Meet Our Team

Photos of Salmon Arm Dental Group staff and office
Dr. Russell Kearl

Dr. Russell Kearl

B. Sc., D.D.S.

Dr. Kearl received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Alberta. He is very motivated to be working on learning the latest advancements in dentistry. Dr. Kearl excels in and enjoys the field of implants and doing difficult restorative work. He's great with kids and adults too. It is a rare day that you do not hear Dr. Kearl sound effects while he is working on patients. He has a passion for all things fast and all things outdoors, His latest passions are Fat Biking and Pickle Ball. When he's not on a mountain bike, he can usually be found playing with his wife and 3 kids.

Dr. Luke Hawkins

Dr. Luke Hawkins

B. Sc., D.M.D.

"My goal is to meet the needs of this community while promoting the best possible oral health"

Dr. Hawkins was raised in Victoria, BC and completed his dental training at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. His relaxed style creates a welcoming atmosphere for patients of all ages and all paths of life. For Dr. Luke, it's a high priority to stand behind the quality of his work. In his free time you may see him snowboarding at the local mountains or hiking our network of Shuswap trails.

Lynn Forsyth

Lynn Forsyth

C.D.A.

Lynn was born in Salmon Arm worked in the dental industry longer than she can remember. She enjoys working with and meeting new patients, especially young children. Lynn Enjoys cross-country skiing, gardening, walking, hiking, and going to the beach. She plans on continuing to work as a Dental Assistant long enough to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up, which she keeps hinting will happen soon.

Robbie Jones

Robbie Jones

R.D.H.

Robbie was born and raised in Salmon Arm. She graduated from the dental hygiene program in Prince George. She is gentle, caring, and we are constantly getting rave reviews for her. You can send fan mail to 101-571 6 St NE Salmon Arm. In her spare time she loves camping, fishing, cooking and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

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Deanne Kearl

R.N.; Bookkeeping

Deanne graduated from Nursing in 2002 from the University of Alberta. Last year Deanne took over the role of Office Manager/Bookkeeper in our office. She puts in a lot of hard work making sure that all the background needs are being met at the office, allowing the rest of us to focus on your dental needs. While she loves working hard at the office and playing hard with her kids, nothing gives her more satisfaction than completely annihilating Dr. Irwin in a game of 7 Wonders.

Jill Pakka-Ferguson

Jill Pakka-Ferguson

Dental Assistant

Jill was born in Salmon Arm and has been in the dental industry for over 35 years. She enjoys ringette, slo-pitch, biking, hiking, boating, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Dawn Sommer

Dawn Sommer

C.D.A.

Dawn graduated from College of New Caledonia Dental Assisting program in 2006. Dawn received the Henry Schein Ash Arcona professionalism award and is nationally certified with 14 years of dental experience. Dawn grew up in Salmon Arm and enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Wendy Strom

Wendy Strom

C.D.A.; Reception

Wendy was born and raised in southern Alberta, and spent many summers growing up in the Shuswap, and dream of living here year round. She has been living that dream with her husband and four children for the last twenty years. Wendy was trained as a CDA an NAIT, and has extensive experience as a bookkeeper, and holds certificates from OUC as a Personal Trainer and Dental Office Administrator. As a Highschool Chin-up Champion she prides herself on being able to out chin-up everyone. She enjoys most sports and outdoor activities, although we only ever hear her talking about crossfit...

Taryn Passey

Taryn Passey

M.O.A.; Reception

Taryn grew up in Salmon Arm, She is an absolute joy and a wonderfully happy face to greet you as you come in our front door. She loves meeting new people and wishes she could grasp the intricacies of Pickle Ball. She has worked in a number of locations as a Medical Office Assistant, and you may recognize her from her acting work in films like "The Longest Ride" and "Tomorrowland." We are so lucky to have this local celebrity working with us, and even luckier that no matter where her career takes her she still considers Salmon Arm Dental, home.

Jacqueline Bannister

Jacqueline Bannister

R.D.H

Jackie was born in New Brunswick, and as her father was in the RCMP, she has lived in many parts of the Maritimes throughout her childhood. After graduating from Dalhousie University in Halifax, she bought a car and drove across Canada to BC. She fell in love with our beautiful province, and lived in Vancouver before moving to Salmon Arm in 1998. She loves hiking, kayaking, and boxing.

Niki Niehaus

Niki Niehaus

R.D.H

Niki was born here in the Okanagan valley. After completing her hygiene degree, she moved to Salmon Arm, where she bought her first home. Niki is passionate about dental care, and loves sharing her knowledge with her patients. She enjoys running and yoga, and recently participated in a 10K run.

Emily Clarke

Emily Clarke

R.D.H

Emily took her hygiene degree at the Vancouver college of dental hygiene. She loves helping her patients maintain good oral health and educating them to make healthier lifestyle choices. She immediately puts you at ease with her kind and professional manner. She is very athletic and loves to play hockey and work out.