Lumino¿s first breath of life was in 2002 when it was purchased by Abano Healthcare. Back then it was called Geddes Dental ¿ a group of 12 Auckland dental practices. Geddes had a well known radio jingle but was quite a different business to the Lumino of today.
When Abano took hold of Geddes it had a clear vision about the great NZ workplace and business that it could be. Abano changed the focus so that we predominantly treat private patients with an emphasis on providing high quality dentistry to New Zealanders.
We focussed on acquiring great practices and quickly enjoyed the additions of some important flagship practices which remain with us today such as Dental One in Auckland.
In 2005 the Lumino The Dentists brand was launched and Lumino¿s successes continued to mount as we grew through acquisition by eight to ten practices a year. During this time Lumino began to really carve out our footprint on the dental industry and on New Zealanders as a whole: We are all about providing amazing general and specialist dental care for our patients, attracting and selecting great quality clinicians and support teams, and providing everyone with opportunities that they wouldn't easily get elsewhere in dentistry to train, to network, to share knowledge.
We reached 100 Lumino practices in May 2016, and we will continue to grow at the rate we've been growing.. Our collective goal is to make dentistry positive, and we are immensely proud of the difference we make to New Zealanders.
I was formerly a regular at Proudmouth Albert street - and it is a top class facility. The dentist assigned to you becomes your regular dentist, and they keep notes on not only your dental health but general notes about you as a customer as well. That way when you arrive they'll ask for an update on whatever it was you were last doing the last time you were there. It's a nice touch, if a little forced. The main thing which is a drawback is really just the cost - it's prohibitive for those of us not on exceptionally high salaries. By the time you've been charged for the checkup, x-ray, filling etc - you're looking at $500+ for a simple filling. Other places are more likely to not charge for the x-ray if you're getting a filling anyway, which is think is a better option.
85 Albert Street Auckland