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It is the goal of the entire Slave Lake Dental Team to educate, empower and support our patients to embrace their oral health which directly impacts their overall well being.


Our Doctors


Dr. Terri Pukanich
Owner & General Dentist

Dr. Terri Pukanich  received her DDS from the University of Alberta and has since completed extensive post graduate training in Orthodontics and TMJ Disorders. Terri purchased the Slave Lake Dental practice in 2003 along with her husband John.  Dr. Pukanich was born and raised here in Slave Lake, Alberta. Terri stays active by boating, fishing, quadding, skiing, playing hockey and reading with her husband and two children Cooper and Darby.

Dr. Pukanich is very passionate about dentistry and leadership. In fact, her favorite thing about her job is when patients get the ‘light bulb’ moment when they are made aware of their conditions and why they may be that way. Terri’s favorite quote is “Every patient carries his or her own doctor inside – They come to us not knowing that truth – we are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work” by Albert Schweitzer.

This is what our team has to say about Terri:

Terri is inspiring, visionary, generous, creative and full of great ideas. She is an integral part of each and every one of us. Without her we would not be where we are today both personally and professionally. Terri inspires excellence, and motivates everyone to reach their full potential. 


Dr. Natalie Stone
Associate General Dentist

Natalie joined the Slave Lake Dental team in 2007 and has been a wonderful addition to our team. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with her DDS and Bachelor of Science. Natalie’s favorite part of working at Slave Lake Dental is the people! Natalie said “I love all the girls I have worked with over the years and the patients. The relationships I’ve made makes all the difference.”

Natalie moved to Slave Lake with her husband Greg and is a proud mother of two handsome little boys. When she has free time, Natalie enjoys golfing, cooking and camping. Other than dentistry, her passion is for travelling.

This is what our team has to say about Natalie:

Natalie is a true leader by example. She treats every patient like family and is an extremely skilled dentist who is loved by all of her patients. She has a genuine heart and knows how to appreciate everyone! Natalie amazes us on a daily basis. Her true concern for people and their health is incredible to watch.


Dr. Kian
Associate General Dentist

 

Kian became part of the Slave Lake Dental team in January 2017. He graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2013 with his DDS. When asked what his favorite part of dentistry is, Kian replied “Pulling teeth.. haha.. no I’m only joking, but isn’t that what everyone wants to hear 😉 ”

Kian moved to Slave Lake in 2017 to join our dental dream team because he believes in the vision that Dr. Pukanich has for our office and team. He wanted to be a part of the practice that she is building. It is his first time ever living in our province and he plans to explore more of Northern Alberta. When he has free time Dr. Kian enjoys writing, playing video games, learning new things, listening to reggae music and playing sports.

This is what our team had to say about Kian:

Kian is kind to our patients and genuinely cares. He strives to provide the best care possible for each patient and isn’t afraid to take the time to do so. Kian brings a fun and chill vibe to Slave Lake Dental. He is always open to learning new things. He is a very honest person. 

 


Patient Care Team

 


Aimee Bradley
Registered Restorative Dental Hygienist

Aimee started with Slave Lake Dental in 2005 and was the first Hygienist in the Town of Slave Lake. Aimee earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene, Local Anesthetic, Nitrous Oxide, Restorative Procedures and has a Prescriber ID.

Aimee strives for excellence and is committed to continuing education to expand her scope of practice. She volunteered for five years on the CRDHA Council, setting the direction of the College and looking out for the safety of Albertans. Aimee had the privilege to serve as President. She loved the experience of volunteering in Guatemala, providing dental services to those in need. She has a beautiful rescue dog named Lacey. Aimee volunteers outside of work and enjoys cooking, swimming, baking, planning events, travelling and organizing in her free time. Her favorite part about her job is forming the patient relationships and the fact that she gets to be a part of the patients health care team to support them in their overall health.

