Meet the Team


Dr Barbara Cater, business owner.

Qualifications: BDS University of Birmingham UK 1972.

Dr Barbara Cater is a very gentle and caring dentist who prides herself on remaining in touch with modern dental techniques which aim to improve patient comfort and confidence. Dr Cater graduated a Batchelor of Dental Surgery from Birmingham University, England in 1973, and brings with her the knowledge and gentleness that comes with many years of experience, both in the UK, the Middle East and New Zealand. The practice in Duke Street, Cambridge is a very well established practice and was purchased by Dr Cater in 2003 and now has a team of three dentists and a dual qualified hygienist/dental therapist, with full supporting staff, thus offering a wide range of services and skills to the community. A commitment to continuing education allows the provision of the best in quality care for her patients, her main interest is in restorative dentistry, with a special interest in implant dentistry, and in the vitally important aspect of prevention and minimisation of dental disease. When not busy with the practice of dentistry, Dr Cater enjoys family life and her beautiful lifestyle block with its horses, dogs, sheep, and of course, a garden.

Dr Philippa Duley

Qualifications: BDS (Credit) Otago 1998.

Philippa joined Duke Street Dental Care in 2007.

“I have worked in many practices in New Zealand and the United Kingdom since 1999, which has given me a wide base of experience in all aspects of general dentistry. What sets our practice apart from the others is the very experienced team of staff members who ensure that the practice runs smoothly. This exceptional support team coupled with my broad experience allows me to provide high quality dentistry in a relaxed and friendly environment, while keeping the time and cost of treatment to a minimum.

My emphasis is on quality workmanship and I am regularly studying and upskilling so that I can be sure I am using the best materials and techniques available. My patients can also rest assured that I am always at my best when they are under my care because I work for relatively short sessions compared to many dentists. And when I am not working, I am often keeping fit by participating in some of the equine pursuits that Cambridge is famous for, either training/competing my showjumping horses, hunting, taking my two children riding or helping my husband Dave run our horse breeding and agistment farm, Landsdowne Park.”

Dr Maia Ackerman

Qualifications: BDS Otago 2003.

Maia started working at Duke Street Dental Care in 2011.

“I love my job and really enjoy working at Duke Street Dental Care as it is a welcoming and friendly environment. I am experienced in all aspects of general dentistry and my approach to patients is relaxed, caring and I strive to meet patients needs. I live locally with my husband and two young children. When not at work I care for my family and am involved in many things Cambridge has to offer like the Cambridge playcentre. I keep active by running often, doing crossfit, and playing netball.”

Dental Therapist / Hygienist

Jacqui Jowsey

Qualifications: Dip Dental Therapy Otago 2000, BHealSc (Dental Therapy) & BHealSc (Dental Hygiene) Otago 2004.

Jacqui joined Duke Street Dental Care in 2005.

Jacqui lives in Hamilton with her husband Brett and two young children.

“I love my job and enjoy helping people to achieve optimal dental health. I especially like working with children and the prevention aspect of dentistry. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family.”

Support Team

Chairside Assistants:

Clare Vercoe (joined Duke Street Dental Care in 2008).

Mandy Rance (since we opened in 2003!).

Diana Atkins (joined Duke Street Dental Care in 2007).