Meet the Team

Dr. James Philpott

Dr. James Philpott is both the owner and senior clinician at Dentalcare West. One of Auckland's largest dental practices. He currently treats a large number of loyal patients with particular experience in dealing with complex orthodontic and restoration cosmetic issues.

Dr. James was born in Palmerston North where he lived until moving to Dunedin. After completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery and graduating with distinction, Dr James worked in both hospital and general practice dental settings in the deep south.

Dr. James is very passionate about teeth, smiles, dentistry, but most importantly his patients. He enjoys treating his patients with the greatest of care and discussing with them all the available options, so that together they can make the best decisions for their oral health. All his patients know that they can ask as many questions as they like so they can have full understanding about their smiles.

Dr. James loves all areas of dentistry, but to pick a few favourites would include children's dentistry, endodontics (root canal treatment), and complex crown and bridge dentistry. He also believes pain free dentistry is very important.

When Dr. James is not at work, he enjoys his sports, which includes cycling, running, tennis and some visits to the gym. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen attempting to be the next top chef and keeping friends and family well fed.

Please feel free to contact Dr. James anytime if you have any question, james@smilecare.co.nz or on mobile 0273444070.

Dr. Allen Hu

Hello there!

My name is Allen and I am very excited to be apart of the state-of-the-art clinic that is Dentalcare West.

After graduating from our very own Otago University with an Honours Degree in Dentistry, I worked for two years as a Dental House Surgeon at the University of Otago Dental School, Dunedin Public and Hawke's Bay Hospitals.

My goal is to provide comprehensive care which best addresses your oral health needs and concerns. I believe in building lasting relationships with patients in order to create individual plans that optimizes your oral health in the long run.

I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and have a keen interest in conservative dentistry, root canal treatments and crown & bridgework. I am committed to providing the highest quality care in a friendly and relaxed environment while taking advantage of the latest technology in dentistry.

Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the beautiful beaches of Auckland, eating Chinese food and spending time with friends and family.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at allen.hu@smilecare.co.nz

Looking forward to meeting you in person soon!

Dr. Alex Wu

Hello and I wish to extend a warm welcome from the team at Dentalcare West!

I grew up in Christchurch and completed my Bachelor of Dental Surgery, as well as Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in Dunedin. I am impassioned in providing gentle and patient-centered dentistry, because treating my patients with utmost care and seeing them leave with a smile is what I pride myself in.

Regular check-ups are the best possible care you can give your teeth to prevent diseases in the mouth, however, visiting the dentists is definitely not on the top of most people's bucket list – and I can totally understand that feeling! That is why it is my goal to ensure your visit is as pleasant and straightforward as possible.

My focus is to get you out of any teeth-related discomfort quickly and painlessly. I strive to ensure all my patients have a clear understanding of what is happening with their teeth and how we can go forward together in maintaining your oral health to keep you smiling always.

When I am away from work, I enjoy spending my time hiking around the myriad of beautiful trails of New Zealand, discovering new cafes and fine dining venues, participating in Motorsports or spending a relaxing afternoon playing song covers on the piano.

Please feel free to contact me at alex.wu@smilecare.co.nz if you have any questions at all. I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

你好,谢谢关注我们Dentalcare West的网页。 我在基督城长大,之后在奥塔哥大学取得了Bachelor of Dental Surgery 和Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences双学位。

我的梦想就是为我的病人提供最舒适和无痛的治疗。通过提供中英文讲解,保证病人了解自己口腔情况、理解所有可行的治疗方案,从而一起合作,维持美丽笑容是我的目标。工作以外,我的兴趣是去不同的景点徒步、专业赛车、寻找美食和弹钢琴。

如果你有任何需求,请联系alex.wu@smilecare.co.nz,很期待与你相遇 !

Administration

Your initial contact with Dentalcare West will be with one of our friendly administration and reception staff. They create a relaxing environment and make you feel totally at ease. They will welcome you into our practice, make your appointment and answer any questions you may have.

Our services include reminder phone calls for appointments and we run a recall system for our patients by sending out an appointment reminder, for either 6 or 12 months, for both the dentist and the hygienist.

Dental Assistants

Assisting (and sometimes bossing around) the dentists are our dental assistants. These young ladies are an integral part of our dental team. Each are certified and trained by us and the New Zealand Dental Association.

As well as assisting the dentist and running impeccable cleaning and sterilisation procedures, they will create a relaxing environment for you. They are a great team and are committed to helping patients feel at ease.