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Meet Our Compassionate Howick Dentists

The Team of Providers of A+ Dentists

Our Howick family dentists enjoy providing a relaxing experience and gentle care to individuals of every age. Working closely together enables A+ Dentists to provide comprehensive dentistry six days a week, right here in our Howick practice.


Meet Dr Rishi Pavaskar, BDS (Otago)

rishi pavaskar

Dr Rishi loves creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere for all his patients, often playing instrumental music in the background. He focuses on providing high quality conservative treatment with the best possible technology and materials available. Patients that have been seen by him always comment on how gentle and reassuring he was throughout the procedure.

Dr Rishi is known for keeping up with all the new developments in the rapidly changing field of dentistry with regular continuing professional development courses.

In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton, tennis and chess.

Meet Dr Dhara Tilvawala, BDS (Otago)


Dr Dhara is known for her friendly smile. Always trying to keep your best interests in mind, Dr Dhara strives to provide personalised high quality care. She enjoys discussing long term dental care plans and taking a preventive approach. Patients who have been seen by Dr Dhara always comment on how comfortable they felt and how patient she was in answering all their concerns.

Dr Dhara also enjoys attending many continuing professional development courses and keeping up with the world of dentistry.

When she isn’t busy being a dentist, Dhara enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with family.

Meet Dr Neha Kugaonkar, BDS

Dr. Neha

Dr Neha has a caring and gentle way of treating her patients. She likes to spend time educating and sharing information so that her patients can make an informed decision. She always has her patient’s best interests in mind while delivering professional and quality treatment. Her philosophy in dentistry is to take a minimally invasive and preventive approach.

Dr Neha enjoys learning new dentistry skills by attending various continuing professional development courses. She makes it a point to keep herself up to date with the latest research and technologies in dentistry.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Neha enjoys travelling, photography and listening to music.

Meet Dr Adeline Chai, Specialist Prosthodontist

Dr Adeline Chai

Adeline graduated BDSc from the University of Melbourne in 2011. She then worked as a General Dentist in Singapore and Dunedin before pursuing her specialist training at the University of Otago.

She completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics in 2018 and was awarded a University of Otago postgraduate scholarship during her training. She is also a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in the discipline of Prosthodontics.

Adeline is a registered prosthodontist and general dentist with the Dental Council of New Zealand. She specialises in full mouth rehabilitation, fixed and removable prosthodontics and restorations of dental implants. She also enjoys treating patients with localised dental problems.

Adeline speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. Get to know Dr Adeline on your next visit!

Meet Dr Edwin Ling, Oral Surgeon


Portrait of Dr Edwin Ling, Dentist at A+ Dentists in Howick

Dr Ling graduated from medicine at the end of 1999. He worked in various capacities as a medical practitioner until 2003. In 2003, he started working as an intensive care doctor and subsequently as a maxillofacial surgery doctor. His further training then took him from Townsville to Melbourne to Hobart then Hamilton and Auckland. This 14 year extensive training experience means he has managed thousands of sedated patients and removed thousands of wisdom teeth.

After his dental degree, he completed 8 years of gruelling training time in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr Ling is often praised by his patients for his skills and demeanour. He will work together with you to find the best solution of your choice.

Note: Dr Ling is currently unavailable due to Covid-19 flight restrictions 



Meet Rebekah Buckley, Practice Manager


As our practice manager, Rebekah looks after the day to day running of the clinic. She is always updating herself with codes of practice, cross-infection control and new materials and equipment. Rebekah has enjoyed working in the dental industry for many years, with experience working in many different environments with different people. She is friendly and approachable and is usually the first point of contact.

In her spare time, she loves being with her kids and travelling.

Looking for a dentist in Howick that’s open late or on Saturdays? Contact A+ Dentists today to book your first visit with us.

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