Construction of a purpose-built dental surgery in Hokitika is underway with support from DWC.

Established Greymouth dentist Angelo Ioanides says the new clinic should be up and running by early to mid-November 2020.

“Like it or not, dentistry is an essential service. Having gone without the services of a local dentist for almost eight years, I’m incredibly excited to not only re-establish this essential service but to also be setting up one of New Zealand’s most technologically advanced dental surgeries right here in the heart of Hokitika,” says Angelo.

“We’re looking to secure the services of various visiting dental specialists to provide specialist care locally. Not only will this greatly reduce the need for Coaster’s to travel over the hill for care, it will also create more jobs locally. In fact, our plan is to employ nine locals to help us deliver extraordinary dental care to the region.

“Setting up a brand-new dental practice requires significant capital. Taking on this project as an independent solo dentist simply would not have been possible without the remarkable help of DWC. Over the five years of planning this project we faced countless challenges and obstacles and through it all DWC have been unwaveringly supportive,” says Angelo.

Having successfully run a crowdfunding campaign aimed at employing a larger team from day one, Hoki Dental is currently in the process of recruiting 4 people to join its team. For those interested in applying, more details can be found on the Hoki Dental Facebook page.

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