Meet the Team at Beale & Cullen Dental

From the moment of your first contact with Beale & Cullen Dental, our team wants to make your experience exceptional. We understand you may be a little nervous and may have have been putting off this visit for a while. Whether you are a new or a regular patient you can expect a warm welcome from our team.

If this type of patient-centred care sounds like the kind of treatment you've been looking for, we invite you to contact us. In the meantime, here is a little about our team.


Richard Beale, BDS (Otago), BSC

Principal Dentist

Originally from Invercargill, Richard has been a dentist since graduating from University of Otago in 1988. He worked in several North Island practices before moving to Christchurch in 1998. Richard is passionate about dentistry and loves using new technology to provide you with the best dental care possible. 

A proud Southlander, Richard loves to escape to Te Anau for fishing, boating and relaxing with his family. He supports Canterbury in all sports, except when they’re playing Southland! Three sons keep Richard busy when he’s not practising dentistry, and he can often be found providing parental support from the sidelines.


Louisa Cullen, BDS (Otago)

Principal Dentist

Hailing from Ashburton, Louisa graduated from University of Otago in 1991. She spent a year as a Dental House Surgeon at Wellington Hospital before a move to Auckland, where she gained experience in a variety of dental practices before returning to Christchurch in 1998.

Louisa gains immense satisfaction from providing exceptional dental care in a relaxing environment supported by a great team.

"I enjoy the challenge of delivering exceptional care every time to every patient and helping those who are nervous overcome past fears and phobias so they actually look forward to coming to the dentist. I love being a part of a great team that works together to the common goal of delivery of exceptional care at every visit."

Continuing education is a passion, and Louisa runs a dental study group for colleagues. Thankfully, the demands of three busy sons keep Louisa out of the shoe shops while she’s not at work!


Joanne Peters

Front Office Manager

Joanne is the voice on the end of the phone and the first friendly face you’ll meet at Beale & Cullen. She is in charge of all the non-clinical stuff and is an expert at coordinating your busy schedule with ours! 

Joanne’s also our IT guru and practice organiser. As Louisa says, 'Every office needs a Joanne'!

When not working, Joanne pounds the pavements keeping fit and spends time with her family. 

Samantha Forde

Hygienist- Oral Health Therapist

We are delighted to have Samantha join our team at Beale & Cullen Dental. Samantha graduated from the University of Otago with a degree in Oral Health Therapy and is passionate about Oral Health and in particular its links to general health.

Samantha loves to motivate our patients to improve their oral health and you will leave your appointment with that wonderful clean, fresh feeling along with tips and tricks to maintain your oral health at home. Even our most nervous patients have been impressed by Samantha’s gentle touch as she helps them restore and maintain their oral health.

Valicia Vette

Dental Assistant

Valicia has just celebrated seventeen years as part of the team at Beale & Cullen Dental. She is passionate about dentistry and is amazing at helping the most nervous patients relax.

In Summer Valicia loves riding her e-bike to work from  New Brighton but gives it a rest in the depths of winter! Weaving is a hobby of Valicia's and she has created some beautiful work. She also loves helping in the community and regularly bakes for a homeless shelter. Valicia loves spending time with her family and  Tilly the fox terrier/poodle cross!

Mel Beck

Dental Assistant

Mel joined the team at Beale & Cullen Dental as a part time staff member but quickly became  full time. She transitions easily between working for both our dentists and our hygienist. Mel is a great communicator who loves to deliver an exceptional experience to our patients. Outside of work Mel is kept busy with her family and delights in  quality time spent with her new grand daughter.

Maddi Plimmer

Dental Assistant

Maddi has always loved going to the dentist and was determined to pursue a career in dentistry. She is currently working part time for us and studying for her Dental Assistant qualification which keeps her very busy and she's loving learning lots from the Beale & Cullen team.

Outside of dentistry Maddi is a very keen hockey player and is a regular at the gym.

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