Our Team

Patient Care Coordinators:

Amanda

Patient Care Coordinator (Leaside)

Languages: Portuguese

Amanda is the first and last face you see at Your Neighbourhood Dentist. She is attentive, empathetic, and committed to ensuring our patients’ needs are met by assisting with any questions patients may have regarding insurance, payments, treatment planning, and schedule coordination.

Amanda will also aid you in the insurance process by submitting claims electronically (if applicable) to ensure prompt reimbursement.

When she is not in the office she enjoys reading – her favorite authors include J.K Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Joanne Greenberg, George Orwell, and William Golding to name a few.

Narita

Patient Services Coordinator (Leaside and Keele)
Languages: Tagalog

Narita’s warm personality will make you feel right at home from the moment you enter the office. Her passion is to make each and every patient as comfortable as possible. Narita is approachable and always willing to help with any questions regarding dental treatment or insurance. She is committed to ensuring that your appointments are scheduled and all your insurance claims are submitted to ensure speedy reimbursement.

Narita was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2010 with her husband and three daughters.

When she is not working at Your Neighbourhood Dentist, she brings smiles to the elderly working as a Personal Support Worker in a Nursing home.

Karissa

Office Assistant (Leaside and Keele)

Karissa joined our team after finishing high school with no idea what she wanted as a career.  She has quickly fallen in love with dentistry and has grown into a great addition to our team. You will see her helping in all aspects of our office, from scheduling and confirming your appointments ensuring your visits to our office is as comfortable as possible with warm neck rolls and warm towels. She works hard to always try to be ahead of what needs to be done and loves making people smile.

Karissa was born and raised in Thunder Bay and moved to Toronto in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading romance novels. Her favorite author is John Green because she finds his books and movies inspiring. She also enjoys baking and writing short stories.

Curlene

Curlene joined our team after completing the Dental Administrator Program at Medix College. She possesses an interest in dentistry and is committed to continuing her education in this field. Curlene answers calls, sends friendly reminders along with other services to assist you, and she does all this with a smile on her face.

Curlene was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated to Canada in 2004. When she is not assisting you in our office, Curlene can be found reading, taking walks or enjoying a good Marvel movie.

Rachel

Patient Care Coordinator (Keele)
Languages: Tagalog

Rachael joined Your Neighbourhood Dentist from a different field of work and quickly fell in love with the field.  She has since made it her mission to ensure our patients leave with a smile on their face. She makes sure all appointments are scheduled and that patients receive a friendly reminder for their upcoming appointments along with sending claims electronically for prompt reimbursement.  Rachel loves to smile and makes our patients her top priority.

When Rachel isn’t at the office she enjoys cooking, spending time with family, friends and her churchmates.

Dental Assistants:

Janet

Dental Assistant – CDA Level 1 (Leaside)
Languages: Spanish

Janet has been a Level 1 Certified Dental Assistant for 25 years and has had the privilege of assisting over 30 dentists of different areas of specialty. Her warm smile, sense of humour along with her assisting skills make each appointment a breeze.

Aside from her dental assisting background, Janet was also a member of the board of directors for the Platinum West Condominium Corporation, national salesperson of the year for Kinney Canada, a pageant winner, and a big sister. She enjoys organizing fundraisers and she is very involved in her church and has been on missions to Haiti and Central America.

She loves to travel and has traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, Bahamas, Dubai, Israel, China, and Holland, to name a few.

Pauline

Dental Assistant – CDA Level 2 (Leaside and Keele)
Language: Tagalog

Pauline is our Level 2 Certified Dental Assistant. Working at Your Neighbourhood Dentist has enabled her to pursue her interests in the medical field.  Pauline is always enthusiastic about making patients smile and is very detail oriented to ensure patients receive the best care possible. Her professional experience further enhances her passion in promoting oral health and hygiene to our patients.  When Pauline is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves arts, crafts, calligraphy, decorating, cooking and baking.

Toom

Dental Assistant – CDA Level 2 (Leaside and Keele)
Languages: Thai

Toom graduated from George Brown College in 2014 and is a member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association. She loves to laugh so you will hear her laughter fill the operatory during your appointments. She strives to put all our patients at ease with her humour, smile and assisting technique.

