Dr Kellie Houlahan, BDS (Otago)
Principal Dentist & Co-Founder of FLOSS
First of all welcome to FLOSS, I hope you’ve found everything helpful so far and thanks for taking an interest in getting to know me a little better.
Let’s get it out there… I’m a perfectionist, apparently not a good trait (working on it) I fuss over the little things. Hence here we are. I had to have my own clinic - started from scratch! (as working for someone else, taking over an existing clinic and a previous partnership all didn’t allow me to be me). I could see so many ways in which as dental visit could be improved that seemed small and insignificant to most but when added up would amount to something spectacular. Therefore I won’t rest until floss is just that… Spectacular!
Ever since I was eleven I wanted to be a dentist that everybody loved and that determined mini me never changed her mind and thank god because I really love it. My best days are when I know almost everyone in my book. It’s the relationships we establish that really lift our day. Don’t get me wrong I get a kick out of delightfully surprising strangers but I love my regulars because then I know I’m doing something right.
In another world I must have been a designer. Anything design related really lights me up and I hope you love all the design elements I’ve put into FLOSS and pout their all there to relax, impress and inform you. Yes I’m also that crazy dentist that says look how good your filling looks with all the amazing anatomy and detail, yet it’s in the top back tooth where no one not even yourself is going to see it.
If you haven’t realised, Dan the other founder/dentist is also my husband. So if you’d prefer a male dentist then check out his bio as you’re in the wrong place. He’s also better at the day to day business affairs while I have the creative brain and design flair. You’ll never be left on the fence with us, we’ll give you a gentle shove in the right direction.
My life wouldn’t be complete without our two young adventurous boys. Life’s all about balance so when we need to slow ours down you’d find us chilling on our rural property or off camping with the boys. I try to stay healthy so escape to the gym when I’m not busy cluttering up the house with another never-ending art project.
Dr Daniel Hauptfleisch, BDS (otago)
Principal Dentist & Co-Founder of FLOSS
I never know if anyone actually reads these bio's but if you do, hopefully you find this helpful.
A brief work history for me, after i graduated from Otago university in 2007 i found myself working in Palmerston North hospital, in their Oral health and maxillofacial surgery department, where i learnt a lot of my advanced surgical dental knowledge.
I moved to auckland after that to pursue a career in the private sector, where i have worked in clinics in many areas, Remuera, Albany and Browns bay before buying my first clinic with my wife kellie in Birkenhead in 2010 ( formerly called Birkenhead family dental and now part of the floss brand - now called Floss dental birkenhead - ONEWA ROAD )
Plain and simple i love talking to people and helping people get over their fear of the dentist.
I love learning new procedures and offering new services that you may normally have to see a specialist for at a affordable rate.
I must get bored easily, as i am always pursuing extra training and have completed training in Australia for both placing and restoring implants and orthodontic treatments
In my spare time, i spend most of my time with my family, Kellie (the other principle dentist here) and our 5 and 7 year old boys, on top of that I pretty much love anything with a motor in it.you are welcome to start any conversation that involves motorised vehicles at any time with me.
If you need you're wisdom teeth removed or want dental braces or dental implants, then look no further.
Dr. Richard Choi, BDS (Otago)
Richard grew up in the North Shore and attended Westlake Boys before graduating with a BDS in 2014.
Richard has a holistic approach to dentistry and has particular interests in wisdom teeth extractions and aesthetic restorations. He is fascinated with the latest dental technology and techniques and has undertaken numerous continuing education courses including a 2 year post graduate mini-residency course in orthodontics. He is passionate about fitness and nutrition, as well as helping his patients understand the many links between oral health and systemic health.
Outside of dentistry, Richard enjoys exercising, playing the guitar and travelling. One of his most memorable trips was a dental humanitarian trip to Cambodia, working for a non-profit organisation providing free dental services in orphanages and schools in provincial areas.
Carla Brown, BHSc (OH)
Oral Health Therapist + Hygienist
Hello, I’m Carla!
I am a graduate from the Auckland University of Technology in Oral Health. My skills involve dental hygiene, therapy and orthodontic auxiliary work, with a special interest in gum disease, bleaching and homecare education. I am a member of the NZDHA and NZDOHTA.
I value patient centred care and ensuring each person I see has a comfortable, positive experience! I am also able to provide my services for free to secondary school children through the governments Dental Benefit Scheme.
Other interests of mine include spending endless time at the beach, exercising at the gym or outdoors, cooking and exploring my liking towards fashion.
Esthetician - POUT Skin
Hello, I’m Emma, esthetician at Pout. I love skin! It’s been a
passion of mine for over 20 years.
I come to Pout with solid experience in advanced skin therapy and a great
enthusiasm on getting my clients skin looking its very best. I am excited about the
types of skin therapy we are offering, and the innovative skin care product we are
As much as I love the nitty gritty of advanced skin treatments, I also love the
relaxation and nurturing aspects of having a facial, nourishing the skin and just
At home I live with my husband, my two young children and cat Minnie. We moved
to Torbay three years ago with the idea that we would be renovating our 1970’s
home. Life is busy and renovations are slow, but hey, what’s the rush?
In my spare time I like to zone out with a 1000-piece puzzle or pick up a paintbrush.
Spending time with friends, dining out enjoying delicious food and a cheeky Pinos
more info coming soon
Abbie is our main dental assistant.
Abbie has an affinity for orthodontics and loves assisting during sedation and surgery cases.
Outside of dentistry, she has a love of dogs and enjoys caring for people and helping out in her community.
Aimee has worked in the industry for over 10 years and worked for us at Birkenhead Family Dental for that time,
Aimee and her partner now live locally to Long Bay, just down the road in Browns Bay.
She has a beautiful son named Jordan and she works with us on Thursday and Saturday.
We welcome her onto our team here in Long Bay.