This is what our team has to say about Aimee:

Aimee leads by example, adapts to change very well, is passionate and committed to excellence! She is sure that every job is completed to the best of her ability. Aimee has her own very loyal fan (patient) base! 


Amery Davison
Patient Care Provider Support

Amery joined the Slave Lake Dental team in 2013. She is currently working towards her Dental Assistant course in Edmonton so that she can become a Dental Assistant for our team! She is quoted as saying “I love my job, this team and my boss!”

Amery says “It is amazing that she gets to work with most incredible group of people everyday!” This proud mother of two loves spending time with her children, husband and their pets. They all enjoy their summers camping, fishing and boating, while skiing in the winter.

This is what our team has to say about Amery:

Amery takes initiative, is a busy bee and is always on the ball! She is always anticipating all of our needs. Her contagious positivity and laugh are amazing. Amery cares that things are done right; she knows every task and detail matter in the big picture. 


Asha Sargunaraj
Registered Dental Assistant

Asha began Dental Assisting at Slave Lake Dental in 2014. She received her Dental Assisting License in 2012. Asha grew up in Slave Lake and loves to spend her free time with family, friends and coaching figure skating. While at work, Asha loves to work with kids and work down in our Lab.

Asha has said “It’s great being a  part of such an enthusiastic group of people who are all working towards the same vision of creating Raving Fans of Slave Lake Dental!”

This is what our team has to say about Asha:

Asha is our Lab Technician extraordinaire! She is extremely efficient, straight to the point and is awesome at making kids feel safe and comfortable! She jumps into any role at any time, and has since day one. She proves that everyone’s job is everyone’s job!


Brooke Wilson
Registered Dental Assistant

Brooke joined the Slave Lake Dental team as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2016.  She received graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2011 from SAIT  Polytech in Calgary. Brooke’s favorite part of her job is helping patients fix their smile, overcome fears and making them happy to smile again!

Brooke was born and raised in Slave Lake and has beautiful little family consisting of her husband Jayme and her young daughter Shelby. While being a mom takes up a lot of time, Brooke also makes time to curl at least once a week. During her free time Brooke loves spending time with her big extended family. They camp by the lake all summer and travel as much as possible during the colder months.

This is what our team has to say about Brooke:

Brooke always puts the patient first while continuing to be super efficient and confident in every procedure that she does. Brooke is trustworthy, calm and open. She easily connects with patients, making them comfortable and building relationships with them. Brooke adapts quickly to change and is always willing to help wherever she can. She’s very efficient, always positive and 100% reliable. Cool as a cucumber and a blast to work with.


Erin Robichaud
Registered Dental Hygienist

Erin started working with Slave Lake Dental in 2012. She received her Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2012 from Oulton College, her Local Anesthetic from the University of Alberta in 2013, and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Erin is a full of laughter and smiles, making her a favorite when it comes to our younger patients. Her favorite visits are patients’ first visits and she loves working with kids. Erin spends her free time staying active with sports, boating and swimming.

This is what our team has to say about Erin:

Erin has a heart of gold. She is supportive and caring to each and every team member and is a team cheerleader. She makes the dentist fun! Especially for kids! Erin knows her purpose and why she is here everyday. She really loves her job and it shows.


Karie Parks
Patient Care Provider Support

Karie became a part of the Slave Lake Dental team in 2012. Karie moved to Slave Lake in 2006 from New Brunswick. Karie has worked many positions in the office including Patient Care Coordinator & Support and she is now our exclusive Patient Care Coordinator Support. Karie’s favorite part about her job is seeing a patient’s reaction when they first start and finish orthodontic treatment.

Karie loves being able to help patients with their individual needs. She has spent time in many roles at Slave Lake Dental always being a key part of our team. She loves to spend her free time snowboarding, spending time with her dogs and doing cross-fit.

This is what our team has to say about Karie:

Karie is awesome! She is the best person ever and full of pep! Karie is dedicated and willing to help wherever she can. Karie strives to see the good in everyone and pass it along to others. 



