About Us

At Hawke’s Bay Orthodontics we use a team approach to provide quality care. Hawke’s Bay Orthodontics is a friendly, family orientated practice where we treat every patient as we would treat one of our own family members. Our practice has a relaxed atmosphere, where regardless of your age you will feel comfortable and at ease.

Dr Kirsty Skidmore - Orthodontist

 BDS, MDS (Ortho), MOrth RCSEd, FRACDS

Kirsty completed her BDS at Otago University. She then worked as a dental house surgeon at Hastings Hospital and in private dental practices in Hawke’s Bay before doing her Masters Degree in Orthodontics at Otago. Kirsty is a registered specialist with the Dental Council of New Zealand, a member of the NZ Association of Orthodontists and also has a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

After graduating from Orthodontics she worked as an Orthodontist at Christchurch Hospital and in a private Christchurch Orthodontic Practice. She then worked as an Orthodontic Specialist in the UK for 5 years prior to returning to Havelock North and opening her own private practice in 2009.

Kirsty is married to Craig and has three young children Evie, Sam and Millie. When she isn’t practicing orthodontics, she is a full time mum and keen runner who loves the Hawke’s Bay sunshine and life-style!!

Dr Andrew Parton - Orthodontist

BDS, DClinDent (Ortho), MOrth RCSEd, FRACDS

Andrew (Andy) is originally from Cardiff (UK) and gained his BDS dentistry degree from the University of Bristol. After working as a dentist in Wales he moved to New Zealand, where he owned a dental practice in Raglan. He gained a fellowship in General Dental Practice (FRACDS) before completing a Masters Degree in Orthodontics at the University of Otago. He has worked in numerous specialist orthodontic practices and has broad experience in all areas of orthodontics.

Andy is a registered specialist orthodontist with the Dental Council of New Zealand, he is also a member of the NZ Association of Orthodontists, NZ Dental Association, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is certified by the Australasian Orthodontic Board. He is extremely passionate about orthodontics and is focused on achieving the best treatment outcome possible for every patient. 

Outside of orthodontics, Andy spends most of his time with his family including his new baby daughter. When he gets a chance he loves getting outside and enjoys fishing and water sports. He has settled in Hawke’s Bay and is enjoying the fantastic lifestyle here. Andy’s gentle, caring nature is a perfect fit to HB Orthodontics.

Kerrie Smith - Practice Manager and qualified Orthodontic Auxiliary

Kerrie is responsible for the overall running of the practice and thoroughly enjoys working alongside staff, patients and their families. She has worked for many years as a dental assistant and over the last seven years as an orthodontic auxiliary. Kerrie is very knowledgeable and competent in all areas of orthodontics, manages the day-to-day running of HB Orthodontics and is very gentle and understanding with patients.

Please do not hesitate to talk to her and her team if you have any ideas you wish to share.

Karmen Brough - Receptionist and Orthodontic Assistant

Karmen is the friendly face you will meet on arrival at HB Orthodontics. Karmen makes sure the day to day running of the practices moves efficiently and effortlessly. She has extensive knowledge in orthodontics and will be able to answer any general queries you may have regarding treatment. Karmen also works in the surgery and has the ability to make the most nervous patient feel at ease.

Di Turvey- Orthodontic Assistant

Di has worked for many years as a dental assistant in all areas of dentistry, ranging from hospital dentistry to working in high-end private dental practices specialising in restorative work. She is an extremely competent orthodontic assistant which is backed by her life-time of work in the dental field.

Marion Hay - Orthodontic Assistant

Marion has made a long-term career of working in the dental field.  She has spent many years as a dental assistant in all areas of dentistry and has spent significant time as dental practice manager. Marion has worked in a range of dental practices from hospital-based clinics to high-end private dental practices specialising in restorative work. She is an extremely competent orthodontic assistant with a wealth of dental knowledge.

Our experience has been a wonderful one with Kirsty and the team at Hawkes Bay Orthodontics. Emily our daughter has completed her braces treatment and has been thrilled with the outcome of her beautiful smile.  No questions are ever unanswered and we have always had wonderful reassurance and support all the way through. We would most definitely always recommend Kirsty and her fabulous team as the BEST in Hawkes Bay !!

Mary-Anne Walker-Bain and Mike Bain

A few days have passed now, and  I can't stop flashing my new smile to everyone – where I once used to be so ashamed of my teeth! Thank you for giving my confidence a boost, it was definitely worth it. I only wish I had done it earlier in life.

Claire Smith

After having seen the end result of 2 of my children have braces, and witness the profession service and care that the boys received, I decided that I would give the braces a go myself. Kirsty and her ‘ladies’ are an awesome team and I always enjoy my time there rather than dread it like the Dentist!

Debbie Morgan

Both my daughters received full sets of braces through Kirsty and her team, and both had them on a little over a year and a half each. Kirsty is such a beautiful, caring person who made both my daughters feel at ease every time, never ever made them feel they weren’t important. Kirsty’s and her team of ladies are all wonderful and very professional & excellent at what they do. I highly recommend them.

Elisha Wykes

Always professional, but more importantly very caring towards my two daughters during their treatment.

Paulette Parker