Whitby Dental Centre is a family owned, general dental practice. As your local dentists we aim to provide high quality, affordable dentistry for all age groups.

We’ve been part of the Whitby community for 25 years. Our purpose built rooms at the Lakeside Centre are fitted with the latest equipment to help us provide the best possible care to our patients.

You will find that we have a relaxed atmosphere in the practice and give our patients time to discuss any concerns.

The Dentists


Dr. Hans Appelros

Born and raised in Sweden, Hans has now been part of the Whitby community for over 25 years. He graduated from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in 1986 (BDS). In 1988 he came to New Zealand and first worked in Wellington before starting his own practice in Whitby. Hans enjoys that he is still seeing many of his original patients and their families, who appreciate his honest, friendly approach to dentistry.

Dr. Nick Song

Nick completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago in 2008. Since then, he has gained valuable experience working in both rural and city practices. Nick is a highly skilled dentist who takes pride in providing excellent, professional care. He is experienced at dental implant work and offers sedation options. Nick is fluent in both English and Chinese Mandarin.

Outside of work Nick enjoys spending time with his young family and is delighted to call Whitby home.



Dr. Colette Guinee

Hailing from Scotland, Colette completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Dundee in 2012. Colette has experience working in both Scotland and around New Zealand, and has now chosen to settle in Wellington, where she joins us as a full-time dentist. Colette is confident and experienced in all areas of general dentistry and extends her warm and friendly personality to the care of her patients.

In addition to her experience in private practice, Colette has provided volunteer dental work in developing countries, including Tanzania, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. 

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Dr. Ruth Sun

Born and bred in Dunedin, Ruth completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at Otago University. She has since worked in a busy Dunedin practice gaining valuable experience. Ruth is confident and skilled in all areas of general dentistry, including implant crown restorations. Patient and empathetic, Ruth takes time to get to know her patients and takes pride in building trusting dentist-patient relationships, explaining treatment and procedures.

Ruth has recently made a permanent move to Wellington and joined our team fulltime. Outside of work she loves food, both cooking and eating out and is also fluent in Mandarin.


Dr. Elena Lazarus

Elena is a former Whitby local. After graduating from Otago University with her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2016, she worked fulltime in private practices in New Plymouth and Raumati, gaining experience in all areas of general dentistry. Her happy and caring personality helps put her patients at ease.

Kapiti Coast is now home to Elena and she loves to spend her spare time outdoors trying to keep up with her energetic young Grey Hound, Mia.



Ella Kimmel

Originally from Toronto, Ella graduated as a hygienist in 2012 and has worked in both Canada and New Zealand. Ella is very much a people person and strives to provide both health benefits and confidence to her patients. Attracted to New Zealand’s beauty, Ella has settled in Wellington and is working at Whitby Dental Centre on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.