Your Specialist Team

Dr. Nicholas Cole

Dr. Nicholas Cole graduated BDS from the University of Otago in 1981. In 1986 he completed a MSc in Periodontology at the University of London. Following this he returned to New Zealand and worked in a group general practice with a special interest in periodontics. Starting in 1991 he did his first introductory implant course. Implants and periodontology became a significant focus of his general practice.

In 1998 he returned to Dunedin and completed specialist training gaining his MDS with distinction. Since 2000 he has been in specialist practice at St Marks Road. He practices a mix of periodontology and implant dentistry.

He has been and continues to be actively involved with numerous professional organizations, and is the NZ councilor for ANZAP, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontology.

Dr. James Dawson

Dr. James Dawson graduated with his dental degree from the University of Otago in 2009. After undertaking a position as a Dental house officer in Auckland, he worked in private practice in Newcastle, Australia. He returned to New Zealand in 2014, to undertake his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry and gain specialist registration as a Periodontist.

James’ Doctoral research was in the use of diode lasers for the management of dental implant surface decontamination. Whilst in Dunedin, James was involved in the undergraduate dentistry teaching program, and he also provides continuing education to dentists both in New Zealand and Australia.

James works in specialist practice in Auckland, with fellow Periodontist Dr. Nicholas Cole.


Each of our hygienists has been chosen for their communication skills and their ability to provide supportive maintenance care to patients who have completed their initial treatment. They are also involved, in some cases, in helping patients prepare before having complex treatment. Teamwork is paramount in specialist practice, with hygienists providing the interface between patients and their periodontist.

Nina Smith

Nina graduated from Otago Polytechnic obtaining the National Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1998. Nina has been involved in dentistry for 23 years, first working as a chair side assistant and for the last 15 years as a hygienist.

She has worked in a number of practice environments, and for the last five years in our practice. She is a highly experienced and skilled clinician.

Nina Smith


Yvonne Smith

Yvonne graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Oral Health. During her degree, Yvonne gained the award for the best overall clinical and academic achievement in the final year of her study, the Dental Council of New Zealand award for high achievement in methods of research and enquiry and the Annette King trophy for best overall academic achievement in each year of her training.

Yvonne is passionate about her job – she can enable you to achieve optimal oral health and help by offering information and education tailored to your individual requirements.

Yvonne Smith