Kaitlyn Buntain
Registered Dental Hygienist

 

Kaitlyn joined the Slave Lake Dental team in the summer of 2016 and she is an amazing part of the team. Kaitlyn worked with Slave Lake Dental in our state of the art sterilization  for a year before deciding that she wanted to become a Dental Hygienist. She pursued her goals, graduated from Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and returned to our team. Kaitlyn’s favorite part of being a Dental Hygienist is meeting new people and getting to really know them and their story. She also loves being able to share her knowledge of oral health with her patients.

Kaitlyn originally comes from PEI but says she wanted to be trained and work with our team where she is comfortable and can grow.  When not at the office Kaitlyn enjoys reading, riding her horse, travelling and experiencing new places.

This is what our team has to say about Kaitlyn:

Kaitlyn is such an asset to the team. She is always positive and strives to do her best every time. She is fantastic at talking with patients about their oral health. Patients always tell us that they love her gentle spirit and she is building a loyal fan base. Kaitlyn is always ready to help wherever needed and exudes our core value “Everyone’s job is everyone’s job!”


Katie-Severson-Registered-Dental-Assistant-Slave-Lake-Dental-TeamKatie Severson
Registered Dental Assistant

Katie joined the Slave Lake Dental team in 2013 and says she couldn’t ask for a better office or group of girls to work with. She graduated from Columbia College in 2012 from the Dental Assisting Program. Katie grew up in the Slave Lake area and loves being outdoors. Her favorite areas of dentistry are assisting in surgeries and cosmetic dentistry.

Katie is a very family orientated person who would rather play outside in the mud instead of playing with hair and makeup. She is looking forward to becoming an aunt for the first time this year! Katie’s favorite pastimes include spending time with family, snowmobiling, quadding, hiking, hunting, being in the mountains and anything outdoors. To Katie, home is where the heart is.

This is what our team has to say about Katie:

Katie is a thorough, precise, consistent and hard working team member. She works well under pressure while maintaining a very high quality of care for our patients. Katie has the biggest heart with the most honest intentions. She is so meticulous in everything she does. When she is given a job, it always gets done to perfection. 


Krista Henstridge
Registered Dental Assistant

Krista joined our team in 2001 after moving here from Newfoundland. She completed her Dental Assisting at the Career Academy in 1998. Krista’s said ” I love working in such a wonderful office. I really love helping people get the beautiful smile they really want.”

Krista loves spending time with her husband and two beautiful girls. In fact, her favorite thing to do is to watch her oldest daughter play hockey and her youngest daughter dance. Other pastimes that Krista enjoys is traveling, fishing, camping and enjoying our beautiful Slave Lake beach in the summer.

This is what our team has to say about Krista:

Krista is a wonderful, silent leader. She is well composed, loyal and patient. She is an awesome clinical trainer. Krista has a calming effect at all times, especially with patients, which helps her to establish such a good rapport. Krista takes pride in her work, and her hard work shows in every patient that she sees. She makes sure that every patient is getting the best experience and the best dentistry possible.


Lisa-O'Brien-Registered-Dental-Assistant-Slave-Lake-Dental-TeamLisa O’Brien
Registered Dental Assistant

Lisa started working on the Slave Lake Dental team in 2009. She earned her Dental Assisting Level II from Nova Scotia Community College in 2006. Lisa loves to do lab work and assist with orthodontics. Lisa said that her favorite thing about working at Slave Lake Dental is being a part of such a great team.

Lisa moved to Slave Lake from Nova Scotia, and now lives here with her husband. Her favorite activities are camping, hiking, and hunting. Especially when she gets to enjoy those activities in the mountains.

This is what our team has to say about Lisa:

Lisa is a selfless person who is never too busy to help anyone. She shrugs off negativity and focuses on the positive, always looking for and finding solutions. She is a master of her craft. Lisa never takes shortcuts or does anything less than 100%. You can depend on her because she will never let you down. 


