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. We believe in 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. 

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


Dr. Assil Russell is our specialist endodontist (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
MRACDS Endo, Sydney
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

Dr. Assil Russell


Dr. Kruti graduated with Bachelors in Molecular and Microbiology from University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida in 2008. She further pursue her dream of becoming a dentist and completed her degree in Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2013. 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


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

Dr. Kai Wei Low


Dr. Kai Wei is a graduate from the University of Otago with a double degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition.  Where ever possible, she enjoys incorporating her knowledge from both degrees into achieving holistic outcomes for her patients. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. She is multilingual and able to converse fluently in Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay/Indonesian, on top of English. Kai Wei is known for her warm and friendly nature, where many patients have commented on her approachability as their dentist. When Kai Wei’s not treating teeth, you will find her up on the mountain snowboarding, playing badminton or spending time with her family and friends.

Qualifications & membership:
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Otago University
Bachelor of Science, Otago University
Member of New Zealand Dental Association
Member of NZDA Waikato Bay of Plenty branch

Our talented team of dental assistants and practice administrators.

Carla Erazo, Geethu Suresh, Simran Deep,
Tresor Double & Rickie Fraser Jones

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