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Putting Patients First

Our approach is to find out what is most important to you in terms of your dental health, and provide care centered around your individual needs.  We believe in prevention and empowering you to take care of your teeth to have a healthy and beautiful smile. We will answer your questions and provide you with information and advice on dental procedures, treatments and improving oral health so that you can make informed decisions. 

At River Road Dental you can expect:

  • Qualified NZ trained dental professionals.

  • Painless family dentistry.

  • The latest in digital dental technology and nanomaterials.

  • Comfortable large surgery rooms with views.

  • Ample on site parking.

  • Special needs parking and wheelchair access.

  • Dental education on prevention & treatment plans designed with

       you to suit your needs.

  • Interest free payment plans available.

View our Smile Gallery and patient testimonials to see why our practice is the top rated in Waikato. 

Team of dental professionals & specialists


The friendly and caring team at River Road Dental strive to make your visits pain free, comfortable and successful. Our team consists of award winning dental and medical professionals and specialists who will treat you with respect, compassion and empathy. Trained at prestigious universities including Otago and UCLA faculties of dentistry, our dental team provide an extremely high standard of care with over 30 years of experience so you can be sure you're in good hands. We strive to keep current on the latest techniques and standards by taking continuing education courses and attending regular dental meetings and conferences. We are also members of professional dental associations and our dentists are actively involved in dental research.

Dr. Amir Russell is an award winning dental surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He is passionate about dentistry and is an NZDA mentor to young dentists. He has a wealth of knowledge and has given lectures both in New Zealand and abroad. He is our appearance medicine expert and enjoys performing full face make overs with botox and dermal fillers. Amir has a special interest in oral surgery including dental implant therapy and wisdom teeth removal under sedation. In his spare time he enjoys biking and spending time with his granddaughter.                 

Qualifications & membership:
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, BDS

Master Programme in Dental implantology, UCLA, USA
Member of NZ Dental Association
Member of NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Member of Global institute of Dental education

Dr. Amir Russell


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Dr. Assil Russell is our visiting specialist endodontist from Waikato Endodontics (expert in saving teeth with root canal treatment). She graduated top of her class from the University of Otago and has published her research thesis on endodontic surgery in internationally reknowned dental journals. Assil has a truly humanitarian heart and is founder of two medical and dental charities including Revive A Smile, which helps at-need Kiwis access dental treatment. Assil is an advocate for improving health inequalities in New Zealand and has been invited to speak in Parliament and Premier House on numerous occassions.

Qualifications & Awards:
Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry, Endodontics, Otago
FICD, Fellowship of International College of Dentists
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, BDS Otago (Distinction)

Minister of Health Outstanding Award

NZDA Outstanding Young Dentist Award recipient
Young New Zealander of the Year Finalist

Otago University Dean's List Recipient

Distinction in Community Dentistry
NZDA Prize for Excellence in General Dental Practice
The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Prize
Prize in clinical periodontology
Prize in Paediatric dentistry
Excellence award in Restorative Dentistry
Ovie Davis Memorial prize in dentistry
Member of New Zealand Dental Association and Endodontic Society of NZ

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Dr. Assil Russell


Dr. Kruti graduated with Bachelors in Molecular and Microbiology from University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida in 2008. She further pursued her dream of becoming a dentist and completed her degree in Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University, Florida in 2013. Where ever possible, she enjoys incorporating her knowledge from both degrees into achieving holistic outcomes for her patients. After graduating, Kruti decided to move to New Zealand to join her husband. Kruti enjoys cosmetic and restorative dentistry and has special interests in Invisalign orthodontics. Kruti enjoys meeting new people and putting her patients at ease is her number one priority.  When not at work, Kruti is busy being a mom to her two beautiful children, a daughter and a son. She loves spending time with her family and exploring New Zealand. 

Qualifications & membership:
Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Member of American Dental Association

Member of New Zealand Dental Association
Member of NZDA Waikato Bay of Plenty branch
Registered provider of Invisalign 


Dr. Kruti Shah


Dr. Hanan Russell


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Dr. Hanan Russell is our qualified medical practitioner and has a special interest in appearance medicine and sedation. She enjoys improving patients confidence by helping them to feel and look more youthful with non surgical facial injectables.  Hanan also provides Intravaenous sedation and monitoring services for anxious patients or those requiring complex oral surgery and implant procedures. Outside of work Hanan loves gardening and growing organic produce for her family. She is a proud mum and loves spending time outdoors with the kids. 

Qualifications & membership:
General Practitioner: M.B.Ch.B FRNZGP. DCH
Member of the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners

Pamela H
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Pam is the newest addition to our River Road family and is a senior dental assistant and administrator. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry but particularly likes cosmetic dentistry and assisting Dr. Kruti with invisalign cases using the itero digital scanner. Pam is experienced and knowledgable and loves seeing the end result of our work and smile makeovers. She has a kind and caring nature and in her spare time enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.

Carla Erazo
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Carla is our friendly senior dental assistant and administrator. Originally from Peru, Carla has a bachelors degree in dental surgery and is an extremely qualified practice nurse. She enjoys assisting Dr. Amir with all dental procedures but has a special interest in implant and oral surgery under sedation. Carla enjoys working with and learning from our dentists and specialists. Carla has a beautiful big and welcoming smile and will help make your visits as comfortable as possible. Carla is fluent in Spanish and  in her spare time loves camping, exploring New Zealand and  spending time with her two favourite people (husband and son).

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