Here at Mat P Dental we want to make your dental experience a positive and rewarding one. With our purpose built, modern and comfortable surroundings we offer a wide range of dental treatments for the whole family.

At Mat P Dental we aim to

  1. provide the best available dental treatments
  2. offer clear explanations, planning and options
  3. encourage preventative techniques

We believe in treating people the way we would want to be treated ourselves.

About Us

Mat Popham – Dentist/Practice Owner

Mat Popham graduated as a Dental Surgeon in 1996 from Otago University. Upon graduating he spent two years in the hospital system. This was followed by a year working in private practice in Wellington before heading off on a two year OE with wife Anna Fulton. Five years later we came home to start a family. Holly and then Toby came along to fill our house with noise, joy and excitement.

‘I am a general dentist, jack of all trades and problem solver by instinct. I have special interests in minor oral surgery, Implantology and Forensic dentistry. I was privileged to be involved with Disaster Victim identification after the Christchurch earthquake and Carterton balloon crash. These trying situations bring the greatest level of personal and professional satisfaction of a job well done.

‘I enjoy going to work every day and look forward to the challenges to come.’

Elena Lazarus – Associate Dentist

Elena graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Otago in 2016 and has worked in private practice since. Elena joined the team at Mat P Dental in January 2020.

‘Having grown up here on the coast it has been so rewarding to return and serve this community. To me dentistry is not just about drilling and filling, but understanding your individual needs and partnering with you to achieve optimal oral health.

‘Outside of work you can find me in the kitchen experimenting with international cuisines, on the yoga mat or on adventures trying to keep up with my greyhound Mia.’

Lauren McHugh – Dental Hygienist

‘I graduated as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist from Otago University in 2012. My passion for dentistry began when working as a Dental Assistant for a gum specialist in Wellington. Since graduating I have been working mostly in private practice as a hygienist but also work locally for the school dental service one day a week as a dental therapist. I recently moved to the Kapiti Coast with my husband and enjoy being able to work closer to home. I am passionate about helping people improve their oral health and preventing future dental and gum issues.’

Anna Fulton – Practice Manager

Anna Fulton is a trained primary school teacher who is very much hoping that 20 years living with a dentist will stand her in good stead as she makes a leap out of her comfort zone and into the world of Dental administration. After nearly 7 years as a stay at home mum she re-entered the world of teaching last year which was both challenging and rewarding. She is looking forward to meeting and helping our patients as they become a part of our new venture.

Sam Trainor – Receptionist

Sam joined the Mat P Dental team towards the end of 2019. Sam has always lived on the Kapiti Coast and spent several years in retail before coming to work at Mat P Dental. Sam is always at the end of the phone or email ready to assist you. Multitalented, you might also see her in the surgery covering for  one of our Dental Assistants when necessary.

Amy Stevenson – Dental Assistant

Amy has been part of the Mat P Dental Team since 2015. She currently works as Mat’s Dental Assistant three days a week.

Sarah Wilmshurst – Dental Assistant

Sarah has been putting up with Mat’s jokes since 2005 and is a founding member of the team at Mat P Dental. She currently works as Mat’s Dental Assistant two days a week.

Chloe Wells – Dental Assistant

Chloe currently works as Elena’s Dental Assistant and joined the Mat P Dental team mid-2020.


Examinations and digital x-rays

White fillings

Root canal


Minor oral surgery


Crowns and bridges


ACC treatments

Teeth whitening

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If you need treatment urgently please phone as soon as possible on (04) 298 8889.

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Contact Details

Mat P Dental
29 Rimutaka St

Phone: 04 298-8889
Email: reception@nullmatpdental.co.nz