About Us

North Shore Orthodontics have been creating beautiful smiles on the North Shore for over 15 years.

Dr. John Shennan

BDS (Otago), MFGDP(UK), MScD (Cardiff), M.Orth RCS (Edinburgh)

Registered Specialist in Orthodontics

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John graduated from Otago University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Dentistry. He then spent time at Lower Hutt Hospital gaining valuable experience as a Dental House Surgeon, before joining The New Zealand Defence Force as a Dental Officer (working in both the Army and the Air Force) before leaving for the UK.

During his time in the UK John completed 3 years of full-time Specialist training in Orthodontics at the University in Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff.  He gained a Masters Degree and Membership of Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

"...with every patient I imagine I'm treating a member of my own family or a close relative and decisions I make are not  undertaken lightly.  I think it's really important to involve patients and parents along the way and I encourage parents to come into the surgery so I can give them a progress report at each visit....If we're all working towards the same goal, we're much more likely to get there!"


John returned to New Zealand in 2006 to set up North Shore Orthodontics in Takapuna, Auckland. Outside of Orthodontics, John enjoys running and mountain biking to keep fit and loves a spot of fishing.  He is married with two teenage daughters.


Meet Elena

I'm John's Orthodontic Auxiliary. I graduated from Novosibirsk State Medical University in Russia as a Dentist in 2011 and moved to NZ in 2017. I love making patients smile and making them feel comfortable in the dental chair. I take pride in providing quality orthodontic treatment and enjoy keeping up with the latest digital technologies through continued course work and professional development. In my free time I love hiking, ice skating, and long days at the beach (it was cold in Siberia!). I have a cat named Riesling, yes, my favourite wine!

Meet Suzie

Since starting my front desk role at North Shore Orthodontics in 2018 I've seen so many patients leave here with perfect smiles and happy faces. I love getting to know our patients as they proceed along their orthodontic journey, and a big part of my job is to ensure that journey is as smooth as possible. Away from work I enjoy my family, long walks with my dog, and living in a country community.

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Meet Donna

Before joining the dental industry I worked in early childhood education. My kind and gentle nature puts patients at ease. I love giving people the confidence to smile. Outside of work I enjoy going to the beach and taking my dogs for walks.


Why See A Registered Specialist In Orthodontics? 

Orthodontists are Dentists who have undergone advanced training in Orthodontics. A full time 3 year degree involving approximately 2000 hours of study is undertaken at a university.

Specialist Orthodontists have the knowledge, skills and expertise to provide orthodontic treatment of the highest standard. We live and breathe Orthodontics – it’s all we do.

While some Dentists offer orthodontic treatment, they have approximately 50 hrs of orthodontic training during their under-graduate degree, and some have attended weekend courses to further their knowledge.

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Giving Back To The Community

We are proud to be able to give a little back to the community we love and to those less fortunate. North Shore Orthodontics has been a long-time supporter of a number of charities including The Wish For A Smile Foundation, Kidney Kids NZ, NZ Downs Syndrome Association, Burn Support Group and the Starship Foundation. We also sponsor our own patients to help them fundraise for various events such as sports trips or charity events.

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