Russel McLean Dental

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Russel McLean Dentistry

At the Green Island Wellness Centre, we enjoy working in a relaxed informal setting and take pride in assisting and empowering patients to achieve a healthier mouth.


  • General and Family Dentistry
  • Amalgam Replacement (see below for more information)
  • Biofilm assessment and improvement
  • ACC dental cover 
  • MOH free dental treatment for 13-18 year old (excluding orthodontic treatment)
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation 
  • Dentures
  • Bleaching 
  • Orthodontic Appliances 


Monday - Friday:  9am-5pm

Saturdays: 9am-12:30pm (fortnight) 

If you require after hours emergency treatment, please call 03 4777230. 


About Us:

Russel McLean, BDS (Otago) FACNEM

Dunedin born and raised, Russel worked in the North Island, Australia, England and Ireland before returning to set-up in Green Island, Dunedin. Russel practices holistic dentistry, having placed his last amalgam in 1984. Apart from conventional dentistry, Russel’s interests lie within amalgam and its effects on the mouth and body, improving biofilm (bacteria in the mouth), and correcting the swallowing and breathing habits which cause malocclusion in children.

In his free time, Russel enjoys restoring motorbikes, winning the Otago Daily Times daily quiz, and eating lots of hummus.

Kate Gough, Dental Assistant

Kate grew up in Brighton and Green Island, formerly working at The Post where she was hailed as the best barista! She has been working at the clinic since 2017 and has picked up dental assisting like she has done it for ten. Kate regularly attends continuing education to keep the team updated with the latest developments in infection control protocols and has recently graduated with Certificate in Dental Assisting.

When not in the surgery, Kate has two young children who are both the bane and love of her life. She enjoys getting up ridiculously early to exercise, and eating whole blocks of chocolate.

Samantha Semple, Receptionist 

Sam is our lovely receptionist. From the moment you walk in, you can expect Sam to give you an ear-to-ear smile. She treats everyone with respect and is particularly good in making patients feel at home.  Sam is extremely helpful and is always ready to help you with any questions and financial options. 

During her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her two children and a dog! 


Amber Haines, Dental Assistant

Amber is the latest addition to our ever-growing family! She started as a dental assistant in Staff Surgery of the Dental Faculty since 2017 and has expanded to private dentistry since. Being an integral part of the team, Amber takes pride in reinforcing the workflow of the clinic. Nothing phases Amber as she ticks off her tasks with ease and a cheerful smile. 



Holistic and General Practice Dentistry

"I graduated in Dentistry from Otago University in 1972 and have practiced enjoyably since then.

Despite having a gut feeling that mercury, (in the form of amalgam fillings), was not safe to put into people’s mouths, I placed such fillings until 1984 when I ceased that kind of practice.

Subsequent to 1984, a few patients had persuaded me to remove all of their amalgam fillings to improve their health. One case in particular, I agreed to undertake the procedure, but advised them I believed it would not improve their health. I was quite wrong. They recovered their gut health. This experience prompted me to take the next steps in actively, safely, removing amalgam fillings for health reasons in patients that desired it. I have been doing this, (removing amalgam), now for about 26 years and have never regretted it." - Russel McLean

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