Dr. FIONA VAN HEERDEN
Fiona van Heerden was born in the mainland and grew up in small town New Zealand. When she went to Dunedin to Study it was the largest place she had ever lived! Following graduation she worked at Christchurch Hospital for two years before moving to Auckland more than 20 years ago.
Fiona has a strong interest in Orthodontics- both fixed appliances and clear aligners – and cosmetic dentistry. She is also qualified to provide oral and intravenous sedtion for patients. She regards the most important part of dentistry to be prevention and derives real pleasure from working with people and families to help improve and maintain their oral health.
Outside work her great passions are her children and hockey- which she plays with much more enthusiasm than skill.
Fiona is an eighth generation Kiwi who studied at the University of Otago and was awarded multiple distinctions and academic prizes during her study. As one of the top students in her year, Fiona secured a position as a Dental House Surgeon at Canterbury Health. The opportunity to work as a dental house surgeon provided her with valuable experience with surgical extractions, including wisdom teeth removal, intravenous sedation and working with medically compromised patients.
Fiona then settled into private practice, moving to St Heliers Dental Centre in 1999. Fiona became one of the first dentists in New Zealand to use the Cerec system. This system helps us provide durable restorations while minimising patients’ wait times and the amount of tooth tissue which we need to remove.
In 2017, Fiona completed the POS (Progressive Orthodontic Seminars) basic series graduating with Honours. POS is the leading orthodontic continuing education provider for General Dentists and involves customised individual appliances for patients, reducing treatment time by up to 40%. Fiona is currently furthering her orthodontics training.
Fiona feels extremely fortunate to be able to work in such a friendly, welcoming practice with a real commitment to patient care. She regards the most important part of dentistry to be prevention and derives real pleasure from working with people and families to help improve and maintain their oral health.