The Nelson Family

Keith and Vikki are the original founders of “the dental family for your family” and included in this dental family are Dr Sophia Mahendra, Dr Stella Dimitrova and Dr Priya Reid…With the addition of great support staff. This makes up the Keith Nelson dental team. They are a passionate and caring team that strive to provide the best possible solutions for your dental needs.

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Dr Vikki Nelson

Dentist | BA.BDS POSDIP ORTHODONTICS OTAGO NZ
Vikki is the middle daughter of the 3 Nelson girls. After studying economics at Otago, she then went on to complete her dental training at Otago university and graduated in 1992.

Member of: NZ Dental Association | Auckland Dental Association | Australian Academy of Facial Aesthetics | NZ Functional Orthodontic Society | Progressive Orthodontic Society

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Dr Stela Dimitrova

Dentist | DR of Stomatology Sofia
Stela has been part of the Keith Nelson team, since 2004, starting off in our Glen Eden branch. In February 2011 she joined us at the Ponsonby based Keith Nelson practice.

Member of: NZDA | Auckland Dental Association | Functional Orthodontic Society

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Dr Priya Reid

Dentist | BDS OTAGO NZ
Priya graduated from the University of Otago in 1997 and has worked in private practice in both Hamilton and Auckland. She is passionate about providing high quality, reliable and friendly care for her patients.

Member of: Auckland Dental Association | Auckland Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr Sophia Mahendran

Dentist | BDS OTAGO NZ
Dr Sophia Lee Mahendran is a caring, gentle clinician devoted to ensuring your dental visits at Keith Nelson & Associates are relaxed and as comfortable as possible.

Member of: NZDA | Auckland Dental Association | Functional Orthodontic Society

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Jo Anne Tucker

PRACTICE MANAGER
Jo Anne first started working for the Nelson Family back in 1997. She started as a receptionist and completed a dental assistant certificate all while raising 4 children.
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Kathy Allsopp

Hygienist
Kathy is a fully qualified hygienist. She has been working at Keith Nelsons since 1996. Kathy will clean and polish your teeth, and keep your gums and supporting structures in top condition.
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Claire Vaevae

Oral Health Therapist
Claire Vaevae is an Oral Health Therapist, who has a passion for oral health education. Her philosophy is if she can teach one person a day something new about oral health then that day is a success.
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Nisha Patel

ORAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Nisha is passionate about children and adolescents oral care. She has a big input in caring for the young people at our family practice.
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Gia Kaur

Dental Assistant
Always smiling, Gia is Dr Sophia Mahendrans long term dental assistant (and at the same time a wife and the mum to a special little girl). Gia has been with us for quite a few years now. She came from India as a fully qualified Dentist with a lot of experience and is currently sitting exams to be registered as a qualified New Zealand dentist. Gia is quiet, kind, always organised and keen to help out.
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Eden Morgan

DENTAL ASSISTANT
Eden has worked at Keith Nelson since she left school in 2016. In that time she has developed into a competent, first class Dental Assistant and gained her full Dental Assistant qualification. Eden has a menagerie of animals (goats, dog, bunnies etc) which she adores. She brings that love of animals and softness into the clinic putting all of our lovely patients at ease. Eden is Dr Vikki Nelsons full time assistant and is always on hand to ensure our patients are fully looked after.
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Meghan Harris

Dental Assistant
Meg is Dr Priya Read’s assistant and the newest team member to Keith Nelson Dental. Originally from near the bottom of the North Island, she moved up to Auckland this year for work and new adventures. Meg Studied Social Anthropology at Victoria University, graduating last year. She is an avid outdoors person who is keen on surfing, tennis or basically anything active and outdoors. Meg is competent and makes sure all of our cross infection control is above the gold standard.
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Annelise Schrimmgoer

Dental Assistant | Receptionist
Annelise is Dr Stella Dimitrova’s nurse on Fridays and Saturdays. She works for us just 2 days a week but is a fully committed team member who is studying a Masters in Health Psychology at Auckland University. She is efficient, organised and fully focused on all her patients mental and physical wellbeing. It is Annelise's passion to promote positive psychological health within our community and in the work environment.
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Ali Donovan

Dental Assistant | Receptionist
Ali is Dr Keith Nelson's granddaughter, (Dr Vikki Nelson's eldest), and thus has been brought up in and around the dental clinic all her life. Ali has a degree from Victoria University in Education and is currently doing a Masters degree in Health Management & Leadership at AUT. When she's not studying, going to the gym, playing netball or reading, Ali is helping out with management on reception or dental assisting at Keith Nelson. Ali is passionate about her dog, Louie and loves spending time with him. She also prides herself on creating a good culture amongst staff and ensuring the wellbeing of all our patients.
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Francieli Rassier

Receptionist
Fran is our front office wee slice of Brazil who has an extremely holistic and positive outlook on life. She exudes a calm positive aura yet is a very efficient, proactive ball of positive energy. At work Fran keeps us all in a positive mindset and ensures the front desk is running smoothly. When she isn’t at work Fran makes the most of being in New Zealand by meditating and travelling around the country with her German partner in crime.
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Brenagan Salt

Receptionist
Our bubbly netball player!! Bren helps us out on reception and makes sure everyone has their appointments scheduled. Along with being a part of our team, she is a top level, driven netball player doing a Masters degree in Psychology at Auckland University. At home she is responsible for 4 fur babies (her family) that she shares with her partner, Matt. Bren will be there to speak to you over the phone or to greet you with a big smile and lots of energy when you come to the clinic.
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Louie

Chief Barketing Officer
Our canine mascot. The model in a lot of our facebook and insta posts Louie loves food … but not so keen on tooth brushing. Not particularly well behaved …but still part of the Dental family Louie only attends the clinic on weekends when gardening and outside tidy ups need to be done ….Or when there is a photo shoot!!