Meet The Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.


Clinic Manager


Christine

Christine is originally from Ontario but became an islander when her family moved to Brentwood Bay when she was 9. She has lived in Vancouver for many years before moving to Nanaimo with her husband in 1997.

She started with Lantzville Dental in 2020. In her previous career, Christine has been a veterinary hospital manager, business owner (she and her husband still own one business), freelance reporter, Development officer and mascot (don’t ask) to name a few highlights.

Christine is an honourary member of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak and served as president. She has been involved with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as board chair and has sat on several not for profit boards in the community.

She loves to travel and has many destinations on her list. When not away on a plane, Christine and her husband can be found boating all around the coast.

Fun fact about Christine: She is a writer.  Her next story may be a dental mystery!


Treatment Coordinator


Sam

Sam is another born and bred island girl hailing from Nanaimo.

She attended elementary, middle, and high school all here in Nanaimo. Even university at VIU.

Sam has worked in the dental field for almost 22 years – all of that spent at Lantzville Dental clinic. First as a front desk administrator, then as clinic manager and now as treatment coordinator. Sam is semi-retired and never misses work – even if it is while travelling during the winter with the love of her life. They have been married 25 years in 2024!

She is so knowledgeable and is our go to person for insurance queries. Sam helps to teach our new front desk administrators and support our clinic manager when she is away.

She loves golfing, hiking, crafts, cooking, shopping, eating out, visiting with old friends, cycling and so much more! She volunteers her time with the Canadian Red Cross, Pickleball clubs (three of them!), and acts as a Telus Ambassador. She loves to teach crafts – like rock painting, mosaics, sea glass works of art, to name a few!

Fun fact about Sam. Sam is a pickleball champion!


Registered Dental Hygienists


Anna


Ashley

Ashley is a born and bred island girl from Bowser.

She first attended Vancouver Island University for her Certified Dental Assistant diploma in 2005 and practiced for 5 years before deciding to further her education by achieving a Dental Hygiene diploma from the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene in Toronto in 2012.

She prides herself on having a gentle touch and an empathetic nature. She loves to educate her patients on periodontal issues or conditions and also how it relates to overall body health, and is inspired by making a difference in their lives. She thrives on transforming patients with complicated oral health issues.

She is a mother to 2 young boys who light up her life and keep her running which also happens to be her fitness passion. She is very proud to be racing in the Squamish 50K ultra marathon and continues to push her racing goals.  Her other interests, when not in the office are family backcountry hiking and camping in the Alpine and along the beautiful coastlines of BC, train running (including frequently running up Mt. Benson!), and spending time with her beautiful family.

Ashley's biggest accomplishment is her family: her best friend; her husband and their boys.

Fun fact about Ashley. ​Her favourite snack is sourdough peanut butter toast.


Cheryl

Cheryl hails from Duncan and attended the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene in Toronto. She has been in dentistry since 2005 where her career started as a Certified Dental Assistant before she went back to school to train as a hygienist.

She has a huge passion for health, which is why she loves her profession so much. Cheryl is a gentle, but thorough professional who is all about helping her patients reach their oral health goals.

When not working, Cheryl can be found driving her three children around in her van to all their various activities. She loves volunteering on their sports teams and is always on the hunt for the most perfect piece of sea glass with her 6 year old.

Fun fact about Cheryl: Before she committed to going  into dentistry, she wanted to be a marine biologist!


Katie

Katie grew up in Campbell River, Gold River and Tahsis. She attended VIU and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and History. She then went on to attend Camosun College where she received her Dental Hygiene Diploma.

During Katie’s time at Camosun College she had the opportunity to travel to a small community in Mexico offering dental hygiene services to locals. She was also selected to participate in a dental hygiene exchange in Sendai, Japan.

At work, Katie loves getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable. She loves helping people achieve optimum periodontal health no matter the age of the patient – she’d scale calculus even if she didn’t get paid to do it! Community is very important to Katie and down the road, she would like to improve access to dental care for local people. 

