Our team strives to provide highly personalised dental care and enjoys getting to know our patients. We look forward to welcoming you and your family! If you would like to learn a little about us, you can browse through our team's biographies.
Meet Our Team
Dr Holly Christmas, BDS - Dental Surgeon
Holly Christmas has been practising dentistry for 14 years and has experience in general practice, with a particular interest in endodontic (root canal treatments) and preventative, conservative dentistry (drilling into your teeth as little as possible!)She graduated from Otago University in 2003 and worked for two years as a dental house surgeon at Christchurch hospital before sitting the Royal Australasian primary examinations and moving to Scotland to sit the United Kingdom General Dental Council registration examinations. She loved supervising and working at the Glasgow School of Dentistry, and locuming at various practices in Scotland but was happy to return home to New Zealand and settle in Queenstown in 2008. Her interest in endodontics means she does a lot of the root canals needed by patients at our practice and she prides herself in it being so comfortable that patients have fallen asleep!
Holly enjoys biking, skiing, running and jet boating with her family, and she's thinking of working Saturdays this winter to get more mid-week time up the ski fields with her 4 year old!!!
Dr Judy Sim, BDS - Dental Surgeon
Judy was the founder of Frankton Dental in 1993. She graduated from Otago and first came to Queenstown in 1989, so after 24 years can be considered almost a local!
She enjoys providing gentle dental care focused on achieving great dental health which looks great too. She performs all forms of general dentistry with a particular interest in restoring dental implants. She is committed to helping patients keep their teeth for life.
Judy is married with two sons who will testify all parenting advice received by their mother at Frankton Dental has been put into practice- the result is sons she is very proud of.
When not at work she can be found on one of Queenstowns amazing hill trails or spending time with friends and family.
Dr Lia Dessy-Moore, BDS, NZDREX - Dental Surgeon
Lia joins us from Argentina, where she studied her Bachelor of Dental Surgery, tutoring in Biophysics and then working in general dental practice with her sister for 7 years, She also completed a 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry at the University of Buenos Aires in 2000 . The story might have ended there had she not met and fallen for her kiwi husband in Buenos Aires in 2003!
She moved and settled in Queenstown with him and sat the New Zealand Dental Registration Examinations, which enabled her to work as a dentist for us! With her relaxed style of treatment and her keen interest in complex restorations, crowns, bridges and dentures she brings 20 years of experience and a friendly and smiling vibe to our workplace.
Outside of work she enjoys travelling with her husband and 4 year old daughter, snowboarding, skiing and riding her new electric bike, where she can now beat everyone up the scenic Queenstown hills!
Dr Angela Maxwell-McRae, BDS - Dental Surgeon
Angela Maxwell-McRae has been practising dentistry for 18 years and enjoys general dental practice. She has a special interest in endodontics and minimal intervention dentistry. She also enjoys treating nervous patients and making their dental visits as painless and stress free as possible.
She graduated from the University of Otago in 1998 and spent 2 years working in Dunedin both in private practice and part time at the School of Dentistry. She then spent 6 years living and working in private practice in the UK. She has been at Frankton Dental since she returned to NZ in 2006 and loves living in Arrowtown with her husband Andy and their three children.
Outside of work she enjoys travelling, skiing, biking, music and if you are ever at the Arrowtown Autumn festival keep an eye out for her alter ego can-canning down the main street as a member of the Buckingham Belles.
Dr Janet Lamont - Dental Surgeon
Janet Lamont has been practising dentistry for 20 years and has experience in general practice, minor oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry. She graduated in 1995 from Otago University and then went on to do 2 years in hospital dentistry in Auckland before moving to Sydney. There she spent 2 years doing cosmetic dentistry and completing her fellowship with the Royal College of Australasian Dental Surgeons with a surgical fellowship. The next 11 years were spent in private practice in central London and having her 3 children over that time. She has since returned to New Zealand 4 years ago and is happily settled in general dentistry, particularly enjoying a female group practice.
Janet is active in most sports, especially enjoying skiing, triathlon and dog walking. Claim to fame, is not getting sick and taking sick days!!!!
Janet looks forward to treating your whole family and enjoys young and old and the odd bit of banter. She has small hands and is gentle as she doesn't want to hurt you at all and wants you to enjoy your time with her. Please bring in music and headphones if you wish to!
Dr Catherine Lawson, BSc, BDS, MFDS (RSC Ed) - Dental Surgeon
Catherine brings together a skilled general surgery background, as well as excellent emergency care that is both thoughtful and designed to bring a smile to your face.
From the UK and practicing for 6 years, 3 of which are local (Cromwell). She is pleased to receive her permanent residency and looks forward to being a long term local. Catherine has a passion for Oral Surgery and is able to offer a variety of options to suit everyone's needs.
Catherine is a lover of the outdoors, trying to fit as many walks and hikes in as she can. With Queenstown being the perfect place to do everything outdoors, she is proud to call it home.
When you smile, show your teeth- Catherine Lawson 2012
Dr Michael Hutchings, BDS - Dental Surgeon
Jessie Tucker - Hygienist
Jessie is our practice's Dental Hygienist and has been with us for three years after moving down from Auckland (we try not to hold this against her!) She has been practising Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy for 5 years now, concentrating more on Dental Hygiene because this is where her passion is. Jessie always strives to make her patients feel as comfortable as possible because she is a firm believer that prevention is better than cure and wants her patients to love coming in for their recall maintenance appointments.
Outside of work Jessie rows for Wakatipu Rowing Club , trains at the gym and enjoys tackling the beautiful mountains we are privilege to, because really who can resist these!
If you see her out and about and it looks like she doesn't recognise you it may be her twin sister you are giving funny looks to- but don't worry they are both used to smiling back just in case!
Janet Beale - Therapist
Janet Beale graduated 35 years ago as dental therapist and has worked in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Otago and Adelaide in South Australia. Before moving to Queenstown in 2001 with her husband she worked as a teaching fellow at the School of Dentistry, University of Otago.
She feels it is a privilege to work with children and enjoys being involved with introducing them and their parents to dentistry. She works with children from birth through to 18 years of age. At Frankton Dental she treats adolescents under the "free for under 18 year olds" General Dental Benefit contract and loves being part of the wider dental team.
Away from work she enjoys getting outdoors hiking, skiing and gardening and catching up with family and friends going to the movies.
So if your adolescent hasn't have their teeth checked since year 8 call us- we have clinics on a Monday evening so they don't even need to miss school!
Annette Seddon - Receptionist/Front Office
With over 15 years’ experience in dental administration Annette is the person whose smiling voice will greet you on the telephone most days. She joined us in 2008 following 9 years at a busy practice in Melbourne and our practice could certainly not function without her!
She co-ordinates the other staff who work on reception and manages staff and patient expectations with empathy and efficiency ensuring that you can get appointments when you need them. When she isn’t at work she enjoys hiking, gardening and does various volunteer work in the community.
Helen Skudder - Practice Manager/Dental Assistant
Helen is a long term resident of Queenstown having lived here in the Wakatipu area since 1981. Helen joined the practice in 2011 to cover a staff member going on maternity leave, and with no previous experience as a Chairside Dental Assistant she studied and gained the New Zealand Dental Association Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2012.
Previous administrative roles have assisted in Helen's current role as Practice Manager, and she keeps a hand in as a Chairside Dental Assistant and can also be seen helping in reception or assisting with our visiting Periodontal Specialist on occasion. Helen is known as our "Go to Girl" or Detective Skudder" due to her skills at finding things when they go missing and has a great local knowledge of the Wakatipu area.
Helens interests outside of work include keeping fit by going to the gym, attending Jit Jitsu classes, mountain biking and utilising the many walking tracks around the Wakatipu region. Helen is well known around the area for her services to the community as Candy Floss Fairy at events such as school and church fairs (which she disclosed as a conflict of dental interest at her initial interview!!!).
Glenda Smith - Dental Assistant
Glenda Smith is a long time Queenstown local, having lived here for 33 years and she joined us as a patient in the 90's when Judy Sim first opened the practice. She later joined our team as a dental assistant and at nearly 10 years working within the practice she is our most experienced assistant!
Outside of work Glenda has a large and close extended family and spends a lot of time with her children, grandchildren, grand nieces and nephews. She has a reputation as a baby whisperer and has been known to look after the staffs children too!!
Dani Adams - Dental Assistant
We share Dani between our practice and the Community School Dental Clinic, so if you have school aged children you may have met her before! She is currently working with us on Mondays and Fridays, while studying her New Zealand Dental Association Certificate in Dental Assisting and is enjoying the challenges of a new career.
Being bilingual and fluent in English and Portuguese, we have a lot of patients from Brazil who seek Dani out to assist them with booking appointments and translating difficult dental terminology when they are seeing the dentist. After over 10 years in New Zealand she's fluent with kiwi lingo too!
Outside of work Dani enjoys cooking delicious but not very healthy food (a throwback from her days as a professional pastry chef!) and is trying to practice yoga.
Hannah Jarmany - Dental Assistant
Hannah Jarmany joins us from the UK and has 4 years’ experience working as both a dental chairside assistant and orthodontic assistant. She completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing and Certificate in Dental Radiography in 2015 and she has stepped into the role with ease!!
Hannah is good at picking up on patient anxieties and enjoys putting people at ease during their dental treatment.
Her interests outside of work tend towards the adventurous- she has always loved snowboarding and since she has moved to New Zealand her favourite past time is going on surf/wakeboarding missions and generally anything in the outdoors. A recent encounter with a seal while surfing had the potential to put her off but she thinks she'll be back in the water in no time!