About Us

Our Dentists

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.

Dr Billy Cross

I have enjoyed being a dental surgeon for almost 40 years, working in both the UK and for the past 15 years in New Zealand. Originally from Scotland, I was educated partly in Scotland & received my secondary education in Africa. On returning to Scotland in my late teens, I worked in electronics (Motorola Inc) for a short time, before embarking on my dental training after being accepted by the University of Edinburgh. I have also completed a MSc (Restorative Dentistry) with the University of Birmingham, graduating with Distinction.

My love of clinical dentistry and aiming for excellence are my prime motivators. My fields of special interest are, obviously, all aspects of Restorative Dentistry, including root canal treatment, prosthodontics, periodontics and the management of dental trauma cases. After more than 3 decades in general practice I feel competent facing any clinical situation. I set very high standards for myself and realise that patients respect and value my care.

Away from dentistry, I enjoy meeting new people, am a keen runner, enjoy reading political magazines and non-fiction. I am fortunate to have been married to Liz for more than 40 years and we have 3 adult sons. My wife and I enjoy travelling and experiencing new destinations. But supremely, Liz and I value our friendships and are grateful for the way we have been embraced by the Palmerston North community since our arrival in 2006. This is a truly wonderful city with a warm heart.


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

Hello! My name is Holly and I was lucky enough to join the wonderful Main Street team in 2019. I graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2013. Previously, I worked as a hygienist for the NZ Defence Force, based at Linton, Ohakea and Waiouru Military Camps for 5 years. I served a total of nearly 10 years in uniform in the Royal New Zealand Dental Corps. Prior to this, I worked as a veterinary nurse in my previous home town of Wellington.

Although with my degree I am dual trained in dental therapy and dental hygiene, my passion has always been in hygiene and prevention. I love to meet new people, and enjoy working with you collaboratively to improve your oral health outcomes. We are fortunate enough here at Main Street to have Airflow technology, which is a game changer for hygiene treatments, making them more efficient and more comfortable than traditional methods. My hope for you is that you will leave here feeling empowered and completely informed about your current oral health.

Outside of work, I am a mum to two gorgeous boys, have a wonderful husband and have an amazing group of friends. We love living in Manawatu with all it has to offer.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Our Practice Manager

Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor







Our Dental Assistants

Lynaire and Viv

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







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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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