry, with a keen interest in implants, dentures on implants and cosmetic dentistry, including Fastbraces.
BRYAN ENGHIRST, D.D.S.
Bryan graduated from the University of Washington (USA) with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2004. Bryan’s experience spans advanced reconstructive techniques and complex cosmetic cases in Chicago, Illinois to place-based oral health care in several remote Alaskan native villages. He also owned and operated a private practice in Eagle River, Alaska for over a decade.
Bryan is committed to helping patients gain the confidence of a healthy smile. He moved to Whangarei in 2019 for the opportunity to collaborate with the team of professionals at Kowhai Dental on general dentistry, cosmetic, and restorative care.
NEIL VIJAYARAJ, R.D.H.
Originally from India, where Neil gained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery, he moved to Australia, graduating from TAFE University in South Australia with an Advanced Diploma in Oral Health in 2016.
Neil moved to Whangarei in April, 2016, and is currently continuing his education to gain his certification to practice as a dentist in New Zealand.
WENDY WILLIAMS, R.D.H., BSc
Wendy graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico.
She worked in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico before coming to New Zealand 22 years ago where she worked in Periodontal practice in Auckland before joining the team at Kowhai Dental in early 2019.
Wendy has further her education with training in Dental Endoscopy (Perioscopy) in California, had the honour of having one of her cases published in American Periodontal textbook in 2015 and has lectured and trained hygienists in New Zealand and the U.S.
ORAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Jasmine graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 with a Bachelor of Oral Health degree. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic Oral Health Therapist who is qualified to provide both dental hygiene and dental therapy services.
Jasmine is patient-oriented and committed to helping patients achieve and maintain exceptional oral health.