Our Practice

Our Team


Emily Lam


Emily has been in dentistry and specialist orthodontic private practice for over 12 years. She completed her undergraduate dental training at the University of Otago in 2004. Emily spent 3 years in private practice and teaching oral surgery in Melbourne. She completed her postgraduate specialist training at the University of Otago in 2010 with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry specialising in Orthodontics. Emily joined Peter Gilbert and Peter Dysart in 2010 in Lower Stuart Street. Emily has treated over 2000 patients in Dunedin and the Otago region. Emily’s interests outside of orthodontics include cooking, gardening and holidays with her husband Yash and two children.  She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists, New Zealand Dental Association and Dunedin Dental Association. Emily is proud to be a participating orthodontist for the Wish for a Smile Trust , the charitable arm of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

Tracy Ramage

Office Manager

Tracy joined Otago Orthodontics in 2014. She manages the administration and finances for the practice. Tracy has a wealth of experience in the accounting industry and enjoys providing work of a high standard of and all aspects of patient contact. She is the mother of two children and loves spending time with her family, camping and the great outdoors.

Michelle Port

Orthodontic Receptionist

Michelle is our receptionist. She has a vast experience in working with people and will always greet you with a smile. Michelle is the proud mother of two awesome girls, and loves spending time with friends and family, having holidays with her husband, watching cricket and tennis.

Ali Howard

Clinical Manager

Ali has been our Clinical Manager since 2000 and works closely with our orthodontist in the clinic. She has exceptional organisational skills and does all our ordering and keeps us all on time and working efficiently as a team. Ali is a registered Orthodontic Auxiliary and loves all aspects of her job. Ali enjoys gardening, walking, outdoors and travelling to visit her sons in Melbourne and Palmerston North.

Mel Love

Orthodontic Auxiliary

Mel works chair side with our Orthodontist. She is currently finalizing her registration as an Orthodontic Auxiliary with the NZ Dental Council. She has been part of the team since 2016 and greatly enjoys working with all ages and interacting with the patients. Mel grew up in Central Otago and enjoys socialising with friends and family, the outdoors and has three fur babies.

Brittany Taane

Training Orthodontic Auxiliary

Brittany works alongside the Orthodontist. She is bubbly and very kind. Brittany joined our team in 2017 and is a great asset to the team. Her interests outside of work include exercise, catching up with her friends and “The Block”.

Emily is a highly skilled orthodontist, who along with her professional team are very efficient, friendly, and approachable. It was a great experience with a great outcome, and I would highly recommend them. –  Anya Steel

Dr Emily Lam and her team competently developed an individualized treatment plan for both of my children. They reassured us at every step of the way. Their approach was always professional, friendly and obliging. They made the visits both informative and fun. – Kathryn and Rob Pollock

I 100% recommend Otago Orthodontics. It has changed my smile completely and increased my confidence! If you are 50/50, take the leap, it’s worth it in the end. – Sam Deuchrass