The ACE Institute

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Course speakers

Nitish Surathu

Course Coordinator

Nitish is a former Associate Professor of Periodontics and is currently a general practitioner in Gisborne, New Zealand. After a long career in academics and private practice overseas, he moved to New Zealand in 2009 for a lifestyle change. Nitish has lectured on several platforms around the world, having presented in North America, Europe, Australasia and Africa. He is by examination, a credentialed Fellow and Diplomate of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) and an Associate Fellow of the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry).



Ali Tunkiwala

Prosthodontist, Mumbai, India


Ali graduated from the University of Mumbai with an MDS in Prosthodontics and is one of only approximately 350 dentists in 30 years who have achieved Accredited status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also an alumnus of the Kois Center, a Diplomate of the ICOI and a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). A major part of his practice is based on occlusal rehabilitation incorporating restorative/implant dentistry and he treats patients from all over the world in his state of the art practice in Mumbai. Ali has lectured all over the world and is a well recognised speaker on many platforms.

John Bridgman

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Tauranga, NZ


Dr John Bridgman completed a dental and medical degree and went on to complete the New Zealand based Oral and Maxillofacial training program in 2001. He undertook further training in the UK at the East Grinstead Maxillofacial unit. Following this, he became an Association of Osteosynthesis Fellow in Freiburg, Germany. He has been in both private practice in Tauranga  and a visiting consultant to Tauranga hospital since 2004. John has an active interest in dental implantology and has lectured in many countries and is very involved in education and research.


Loyola Correa

General Dentist, Auckland, NZ


Loy graduated in 1978 and acquired a Master’s degree in Oral Surgery from the University of Bombay in 1981. In private practice in Auckland now for over two decades, Loy metamorphosised  a 'Mom & Pop shop' part-time dental practice in Epsom into a beautiful multi-operatory practice, through exceptional patient communication and behavioral management. Loy's passions include Invisalign, Cosmetic Dentistry, Preventive Care and Oral Surgery and he has mentored many young dentists who regard him as a life coach. He is on the Executive of the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry  and enjoys sharing his philosophy and vision with like minded dentists who wish to grow their practice.

Ellie Knight

Periodontist, Dunedin, NZ

Ellie graduated from the University of Otago in 2005 with a BDS and began her career in Gympie, Australia. Returning to New Zealand, she worked briefly in the private and public domains in Auckland before considering specialisation in Periodontics, a passion since 2009. Ellie completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Periodontology with Distinction in 2010 and a Doctorate in Clinical Periodontology in 2013. She currently works with a specialist practice in Dunedin with her prosthodontist husband and also teaches at her alma mater as a Colgate Senior Lecturer with the Department of Oral Sciences in the Faculty of Dentistry. She is a widely regarded speaker in Australia and New Zealand.. 



David de Wet

Dental Technician, Auckland, NZ


David de Wet is a fully registered dental technician and is registered with the New Zealand Dental Council and the New Zealand Institute of Dental Technology.


For nearly two decades now, David 's dental lab in Auckland called Oralart, has maintained a hard-won reputation as a leading provider to the dental industry.


David has extensive experience with all kinds of implant related technical work including cad-cam prosthetics, custom abutments, custom bars/ substructures, custom superstructures and guided surgery. His near complete digital workflow in many cases has earned him much respect in the dental technical world.


Guest Course Speaker

Dexter Bambery, General Dentist, Wellington, New Zealand


The ACE Institute has also commissioned a session which will be run by Dental Protection Limited.  This session will cover the Dental Protection Limited workshop –Mastering Consent & Shared Decision MakingThe workshop will be presented by Dr Dexter Bambery.  After thirty years in General Dental Practice in Wellington city, Dr Bambery has now retired from  private practice and spends three days a week as Professional Advisor to the Dental Council of New Zealand. Dr Bambery had experience over a number of years with the New Zealand Dental Association’s Peer Review programme, a mediation service for dealing with complaints about dental practitioners and was chair of the Dentists Disciplinary Tribunal for eight years. Dr Bambery chaired the working party for the implementation of the current Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act and continues his involvement with the Dental Council as advisor in the area of professional standards.