One Friendly Team

All our staff and Dentists work in house together as one cooperative team.

One Comfortable Location

From consultation, to the planning and preparation of your procedure, treatment day, and follow up maintenance, you only ever have to visit one location with the same friendly faces in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

The Lakes Care Dental Difference

What makes Lakes Care Dental different is that we strive to be and offer the best. Over time technology and systems change and we at Lakes Care Dental make it our goal to keep up to date with those changes. Our Dentists are constantly seeking opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge for their passion in dentistry from products, to equipment, to the art of technique and more. Our most recent additions in training and equipment have been such services as same day Crowns/Veneers/Bridges with the latest technology and equipment called CEREC. Implants/All on 4 ™/Implant supported bridge made possible with our 3D CBCT Scan which assists us in our planning. Our Root Canal Treatments are made easier with our Endodontic Microscope. Afraid of Dentists? We now offer Conscious Sedation to patients who are anxious about Dentistry. See our Services page to find our more on what Lakes Care Dental have to offer at the footsteps of Rotorua’s Community and surrounding area’s. Please note some of these services are only available at our sister practice, Applecross House Dentists, in Matamata but we are happy to discuss more advanced treatments that may require some travel to Matamata.

Commitment to the Customer Service

We aim to not only meet but excel your expectations. Therefore, your comfort throughout the treatment is our number one priority. We operate with full transparency on all our procedures, and provide personalized treatment plans to suit your schedule or special requirements.

Quality Guarantee

Ask us about our state-of-the-art dental materials, advanced procedures, techniques, and we’re happy to share with you. We always encourage our patients to do market research – but remind you to always compare apples to apples! Our dentists and technicians are all highly qualified, with our materials and procedures trusted and recommended on a global scale.

About Us

Dr Ankush Bajaj - Practice owner & Dentist

Dr Ankush Bajaj - Practice owner & Dentist

Ankush graduated with a Bachelors of Dental Surgery from India in 2005 & moved to NZ in 2010. He has worked at Hospitals & private practices in NZ & overseas before owning his own practice in Matamata. Being a second-generation dentist he has a purpose in every smile he creates and every case he oversees.
Ankush has been working on complex cosmetic and implant dentistry cases over the years & has placed thousands of Implants & crowns for his patients. Ankush continues to learn, grow and stay at the absolute forefront of innovation and technology. He is trained in Sedation & attends multiple conferences in country & abroad to upskill himself. He & his dentist wife Swati have brought many new technologies to the practices they own including All-on-4 & digital dentistry.
He is deeply connected to his profession & has been a Registered Mentor to many young dentists in NZ. He believes in actively participates in imparting dental education to the young dentists. Being a clinical consultant at his other practices he makes sure a top-quality dental treatment is given to all. His welcoming personality and an ability to patiently listen provides a comforting care to all of patients.
Away from work Ankush sponsors & is involved with the St. John ambulance. He is also a part of local sports clubs (Matamata Rugby Club, Matamata Squash Club, Matamata Peddlers Club, Karate club). He loves to play squash in his spare time & is a tri-athlete with recently finished Taupo Ironman 70.3.

Dr Swati Bajaj -  Practice Owner & Dentist

Dr Swati Bajaj - Practice Owner & Dentist

Swati graduated in Bachelors of Dental Surgery from India in 2005 & moved to New Zealand in 2010. She along with her husband Ankush owns multiple practices & works mainly in Applecross House Dentists in Matamata & as a consultant dentist at her other Practices. She is very passionate about giving good smiles to her patients & has over the years focused on complex cosmetic & Implant dentistry. Her welcoming personality & ability to connect to her patients provides an added level of personal care to all her patients. She has earned a reputation of being a “ gentle dentist “ which helps people overcome the fear of dentistry & feel relaxed in the dental chair.
Away from work Swati loves to travel & Tramp the Great Walks of NZ. She loves to run when she can & loves to make nice salads to complement her runs.

Dr Ben Sorensen -   Dentist

Dr Ben Sorensen - Dentist

Kia ora, I’m Dr Ben Sorensen. 

I was born and raised in Palmerston North but moving to Rotorua feels just like coming home thanks to all my whānau I have here. 

I absolutely love my job and my number 1 goal is to have every patient of mine feel comfortable coming to see me for help with their teeth and to leave with a smile on their face. 

Dr Yue Tan -  Dentist

Dr Yue Tan - Dentist

Kia Ora, I am Tan. I am originally from Malaysia. I moved to NZ to study and graduated from University of Otago in 2021. Love this country deeply which is why I decided to stay and start my career here.

I love my job. I enjoy all aspects of dentistry but mostly also because of being able to help those people who are suffering from dental problems. Patient’s oral health, wellbeing and quality of life all those matter more to me than anything else.

I love reading, I spend most of the time on books while I’m not at work. I also go outdoor jogging when the weather is nice and sunny.

Our Team

Deana Garmonsway

Deana Garmonsway

Senior Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Deana I’m the senior dental assistant at Lakes Care Dental. I have three children who keep me on my toes and make sure life is never dull. When I’m not at work I enjoy gardening, crafting, especially embroidery and family time. I’ve been a dental assistant for 26 years and I try to ensure all my patients have a positive and friendly experience.

Alenka Bohunkova

Alenka Bohunkova

Practice Manager

My name is Alenka and I originally come from the Czech Republic. I moved to New Zealand 9 years ago and started a family in this beautiful country. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my little daughter and our dog. I speak 5 languages and I have years of experience working as an admin and receptionist and love to take care of our patients.

Mandeep Kaur

Mandeep Kaur

Dental Assistant

Hi my name is Mandeep and I have been working as a dental assistant for 8 years now. I studied dentistry back in India and am dedicated to making every patient’s visit a pleasant experience. Outside work I love to cook and spend time with my family.

Debbie Du Toit

Debbie Du Toit

Dental assistant

Kia Ora, my name is Debbie, and I am one of the dental assistants here at Lakes Care Dental. It’s quite ironic, as I was petrified of going to the dentist when I was younger. I must say, being part of how a dentist works has made me feel a lot more at ease. I am now confident that with our team we can make anyone feel the same way about dentists!


Take a look at our Practice!

Our Equipment – Available at our sister practice in Matamata – Applecross House Dentists

Take a look at some of our latest Equipment and Technology we have at Applecross House Dentists!


Want more information?

If you have any further questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Phone -07 348 3895 / 07 348 8888
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Lakes Care Dental
1172 Arawa Street
New Zealand
We are open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.
Ample free parking
Wheelchair/scooter friendly access

We are members of the NZDA. New Zealand Dental Association, the professional association for New Zealand dentists.
As well as providing services for its members,, the NZDA is the one body able to speak on behalf of NZ dentistry as a whole.

We are very proud supporters of St John New Zealand, who provide an amazing service to our community.