About Us

Dr Michael Shand

Michael Shand is Christchurch born and bred. After graduating from the Otago School of Dentistry in 1978 he practised in Cambridge in the UK for 4 years. His 5th year after graduation saw him back in Christchurch working in the Christchurch Hospital as an emergency dentist. He gained more experience in handling extractions and dental trauma than most of us can imagine, but the skills he gained in putting people at their ease as he checks out and repairs their teeth has been invaluable. His calm manner always shines through and you can be certain of getting the best treatment available, even if you can't think straight when you're at the dentists.

Michael joined Riverside Dental in 1985 and has continued to develop his communication and problem solving skills with Shoreline Toastmasters. He is a former president of the Christchurch branch of the NZDA (New Zealand Dental Association).

Michael is a keen kayaker, and completed the Speights Coast to Coast in 2012.

Dr David Rowley

David graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in 2006 and then spent two years as a dental house surgeon at Christchurch Hospital. He has a special interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery and completed an elective residency in this area during his second year at the hospital.

This has given him a lot of training and experience in the removal of difficult wisdom teeth. Whilst at the hospital in 2008, he sat the first part (primaries) of the Royal Australasian Collage of Dental Surgeons’ examinations. Since then, he has worked in a number of dental practices in Christchurch and Timaru.

David enjoys the variety of general dental practice and likes being able to provide a full range of dental treatments including cosmetic dentistry and the use of IV sedation which is most commonly used while removing wisdom teeth. He is also a technophile and spends a lot of time ensuring he is up to date with the latest technology and techniques for dentistry.

David is also more than happy to answer any questions about dentistry and is passionate about ensuring everyone has the best possible dental health.

Outside of dentistry David grew up in Christchurch, so knows the area well and although well aware of the challenges the city is going through, is looking forward to seeing the big changes and improvements over the next decade. He also enjoys getting outdoors and into the country. He is a keen skier, whitewater kayaker and tramper.

Micheal Shand kayaking on the Waimakariri near Christchurch



Dr David Rowley, Central Christchurch Dentist, New Zealand