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Dr Pine specialises exclusively in ocular prosthetics through the New Zealand Prosthetic Eye Service. He is an honorary Research Fellow with the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland and a member of the Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists in the UK. He and his co-authors have published over 20 scientific papers on prosthetic eyes and the world’s first peer-reviewed textbook on prosthetic eyes: “Clinical Ocular Prosthetics”.

Prior to establishing his own commercial dental laboratory, Dr Pine spent 16 years with the Plastic Surgical Dental Unit at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland where he became the unit’s specialist Facial Prosthetist. In 1988, he took over Geddes Dental Renovations with its 3 employees and fifteen years later, Geddes Dental Group emerged as Australasia’s largest private dental practice employing 43 clinicians and 67 support staff. In addition to providing comprehensive dental services to its large private patient base, the group operated government subsidised relief of pain clinics for 11,700 community service cardholders and a school based mobile dental service for up to 20,000 adolescents.

In 2001, Dr Pine sponsored the restoration of New Zealand’s oldest surviving yacht ‘Jessie Logan’.  He won TVNZ’s Marketer of the Year Award for his category in the same year, and was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2001 and 2002.

On 1st November 2002, Geddes Dental Group was purchased by Abano Healthcare and its name was changed to Lumino the Dentists. Dr Pine then joined a group of medical specialists to set up a medical educational software company, Simtics.

Throughout his career, Dr Pine consistently set aside time to personally make and fit ocular prostheses and when he left Simtics, he expanded this small practice into the New Zealand Prosthetic Eye Service. At the same time he began a PhD research project with the department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland.

Dr Pine has held a number of positions in professional and community organisations including: President of the New Zealand MBA Association, President of the New Zealand Strategic Management Society, Chairman of the New Zealand Dental Technicians Board, Member of the Dental Council of New Zealand, Judge of Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards, and President of the Takapuna Rotary Club.

Qualifications

  • BSc. in Psychology (Auckland)
  • MBA (Auckland)
  • PhD in Optometry (Auckland)
  • Registered Clinical Dental Technician
  • Advanced Certificate in Maxillofacial Technology (UK)
  • Member, Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists & Technologists (UK)
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Career highlights

2016 Fiji prosthetic eye project

During the week of the 11th September 2016, Keith Pine spent 8 days at Dr…

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2015 Published “Clinical Ocular Prosthetics”

Published “Clinical Ocular Prosthetics”, the world’s first evidence based textbook on prosthetic eyes.

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2010 Commenced PHD Research

Keith Pine commenced a PhD research program to investigate the anophthalmic socket’s response to prosthetic…

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2008 Founded the New Zealand Artificial Eye Service

Keith Pine made and fitted prosthetic eyes alongside his other professional activities for more than…

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2006 Founding CEO & Director GVM

Founding Director and CEO, Go Virtual Medical Ltd - now known as SIMTICS

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2004 Member, Dental Council of NZ

In 2004 Keith became a Member of the Dental Council of NZ

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2003 Sold Geddes Dental Group

Sold Geddes Dental  to Australasia's largest private dental health group now known as Lumino Dental

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Restoration of NZ’s oldest surviving yacht

Jessie Logan Gaff Cutter LOA 12.34m (40ft 6in) LWL 7.62m (25ft) Designer: Robert Logan Snr…

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2000 Chairman, NZ Dental Technicians Board

Keith Pine was appointed to the NZ Dental Technicians Board in 2000 and at his first…

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2000 President, Takapuna Rotary Club

Keith Pine was a member of the Rotary Club of Takapuna for 20 years and…

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1998 Initiated NZ’s first post graduate course for CDT’s

The Dental Act introduced registration for Clinical Dental Technicians (CDTs) in 1989, but 8 years later no…

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1997 Pioneered mobile dental services to Secondary schools

In 1997 Keith Pine presented a proposal to the Health Funding Authority (HFA) for the…

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1988 purchased Geddes Dental

When the commercial property market declined in 1989 Pine turned his attention back to his…

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1987 Boat restoration

Besides his professional career Keith Pine is a keen sailor with a fascination for old…

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1981 Founded Pine Construction

The 1980s was a time of incredible change in New Zealand; business was redefined, commercial…

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1980 creating monsters

During the 1970 and 1980s Keith Pine was often called upon to create prosthetics for television,…

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1978 Dental Laboratory

Keith Pine left Middlemore Hospital in 1978 to set up Keith Pine & Associates' dental…

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1975 Prosthetist Auckland

During his 16 years with the Plastic Surgical Dental Unit at Middlemore Hospital, Keith Pine…

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