Our Story

East Coast Bays Dental is a family owned and operated clinic established in 1997 when Dr Willie Steenkamp immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa with his wife Anna and their five children. Willie saw the need for a skilled, honest and trustworthy Dentist in the East Coast Bays area and along with Anna, turned East Coast Bays Dental into a success within the community. Soon the practice was bustling as word spread of the new dentist in town!

Their passion for dentistry and serving their community passed on to two of their children, Jan and Anneke who both trained in Dental Therapy and Hygiene respectively. Since then the team has expanded further with Docters Kent Yip, Sam Zhang and Sandra Bekker coming onboard to meet the growing patient base, and keep the practice philosophy alive. Dr Jane Luk later joined the practice in 2023 and between the team there's not a tooth problem they can't handle!

After many years of practicing and doing the hard yards, Willie and Anna are now enjoying retirement as of 1st May 2022. They pass on the reins of daily practice to Kent and his team knowing that all patients at East Coast Bays Dental will be provided the best of care and are in good hands!

Our Team

Kent Yip
- Dentist

Born in small town Whanganui, New Zealand, Kent completed high school at Mount Albert Grammar before graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2012 from Otago University. 

Since then he has practiced in multiple private clinics as well as Taranaki DHB hospital before choosing to settle in Auckland's North Shore. Providing all aspects of general dentistry including surgical wisdom teeth and implants, he regularly attends conferences and courses to ensure he is practicing best care for his patients.  
To be able to provide quality work that is affordable and delivered in a comfortable environment is something he strives for. It is this long term commitment and care that he aims to provide to all his patients.
"East Coast Bays Dental has built a strong reputation on the North Shore for being a friendly family oriented clinic offering warm and personal care to patients. I feel extremely privileged to be working alongside the great team we have here and being entrusted with the continuing care of the practice"
Outside of work Kent makes the most of NZ's beautiful backyard being a keen surfer in his spare time.

Sam Zhang
- Dentist

Sam completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago in addition to a BSc.
Patient autonomy is paramount in Sam's books and he likes to listen to patients needs and offer his professional opinion whilst not push for any unwanted treatment. His strives to help you understand and take on board the importance of looking after your mouth for better oral health whilst providing pain-free care and conservative treatment your teeth and gums. His particular areas of interests are implant and restorative dentistry.
Outside of work, Sam loves playing basketball, spending time with friends and family and travelling. He also loves spending time with his local church family.
"I look forward to meeting you and feel free to contact me at sam.zhang.dental@gmail.com"- Sam

Sandra Bekker
- Dentist

Sandra graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and worked in a private practice in Bedfordview, S.A before moving to New Zealand in 2013.
It gives her great joy to be able to provide the best care to her patients with a gentle touch and she enjoys all aspects of dentistry whilst making those who are a little anxious about their visit feel at ease. 
Outside of the practice she enjoys playing the piano, has a keen interest in hand embroidery and cross stitch, loves traveling and sightseeing.

Jane Luk
- Dentist

Upon graduating from the University of Otago (BDS) in 2011, Jane spent three years working in the lovely towns of Oamaru and Waimate before returning to Auckland, where she grew up. With a passion for helping those in need, Jane also ventured to Himalayan India and Nepal to provide voluntary dental care. 
Jane takes pride in treating patients with the greatest quality of care. Known as a 'gentle' dentist, Jane will endeavour to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Jane is a member of the New Zealand Dental Association and strongly believes in regularly attending conferences and seminars to keep up-to-date with her knowledge and dentistry skills. Born in Hong Kong, Jane can speak Cantonese, some Mandarin, as well as English.
Jane has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Orthodontics, and is an approved Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligner provider. Jane is also qualified to provide both oral and intravenous sedation for those who are feeling anxious but want to get treatment done.
When she's not at work, Jane enjoys sports such as swimming, badminton, horse riding, doing artwork and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Willie Steenkamp *Retired as of 1st May 2022*
- Dentist

Willie (pronounced Villie) graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1979, practicing in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and in the UK, before immigrating to New Zealand in 1994, and then founding East Coast Bays Dental in 1997. His wife Anna manages the practice and they have 5 children and a growing number of grandchildren. Willies scopes of practice include all aspects of general dentistry and 20+ years of doing his own dental technician work.
‘My philosophy (and the practices philosophy), says Willie, is to give every patient inexpensive treatment options and to not pressure acceptance of a specific treatment option that the patient may not want or be able to afford at that time. I am prepared to save teeth in the shorter term and provide minimal intervention wherever possible. I am honest about the longevity, necessity and prognosis of all treatments and provide discounts for multiple fillings instead of charging full fees like most practitioners. I pride myself in honesty and trustworthiness and providing an affordable service without overcharging.’
I love nature and spend weekends working in the garden and jogging. Through the week I love to cook and experiment with different cuisines and enjoy music and dancing. I am a keen follower of the World Rally Championships and will always try to find a weekend to watch the WRC live in NZ. I am also a longtime member of the Reformed Church of the North Shore.

"East Coast Bays Dental has been voted one of the top dental practices in Auckland by Top Reviews"

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