Our Team


Dr. Maria Macfarlane

DDS, NZDREX, Dentist

Dr. Maria Macfarlane is an accomplished and highly skilled dentist who has been practicing in Tauranga, New Zealand for over 20 years. She earned her Doctor of Dental Science Degree from the University of Otago in 1998 and became registered to practice in New Zealand in 2001. Throughout her career, Dr. Macfarlane has gained a reputation as a trusted and compassionate practitioner who is dedicated to providing high-quality care to her patients.

Dr. Macfarlane is committed to staying at the forefront of dental practice and has invested in professional development to enhance her skills and knowledge. She is highly skilled in dental diagnostics and has expertise in treating both simple and complex cases to deliver long-term results for her patients.

As a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and the Dental Council of New Zealand, Dr. Macfarlane is committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and quality in her practice. She is also a member of the Waikato and BOP branch of NZDA.

Dr. Macfarlane is known for her gentle approach and caring personality, which help to ensure maximum patient comfort. She takes the time to listen to her patients' concerns and is passionate about delivering pain-free dentistry services. Her dedication to patient care has earned her a loyal patient base, and she looks forward to welcoming new patients to her practice at Tauranga Crossing Dental.

Overall, Dr. Maria Macfarlane is a highly skilled and compassionate dentist who is dedicated to providing her patients with the highest quality of care. Her commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry and her gentle approach to patient care make her a valuable asset to the Tauranga dental community.

Member of the NZDA (New Zealand Dental Association), registered member of the Dental Council of New Zealand and member of the Waikato and BOP branch of NZDA.

Dr. José Marinho

BSc (Hons), BDS,  Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr José Marinho, originally from Portugal, graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in the United Kingdom in 2011 after, initially, completing a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2006. Since graduating he has been at the forefront of dental knowledge and innovation, he has regularly invested time and resources in several post-graduate courses including the world-renowned Cosmetic Dentistry & Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry course in London. He was also recognised as a finalist of the prestigious Private Dentistry awards as Best Young Dentist in the UK 2018.

Before moving to New Zealand, José worked in prominent private dental practices in Central London providing high-end treatments and smile makeovers to his much-loved patients. His caring and empathetic approach makes him extensively popular with his patients, to which he comes highly recommended.
José provides a wide range of treatments and has a special interest in restorative and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, tooth-coloured restorations and teeth whitening. He also has extensive experience as a certified provider of Invisalign and clear fixed braces.

He sits on the executive board of the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. José has also volunteered his time and skills to help marginalised communities in New Zealand and Fiji. In addition, he has published articles on oral health advice for the NZ Herald and The Weekend Sun.

Executive Committee Member of the NZACD (New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) and registered member of the Dental Council of New Zealand.
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Rosemary Edwards


Rosemary graduated in 1985 from Birmingham Dental University, UK.

Rosemary has a wealth of dental experience and feels strongly about making a difference in her work and is passionate about transforming patients mouths and seeing improvements in their oral conditions.

She aims to make prevention work for her patients and hopes to change habits for optimal dental health. Outside of the practice Rosemary enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit with walking, swimming and water sports….she loves being on the water or on the beach. She and her husband are keen renovators-having renovated many properties together.


Brooke Holmes


Brooke is our Laser Dental Hygienist. She joined our team in 2020, and has 18 years of clinical experience. She completed her Dental Hygiene training at Western Kentucky University in the USA, which was ranked as a top 3 Dental Hygiene program in the States during her time there. Brooke obtained a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene with Honours from WKU.
Brooke has training in Advanced Periodontal Therapy, which means she is adept in knowledge and skill in treating all stages of periodontal disease. She is also the first Hygienist in New Zealand to train for and own an Epic Hygiene Laser, and she travels around New Zealand lecturing and training other hygienists and therapists in Soft Tissue Laser Therapy. She is the first clinician in New Zealand to offer this type of training and skill advancement to other clinicians. She loves to give personalised treatment to a patient's unique individual needs, and to see healing and the improved health outcomes of each patient.
Brooke has completed her COSE (Certificate in Oral Systemic Education) Certificate from the USA, giving her the most up to date knowledge from industry leaders in Oral Systemic Health as it relates to Complex Body Systems.
When not in the hygiene surgery, Brooke coaches basketball and football; and loves spending time with her children and family. She loves living and working in New Zealand, and life in the Bay of Plenty.
Brooke is a Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), the National Network of Healthcare Hygienists (NNHH), and the New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA).


