Meet the Team

Dr. Scott Waghorn

Dr. Scott Waghorn is an experienced and highly respected dentist. He is the founder and currently leads Dentalcare West a practice that has cared for patients for 49 years and is the second largest dental practice in West Auckland. He currently treats a large number of loyal patients and has particular experience in dealing with complex orthodontic and restorative cosmetic issues.

Scott's thorough and incisive understanding of the latest techniques and technology governing the practise of dentistry is often called upon, especially on complex subjects such as advanced restorative and orthodontic problems. He is a published author who is often sought to advise on dental business and best practice matters often involving the New Zealand Dental Service. He has given a number of presentations across the country on various dental subjects relevant to dentists including how to become a successful young dentist and modern orthodontic dentistry.

Scott qualified as a dentist in 2004. Before studying Dentistry he had attended and graduated from Palmerston North Boys High School. Scott was born in Palmerston North in 1981 to his parents Garry and Alison Waghorn. He moved to Auckland after graduating from Otago in 2004 and purchased Dentalcare West in early 2008. He continues to appreciate and reward the team of special people who make it an enjoyable and fun place to work.

When Scott is not involved with dentistry he enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel and son Benji. Scott plays tennis (not very well if you hit it to his backhand), golf to a 12 handicap and enjoys playing backyard cricket. Scott loves to keep fit and goes to the arena at least 6-times per week, and enjoys getting in the boxing ring and sparring with Monty Betham.

Scott is a member of:

Auckland Dental Association, New Zealand Dental Association, Founding member New Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Orthodontic Association, Te Ao Marama Maori Dental Association.

You are welcome to contact Scott directly anytime, or on his mobile 021 737 537.

I look forward to meeting you soon,


Dr. James Philpott

Hello and thank you for taking the time to look around our website.

I was born in Palmerston North where I lived until I moved to Dunedin. After completing my Bachelor of Dental Surgery and graduating with distinction, I have worked in both hospital and general practice dental settings in the deep south.

I am very passionate about teeth, smiles, dentistry, but most importantly my patients. I enjoy treating my patients with the greatest of care and discussing with them all the available options, so that together we can make the best decisions for your oral health. All of my patients know that they can ask as many questions as they like so they can have a full understanding about their smiles.

I love 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. I also believe that pain-free dentistry is very important.

When I am not at work I enjoy my sports, which include cycling, running, tennis and some visits to the gym. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen attempting to be the next top chef and keeping my friends and family well fed.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions contact me anytime, or on my mobile 027 344 4070.

I look forward to caring for you and your smiles in the future,


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

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 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。


如果你有任何需求,请联系,很期待与你相遇 !


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.