We are located in the suburb of Shirley, Christchurch.

All of our dentists were trained at the Otago School of Dentistry. We also employ a Dental Hygenist. We promise to listen carefully to your needs to achieve your dental goals. We guarantee the best quality staff and use the most up to date equipment and materials.

We come highly recommended...

Over 70% of our new patients choose us through a recommendation of family or friends!


Meet the Team


Tracy Haggerty B.D.S.

Dr Tracy Haggerty gained her dental degree from the University of Otago in 1994. Tracy began her dental career at Christchurch Hospital, where she gained invaluable experience for 3 years.

Daniel, dentist at Palms Shirley, Christchurch

Daniel Fozard B.D.S.

Daniel graduated in 2000, obtaining his degree from the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry. He is a full member of the New Zealand Dental Association.

After working for a few years south and east of London in West Sussex and Essex, Daniel returned home to Christchurch to be closer to his family.


Jerry Li B.D.S.

Raised in Hamilton, Jerry gained his Dental degree from the University of Otago. He then joined the Palms and Rolleston Dental teams which he shares his time between.

He strives to meet his patients' needs and provide conservative treatment in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Outside of the dental clinic Jerry enjoys playing badminton, fishing, drawing and going on walks to the beach and bush to appreciate nature.


Samantha Smith B.D.S.

Samantha gained her dental degree from the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry. After this she joined the Palms Dental team. She is a Christchurch born and raised local, who attended Papanui High School.

Outside of work Samantha enjoys an array of activities from wakeboard, water-skiing, and walks to more indoor activities of cooking, crochet, and cross-stitching. However, her favourite is sitting down with a book and a cup of tea.

Akshat, Christchurch Dentist at Palms Shirley

Akshat Goyal B.D.S.

Akshat graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. 

Prior to studying dentistry, he grew up in Christchurch. 

Akshat enjoys all aspects of dentistry and aims to cater to your wishes when creating treatment plans and delivering treatment. Akshat is also a firm believer in building a relationship with his patients to help create a comfortable environment. 

Outside of work you’ll find Akshat spending time with friends and family, hitting the gym, and indulging in the latest movies and tv shows. 


Celeste Gibson
(Oral Health Therapist Hygienist)

Celeste is an Oral Health Therapist and graduated from Otago University in 2018.

She is very gentle and has a passion for educating and encouraging patients to improve their oral health. She also enjoys helping patients feel as relaxed as possible throughout their visit.

When she's not at Palms Dental, Celeste also practices Reiki and energy healing.