When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and kids (Ben and Heidi), biking, hiking with her pooch Teio, camping, drinking coffee, fishing, exploring the island and eating peanut butter from the jar. She’s very passionate about the outdoors and staying active both as a family and individually. One day she WILL complete an Ironman … one day.

Fun Fact about Katie. When she was in grade 4 she completed The Great Walk (63km) and was awarded the Youngest Walker. She’s also surprisingly good at playing crib. 


Marjolaine

Marjolaine is originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta and went to Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene where she’s been working in her field for over 16 years.

Marjolaine is great at educating our patients in an effort to maintain a healthy periodontium. She is known for her gentle touch and loves making a difference in her clients self esteem. She’s even volunteered with Health Outreach in Guatemala providing dental care to children.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and camping. She likes to build strong relationships and focusing on her health.

Fun Fact about Marjolaine. She’s fluent in French and is surprisingly good at twisting her tongue to both sides.


Nicole

Nicole is originally from Cranbrook, B.C. but Nanaimo is her home now. She went to VIU to complete her dental hygiene program in 2019 and has been with Lantzville Dental Clinic since 2018, where she worked as an operatory assistant while going to school. Nicole's favourite part of her job is educating patients and working with them to get them back to their healthiest self. She has a gentle touch and calming nature.

When she is not at the office she enjoys snuggling with her adorable frenchie Bo, going to the gym, paddle boarding, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Nicole enjoys constantly learning, as the field of hygiene is ever changing.

Fun fact about Nicole.  She loves Harry Potter - her family's Christmas tradition is to have a Harry Potter movie marathon.


Shannon

Shannon was born and raised in beautiful Lantzville. She attended Vancouver Island University and received her Dental Hygiene diploma in 2012.

She loves getting to know her patients and working with them to better their oral health. She attends many continuing education courses and loves sharing her knowledge on oral hygiene conditions, health and individualized dental home care. In the next few years she hopes to volunteer on a global dental health mission to a country in need.

When not at work, Shannon's passions are cooking, fishing on her boat and hiking with her partner Kyle and their fur-child Finley. 

Fun Fact about Shannon: She has been a patient at Lantzville Dental Clinic since she was 5 years old!

                                                                         


Shelly

Shelly hails from Vancouver and Toronto. She went to school in Missisauga, ON and has been a RDH for 14 years. As a hygienist, Shelly enjoys improving patients’ oral disease back to oral health, as well as changing people’s perspective on dentistry, especially those who are traumatized and fearful of coming to the dentist. She prides herself on being gentle and a good communicator.

She has two young boys and loves spending time with them. She also enjoys sports and cooking and would love to coach children’s soccer. Shelly can be found volunteering at the Departure Bay School with her son’s class when she is not working.

Shelly feels one of her biggest accomplishments is owing a home – they have a home in Departure Bay with a beautiful view.

If Shelly didn’t have to work, she would paint and sew for charity.

Fun fact about Shelly: Shelly has a degree in fashion.


Certified Dental Assistants


Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in Nanaimo where she attended VIU and graduated from the Certified Dental Assistant course. She’s been working as a CDA for 8 years – all here at Lantzville Dental!

Amanda loves to help and care for each patient during their dental treatment. She enjoys being a part of great transformations both physically and mentally and finds it very rewarding. She loves that every day is different, and you get to be a part of many different treatments. Amanda is always looking forward to learning something new every day.

When not at work, Amanda enjoys exploring local trails with her dog (who she rescued!) or cooking and trying out new vegetarian recipes. She’s very passionate about making memories and going on adventures. Just like her newest adventure – buying her first home with her husband after getting married last summer.

Fun Fact about Amanda. She’s never traveled or visited another province outside of BC. She’s been to many States, but hasn’t found her way across Canada yet.


Mandy

Mandy immigrated to the island in 1974 from Ireland. She has been in dentistry since graduating from Malaspina University College (now VIU) in 1987.

She is a kind, patient and caring CDA – her goal is to alleviate appointment anxiety for her patients so that they leave smiling.

Mandy’s greatest accomplishment is her children, and when she is not working as a CDA or Front Desk Administrator, she can be found hanging out with them – or gardening, cooking or playing with her rescue dog Bentley.

