Keith Nelson heads a dental dynasty. He leads a quartet of dentists that includes his daughters Deanna and Vikki; his other daughter became a barrister. Including time at dental school, Keith has been immersed in dentistry for over half a century. He has seen many changes in the past five decades and can claim to have been at the forefront of many of them having brought back progressive ideas from The United States and England where he has also worked and trained. He was one of the first dentists in New Zealand to do nitrous oxide sedation, one of the first to do dental implants and also broke a gentlemen’s agreement that restricted surgery hours to nine to five by offering working patients appointments before or after work.
Three years after graduating Keith started his first practice in Glen Eden and he still sees many of his original patients as well as their children and grandchildren. Away from home and work Keith’s main passion is rugby. He was an All Black while still a student, touring the United Kingdom, Ireland and France and also played for Ponsonby, Otago and Auckland before hanging up his boots and serving in various capacities including President of Auckland Rugby Union.