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), pending BOH, BHSc (Oral Health) from AUT (Dual-trained Hygienist and Dental Therapist), Class of 2017.  Part-time dental assistant and Skulpting Skool LLC Course Lead Supervisor.

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.  We are excited to have her come on permanently as a dual-qualified Hygienist and Therapist superstar at the end of 2017!

Fig. 5.  Marnie St. George, BHSc (Oral Health).  Dental Hygienist for Tam Dental Group.

Marnie graduated with a BHSc in Oral Health from the Auckland University of Technology in 2012.  She most enjoys helping people learn and gain an appreciation for the value of their teeth so they can achieve a healthy and confident smile for life!  She provides a gentle, positive, calm and friendly approach and doesn’t judge for our sometimes glaring flossing inconsistencies.   She understands your fears and knows first hand the discomforts of gingival recession and root exposure.  Ever gentle and comforting, patients always leave feeling confident and refreshed!
Marnie is inspired by house interiors, good food, wine and people.  Her two teenage children keep her grounded and in touch with new trends.

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