Tania Johnson

Practice Manager

Meet Tania, our highly esteemed Practice Manager who has been an integral part of our team since the day we opened our doors over 4 years ago. With over 35 years of experience in the dental industry, Tania is a skilled professional who ensures our practice operates with optimal efficiency and seamless precision.

As your first point of contact, Tania will warmly greet you either in person at our reception or over the phone. She is passionate about delivering our core values and strives to change people’s perceptions of visiting the dentist. Tania takes pride in delivering exceptional customer service by attentively listening to each patient’s needs and desires with professionalism and non-judgmental demeanour. Following this, she will direct you to the right dental professional within our practice.

Not only does Tania ensure that your initial consultation is a success, but she will also follow up with you after your appointment to ensure your expectations have been met and any further care is arranged, as required.

Tania’s exceptional organizational skills, deep knowledge of the dental industry and commitment to high-quality patient care have earned her a well-deserved reputation as an integral member of our team. So, if you are looking for a professional, friendly, and efficient dental experience, look no further than Tania, our Practice Manager. Contact her today to discuss your dental care needs.


Dee Brown

Senior Head Dental Assistant

Dee, the Head Dental Assistant at Tauranga Crossing Dental, boasts an impressive 38 years of experience in the dental field. Her extensive background in dentistry reflects her expertise and commitment to the profession.
Dee’s attention to detail and gentle approach are particularly noteworthy, as they contribute to a comfortable and reassuring experience for even the most nervous patients. Her friendly smile, sense of humour, and compassionate nature create an inviting environment that positively shapes each patient’s dental visit.
The team is truly fortunate to have Dee as an essential member, as she plays a crucial role in ensuring that every appointment is stress-free and enjoyable for all patients. Her contributions enhance the overall quality of care provided by the clinic.

When she’s not working, Dee enjoys spending time with her dog Millie during walks, savoring coffee, and indulging in cocktails. Her love for adventure is evident as well, with her enthusiasm for exploring new overseas destinations. This well-rounded mix of interests adds to her vibrant and dynamic personality, contributing to the positive atmosphere she helps create both at work and in her personal life.


Luciana Figueroa

Dental Assistant

Luciana’s dedication as a Dental Assistant at Tauranga Crossing Dental is commendable, especially considering her prior experience as a qualified dentist in Argentina. This background undoubtedly equips her with a deep understanding of the field and allows her to contribute significantly to the team’s success.
Having spent three years in New Zealand, Luciana has had ample time to establish meaningful friendships that have evolved into a sense of family.
Her love for travel and meeting new people showcases her adventurous spirit and open-mindedness. Additionally, her fondness for spending time on the beach suggests an appreciation for nature and relaxation.
With her professional dedication, diverse experiences, and positive outlook, Luciana appears to be enriching both her personal and professional life while contributing positively to her workplace and social circles.


Lesley McCaskill


Meet Lesley, our part-time receptionist at Tauranga Crossing Dental. She brings warmth and friendliness into our practice. Originally from the UK, Lesley and her husband made the journey here, infusing our team with dedication and a welcoming spirit. Beyond her role as a receptionist, Lesley is a loving parent to two children and is a proud grandmother. Her passion for travel and gardening reflects her well-rounded nature, adding a dash of adventure and tranquillity to her life.

Supporting Staff

At the heart of Tauranga Crossing Dental, we have an exceptional support team comprising of experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable people.

They are widely recognised for their professionalism and outstanding patients care which plays a crucial role in creating the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Tauranga Crossing Dental.

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