Fun fact about Mandy: She is Lantzville Dental Clinic’s “Momma Bear” to all the younger employees.



Phoenix

Phoenix grew up in the small town of Powell River, so a true BC girl! She has recently graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant. She attended the program at VIU and was a June 2023 graduate.

Her favourite part of being a CDA is seeing all the bright and happy smiles of our wonderful patients. In her free time, she can be found hiking and exploring our beautiful island, or by the ocean watching the sunset.

 Fun fact about Phoenix: she is a triplet!



Savannah


Selina

Selina is an Island girl from Lake Cowichan. She attended school in Lake Cowichan, Prince George and Nanaimo at VIU (formerly Malaspina).

Selina really enjoys getting to know our patients and their families. She's been working in her field since 2005. She spent 11 years in orthodontics before switching to general dentistry. Helping patients with dental anxiety and making them feel comfortable and cared for in a supportive environment is her goal. She wants to transform their dental experiences into positive ones!.

Her biggest accomplishments are her beautiful children and the life she has created for her family, together with her husband.

When not at work, Selina enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys camping and travel.  

Fun Fact about Selina:  In her previous career, she was an assistant manager of a sporting goods store. Maybe that is why she is surprisingly good at throwing a football!


Sheryl

Sheryl is an island girl, born and raised in the Alberni Valley. She attended University of Victoria, Camosun College and UBC and has been working in her field for over 3 decades.

Sheryl loves working at Lantzville Dental and enjoys working with both her coworkers and patients. She strives to always do a great job and give it her all, no matter what the task is. She’s known for her people skills, thoughtfulness and integrity.

When not at work, you can find Sheryl cleaning (she would do it for free!), gardening or boating. She is also very active with the Nanaimo Yacht Club. 

Fun Fact about Sheryl. She used to be a synchronized swimmer and a part-time cosmetician at Shoppers Drug Mart. She’s also fantastic at red neck activities – she’s a Port Alberni girl after all.


Susan


Front Desk Administrators


Brie

Brie is a born and bred Nanaimoite! She grew up in Parksville and went to Ballenas secondary, where she played basketball, despite her smaller size!

She joined Lantzville Dental Clinic 3 years ago with no previous dental experience and has become a star front desk administrator. She is a computer whiz and loves the paperwork! ()Brie’s goal is to make sure patients are well taken care of and feel safe and happy when they visit the clinic.

Brie is very creative and loves to sew/crochet and paint. She used to volunteer at the Gardens in Qualicum with elderly dementia patients helping them paint.

Her biggest accomplishment is becoming a cat mom. She loves her two fur babies.

Fun fact about Brie: Brie is a singer/songwriter.


Carlie

Carlie is a BC girl and hails from West Kelowna. She has lived in six communities across BC, but Nanaimo is her favourite place by far!

Carlie started with Lantzville Dental clinic in 2019 and enjoys helping patients access the care they need. She loves our wonderful patients and our great Lantzville Dental team.

Her greatest accomplishment is her 3 sons. When she is not working, she is busy with Football Nanaimo where she has been involved for the past 5 years as treasurer.

She loves to continuously learn and travel! Especially when she can explore the island. Carlie is very creative and loves to design homes in her spare time. 

Fun fact about Carlie: Carlie wrote a children’s book! Not published….yet!

 


Sue


Trina

Trina was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She lived at the northern end of the island until she was 10 years old then moved to Nanaimo where she’s lived ever since. Trina also attended school in Nanaimo at VIU and took the Dental Receptionist course.

Trina has been working in her field since 2010. Her favorite part it seeing how happy patients are at the end of treatment – a smile goes a long way! She thrives off of working with the public in a fast paced environment.

She has many accomplishments, but raising her 2 amazing girls with her husband is number one. She also likes to spend time with her family and friends at the cabin. She can be found in the great outdoors hiking and camping.

When not at work, Trina and her family are busy with their little hobby farm. Chickens, goats and pigs, Oh my!

Fun Fact about Trina. She conquered Mudderella 2016 in Whistler, BC. 


Operatory Assistant


Zoe

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