Abano continues national rollout of dental network


Lumino Care Dental, New Zealand’s largest dental network, continued its national rollout today, with the signing of an agreement to acquire Karen Harris Dental in Wellington.

Lumino, the dental brand for leading healthcare operator and investor, Abano Healthcare Group, currently has 16 dental practices in Northland, Auckland and the Waikato, with over 60 practicing clinicians.

Karen Harris is a highly respected dentist in Wellington and will continue with the practice. The acquisition will add revenues of $1.2 million to Abano’s dental sector, and bring a further three dentists and two hygienists into the Lumino group.

General manager for Lumino, Mr Frank Janssen, said: “The acquisition extends Lumino’s coverage to the main centres in the North Island and is line with our plans to become a nationwide network of excellent dental services.

“This is a prime example of the type of practice that we are looking to bring into the group as part of our plan to have the leading dentists in the country operating under the Lumino brand.”

Lumino was launched by Abano Healthcare in early 2005 and offers leading edge business practices and targeted client marketing. It is the only dental brand in New Zealand to reward its patients for their custom, by offering New Zealand’s most widely recognised and sophisticated loyalty programme – FlyBuys.

Frank continued: “The Lumino brand enables us to offer an attractive and innovative career package for dentists, and we have had a strong and positive response from the industry about opportunities within the Lumino network.

“The costs of setting up or buying into individual practices continue to rise, and Lumino’s network structure provides dentists with the opportunity to focus on clinical services without the hassle of running a business, or locking up personal capital.”

Abano Dental is a wholly owned subsidiary of Abano Healthcare Group Limited. Since November 2004, Abano Dental has invested in The Auckland Dental Group in Remuera Road, Victoria Avenue Dental Surgery, Dargaville Dental and two dental practices in Hamilton and Te Awamutu. All practices now operate either in association with or as a part of the Lumino brand.

Mr Alan Clarke, managing director of Abano Healthcare Group, said: “We are now on target with the national rollout of the Lumino brand, and have a number of further acquisition opportunities under investigation.

“Our aim is to have a nationwide network of Lumino dental practices in two years, and we are well on track to meet this objective.”

For more information, please contact:

Mr Alan Clarke
Managing director, Abano Healthcare Group
Tel: 09 361 0482 or mob: 021 368818