Riona Haripershad

Riona is a dental hygienist and occupational therapist at Bright White.

Oral Health Therapist

Riona holds a dual qualification as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist, qualifying from Otago in 2010 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. This dual qualification means she is trained and registered as Dental Therapist, as well as a Hygienist. Riona enjoys meeting new people and developing long term relationships within her role.

She loves treating patients of all ages and helping them achieve great oral health at all stages of their life. Riona's friendly and patient nature helps put even the most dentally anxious patient at ease. She undertakes a thorough evaluation of the periodontal tissues (gums) and tailors her oral hygiene care to the individual person to help people achieve the smile they want. She understands that home care and lifestyle factors can make a significant difference to your health, small changes can reduce huge dental bills and save your teeth for life.

Her dental interests include deep scaling, implant care, Whitening with in-office treatments or custom made trays for home use, restorative treatment and special needs dentistry. As a dedicated advocate for the New Zealand Dental Profession Riona is a current member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, and Dental hygienists association.

Away from the office Riona loves to travel to explore new places and ways of life. She loves the outdoors and keeping fit with hiking, dance classes and yoga. She has a close relationship with her family and enjoys spending time with them. More recently Riona is kept busy with wedding planning for next year, and is enjoying all aspects of this especially the cake tasting!