About Us

Our Dentists

Dr Bill O’ConnorDr William O'Connor

Bill graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He started working at Main Street Dental in 1980, then known as McKegg Cull Hawke and Murdoch. After 3 years in London he returned to Palmerston North, re-joining the practice as a Partner.

Bill enjoys all the different aspects of dentistry, and finds restoring appearance particularly interesting.

He is currently the President of the NZ Dental Association, which he enjoys. He loves golf, reading and exercise.


Dr Deepika SamalDr Deepika Samal

Dr Deepika Samal graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Born and raised in Palmerston North, she spent a year living overseas before heading down to Dunedin to study.

Her particular areas of interest include general restorative care, managing anxious patients and dental care for the elderly.

Outside of work, Deepika loves travel, reading and movies.


Dr Brian Hopkins (Hoppy)Dr Brian Hopkins

In 1978, after qualifying from the University of Witwatersrand South Africa with a BDS, Hoppy began work as a dentist in (then) Rhodesia. He and his wife Viv then set up practice in South Africa, where they worked until 2003. After a time in the UK working as an associate, he was offered a position at Dentalcare Palmerston North by his old classmate, Dr Graham Swanepoel. They moved to New Zealand in 2011.

Hoppy especially enjoys working with composites. This involves cosmetic work including composite veneers, fibre retained bridges and rehabs. He really enjoys being able to give patients a beautiful smile.

Hoppy’s interests include golf, motorcycles, cars and model helicopters. He and Viv ride all over New Zealand on his Harley 1200 Sportster enjoying the majestic scenery. Hoppy and Viv have been married for 40 years, and have 3 children. They have always worked together, and continue to do so today.


Dr Graham HughesDr Graham Hughes

Graham qualified from Bristol University in 1988 with a Degree in Dental Surgery. He became a clinical audit facilitator in 1996 and earned his Diploma in Post Graduate Dental Studies in 2001.
Graham and his family immigrated to New Zealand in 2010. He originally worked at Manawatu Dental Group, but transferred to Main Street Dental in late 2017.

Graham fulfils a number of roles within the dental field and is currently the treasurer of the local dental branch.

Graham has a preventative approach to dentistry enabling clients to reduce their dental needs.

Outside of work, Graham helps his wife raise their children and carries out voluntary work.


Dr Graham SwanepoelDr Graham Swanepoel

Graham graduated with a BDS (NZDREX) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa. He then completed the New Zealand Registered Exam in Otago. Born in South Africa, he practiced in Cape Town and worked as a Clinical Demonstrator at Stellenbosch and the University of Western Cape part time for a number of years. Graham arrived in New Zealand in 1998, and has set up practices in Wanganui, Marton and Palmerston North.

Graham is particularly interested in Orthodontics, and he also enjoys crown and bridge work.

Outside of work Graham enjoys painting, squash and cycling.


Our Oral Health Therapists (Hygiene)

Dusty Pearson

Dusty is an Oral Health Therapist who is passionate about education, working together to empower patients to achieve their health goals and optimal well-being.

Dusty has previously worked for District Health Boards, providing preventative and restorative treatment for children, including many with dental anxiety who struggle with their dental visits. Dusty enjoys providing a relaxed environment for dental visits.

Dusty is results-driven and uses the latest technology, equipment, techniques, and products individually tailored to your needs. Let's work together to improve your oral health and keep you smiling!

Dusty is a member of both the New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association and the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association.


Holly Best


Our Practice Manager

Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor







Our Dental Assistants

Lynaire, Charlotte, Viv and Jess

Our friendly dental assistant team includes Lynaire, Charlotte, Viv and Jess (left to right).











Our Receptionists

Vicki and Naomi







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Surgery Opening Hours

Monday – Friday :
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our Location

506 Main Street
Palmerston North, Manawatu 4440, New Zealand

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