Ocean dentals team of twelve posingat Midway beach for a team photo

About Us

Ocean Dental began in 2007 with humble beginnings and a small dedicated team in the industrial subdivision. When an opportunity to head into town arose with the old Pizza Hut building going for sale in 2015, the owners jumped into a year-long project of rebuilding the premises into an excellent dental care facility with a fresh look and top-notch gear. Ocean Dental Centre has a quirky team of outstanding professionals, dedicated to providing ethical dental service that can't be beaten in Gisborne.

The dentists of Ocean Dental in Moky, on top of Kaiti Hill

Our Team

The Ocean Dental team is dedicated to providing the best care for you and your teeth. We will be happy to discuss with you your options and help you to decide the best approach towards your dental care.

Mary Engelbrecht, Dentist at Ocean Dental Gisborne

Mary Engelbrecht


Mary studied at in Dunedin at The University of Otago. She can be found spending her time long distance running,  along with other outdoorsy activities such as cycling and hiking. She also loves to cook and bake, and makes the best passionfruit cheesecake. 

Daria Taylor, Dental Assistant at Ocean Dental Gisborne

Darian Taylor

Receptionist and Dental Assistant

Darian has a Dental Assistant Certification through NZDA, and has been with Ocean Dental for three years. Her claim to fame is that she's flown a plane, and she's also the youngest on the team. We are proud to announce that Darian completed the Level 2 te reo Maori Certification last year through Te Wananga. 

Toy Halley, Dental Assistant at Ocean Dental Gisborne

Toni Halley

Receptionist and Dental Assistant

You could be 99% sure that Toni is one of your extended family members after seeing how many connections she makes with our patients. She's a real Gizzy girl, spending her free time hunting and diving. We are proud to announce that Toni completed the Level 2 te reo Maori Certification last year through Te Wananga.

Clive Stnehous, owner of ocean dental

Clive Stonehouse

Dentist and Owner

Dr Clive studied at Guys Hospital in London and is experienced in all aspects of Dentistry. He also has a degree in environmental monitoring and is a keen environmentalist. His latest interest is driving around in his prized mini Moke, affectionately called "Moky". 

Cherie Crisp, Tem Leader at Ocean Dental

Cherie Crisp

Team Leader

Cherie has been with Ocean Dental since the beginning. She's our go-to head honcho, coming from a midwifery and nursing background. Cherie loves to make things in her free time, with her pride and joy being her self-made teardrop caravan, loved almost as much as her cat. 

Annie Van Wichen, Dentist at Ocean Dental Gisborne

Annie Van Wichen


Annie has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago.  Annie enjoys spending time in the garden and growing flowers for arranging. She also loves to go camping and is often found tramping on weekends. 

Anna Wells, Dental Assistant at Ocean Dental Gisborne

Anna Wells

Receptionist and Dental Assistant

Anna has a Dental Assistant Certification through NZDA, and has been with us at Ocean Dental for three years. She also used to be a Theatre Assistant, bringing with her valuable skills from the healthcare profession. Anna likes to garden, and often brings in bounties of fresh veggies to the Ocean Dental team.