National Dentists Day

March 6, 2018


We know not everyone is fan of going to the dentist, but our team works hard to change your experience into a relaxing, comfortable and trusting one. If it weren't for dentists, our oral health and our teeth would be in a lot of trouble. Your dentist is one of the most important professionals in your health care team. After all, without your teeth, where would we be?


National Dentists Day is a day to honor and say thank you to our favorite Dentists. We thought this would be the perfect day to introduce you to our three amazing Dentists at Slave Lake Dental. 





Dr. Terri Pukanich, DDS


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, DDS


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 Sahba, DDS


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."






From keeping you pain free to telling the best jokes, we're grateful for everything our dentists do. Here are ten reasons to thank you dentist on March 06, National Dentists Day.


  1. They can help prevent dental disease and oral cancer or detect it early enough to stop it

  2. They can help your child practice good oral health from a young age

  3. They keep you out of pain and offer pain relief

  4. They tell the best jokes and like to get to know you

  5. They can soothe your fears and dental anxiety

  6. Our Dentists truly do genuinely care

  7. They give you a whiter smile in mere minutes

  8. Our Dentists can work with women through their pregnancies to prevent developing gingivitis 

  9. Help you sleep better at night if you suffer from bruxism, snoring or sleep apnea

  10. Our Dentists work with you to perfect your smile






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