The Team


Malcolm McDiarmid

Malcolm graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental surgery in 1994, with credit. In his final undergraduate year he received the Leask Memorial prize for excellence in clinical dentistry.

In his first of year of employment he worked as a dental house surgeon at Auckland, GreenLane and Middlemore Hospital gaining valuable experience treating medically compromised patients, dealing with traumatic injuries and dentoalveolar oral surgery. He then travelled to England and worked in general dental practice both private and NHS at Seven Oaks, Kent.

He is a member of the NZDA and Australian Society of Implant Dentistry and Affiliated member of International Congress of Implant Dentistry.


Amanda Johnston

Amanda Johnston (nee Sanderson) was brought up in Whangarei, studied in Dunedin and graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago University in 1993. She then travelled to Great Britain and worked in and around London gaining experience in general dentistry and enjoying travel opportunities. In 1998 she returned to Whangarei and has been working in general dental practice while balancing family life.

Amanda enjoys helping her patients feel better about their teeth and their treatment. Dentistry provides a great opportunity to help people smile!

In 2012, Amanda was elected to the Board of the New Zealand Dental Association and in 2013 joined the NZDA Executive. She has been President of the Northland Branch of NZDA since 2007. Amanda is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

Jess Choi

Jess Choi

NZ raised and trained, Jess is the newest addition to the Kamo Dental team. She is a graduate of the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (with credit) and holds a BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Auckland. Jess has a gentle manner with patients and strives to make dental visits a more comfortable experience. With a strong focus on prevention, her interests include cosmetic and restorative dentistry.


Jess Korach, Oral Health Therapist and Hygienist

Jess is our Hygienist delivering a full scope of hygiene services including; periodontal treatment, root debridement under local anaesthetic, radiography, education and preventative services. She is very experienced with bleaching / tooth whitening applications. She is passionate about helping every client achieve great oral health for life.

Jess received her Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health 2011 from Auckland University of Technology Auckland, New Zealand

And was awarded the following:

  • NZDTA Prize 2011 for best preventative strategies and clinical management
  • Ozdent Dental Products Achievement Award 2011 for the highest standard of application of dental health education skills to patients in the AUT Oral Health Clinic
  • Te Ara Hauora Maori Certificate of recognition for attainment of a Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health, while studying a cultural and indigenous pathway

Sadie Wasson Practice Manager

Sadie is our practice Manager, she is also a qualified chair side dental assistant and has been with the practice since 2002.

Chairside Assistants and auxiliary staff

Helandri Hanekom
Nicole Lunn
Kacee McGaughey
Ariano Osmena-Kahia

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