About us

At Duncan Dental in Tauranga, our whole team is passionate about giving you the very best dental care and healthy teeth

That passion translates to the best dental care possible. We go the extra mile to make sure you are informed and totally comfortable about the care you are about to receive. Take a look below at our talented team of Tauranga dentists who are there to help.

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Meet the people at our 11th Avenue Dental Practice in Tauranga

Our team of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and receptionist at our Eleventh Avenue practice in Tauranga believe very strongly in team working to ensure that we provide the very best care and service to all our patients. We work in a very flexible capacity so we can offer early morning, late evening and Saturday appointments. We always aim to provide emergency appointments that day, for existing or new patients.

Matthew Mitchell

Dentist BDS

Matthew is a kind, compassionate and understanding dentist who puts time and effort into ensuring that your visit to the dentist is a positive experience.

He is originally from Toronto, Canada and immigrated to New Zealand in 2011. Following high school and training at the Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin, he graduated from the University of Otago in 2019 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He spent 2020 working in the Dental and Maxillofacial Departments at Waikato Hospital learning to safely treat patients with complex medical backgrounds as well as carrying out emergency dentistry for those in need. Matthew takes pride in thorough, comprehensive care for every patient ensuring that the oral health needs of the greater Tauranga area are being serviced through his work at Duncan Dental. He advocates for conservative and preventative measures giving his patients the knowledge and the tools they need to care for their oral health long-term.

Matthew continues to further his education in his field for the benefit of his patients ensuring that he provides the most evidence-based and up-to-date treatments for patients. When not at work he will be tramping or getting involved in community-based events.

Stuart Duncan

Dentist - BDS

Stuart graduated from Edinburgh University in 1986 and worked in Bristol and Jersey before moving to NZ in 2014 working in Christchurch, Nelson, Greymouth and Wellington before settling in Tauranga.

He commutes to Wellington and Taupo every month, where he has orthodontic lists; he tries to avoid extractions where possible and is an advocate of functional appliances in growing adolescents, where the jaws do not match. He holds a Diploma in Orthodontics and is currently studying for his Masters in Orthodontics.

Stuart has also been trained in Fibre-Bond build ups. This allows patients to have 1 appointment for immediate , composite based, veneers, crowns, bridges and splinting of wobbly teeth at much lower cost than alternative, traditional crowns and bridges.

Stuart has taken part in mentoring young dentists throughout his career and informally mentors fellow dentists in general practice and orthodontics and is proud to be involved as a mentor on the NZDA mentoring scheme helping young NZ dentists.

Stuart is constantly looking for the best materials and products to use on patients, to give the best and longest lasting results.

Paul Eddington

Dentist - BDS

Paul brings many years of experience to the practice having worked as NHS Dentist in England until November 2020. He has a compassion and humour in his chair side manner that enables him to set his patients at ease.

A native of Christchurch Paul attended Birmingham Dental school graduating in 1997. Initially working in the Oral surgery department at a large teaching hospital in the UK, he then spent 12 months in a post graduation programme to gain full certification to practice general dentistry.

Before returning to New zealand Paul had been heavily involved in trialling in a pilot within the NHS to implement a much more preventative approach to Dentistry across England. This involved the patients taking a greater part in making informed decisions regards their treatment. He is passionate in offering the patients all  the available treatment options and discussing  their benefits to help the patient make an informed co-decision on their outcomes.

Paul is a strong believer in post graduate education attending numerous courses over his practicing career. He has recently completed a post graduate certificate in contemporary dentistry.

Jenaya Woodmass

Dentist - BDS

Originally from Palmerston North, Jenaya travelled to Dunedin to complete her dental training at the University of Otago. She graduated with her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2018 and decided to trade in the cold south for the sunny Bay of Plenty.

Jenaya aims to be friendly and approachable with the goal of making dentists seem less scary. She endeavours to make patients feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair through her relaxed manner. She aims to ensure her patients are well educated and well informed by ensuring they feel comfortable enough to ask any questions or voice any worries. She enjoys getting to know her patients and building relationships with them so learn to become more at ease when attending the dentist. Jenaya enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and the variety that comes with it and loves the feeling of giving people their confidence back with a new smile.

Outside of the dental surgery, Jenaya can be found playing hockey, enjoying the outdoors with her dog Peppa, and spending time with family and friends.

Colette Bates

Dental Assistant

Colette has been a dental assistant for her entire working life, both in the UK and in Tauranga. She has been integral in helping care for our patients in this practice for over 12 years. Not to be confused with the mother from Bates Motel, Colette will always greet you with a smile and a cheerful laugh and is extremely good at putting patients at ease. In her spare time Colette is a very dedicated Mum and Nana to her 6 grandchildren. She enjoys the beach, walking and riding her bike (although after her last injury we are staging an intervention on bike safety). One of Colette''s favourite past-times is mowing lawns and water-blasting and we are very confident that she applies these well-developed skills to her job of cleaning tools and instruments here at work.

Georgina Gill

Dental Assistant

Georgina trained and worked as a school dental nurse after leaving school until starting a family. She comes from a diary farming background and enjoys walking, beach and city life. She has previously owned her own businesses but now is back in the dental world and enjoying her job very much.

Lisa Duncan

Dental Assistant / Administration

Lisa has enjoyed many happy years as a midwife, but recently has become a key part of the practice. She has a Certificate of Dental Assisting to keep her informed of best dental practice.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her family and dogs.

April Hyland




Elizabeth Street Dental Practice Team in Tauranga

Chris, John, Richard and Robert are all senior, highly experienced dentists in general practice and have practised at Elizabeth Street in Tauranga for many years. They have a very loyal patient base and are supported in their practice by a practice manager, a receptionist and six dental assistants. The team as a whole provide patient focused care and a high quality service.


I really appreciate you guys being open for emergency dental treatment during the lockdown period. You saved my day, could have been so much worse.
Andrea - Papamoa
Thank you Stuart for the wonderful job you have made of my two front teeth. They look better than they have for a very long time.
Coralie - Tauranga
I am so grateful that you offered me the option to splint my wobbly teeth. It has been the best choice for comfort and affordability. I am so thrilled with the results and the fact that now I don't need a denture.
Dave - Pyes Pa
I had a very positive experience with Matthew. He was very thorough in planning my treatment and he is a very kind, caring Dentist.
Andrew - Tauranga
We have attended Elizabeth Street Dental Practice for many years and have always found the team to very caring and friendly. Thank you for looking after us so well.
Adams Family - Tauranga
As you know Stuart I am a very nervous patient. You were so gentle and I didn't even feel you giving me my injection. I will definitely be coming back and recommending you to my friends.
Mia - Papamoa
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