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Parm Gill BDS(Otago), MFDS(RCSLon), MFGDP(UK)

Parm received his New Zealand dental degree from Otago university in 1996. He also received his Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons specialist training in London, UK. Parm purchased his part of Thorndon Dental in 2009, taking over the practice from a close friend and colleague.
Parm's area of expertise is with dental implants, including the placement of these under oral surgery conditions, and rehabilitation relating to implants and general cosmetic dentistry. He practises all forms of general dentistry.

Andrew McKenna BDS

Andrew received his dental degree from Otago University in 1995. He has owned his part of Thorndon Dental and practised here since 1997. Andrew's area of expertise is with full mouth rehabilitation cases including implants, where there are multiple problems to overcome to restore a patient's dentition aestheticically and functionally to an agreeable state. He is a general practitioner, practising all regular forms of dentistry.

Sophie McKenna BDS

Sophie also trained in Otago and received her degree in 1996, the same graduating class as Parm Gill. Her area of expertise is treating children and families, particularly nervous patients. She and Andrew currently work a full week between them, caring for their own 3 children at home.
Sophie bought her practice on The Terrace in 1999, then merged it with Andrew's at the Thorndon Dental site in 2002. Her patients generally see her, and Andrew's generally see him, with plently of cover between them for patient emergencies. Sophie is also a general dental practitioner.

Colleen Loo BDS

Colleen also graduated from Otago in 1998. She has practised in Wellington since then and joined the Thorndon Dental team in 2009. Colleen works part time for the practice and has 2 young children. Her area of expertise relates to tooth movement and cosmetic dentistry. Colleen uses Invisalign to correct unfavourable tooth positions with fantastic results. She also practises all forms of general dentistry.

Dental Assistants


Our newest dental assistant Bailey.


Hannah joined the staff at Thorndon Dental in 2008. She previously worked as a dental assistant in a central city practice, and has become an essential part of our team.


Kelly became joined us in 2010, leaving a reception role on the Kapiti Coast, to work with us in the city as a chairside assistant, although she regularly covers reception for us as well.


Rochelle joined Thorndon Dental early in 2009 as a dental assistant, having travelled for several years, working in dental practices in the UK and Ireland and Australia. She has a senior role here and is invaluable to us for her knowledge and experience.



Michelle joined Thorndon Dental in 2009 as a Dental Hygienist. She completed her training in South Africa, then initially worked as a dental assistant in New Zealand whilst her daughter was small. She has a fantastic knowledge of running a dental practice which together with her hygiene skills, make her an incredible valuable member of our staff.


Vanessa returned to Thorndon Dental as a Dental Hygienist in 2010. Many years earlier she had worked as a receptionist for Andrew when he first bought the practice, then she moved to Otago to study for Hygiene. Vanessa currently works part time for us, and part time with a periodontist (gum specialist) practice in the city, so has a valuable insight into perio (gum)problems that need referral.

Office Administration


Anne has been the lynch-pin for Thorndon Dental since 2007. She manages reception and the practice for all of us, and organises our days so we can focus on dentistry rather than admin.
She is the first point of contact for almost every patient and is the smiling face to greet patients when they arrive. Her administration skills are brilliant, and her 'management' of the dentists is fantastic - an equally essential skill required to meet all patient needs, both in the surgery and at reception.

Thorndon Dental • 246 Tinakori Rd Thorndon Wellington • 04 472 8353
Dentists and staff include: Parm Gill Andrew McKenna Sophie McKenna Colleen Loo Hannah Kelly Michelle Rochelle hygienists Vanessa and Michelle and administration Anne