About Dental Artistry Academy

Dental Artistry was founded on the premise to bring the latest dental technologies and techniques to Auckland, in order to better care for our patients.

Dental Artistry Academy is the professional education branch of the practice and its mission is to train the super dentists of the future so they can better serve the people of New Zealand.

Through its networks, it aims to bring the most exciting and current continuing professional development programs to oral health professionals of New Zealand.

Dental Artistry Academy is a purpose build facility adjoined to the practice with a lecture theatre seating 40+ students and clinical training facilities for live surgical observations.

The Academy is available for hire to other education providers.

The Dental Artistry Academy Team

Principal Dentist

Dr Sheng Zhang

BDS (Adel)
BOH (Syd)
MDSc Periodontics & Implantology (UJI)
GradDip Orthodontics (JCU)

Dr Sheng Zhang

Dr Zhang is a bilingual general dentist speaking fluent Mandarin. He performs all facets of implant dentistry, gum treatment (periodontics), and orthodontic treatment at our practice. He is also certified in airway dentistry and aviation dentistry.

Dr Zhang completed a Bachelor of Oral Health from University of Sydney and Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide where he was awarded the University Medal. Upon graduation he served as a Dental Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and was Senior Dental Officer of No. 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron. He has further post graduate qualifications in orthodontics and specialist training in periodontics with a sub specialisation in implants from Spain.

Dr Zhang enjoys all facets of dentistry but his passion for periodontology led him to study Master Courses at the prestigious University of Bern in Switzerland focusing on gum surgery and implant dentistry. He has personally been mentored by the greatest European and American specialists in the field of dental implants, bone grafting, gum disease management, gum regeneration, recession coverage and implant rescues. In addition, Dr Zhang is one of a select few dentists in Australia and New Zealand certified in the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Outside of clinical practice, Dr Zhang is a Key Opinion Leader for multiple implant companies and a consultant for many others. He shares his knowledge as the lead trainer for Dental Artistry Academy and lectures worldwide. Previously, he was also a clinical educator and examiner at the University of Sydney Dental School. He prides himself on staying up to date with the latest dental procedures and technologies with an admirable record of completing over 150 hours of continuing professional development every year. An academic at heart, Dr Zhang regularly publishes in dental journals and authored a thesis introducing a new technique for maxillary sinus lift grafts using patients own biomaterials (Alb-CGF).

Dr Zhang enjoys treating patients of all ages and his caring, calm, relaxed demeanour and patient centred health care philosophy makes him especially popular with those who experience dental anxiety. With his vast clinical experience he can help guide patients through the most challenging cases while delivering consistent exceptional results. His ability to speak fluent Mandarin makes him a great asset in servicing the Chinese community of Auckland.

Professional Associations And Memberships –

Dr Zhang is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) and serves on the New Zealand committee guiding others through their Fellowship journey. He is also a fellow of the International Dental Implant Association (IDIA) and the International Association for Dental Facial Aesthetics (IADFE). Dr Zhang was the founder of the Sydney Dental Study Club and a member of the International Team for Implantology. He is a member of the Auckland Dental Association and the New Zealand Dental Association.

Outside Of The Practice –

Dr Zhang is an avid traveller and loves to experience new cultures and taste their cuisines. While abroad he likes to network with like-minded dental professionals, learning their secrets and newest techniques. He has a passion for cooking and can often be found entertaining friends at home with his signature dishes such as Sheng’s Satay Chicken. Due to his love of food, he burns off the calories playing indoor Volleyball at a competitive level. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Dr Zhang is an active member of several groups and associations.

Sydney Dental Study Club

Dr Zhang is the founder of the Sydney Dental Study Club.

International Team
for Implantology

Dr Zhang is member of the International Team for Implantology.

Australian Dental Sleep
Medicine Group

Dr Zhang is member of the Australian Dental Sleep Medicine Group.

International Association
of Orthodontics

He is an active member of the International Association of Orthodontics and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Royal Australasian College
of Dental Surgeons

Sheng is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Dental Associations

He is a member of the Auckland Dental Association and the New Zealand Dental Association and Australian Dental Association
Principal Dentist

Dr Sara Stockham

BSciDent (Hons1)
Grad Dip (Ortho)

Dr Sara Stockham

Dr Sara Stockham is one of the principal Dentists at Dental Artistry Group. Her creativity and passion for health, nutrition and holistic care has shaped much of her dental career and research, being interested in ways dentistry can affect general health and growth.

Dr Sara has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years.  She has published research on the effect of  periodontal bacteria on adverse pregnancy outcomes and completed a Masters researching the effect of tongue-tie on breastfeeding,  growth, and orthodontic outcomes.

Dr Sara also topped both her Dental Degree and Diploma in Orthodontics.  She has completed a residency in snoring and sleep apnoea, a Graduate Diploma, Residency and Masters in Clinical Orthodontics and has traveled internationally to present her research.

In Australia, Dr Sara was on the Faculty of Dr Derek Mahony Orthodontics Residency, working as both a clinician and clinical supervisor for dentists learning and practising orthodontics.

Today, Dr Sara continues to mentor colleagues with orthodontic cases from Australia and New Zealand.  At Dental Artistry she offers orthodontic and Invisalign treatment for patients of all ages, cosmetic, and general dentistry.  She provides dento-facial treatments and anti-ageing procedures.

She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics (FIADFE), and The Pierre-Fauchard Academy (PFA).

Academy and Practice Manager

Karen De Joux

Karen De Joux

Karen started her career in dentistry over 40 years ago. During that time she has been a Dental Assistant, spent time as an educator in the school dental system teaching young ones the importance of oral health care and spent the last 18 years as a Practice Manager.

After taking time out to raise her 3 children, Karen had a career change into banking, but it wasn’t long until she realised that dentistry was her passion and hasn’t looked back since.

Off the job, sport has always been a big part of life, playing competitive netball for many years and then spending many hours on the sides lines cheering on her husband and children in cycling, rugby and hockey. You may also find her in the kitchen baking up a storm for her family which now includes 5 grandchildren.

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