OrthodontiX Ashburton

Meet our team

Specialist Orthodontist

Dr Ronald Sluiter

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Ronald graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vri Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986.

Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam.

As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Ronald has practiced orthodontics in New…

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Ronald graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vri Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986.

Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam.

As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Ronald has practiced orthodontics in New Zealand. He is currently an international member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the European Orthodontic Society and the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

Apart from his work, Ronald enjoys his family and skiing and is known to play a game or two of Alpha Betty.

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Rachael

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Rachael graduated as a dental therapist and also graduated with a Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1980. She can now add Orthodontic Auxilliary to her impressive curriculum.

Her dental interests Invisalign and dental monitoring. She loves the variety that her role brings her along with the opportunities in the OrthodontiX practice.

The thing Rachael loves most about her job is that the practice is constantly looking at the latest technology and always changing.

When she isn't at the practice, she is often found with her family by the lake, Wanaka or Benmore. She's also completed a few over 100km cycle…

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Rachael graduated as a dental therapist and also graduated with a Certificate in Dental Nursing in 1980. She can now add Orthodontic Auxilliary to her impressive curriculum.

Her dental interests Invisalign and dental monitoring. She loves the variety that her role brings her along with the opportunities in the OrthodontiX practice.

The thing Rachael loves most about her job is that the practice is constantly looking at the latest technology and always changing.

When she isn't at the practice, she is often found with her family by the lake, Wanaka or Benmore. She's also completed a few over 100km cycle races over the years and competed in water ski racing as a teen.

Rachael couldn’t live without her family, loves being outdoors and enjoys cooking.

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Elina

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Elina, originally from the United Kingdom, is an orthodontic auxiliary and a qualified dental assistant. She enjoys keeping up to date with new technologies in orthodontics and giving people the perfect smile. 

Elina and her husband have two lovely boys and she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors by camping all around New Zealand.

Orthodontic Lab Assistant

Birgit

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Birgit is our Lab assistant. She makes sure all our impressions are poured and appliances are made. She makes the scans of patients' teeth look pretty and she is very good at striking a deal for our ordering. She is Dutch after all.

She moved to NZ 13 years ago with her partner and luckily for her he went to see the orthodontist and secured her a job. When not working she loves to be outside and do odd jobs around her house situated in Purau. She is always in for a laugh and a practical joke.

Practice Manager

Maïthé

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Maïthé is the practice manager for all three OrthodontiX locations. She is your go-to person to ensure everything behind the scenes goes smoothly.

She loves the diversity in her job and has worked with Ronald for over 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her family, enjoying the sun when it's out. Surprisingly, Maïthé has never had orthodontic treatment herself.

Receptionist

Karen

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Karen is one of our lovely receptionists and a qualified dental assistant, based at OrthodontiX Cashmere and Ashburton. She answers the phone for all three of our practices as well.

Karen loves interacting with all patients and their families and forming friendships with patients and staff. Her main goal is to continue to be approachable and friendly to all patients. She enjoys the great support you get at Lumino, being that it is a large, respected company.

Outside of the practice, Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She also volunteers at the Local Rugby Club, managing the Colts team.

She is most motivated by her patients and her favourite place to be is at home with family.