Raman Sandhu

Registered Dental Hygienist

Raman started with the Slave Lake Dental team officially in 2017 but her journey with us started back in high school. When Raman moved to Slave Lake, from Calgary in elementary school, she immediately knew that Slave Lake Dental was where she wanted to work. In high school she spent her afternoons as a work experience student here in the office.  Raman completed her Dental Hygiene Program with honors and local Anesthetic at Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2016. Raman says “I have always been very passionate about dentistry and I love helping people get their beautiful and health smile.”

When Raman is not at the office, she loves to be adventurous, explore new places and meet new people. One of her favorite things to do is to make time for her family.

This is what our team has to say about Raman:

Raman is wise beyond her years. She has a calm, caring and confident personality which her patients adore. She is professional and strives for perfection. Raman is always so considerate of her team and so much fun to work with! She is fantastic with patients and a perfect addition to our team!


Rebecca McGlynn
Registered Dental Assistant

Rebecca became a part of the team in 2011.  She graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2011 from KDM Dental in Edmonton. Rebecca started at Slave Lake Dental working in the office as a Patient Care Coordinator in the reception area and transitioned into her assistant role.

Rebecca has a wonderful little boy who just turned one, she and her husband are expecting another little boy in February. Rebecca grew up in Smith, Alberta but moved to Slave Lake to become part of our team. Her favorite thing to do at work is to meet with new patients and to celebrate patients’ successes. Rebecca loves to spend time with her family after work hours.

This is what our team has to say about Rebecca:

Her calm, comforting, empathetic manners allow her to be a wonderful asset to our patients.  Rebecca is considerate, well mannered and just plain nice! She wants to do the best job everyday and never rushes; making sure our patients have the best care. Rebecca is so caring and thorough, she excels with our patients and is wonderful at creating raving fans!


Rudi-Woolston-Registered-Dental-Hygienist-Slave-Lake-DentalRudi Woolston
Registered Dental Hygienist

Rudi joined the Slave Lake Dental team in 2009. She was a Dental Assistant for four years before returning to school to become a dental hygienist. Rudi grew up right here in Slave Lake, Alberta.

This is what our team has to say about Rudi:

Rudi is ambitious, smart, efficient and a solution finder. She is constantly finding ways to make everyone’s job easier. She has unwavering confidence in what she does.  


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 Stephanie Richardson
Registered Dental Assistant

Stephanie is one of our seasoned veterans and joined our team in 2006. She graduated as a Dental Assistant in 2010 from NAIT. Stephanie loves her relationships with her patients and our team.  Her favorite procedures to assist with is any type of orthodontic procedure.

Stephanie was born and raised in Slave Lake and currently lives in Widewater with her husband and fur babies. She has a passion for water sports like wake boarding, water skiing and tubing but she also loves cooking and reading.  Stephanie is passionate about her career and strives to ensure our patients have an excellent experience while they are at our office. Giving back is important to Stephanie and she thoroughly enjoyed going to Nicaragua on a dental brigade to provide dental services to those who would not normally have access to any.

This is what our team has to say about Stephanie:

Stephanie is indispensable! She is a great team leader and cheer leader! Stephanie is always providing constant encouragement for the whole team. She is a solution seeker who is open minded and leads by example. Stephanie takes on any responsibility and never expects anything in return. She knows her purpose and takes pride in all that she does. 


Susie Ritchie
Registered Dental Assistant

Susie joined the Slave Lake Dental team in 2005. She moved to Slave Lake from New Brunswick with her husband. She believes that she is the proudest Canadian out there and hopes to travel our entire country with her husband and three daughters.

