Our Practice and Philosophy

Since 2001, we’ve been offering quality dental care to our local community.

We’re advocates of preventative dentistry and believe that regular maintenance can prevent major procedures and costs from disrupting your life.

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Feel at home with us

Our team of friendly qualified staff are ready to meet your dental needs with outstanding personalised care.

As a sign of our commitment to your total wellbeing, we’ve created a pleasant and friendly environment that’s guaranteed to relax you before your consultation or treatment.  Comfortable sofas, the latest magazines – we want you to feel completely at ease and enjoy your visits to us. 

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This is only the beginning, though.

Our job is to make sure your dental consultation and treatment is as enjoyable as possible, both in our practice and at home.  It’s a philosophy of on-going preventative care that’s rewarded us with interested, motivated and committed patients that are a pleasure to treat.

Preventive dental care: we believe that people should have their own healthy teeth for life
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Meet the Dentists

Sonja van Erkel & Chris Newbould

Both graduates of the University of Otago Dental School, we married in 1990 and practiced in the United Kingdom before returning with our two daughters to New Zealand in 1998. Our keen and active interest in post-graduate education ensures that we are up-to-date with the latest research and developments. Outside of dentistry, we are also keen and active, endlessly pursuing all the wonders New Zealand's great outdoors offers. 

We are both New Zealand-trained Otago University Dental School graduates and members of the New Zealand Dental Association. We own and operate the practice independently.

Looking for a friendly dental clinic in Christchurch? You'll be in great hands with Dental Care on Barrington.