About Us – Family Dentist Papakura

Our Dentists

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Zaid – Dental Surgeon

Dr. Zaid Kanani, BDS, NZDREX, Dental Surgeon

Diploma in Orthodontics POS (SYD), Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics – James Cook University.

Zaid has been granted a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery in 1998 and has been providing dental services ever since. He enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, including preventive and cosmetic restorative dentistry.

Zaid has been actively providing orthodontic services to his patients since 2006. He has been awarded a Diploma in Orthodontics from McGann Postgraduate School of Dentistry after completing two years of study and a Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics from James Cook University after completing their two years of clinical and academic programs.

Zaid is a member of the International College of Continuing Education, and a member of the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC),  New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA),  American Dental Association (ADA), and also a registered member of the Australian Dental Board, and the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO). 


Dr. Ibi Al-Asadi, BDS, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Ibi Is known among her patients as a gentle and attentive Dentist with an eye for detail.

She graduated with honors from the King’s College London in 2012 and worked in the UK full time before moving to New Zealand to join her Kiwi husband.

She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)

In her spare time she enjoys socializing with friends and travelling.

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Ibi – Dental Surgeon
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Shirley – Dental Surgeon

Dr. Shirley Chand, BDS (fiji), ADC (Australia)

Shirley graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2006 and has been practicing in New Zealand since 2014.

Shirley has a growing interest in cosmetic dentistry, but she enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Her passion for dentistry drives her to achieve a high standard of care and she is genuinely interested in her patients well being.

Shirley takes pride in providing quality dental care to our patients.

She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)

Dr. Sama Al-Ahmed, BDS (Iraq), NZDREX

Sama is one of the few doctors who understand not only aesthetic, but also functional dentistry. Sama is an Invisalign registered provider. Invisalign is a modern clear aligner system to correct the alignment of the teeth.

Sama also is a very experienced provider of facial fillers and botulinum toxin (Botox) and strives to make patients feel more youthful but with a natural appearance.

Sama has graduated from many courses on thematic problems of modern dentistry. She constantly takes part in national and international congresses, symposiums, seminars and master classes.

She is a member of the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)

Sama – Dental Surgeon
Tarun dental hygienist at Nova
Tarun – Dental Hygienist

Tarun dental hygienist

Tarun graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago in 2019. She started her career in the public health sector and was working for the Auckland Regional Dental Services.

Tarun is really passionate about providing high level service to her patients and enjoys seeing results of her hardwork through patient satisfaction.

Tarun is a member of the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) and New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA).

Outside of work hours, Tarun likes travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Support Team

Shivarne – Practice Manager

We are fortunate to have Shivarne managing our practice and supporting our staff and our patients.

Shivarne loves to find ways to help people smile. She is happy to answer any questions, plan patients’ appointments, help resolve concerns and make patients visits positive. It is important to Shivarne that each of our patients enjoy a feeling of ease and confidence in our practice.

Chantell – Clinical Orthodontic Assistant

You may have seen Chantell working alongside Shivarne in the office. Meanwhile, she has been going through further education and training and has completed and obtained a Certificate of Orthodontic assistant Level 1 and Level 2.

She is now enjoying helping and supporting our Orthodontic patients with Dr. Kanani.

Nee – Dental Assistant
Rose – Dental Assistant
Kaitlin – Dental Assistant