Ngā mihi to all our speakers

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Brooke Neal

Keynote speaker

Brooke is an Olympian, mindset coach and speaker. She uses her experience in elite sport to inspire people to be healthier in their lives while pursuing their dreams to the highest level.

On the hockey field, she played 176 games for New Zealand over an impressive 10 year period. During this time, she placed 4th at the 2016 Olympic Games and won Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Struggling with burnout, self doubt, grief and chronic pain, the hustle and grind approach of the high performance environment led her to breaking point, where she was forced to make a decision. Does she quit? Or does she find a different way to become one of the best defenders? Instead of working harder and putting in the most hours, she started her own business, practised daily mindfulness and became a yoga teacher.

Surprisingly, by finding more balance in her life, her performance on the field improved dramatically and she became known as ‘the rock at the back’. Now, she is able to share her tools and knowledge, and relate them to people in the business world, speaking at conferences throughout New Zealand.

‘Motivational and practical’ is what Brooke is all about. People are inspired from her story of struggle and perseverance, and they also leave fuelled to make actual changes in their lives for the better.

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Dr Poppy Horne


Poppy graduated BDS (Distinction) from the University of Otago in 2010. She then worked at Auckland District Health Board and in private practice before returning to Otago in 2016 to undertake her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics. Since then, Poppy has worked alongside Drs Nick Cole and James Dawson in specialist practice in Remuera. She practices all aspects of periodontal and implant treatment and particularly enjoys seeing its positive impact on patients’ quality of life.

Poppy has has published several papers in the international dental literature and has been involved in the clinical teaching of dental students at the University of Otago. Poppy enjoys speaking and sharing her passion for learning with other clinicians.

Poppy and her partner Albert (who is also a dentist) have a young daughter and are enjoying the challenge of balancing work and family life.

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Dr Inah Mundy


Inah is the Director and Dentist at Bays Dental, Auckland.

Her approach to dentistry is caring and conservative. Having worked at Auckland, Greenlane, and Middlemore Hospitals, Inah has extensive knowledge of medical, surgical and emergency dentistry, including dental trauma.

With a keen eye to detail and artistic ability, she enjoys giving patients the smile they have always dreamed about. Inah has a special interest in combining orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to create an incredible result.

She is the recipient of over 15 awards and scholarships throughout her studies, graduating with Distinction. She is also a published researcher and author, and has presented her research internationally.

Inah is a member of multiple national and international dental associations and was a member of the Auckland Dental Association executive board for 5 years.

Having attended Browns Bay Primary, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Rangitoto College - Inah is a proud "Shore Girl",

When not at work, she is busy dragging her young family around the north island competing in national dog agility championships with her fluffy Sheltie "Ella" and mini Australian Shepherd "Disney".

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Dr Andrea Shepperson


Andrea is regarded as a global leader in dentistry. She founded the Dental Fingerprint, a unique assessment of oral health for patients.

She is New Zealand’s only Digital Smile Design Master, a group of dentists and ceramists recognised globally for their skill in Digital Smile Design and highly aesthetic delivery of cosmetic dentistry.

A Kois Center Graduate and Alumnus, from the internationally acclaimed Kois Center in Seattle, she brings a comprehensive Risk Management approach to care to a loyal patient base of 30+ years.

Andrea's role extends to teaching dentists around the world about all aspects of dental materials, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry.

She is a sought-after speaker who has always enjoyed being at the forefront of dentistry. In 2020, she opened her own dental training facility on Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Dr Richard Cobb


Richard is a London trained Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon based in Auckland. He qualified with distinction in both Medicine & Dentistry and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS). During his training Richard gained experience in neurosurgery, plastic surgery and ENT surgery before ranking No.1 in the UK for selection into advanced specialist training in surgery of the Mouth, Jaw & Face (Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery).

His medical and surgical training were completed in London where he trained within several prestigious London units including King’s College Hospital, Guy’s Hospital, St. George’s Hospital and the Royal London Hospital. Richard then travelled to Melbourne, Australia and completed an Advanced Surgical Fellowship in Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery), TMJ (Jaw-Joint) Surgery and Facial Trauma Reconstruction before moving to New Zealand.

Richard prides himself on adopting a caring, meticulous and ethical approach, offering evidence based techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients.

In addition to his private practice, Richard maintains a busy public practice, working as a Consultant Surgeon at Auckland City and Middlemore Hospitals with an interest in facial trauma reconstruction, facial skin cancer reconstruction and orthognathic surgery. He is the Maxillofacial Lead for the multi-disciplinary management of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

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Dr Ryan Smit


Ryan is a New Zealand-trained Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He grew up in Christchurch before moving to Dunedin to study dentistry at the University of Otago (UoO), and then medicine at UoO Wellington.

During his early medial training he gained broad experience, working in numerous specialties including General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Breast Cancer Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery throughout Waikato Hospital and Hawkes Bay Hospital.

Ryan completed his advanced surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Christchurch and Auckland, working and training in Christchurch, Auckland, Greenlane and Middlemore Hospitals to become one of the youngest New Zealanders to complete the impressive bi-decade training program in the specialties history per age of being awarded fellowship.

Ryan’s approach to patient interaction is open, honest, clear, and concise while endorsing a progressive and positive work-place culture and environment for his colleagues. This translates well into the operating theatre where he achieves outstanding, world-class results for his patients.

He places a strong emphasis on minimally invasive surgical techniques, and currently travels to the USA on a tri-monthly basis to undertake a residency in minimally invasive key-hole jaw-joint surgery from the world’s leaders of this science.

In addition to his private practice, Ryan works part-time as a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Auckland City and Middlemore Hospitals. This includes working as an on-call Consultant Surgeon for all facial emergencies, covering the full scope of major facial trauma. He has a special interest in the full facial reconstruction and orbital reconstruction that can be required after motor-vehicle-accidents and other traumatic events that may lead a patient to sustain severe facial trauma.

Ryan loves running on a regular basis and is a keen water skier and snow skier. He lives at home in Auckland with his partner Kylie, who works within the Auckland health system as a radiology doctor, and his two young daughters Willa and Addie who go to primary school and kindergarten.