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Meet Our Team

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Our staff is very caring, friendly and knowledgeable. Patient care is our top priority.

At the reception desk Sherry, Dawn and Donna will greet you with a smile. Sherry is here at the front desk Mondays and Tuesdays and has been with the office for well over 20 years, recently changing to part time. She has spent many years coordinating a smooth flow in the office and accommodating all the patients’ appointments, whether emergency or large treatments plans. Donna has been with us since 2004 in administration and reception, and has extensive experience dealing with the insurance companies. Donna will do her best to assist you with your insurance and to explain your estimate and treatment plan. Dawn moved from the Coast and joined the front desk team in 2016. She has many years of experience in the dental field, working with insurance as well as front desk and she also does hygiene coordinator duties at our office. Sherry, Dawn and Donna are all willing to answer any questions you have about your treatment and if they don’t have the answer they will find out for you!

 Our experienced Dental Hygienists Janet, Janice and Kerri will look after your dental hygiene needs. Janet took the dental hygiene program at VCC and has well over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is also a graduate of the nursing program at UBC and worked as an RN for 12 years before making the change to dental. After 15 years at a dental office in Penticton she moved to Kelowna in 2013 and commuted to Penticton for a year before joining our team. Janice grew up in Kelowna and took the dental hygiene program at Camosun College in Victoria. She also has well over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist and 6 of those years were at this office from 1995-2001 before Dr. Klara bought the practice. We are happy to have her back! Kerri grew up in Kelowna and graduated from VCC in 2002. She has been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist since then, and worked in dentistry an additional 5 years before that. She fell in love with the profession at a very young age and started her first job in a dental office at 17 years old! Our hygienists are very gentle and informative and will advise you regarding home care and recommend the frequency of your dental hygiene appointments.

 Our dentists work with experienced Certified Dental Assistants that assist with dental procedures and also perform the children’s dental cleanings. Ellen joined Dr. Klara’s team in October 2018. She is a graduate of the Camosun College Dental Assisting Program in Victoria. Ellen has 40 years of assisting experience, working for several dentists in both Victoria and Kelowna. In addition, she assisted dental students for 3 years at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC in Vancouver. Amber grew up in Enderby and attended Camosun College in Victoria as well, graduating from the dental assisting program and receiving her Certificate of Dental Assisting in 2015. After 5 years of assisting she is enjoying the diversity each day brings, as well as building rapport with the patients and helping them feel at ease for their dental visits. Rhonda was born and raised just outside of Kamloops in Pinanton Lake BC. She moved to the Okanagan in 1994 and took the CDA program at Okanagan University College, graduating with honours. She has been working as both CDA and receptionist ever since and works with us on Fridays. Mercadies is from Kelowna and moved to the Coast where she took the CDA program at Douglas College, graduating in 2017. She has been working at Okanagan Pediatric Dentistry since her return to Kelowna and is now working with us on Thursdays and Fridays as well.

 Alex is the office manager and is in charge of the staff. He also looks after everything from computer set-up and maintenance to payroll and bookkeeping, and is Mr. Fix-it whenever it is necessary.

 All of our staff is committed to providing excellent patient care. We will do our best to address any concerns you may have and to make you feel comfortable and welcome in our office. Let us make you smile again!