The Dream Team

Fig. 1. The Dream Team.  From left to right, excluding Clarence: Angela,  Jurka, V (Varsha).

Fig. 2.  Angela (the Boss) Cummins: Practice Manager and Executive Administrator, Tam Dental Group and Skulpting Skool LLC.

Angela Cummins our Practice Manager has worked in dentistry for the past 26 years. She has had many varied roles including chairside assisting, reception in a specialist practice and several years in dental supply companies doing call centre/inventory and product management roles.

Angela has worked at Casley Wong and Tam for over 11 years and has become a familiar face and voice to our regular patients, many of whom she can remember by name if they just pop in without an appointment in the book! With her many years' experience in the dental environment, Angela is confident answering questions and dealing with any situation that may arise before or after your appointment.

When away from work, Angela enjoys spending time in her kitchen trying new recipes, loves reading, and good scary movies!



Fig. 3.  Varsha "V" Kumar: Practice Nurse for Dr. Sophia Mahendran, associate dentist.

Varsha Kumar joined Tam Dental Group in February, 2017 as a NZDA-Certified Dental Assistant.  Since then, she has been providing support to Dr. Sophia Mahendran and Dr. Clarence Tam, while making sure at all times that patients in her care are as relaxed and as comfortable as they can be.  She graduated with a Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2013.  She spends her spare time with her duaghters and husband, who owns a café (Sierra Cafe, Westfield Manukau - go and check them out!)  She loves cooking and does some food catering for friends and family.  Taking long walks is her way of relaxing and enjoying nature.  In years to come, she sees herself advancing herself as a dental assistant in IV sedation procedures.  She is interested in travelling to countries like India, America and continents like Asia in general.  She ultimately wishes to invest in building a dream home for her family.

Fig. 4.  Jurka (pronounced "Yolka") Vuletic, BSocSci (Human Services), BOH, BHSc (Dual-trained Hygienist and Dental Therapist).   Managing Partner and Skulpting Skool LLC Course Executive.

Jurka brings to us a wealth of experience from her background in Management and Disability Services.  She single-handedly steered her past company through a competitive tender process by developing a process or protocol which would revolutionize the provision of health services with a whanau kaupapa or family focus across New Zealand.  She is a gentle and empathetic individual, with excellent hands.  She is currently working alongside us with a focus on advanced periodontal cases and adjunctive therapies.  She is our go-to dental bleaching specialist.

Fig. 5.  Jung Yoen "Jay" Kim, BOH, BHSc  (Dental Hygienist for Tam Dental Group).

Jay graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Oral Health.  She was born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, thus bringing fluency in Korean in addition to English to her communication arsenal.  She is very passionate about encouraging patients to improve oral health in order to achieve a healthy, confident smile and outstanding dental results.  After all, maintenance is a key component of restorative success!

She is a bubbly, down to earth individual who makes her patients feel comfortable during their appointments with her friendly, caring approach and ever-so-gentle hands! 

Outside of work, she likes to watch movies, read good books and spend time with her friends and family.

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