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Jewels Smith

Hi, I’m Jewels, I joined the Duxton Dental Team in 2010 and have never looked back. I thoroughly enjoy assisting Grahame Dutton and now Rhonda Gooding in the surgery and have made great friends with the rest of our fantastic team. Still to this day I feel privileged to work with such an amazing team.

I like being able to get to know our patients and support them throughout their procedures, that has always been one of the things that has been important to me. In the last year I have taken on the role as patient co-ordinator, greeting new patients and spending a little time with them prior to their new patient experience. I have also spent some time up-skilling myself in the orthodontic field. It’s very rewarding going through the patient’s orthodontic journey with them and seeing their confidence grow.


Career History


For 9 years I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. During this time I worked in a few different practices that specialized in Endodontics and Orthodontics which I have been able to incorporate into general practice.



  • NZDA Dental Assistant Course 2004
  • Current St Johns CPR course
  • Dynamic DA course 2013




Life outside work is always busy, filling in my time catching up with family and good friends here and overseas. I really enjoyed my travels and since arriving back in New Zealand, I am always planning for a new adventure. I also really enjoy getting out there and supporting all the local Christchurch events and festivals.








Sue Smith


My role at Duxton Dental is to assist Christine Duxbury and Hayley Hall, to support them in the day to day running of this practice.


I enjoy caring for, understanding and supporting our patients. I have been in this role at Duxton Dental since 1997.


Career History


I started my career in dental as a school leaver first working with a dental technician for a few months, then as an assistant in private practice in Christchurch.


1972-1980 Dental Assistant private practice Christchurch.
Part Time 1990-1997 Dental Assistant Christchurch.
1997-Present Duxton Dental.



  • NZDA Dental Assistant Course Top Marks in Canterbury 1973
  • Advanced Dental Courses
  • Cross Infection 1993
  • Perio 1993
  • Oral Surgery 1994
  • Cross Infection Med Lab South Course 2002, 2004
  • CPR 2004
  • Oral B Education 2002, 2004
  • Prime




I am married to Philip, and have three adult children, two living in Auckland with 4 grandchildren Madeline, Tom, George and Lucy and one in Christchurch. I enjoy my family life, extended family and friends. My hobbies include cycling, walking, going to the gym, coffee and fitting in everything else in life.





Heather O’Loughlin


My role at Duxton Dental is to assist both Christine and Grahame and to support them in any way I can in the day to day running of the practice. I enjoy my interaction with all our patients and making them as comfortable as possible.


Career History


I worked in the banking industry for many years before having my family. I trained to become a Dental Assistant in 1998. I have also worked as a receptionist in a busy beauty therapy clinic.



  • NZDA Dental Assistant course qualification 1998
  • CPR certificate 2009




I love spending time with my husband, James and adult children, Laura and Connor. I spend plenty of time walking our dog Zak, reading, sewing, cooking, love live theatre, movies and socialising with friends and family.




Krissy Clement


Hi my name is Krissy Clement, I am a returning staff member to the Duxton Dental team. Before leaving the practice in 2006 to live and work in Australia I was Grahame Dutton’s chairside assistant for a number of years. I have been waiting patiently for many years to be able to re-join the team, because not only is it the most favourite and rewarding job I’ve had in the dental industry, it’s also the most professional and technologically advanced.


Career History


I started my career as an assistant in Balclutha in 1996, moving to Christchurch 2002 I successfully gained a position with the Duxton Dental team, after many happy years I left to travel and work in Australia. Since then I’ve worked between New Zealand and Australia. Now making Christchurch my home I’m well settled back in. I will be working on a Friday assisting Rhonda Gooding in the surgery.



  • Dental Assistant certificate 2001
  • Current First Aid ticket


Professional development and continuing education are ongoing with regular attendances to conferences and Dental Hygiene focused courses and seminars.




I’m a first time mum at 42, I have a beautiful new daughter Grace, a teenage stepdaughter Ella and a staunch Cantabrian partner Brent. We live with our two cool cats and I spend any spare time I have reading a good book or walking through our lovely city.





Kelly Thomson


I started at Duxton Dental in March 2015.   I became a dental assistant in 2005 at a general dental surgery in Christchurch where I completed the NZDA dental assistant certificate.  This is when my passion to be able to provide patients with the best possible care and ensure their dental experiences are positive ones really started, especially when I had been an extremely anxious patient myself.   I then worked for an endodontist before relocating to Australia for 6 years.  I have over 10years of dental assisting experience in New Zealand and Australia.


I have attended many training courses and seminars held by Prime Practice and Platinum Professional Development. 


On returning to New Zealand I worked at an Orthodontic Practice.  Another area of the dental industry I am passionate about. 


I feel proud to be part of the amazing team at Duxton Dental and providing patients with the best possible dental care.



  • NZDA Dental Assistant course qualification 2005




In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, and our two dogs.  

I enjoy sewing, growing my own vegetable’s and cooking/baking.




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