Meet Our Team

Our diverse team strives to provide you with the best and most validated treatment options available.



Dr. Steve Tiang, BDS (Otago)

As the principal dentist, Steve enjoys a wide variety of aspects of dentistry. His particular interests lie with high tech dentistry especially Cerec CADCAM crown, bridge, and implant restorations; high quality root canal therapy; and soft tissue laser therapy.

Steve plays in and sponsors a team in the Waikato Hockey Association's winter hockey league as well as sponsoring an up-and-coming NZ Diving competitor, Brigitta Cooper.


Dr. Rita Patel, BDS (Sydney) 

Rita focuses on providing conservative, preventative dentistry with the utmost gentleness. Rita has been at NorthCare Dental Centre since 1999.

Rita enjoys tramping, cricket and spending time with her family



                                                                                    Dr. Tiffany Van, BDSc (Melb)

Tiffany graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours. Having previously worked at private practices, community health clinics and as a clinical supervisor at Melbourne Dental School, she returns to NorthCare Dental Centre after working with us in 2016-2017. With a focus on preventative and restorative Dentistry, Tiffany tried to make each dental visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible.


Dr. Gus Ariaens, BDS (Otago), BSc (Otago) 

Gus attends NorthCare Dental Centre to provide non-specialist Oral Surgery services. His main focus is on surgical extractions eg wisdom teeth, which would otherwise require referral to a specialist oral surgeon. Gus has worked for several years as a Dental House Surgeon at Waikato Hospital.

Gus enjoys moutain biking, tramping, judo and restoring classic cars.



Dr Dan Stapleton, BDS (Otago)

Dr Dan Stapleton graduated from Otago Dental School (BDS 2010). Upon graduation Dan worked at Waikato Hospital in the Maxillo-Facial Surgery Unit, followed by 7 years in private practice in Hamilton/Auckland/London/Wellington. He is a caring an empathetic dentist who strives to create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles for his clients. Away from work he enjoys travel, music and sports, and is currently renovating a house and a caravan with his wife Catherine and Agnes the cavoodle.

Dr. Roger Tiang, BDS (Otago)

Roger is a graduate of the University of Otago and has been in private practice for over 15 years. He has been a member of a number of local, national and international dental associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the NZ Dentists' Orthodontic Society, the Internation Association for Orthodontics, and was one of the founding members of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.



Mary Mickleson, Registered Dental Hygienist

After years as a school dental therapist, Mary settled into her role as a dental hygienist. Mary has served on the committee of the Waikato branch of the New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association and actively aids her fellow hygienists to further their education. Mary's passions include farming, aviation and outdoor sports.


 Yun Yu Liu, Registered Dental Hygienist / Dental Therapist (Otago)

Yun-Yu (YY) is a dual trained Dental Therapist & Dental Hygienist. She enjoys both dental therapy and dental hygiene work, thus she works for us part time as a dental hygienist and part time working for the Waikato District Health Board looking after children and adolescents. YY will work with you to motivate you to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. She strives to help her patients achieve disease free mouths and beautiful smiles. She enjoys meeting new people, listening to music and travelling. YY's main goal is to ensure every patient walks out of the clinic with a positive experience.