About us

We have three specialist orthodontists, plus a team of welcoming, knowledgeable and professional staff.

Dr Russell Lovatt

Dr Russell Lovatt graduated as a dentist from the University of Otago in 1991. he worked in private practice in Australia for five years before completing his specialist degree in orthodontics from the University of Western Australia in 1998.

Since this time Dr Russell has been treating Cantabrians. He was co-owner of Riccarton Orthodontics from 1999 to 2012, before setting up Christchurch Orthodontics in 2012, following the earthquakes. 

  • Member of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO).
  • Past treasurer of the NZAO
  • Current chair of the NZAO's orthodontic practice accreditation program

Dr Chrissy Bailey

Dr Chrissy Bailey was born and bred in Christchurch. She graduated in Dentistry from the University of of Otago in 2003.  She furthered her studies at the University of Melbourne, where she obtained her Doctorate in Orthodontics, graduating in 2009.  

Dr Chrissy returned to Christchurch in 2015 after working privately at Pure Orthodontics in Melbourne, and publicly at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital, where she also taught orthodontics to Dental students. 

Chrissy is passionate about working with her patients and getting to know them. She gets a great deal of satisfaction reflecting on the patients she has treated and the beautiful outcomes she has helped to achieve. She remembers the difference Orthodontic treatment made to her as a teenager, and enjoys coming to work knowing that she’ll have the same positive impact on her patients’ smiles.

Chrissy is married to Sonnie, and they have two young children, Ben and Anna.  

  • Canterbury Branch president of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) (2019-2020) 
  • Member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • Member of the Australian Orthodontic Board
  • Member of the Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Member of the Edinburgh College of Surgeons
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Orthodontics (NZAO)

Dr Lydia Meredith

Dr Lydia Meredith worked as a general dentist for several years in NZ before deciding to specialise in Orthodontics. After completing her specialist training in Dunedin, she opened her own practice there, Dunedin Orthodontics, which she ran very successfully for a number of years. With most of her immediate family still living in Christchurch, she and her husband decided to sell her Dunedin practice and move back to her home town of Christchurch where they have now settled down on a lifestyle block just out of town.

Lydia's patients enjoy a fun and friendly atmosphere where she provides the most up to date, evidence-based orthodontic treatment. She prides herself on her eye for detail, striving for the most beautiful smile in every patient as she knows what a big difference those final subtle changes can make. Lydia focuses on patient-centred care offering advice and options tailored specifically to peoples individual needs.

Lydia is a member of the NZDA (New Zealand Dental Association), NZAO (New Zealand Association of Orthodontics), as well as both the AAO (Americian Association of Orthodontics) and WFO (World Federation of Orthodontics). She has previously held the position of secretary of NZAO and is continuously updating her orthodontic knowledge and education via international courses and lectures.

Outside of work, Lydia is a keen horse rider, still actively competing most weekends, and when she’s not tied up with work or horses, her family life with an energetic toddler and jobs on their lifestyle block keep her and the whole family busy.

Lydia loves getting to know her patients and their families well and really looks forward to meeting you all soon!