Susie’s favorite part about her job is working with the greatest group of people. She also loves the small town community feeling in Slave Lake that allows her to really get to know her patients. She also loves to assist in surgeries, orthodontics and to order supplies. Susie loves to go 4-wheeling in the summer and fall and says that her family’s lives are pretty much consumed with Hockey in the winter. She also enjoys skiing, skidooing, gardening, going to the beach and biking with her family. She is very energetic and loves being a part of the Slave Lake Dental team.

This is what our team has to say about Susie:

Susie creates organization and is always available for a laugh, hug or a selfie! She’s like a pressure cooker! She works so well under pressure. Susie is dedicated in everything that she does! She always manages to stay one step ahead of everything while keeping everyone laughing.


Patient Care Support Team


Chantelle Hedin
Marketing Director

Chantelle is new to the team and joined Slave Lake Dental in 2014. She completed her Web Design Diploma in 2009 and her Business Management in 2011. Her favorite thing about working at Slave Lake Dental is that the team fosters and encourages growth, both personally and professionally. She loves that she gets to be creative every day and she is passionate about showing the world how amazing our team really is.

Chantelle was born and raised in Slave Lake. In her free time Chantelle enjoys photography, reading, spending time with her husband, family and pets, being a very proud aunt, DIY projects, and anything that allows her to be creative. She loves being part of the Slave Lake Dental team, the family feel of our practice and all of the opportunities that come from working here.

This is what our team has to say about Chantelle:

Chantelle is innovative and imaginative and an idea machine. Her originality shines through in all that she does. She is a marketing GURU. Chantelle always shows her appreciation for others, is full of ideas and comes from a place of yes. She doesn’t shy away from anything based on the time or effort it may take.


Chelsi Roth

Patient Care Coordinator

Chelsi joined our dental dream team in 2016 and she couldn’t be a better fit for the team! Chelsi completed her Office Administration Certificate in 2012. Her position has her focus on providing for the patients and to provide support for our hygienists and their schedules.  Chelsi said her ” I love the fast paced environment, discussing goals with patients and most of all seeing the patients leave our office smiling.”

Chelsi’s family lives in Saskatchewan and she travels to visit family as often as she can. She has two beautiful pups that keep her busy. During her free time she enjoys working out, nature while hiking and spending time with her puppies.

This is what our team has to say about Chelsi

Chelsi is an independent, professional, self starter who works so hard and efficiently. She is never afraid to step in and help out with anything. Always going the extra mile. She is truly dedicated to her work. She takes direct care over our hygiene schedule and she’s always got our hygienists in mind. Chelsi has a huge heart for both the patients and the team. She is great at celebrating others and making our patients feel at ease. 


Jayde-O'Keefe-Team-Leader-Support-Slave-Lake-Dental-TeamJayde O’Keefe
Team Leader Support

Jayde joined our team in 2012 as part of the clinical team but transitioned into the role of Team Leader Support. She works behind the scenes, directly with John and Dr. Pukanich to keep things running smoothly at our office. Jayde loves working “with a great team in a hardworking but fun atmosphere.”

Jayde was born and raised in Slave Lake and does not have any plans of leaving.  Jayde loves to be outdoors, so she spends her time hunting, quadding, playing hockey, wake boarding, boating, paddle boarding and spends most of the summer out on the lake.

This is what our team has to say about Jayde:

Jayde is a voice of reason and wise way beyond her years. She is a dedicated and hard working team member. Jayde is always busy doing as much as she possibly can to help the team. You can count on her to get the job done right!


John Pukanich
Owner & Manager

John and Terri began operating Slave Lake Dental in 2005. John graduated as a Instrumentation Technologist and Journeyman Instrumentation Mechanic in 1995 from NAIT. John is in charge of all of the behind the scenes work that allows the practice to run smoothly. He is our lead bookkeeper and works directly with contractors during projects. John says that his favorite part of his job is working with Microsoft Excel and building complex spreadsheets that help him organize the office efficiently. Like most of us, John sees our team as one big family that works, learns and grows together.

