Our Team

Steph Wills

BDS (Otago) 1998
DipClinDent (Otago) (Paeds) 1994
Steph has 30 years experience in dentistry.  She's worked in both hospital and private practice whilst living in Invercargill, in NHS and private practice in Wales and in Motueka since 1998. In 2000 Steph bought the practice.

She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, but is especially interested in the restoration of worn dentition.

Steph's married, has five children and she loves gardening.

Heidi Seifried

BDS (Otago) 1998
Heidi has worked part time as an associate dentist at the practice since 2005. She graduated from Otago University with a BDS (credit) in 1998 and went on to work in the UK where she completed dental vocational training at a mixed private-NHS practice in the beautiful Lake District.

Following this Heidi worked for Dental Health Services Victoria at Ballarat Base Hospital, Australia, and then at a private Christchurch practice before returning home to the Nelson-Tasman region.


She is a qualified winemaker and splits her time
between the dental surgery, the winery and being a mother to three busy young children.

Turoa Gallagher

BDS (Otago) 2015

Turoa graduated with a BDS from the University of Otago in 2015.

He performs all aspects of general dentistry where he likes to incorporate Tikanga Maori in his approach. He enjoys helping create a calming and caring environment for his patients.

Outside of dentistry Turoa is passionate about rugby and he plays in the forwards for Motueka's Huia club. He also enjoys spending time with his family. His daughter, Mia, was born in late October 2017.

Todd Verner 

BDent (Syd), BMedSc (Hons), PhD

Todd graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dentistry in 2008. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours and after further research he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy. After graduation Todd worked for three years with his family dentist in one of
Sydney's southern suburbs. ln 2010 he moved to work in Martin Place in Sydney's CBD. ln 2014, Todd purchased the practice where he worked as the
principal dentist until June 2017, when, in search of a better work - life balance, he relocated across the ditch to the Motueka area. Todd has a calming manner and a keen eye for detail.  He enjoys preventative and restorative dentistry, as well as placing and restoring dental implants to replace missing teeth.


Outside of dentistry, Todd enjoys tending his land and spending time with his wife and children (two now), 26 sheep, nine chickens,
two goats and a cat

Wan Zhi Tay

BDS (Otago) 2019


Wan Zhi graduated with a BDS (Credit) from the University of Otago in 2019. 


She performs all aspects of general dentistry, with a particular interest in restorative and preventative dentistry. Wan Zhi endeavours to create pleasant and positive dental experiences for her patients.


Outside of dentistry, Wan Zhi enjoys exploring the great outdoors and cooking for family and friends.

Motueka Support Staff

Katie (Office Administrator) Kim, Aimee, Amy (Dental Assistants) and Sandy (Reception).

Richmond Support Staff

Kelly and Lucy (Dental Assistant and Administration).