Natalie holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago and a Master of Science in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry from Manchester University. Natalie also holds a certificate in Economics of Healthcare and gained her Master in Public Health from Edinburgh in 2021.
As a dentist, Natalie has extensive clinical knowledge and experience and has worked across both the public in the hospital and for a Māori health provider, and in the private sector across New Zealand. She enjoys a variety of treatment experiences in general practice, and enjoys the challenge of calming anxious dental patients.
Natalie also holds a number of professional appointments with key governing bodies such as the New Zealand Dental Association and the Ministry of Health. She is an active dental volunteer and an advocate for oral health and is passionate about enhancing the oral health knowledge and skills of caregivers in the community. Natalie brings a wealth of experience and practical knowledge as the NZ Colgate Professional Educator.
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Do you wear a smartwatch? Do you track your exercise or sleep patterns? Then you are part of the global trend of connected health and it's only growing.
More than ever, patients want to take charge of their own health. Connected health drives patient empowerment and makes patients more accountable for their own health actions. As dental professionals, adopting connected health into our practice can enhance our patients' care experiences and improve their oral health outcomes.
Colgate recently launched PULSE, a bluetooth connected smart toothbrush. The Series 2 power toothbrush is an example of an app connected brush which is able to provide real time feedback to our patients to improve brushing technique and compliance. The technology is designed to guide and coach our patients in achieving better oral health outcomes.
This is a game changer for us as dental professionals. Connected technology enables us to provide tailored oral hygiene instruction to our patients based on real time data and insights, rather than trying to guess, based on our patients’ social desirability bias, influenced memories and current plaque levels.
Finally, connected health technologies will transform the future of research, with access to real time and accurate population datasets.
Come join us, to gain insight into connected health and how these technologies can benefit you and our patients.
Practitioners will understand: