Our Philosophy

At Kumeu Dental, our team of dentists is committed to providing the most thorough, modern dental care possible to patients in the Auckland area. We offer a comprehensive approach that not only improves your oral health, but your overall health as well. We put your needs and desires first, and deliver care in a friendly, relaxing environment.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.                                                                                                                                                Aristotle

Meet Our Team

Clinical Team


Paul is the longest-serving member of the Kumeu dental team that’s why he nearly looks like the oldest person there!!!

He was born and raised in the North East of England and then

moved on to Manchester University where he

completed his dental degree and graduate program.

He then got itchy feet and decided to travel the world. The backpacking trip lasted a while and took in some cool places but nothing prepared him for falling head over heels in love. The love affair has lasted twenty-six years , produced three beautiful children and confirmed New Zealand is the best place on the planet. He really loves what he does, yes people think that’s weird but there is no mistaking his passion and enthusiasm for what he does.

He started Kumeu Dental when it was a small single chair surgery and guided it to the multi-discipline, multi chair surgery it is today.

He has a special interest in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry and has undertaken a huge amount of postgraduate courses to develop his skills and knowledge to give his patients the smile they want.

The team at Kumeu Dental reflects his values and beliefs and you will struggle to find a friendlier, more committed team.

Outside of the surgery, Paul is a long-suffering Newcastle United supporter but on a happier note likes a bit of snowboarding which helps him to forget that.

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Dr. Nash graduated (with Honours) in 2001 and since then he has worked overseas and in New Zealand both at hospital and in private dental clinics. He sees himself as a progressive learner,

he has extended his knowledge and advanced both his clinical and communication skills through extensive post-graduate continuing education courses in multiple fields of dentistry both here in NZ and overseas including:

  • Dental Implants;
  • Bone and gum grafting solutions;
  • Surgical wisdom teeth removal under IV sedation;
  • Dental extractions;
  • Full mouth rehabilitation;
  • Digital smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry;
  • Orthodontics (Braces and Invisalign);
  • Facial Aesthetics and Teeth grinding solutions (Muscle relaxants like Dysport)

Dr. Nash completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2001 with honours from University of Baghdad/ Iraq, being one of a handful of students in his class to achieve honors. He worked full-time at Baghdad University overseeing undergraduate dental students in various fields of dentistry.

He came to NZ in 2003, went on to start his family while finishing his NZ dental registration examinations in 2006.

He had established two successful dental practices both in North shore and South Auckland, before joining the team at Kumeu Dental in 2017.

Dr. Nash is a current member of the NZ Dental Association, Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and Fellow of the International College of Continuing Dental Education (ICCDE)

Dr. Nash takes pride in being an excellent dentist. He keeps up to date with the latest research and modern trends in various fields of dentistry. He always provides the highest standard of care to his patients in a compassionate and considerate manner.


  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Hons, BDS (Hons), University of Baghdad, Iraq
  • NZDREX, New Zealand
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
  • Fellow of the International College of Continuing Dental Education (ICCDE)
  • Fellow of the NZ Society for Anaesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry
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John has been working alongside Paul at Kumeu Dental for over 20 years, experiencing so many changes in Kumeu, the growth of The Practice, and in Dentistry itself.

John qualified in 1986, after 5 years in the Dental School at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK – Coincidentally Paul’s hometown!

He has spent most of his working life in New Zealand and has embraced the multitude of advances in his profession, whilst still drawing on his depth of experience to set his patients at ease, and to focus on their individual needs and concerns.

John loves the variety of general practice, and especially enjoys the broad spectrum of people and their dental needs that Kumeu has to offer. Many of John’s long-term patients had previous experiences which led to anxiety and lack of dental care for many years, resulting in sometimes being too embarrassed or upset to even consider seeing a dentist.

The extensive dental problems, and potential costs, that this can create can all be overcome, and John’s caring and relaxed approach has led to many happy outcomes for patients who are now proud of what they have been able to achieve, and are relaxed, regular, welcome visitors to us, with confidence in their appearance, their smiles and their treatment.

Outside the practice, John has always loved outdoor pursuits – sailing, cycling, skiing, diving, and exploring New Zealand’s beautiful environment. His partner works in a Specialist Practice and keeps him on his toes and very happy! Between their four children, and the constantly expanding number of pets, the time left for outdoor pursuits is diminishing fast. A nice evening rustling up great food and relaxing at home is the perfect way to end a busy day in Kumeu!

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I’m very grateful to be part of our happy dedicated team here at Kumeu Dental practicing modern dentistry in a stylish well-equipped surgery that also happens to be extremely close to my home here at Muriwai Beach.

I enjoy doing all aspects of Dentistry, finding the beautiful transformations in people’s smiles extremely rewarding with the Cosmetic Dentistry that I do and I also have a particular skill in the extraction of difficult teeth when required, including the safe removal of impacted wisdom teeth under intravenous sedation for our highly anxious patients.
I love music, travel, the beach and of course my beautiful family.

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ASSOCIATE DENTISTDr. Alyaa MirzaBDS (UAE), PGCert (Dent Implantology – CaDI)

Alya is a gentle and caring clinician who is very much proud of the dentistry she practices, and as such is always travelling to learn the newest techniques and adopt the latest technologies to deliver quality care.

She understands that for most people, a dental visit can be daunting – and she believes passionately in a gentle and empathetic approach to make the experience as smooth and pleasant as possible. Her focus is on preventative dentistry and she is committed to working with you to create a plan tailored to your needs.

During her formal training, Alya was head dental representative for the student council and obtained multiple awards for academic excellence as well as ranking among the top students of her cohort. As part of her ongoing education, she has pursued a post-graduate diploma in Dental Implants with the Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology.

Alya prides herself on the long-term relationships she builds with the people who put their trust in her, and this privileged responsibility to look after their health is what she finds most rewarding.

Outside of dentistry, Alya enjoys practicing yoga, fishing, exploring beautiful New Zealand, and is always planning her next travel destination.

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Ashley is our newest member to join the team here at KDS, with a wealth of knowledge in Childrens’ dentistry and Aesthetic dentistry.

She is a Kumeu born and bred girl, that left our Kumeu-nity for a little while and returned in 2019. Ashley studied Oral health at the School of Dentistry at Otago. She has worked for the DHB in Northland and we now have the privilege of having her with us.

Ashley is kind and a gentle clinician who is wonderful with both our nervous patients and our lovely kids that come to us. She has a special interest in teeth whitening and absolutely loves boosting our patient’s confidence!

So, if you have any questions about teeth whitening, Ashley is our go-to-girl.

When Ashley isn’t at work, you’ll find her off exploring new places with her partner and rescue dogs or watching a Netflix show.

Fun Fact: Ashley used to be a patient here at Kumeu Dental, so we absolutely love that she has come full circle back to us. Maybe, she can inspire more of our patients to pick a career in Dentistry!

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Andy is one of the OHTs in KDS. Originally from Taiwan, he moved to NZ with his family in 1996.

Andy graduated from AUT in 2014 and have worked for WDHB before joining KDS.

Andy believes prevention is the key to good oral health, he likes to shares everything he knows to keep your teeth away from the drill! He is friendly and approachable, making sure each visit is as easy as possible!

On his days off you would see him in the gym or playing basketball, cruising on his motorbike, and definitely enjoying some nice food.

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