John is married to Dr. Terri Pukanich and together they have two beautiful children. John grew up in Chisholm and moved to Slave Lake when he was 10 years old. In his free time John enjoys quadding, sledding, hunting, water skiing, down hill skiing, working in his shop and mapping.

This is what our team has to say about John:

John is the unsung hero of our office. He is precise, attentive to details, direct and reliable. He always makes the needs of our team a top priority. John will always get to the bottom of any questions and give the best possible answer. John influences people to become their best self when they’re working with him. 



Michelle Kropiniski

Patient Care Coordinator

Michelle joined the Slave Lake Dental team in January 2016 as the Restorative Coordinator.  After living in New Brunswick and Lithuania for college, then Japan, Nova Scotia, and a few spots in Alberta, she decided to come back to her roots in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Raising her two amazing kids is Michelle’s pride and joy.  She loves being near the beach but also enjoys the beautiful winter wonderland that she gets to experience here in the North.

Michelle has loved joining this wonderful team and being able to work with the most compassionate and sweet co-workers.

This is what our team has to say about Michelle:

Michelle is a superstar on our team! She is organized, has a fantastic work ethic and is open to change. She comes to work each day with a smile on her face, always positive and is full of great ideas to make the office more effective and efficient. Michelle is dependable and very thorough. She ensures that her work is always completed to the best quality she can offer and  our patients love her for it.  



Samantha Schonberger
Patient Care Coordinator Support

Samantha joined the Slave Lake Dental team at the beginning of 2016 and has been a great asset. Her job in the office is to do the painstaking process of ensuring insurance companies and claims are processed correctly while being the first point of contact. Her favorite part about Slave Lake Dental is “Getting to work with all these wonderful people and seeing patients so happy with their new smiles!”

 

When she’s not at work Samantha enjoys spending time with her fiance, dog and two cats. Her family is from British Columbia so she enjoys travelling to see them as often as she can. Samantha always has some sort of craft on the go. She loves cross country skiing, hiking with her dog and spending time on the beach.

 

This is what our team has to say about Samantha:

Samantha is a quick learner who is always willing to help her team members. She is always smiling, very friendly and makes the team laugh. Her dedication and hard working attitude make her dependable, reliable and a fantastic team member. She is great at investigating and problem solving and will always find the right answer!


 Sarah Bignell

Patient Care Coordinator

Sarah started at Slave Lake Dental in the fall of 2016. She joins our highly motivated team of Patient Care Coordinators and has quickly become an asset to the team. Sarah loves working with our patients, understanding any barriers that they may have and helping them to work around those barriers to get the best care we can offer.

Sarah lives in Slave Lake with her husband and two children. When she’s not at the office, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. This could include walking, quadding, camping, hunting and so much more!

This is what our team has to say about Sarah:

Sarah comes from a place of ‘Yes.’ She has no excuses and takes accountability for any task or job she takes on. Her confidence and positivity make it easy for our patients to build relationships with Sarah. She has taken on handling our Orthodontic cases and ensures she is helping the patient in every way she can. She is a quick learner and an amazing addition to the team!  

 


 Vanessa Slanina
Patient Care Coordinator Support

Vanessa-Slanina-Patient-Care-Coordinator-Support-Slave-Lake-Dental-TeamVanessa started at Slave Lake Dental in 2012. Vanessa loves the environment in which the Slave Lake Dental team works and says “Everyone is always happy and we get along so well.” She also loves our team potluck days. Vanessa moved to Slave Lake from Kitimat, British Columbia, where she grew up, for work.

Vanessa loves to spend her free time with her boyfriend and their two Labradors. They love doing absolutely anything outdoors whether it be walking, hiking, quading or hunting.

This is what our team has to say about Vanessa:

Vanessa is focused, solid, organized, extremely reliable and trustworthy. She is very intelligent and only needs to be told or shown something once. Vanessa is dedicated and passionate about her job and it shows in her attitude around the office everyday.