Toom was born and raised in Thailand where she worked as a medical technologist for 7 years in private clinics and hospitals. She moved to Canada in 2011.

Toom enjoys going to the gym and watching TV in her spare time. She loves sports and traveling and also plays on a bowling league with her husband and friends every Thursday!

Adam

Office Assistant (Leaside and Keele)

Adam was born in Nova Scotia and moved to Mississauga with his family when he was only three months old. Adam is responsible for the sterilization and infection control in our office as we continually update our infection prevention and control measures with recommendations from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

When Adam isn’t working at the office he spends his free time working on his writing.  He has aspirations to become an author, writing stories that send his readers into a magical world.  Adam loves to spend time with family and friends, watch movies and read books.

Rebecca

Dental Assistant 

Rebecca was born and raised in the Philippines – she speaks Ilokano and Tagalog – and worked in Hong Kong before making Canada her home.  She graduated in 2019 as a Level II Dental Assistant from Medix College in Toronto. Rebecca is often quiet and reserved, but she is incredibly kind and meticulous in her work – qualities that become even more evident than usual when she has a chance to assist with kids!  As you’ll find, she is very caring and always there to give a helping hand.

 

Rebecca is a proud mother of her son, Nathaniel and his sister, Irish.  She enjoys spending evenings and weekends with her family and friends – cooking, swimming, playing pool and occasionally watching episodes of the original run of Arrested Development.

Dental Hygienists:

Benson

Registered Dental Hygienist (Leaside)
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin

Benson graduated from Dental Hygiene at George Brown College with Honours after completing his Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

Benson is a very dedicated, goal-oriented and he is always looking forward to bring a smile to every patient. When he isn’t in the office, Benson enjoys traveling, playing piano and guitar, and hanging out with his friends.

Benson also has a passion for serving the community! He has volunteered in a hospital, served the elderly and is part of the committee in his church and fellowship.  He has even joined Dr. Carrie on a dental mission to Haiti!

Nikki

Registered Dental Hygienist (Leaside)
Languages: Cantonese and Mandarin

Nikki graduated Dental Hygiene from Oxford College, she is a member of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association. In addition to performing routine cleanings and periodontal maintenance, her goal is to provide excellent and comfortable care for all patients at Your Neighbourhood Dentist. She enjoys helping patients develop optimal oral hygiene care at home by education and prevention. When Nikki isn’t at the office she enjoys watching the Toronto Maple leafs and Raptors games.

Michelle

Registered Dental Hygienist (Leaside)
Languages: French

Michelle trained as a dental hygienist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After practicing for several years in Halifax, Michelle and her husband moved to London, England, where she worked as a dental hygienist and spent her free time traveling throughout Europe. Michelle and her husband have since returned to Toronto to make it their home.

Michelle is registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. Michelle loves learning about advancements in dentistry and keeps up with continuing education through reading dental journals and attending courses related to the dental hygiene profession.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking through the Ontario wilderness, reading, and renovating her home one room at a time.

Joey

Registered Dental Hygienist (Leaside)
Languages: Cantonese

Joey is a Registered Dental Hygienist and is a member of the Ontario Dental Hygienists Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. She enjoys providing optimal oral health care for her patients and is always putting in her best effort to meet patient’s satisfaction with every dental visit.

Joey is constantly looking to set new goals and to learn new things, both personally and professionally. She recently participated in a pageant and became a titleholder for Miss Vietnam Toronto 2017. Some of the activities she enjoys outside of the office include going to the gym, traveling, catching up with shows on Netflix and spending time with friends and family.

Shivvon

Registered Dental Hygienist (Leaside and Keele)

Shivvon is a Registered Dental Hygienist who moved to Toronto from Winnipeg to study and pursue her career as a hygienist. She is a member of the Ontario Dental Hygienist Association and the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association.

She is passionate about her career, meticulous and a perfectionist. Her goal is to do her best to help patients maintain a healthy mouth and great smile. She strives to ensure that every patient is comfortable in the chair while receiving a thorough, yet gentle cleaning and educates them about their oral home care.

She enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, and working out at the gym. She is a proud mother to her daughter Bethany, who continues to surprise and impress her with her gymnastics abilities! She has traveled with Dr. Carrie to Haiti twice for a dental mission!

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