Why did I choose orthodontics? It almost seemed like an obvious choice for me. While growing up, I was often teased about my buck teeth. My parents, after hearing about this, decided that I needed to see an orthodontist and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me, it changed my life. My teeth were straightened, my facial profile looked better, I was no longer being made fun of and for the first time, I was able to smile with confidence! Furthermore I loved going to the orthodontist, it was fun, laid back, and there were so many other people around that were just like me, on their way to a beautiful smile. I realized very early in my life that this is what I wanted to do. I want to help other people to have the same confidence that I have when I smile.
After studying across Canada and the USA, I chose Vancouver as the city I wanted to live in. My office was located just outside of downtown and I enjoyed treating my patients there for 5 years. I even had the privilege of treating a couple Hollywood celebrities – ask me who next time you come into the office! But despite the beauty, urban city life, and of course the mild weather of Vancouver, Edmonton is and always will be where my heart belongs. I missed my family and friends so I decided to move back to my hometown and am extremely happy to join the team at Signature Orthodontics.
In addition to Signature Orthodontics, I am a part-time clinical instructor at the University of Alberta, educating younger dentists. I have also continued to practice in BC a few days per month in the town of Prince George. I am a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics, fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and also a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists and Alberta Society of Orthodontists.
So what do I do in my spare time… my favorite pastime is spending time with the special man in my life, Craig; we love traveling, cooking (or attempting to cook, we are both terrible cooks but never give up) and indulging in the occasional Dateline mystery. I also enjoy pilates, playing in the Edmonton Women’s Ball Hockey League and shopping, especially for shoes!