The Team at 32 Gems Dental Care

Dr Upma Bhasin


About Dr Upma Bhasin

I started my journey as a general dentist after graduating with Bachelor of Dentistry in
1991 from India. After practicing in India for 11 years, I migrated to NZ with my young family in 2003 after being mesmerized by the beauty of the country. I completed my NZDREX registration in 2005 and have practiced in New Zealand for the past 14 years.

Pursuing my passion for the dentistry, over the years I have continually updated and expanded my pool of dental skills with ongoing training and professional development courses. Dentistry has seen a lot of growth and there have been huge advancements in technology and innovation in the dental field. I have always promoted and supported the use of latest techniques, devices and equipment to be able to offer my patients with the best treatments available today.

I have had extensive training in Endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, CAD CAM dentistry & have added Implant dentistry to my list of skills recently.

I love my work and my family – they are what makes me happy. I love to take up new challenges. If my positive attitude and my skills as a dentist can put a smile on your face, it would please me more that any words can say.

Member of New Zealand Dental Association
Member of New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Member of New Zealand Institute to Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Dr. Colleen Loo


About Dr. Colleen Loo

Colleen Loo has over 21 years experience as a dentist. She has a special interest in cosmetic
dentistry, and use of Invisalign (since 2006) and is currently a Master Affiliate with Fast Braces system. She is also interested in non surgical treatment of TMJ issues and headaches. In the last couple of years, she has branched out to include facial cosmetic injectables and wrinkle relaxing treatments. These are on top of all the normal dental treatments that she can provide.

Colleen believes in treating a person and their dental wellbeing as a whole, and prefer to work with everyone to focus on long term and preventative measures as well as treating current issues.

Outside of dentistry, Colleen is ashamed to say that she is a dance mum to her 3 school aged kids. She also loves theatre and is heavily involved with local theatre, Hutt City Musical Theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes. She also sings with the 2018 international AA Champion chorus for Sweet Adelines, Wellington City Chorus.

Dr. Marie Tong


About Dr. Marie Tong

I graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2006.I have worked in variety of settings including dental hospitals & specialist clinics before moving to a private practice in Singapore & Australia.Moving to Wellington 2 years prior has been one of the best experience of my life.I love the beauty of the landscapes and the people I meet everyday.I have particular interest in children’s dentistry apart from general dental practice.I am excited to be a part of 32 Gems and looking forward to provide great care to the people of Lower Hutt.

Dr. Laura Bridger


About Dr. Laura Bridger

Laura is committed to helping her patients have healthy, happy smiles for life. After graduating with Distinction from Otago University in 2018, Laura gained valuable surgical experience as a Dental House Surgeon at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospitals before joining the 32Gems team. Laura brings an empathetic, gentle approach to patient care and strives to provide the highest quality of dentistry while making the dental experience as comfortable as possible for each of her patients.

Outside of the clinic, Laura is an avid cyclist and can be found exploring the amazing Wellington mountain bike trails or attending local competitive events.

Arun Subramaniam

Oral Health Therapist

About Arun Subramaniam

Arun is our experienced Oral Health Therapist. Having graduated in 2018 with his Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy (Adult Scope) from the University of Newcastle, Australia, he endeavored on his chosen career path firstly in Australia. He now is proud to call New Zealand his permanent chosen home. Arun has had the benefit of experience in both the Public Health & Private Practice dental settings. His first role in NZ was in with Nelson Marlborough DHB Community Oral Health Service where he worked for a number of years as an Oral Health Therapist with children from birth to adolescence. He provided excellent Oral Health care advice & completing full treatment plans for the children of the Nelson region, with an emphasis on prevention & education. A role he relished as he has a particular passion for education & the opportunity to greatly improve the dental outcome of patients going forward into adulthood. As a part of his Oral Health Therapy degree program, Arun had the opportunity to work across various dental clinics. These included Sydney Dental Hospital, Oral Health Services Tasmania in Hobart and Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation in Singleton, NSW. Arun also spent time gaining invaluable experience while working for a chain of private dental practices based on the Gold Coast, providing Adult Oral Hygiene and Restorative treatments. Arun has the benefit of an Adult Scope of Practice, enabling him to perform appropriate direct restorative work himself without the need to refer on to a different practitioner if within his scope. Arun has recently relocated to Wellington where he is further able to expand his knowledge and skills. He is able to provide a comprehensive full dental hygiene and restorative services for the people of the Wellington region based here at 32 Gems Dental Care. He is excited to start a new chapter here in Wellington. He believes strongly in delivering the best possible dental service, building trust & rapport with each of his patients. Outside of work, Arun enjoys cooking, playing and following cricket, soccer and basketball, mountain biking, getting outdoors. He has so many places of interest to visit in Aotearoa and now discovering his immediate home of Wellington. He very much looks forward to helping new & current patients meet & exceed the Oral Health Care needs for a healthy bright future.

Jody Mazzola

Practice Manager

About Jody Mclean

I joined the dental industry fresh out of school at the age of 17, and now a few (20+) years later i am  part of an awesome  working enviroment and a wonderful team here at 32 Gems Dental Care.

It has been wonderful watching the practice grow over the last nine years and being able to learn all the new technology, this has kept me up to date with the latest administration side of dentistry as well as with all the new procedures our team performs in the surgery . Outside of this dental family, my husband and I have made our own blended team at home. I am mum and Step-mom to 4 children and a small zoo of animals.

Danielle Barnard

Senior Dental Assistant

About Danielle Barnard

Hi my name is Danni or some call me Dan 🙂
I have worked with the 32 Gems team for 8 years now. Working in the dental industry is really amazing. The procedures and technology are ever changing and continue to keep me amazed and eager to learn. I enjoy working with the team here and helping our patients feel welcome and at ease during any part of their experience with us.

Alicia Heaney

Dental Assistant

About Alicia

Hi My name is Alicia and I have recently joined the team at 32 Gems Dental Care. I have always had an interest in health and wellbeing and When the opportunity arose to join 32 Gems, I decided it was the perfect time to broaden my knowledge. Outside of work I love to get outdoors and have little road trip adventures with my family.
I am really looking forward to learning all aspects of dentistry and meeting all the wonderful patients that come in to the practice.

Mala Sharma

Dental Assistant

About Mala

Hi! My name is Mala. I have been working at 32 Gems Dental for over a year now. I have just finished my NZDA dental assistant training course. It was very knowledgeable and informative. I enjoy working at 32 Gems Dental and love being part of a great team. Outside work, I love to spend time with my family.

Myrill Garcia

Dental assistant

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