As a child I was terrified of the dentist. I was fortunate enough to encounter a woman in a dental office that helped me to overcome my fears of the dentist. Little did I know that this encounter would shape the choice of my career. I decided I wanted to work in a dental office and help those who were frightened like I was as a child. For many years I worked as a dental assistant and returned to school to become a dental hygienist. In 1985 I graduated from Algonquin College from the dental hygiene program and have enjoyed many years in the dental field. I have attended, and continue to enjoy many courses to increase my level of care for my patients. I love to take care of people, and provide the best dental hygiene services in a relaxed, caring environment. My goal is to educate and provide information so that my clients can improve their oral health, thus contributing to the well being of their general health. I am a member of the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association and Canadian Dental Hygienist Association.
I gained administrative experience from working at Kanata Dental Hygiene on Saturdays and part time at the Ottawa Heart Institute as a Triage Analyst, while attending Carleton University for an English Language and Literature degree. The majority of my career background is with youth and children. I volunteered at schools, worked summer camps and after school programs with the City of Ottawa, and I also worked within the Kanata Montessori School as a teacher’s assistant.
As the receptionist at Kanata Dental Hygiene, I have many duties that involve running the daily operations of the office. I am the voice people hear on the phone and I am the first face people see as they walk through the door. I thrive to ensure that every person visiting our practice is greeted with a welcoming smile and have a pleasant and comfortable experience with us.
I have always wanted to be a dental hygienist and was happy to be accepted to Algonquin College Dental Hygiene Program in the late 1970’s. It certainly hasn’t been a surprise that I have loved the work and the people I have met along the way.
I enjoy caring for the clients of Kanata Dental Hygiene, and am passionate about providing information about the risk factors that contribute to the progression of dental disease. This knowledge results in overall improved health of our clients.
I received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association, am proud to be a Life Member of the Ottawa Dental Hygienists Society, and hold membership in the Ontario and Canadian Dental Hygienists Associations. I am a part-time Ethics & Jurisprudence Instructor at the Canadian National Institute of Health, a private Dental Hygiene College in Ottawa. I am currently a member of the Dental Charity Ball committee that supports the Ottawa Food Bank, Canadian Cancer Society, and Youville Center.
I joined Kanata Dental Hygiene in October 2009 after working many years for two dentists. It’s delightful to be part of the evolution that allows the public to have a choice.
I will be honoured to help you maintain a fresh, bright, healthy smile.