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's 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.

Dr. Cameron Keresztes

Dr. Cameron Keresztes

B. Sc., D.M.D.

Dr. Keresztes was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and completed his dental education at UBC. Outside of work Cameron loves to ski, hike, camp, and swim, so it comes as no surprise that he has loved Salmon Arm since his move. He loves meeting new patients and working with those who have been here long-term at Salmon Arm Dental!

Dr. Daniel Su

Dr. Daniel Su

B. Sc., D.M.D.

Dr. Su grew up in Toronto, Ontario and eventually moved to Vancouver to complete his dental degree at UBC. Daniel’s friendly personality creates an enjoyable experience for all ages! Daniel enjoys spending his time outdoors throughout the year. In the summer, you can find Daniel with an overnight pack strapped to his back exploring the Shuswap region. On the flip side, Daniel spends his winters downhill skiing.

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. In her spare time she loves camping, fishing, cooking and spending time with her family, friends and pets. Robbie just welcomed her 1st baby to the family this year!

Ashley Gerrits

Ashley Gerrits

R.D.H

Ashley was born and raised in a cold city in northern Alberta, Edmonton. She graduated at the University of Alberta in 2013 and has loved her choice of becoming a dental hygienist ever since. Ashley enjoys helping her patients and making sure they achieve and maintain their oral health goals. Ashley is gentle and kind while you are in her care. She loves to travel and explore all the hiking BC has to offer. At the end of her days you can find her with a good glass of wine and giving puppy snuggles to her new furry best friend, Sawyer.

Jacqueline Bannister

Jacqueline Bannister

R.D.H

Jackie was originally from the Maritimes but after graduating from the Dental Hygiene Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1988, she moved to Vancouver. She eventually made Salmon Arm home, with her family. Her children, Alyson and Drew, grew up here and thoroughly immersed themselves into the community. Jackie spends her summers kayaking and hiking and her winters xcountry skiing and boxing. She looks forward to meeting new patients, and provide gentle and caring dental hygiene treatment!

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.

Lindsay Satrum

Lindsay Satrum

R.D.H

Lindsay was born and raised in Salmon Arm. She ventured off to the big city of Prince George to obtain her diploma in Dental Hygiene, but also managed to land the man of her dreams! The two love birds moved back to Lindsay’s old stomping grounds, and soon started their family of 4! Peyton & Lincoln are the light of Lindsay’s life! When Lindsay isn’t at her station, she spends her summers coaching baseball & downhill biking and hits up SilverStar’s ski trails in the winter!

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.

Lynn Forsyth

Lynn Forsyth

C.D.A.

Lynn was born in Salmon Arm and has 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.

Jill Pakka-Ferguson

Jill Pakka-Ferguson

C.D.A.

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.

Emily Henry

Emily Henry

Chairside Assistant

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Steph Jetty

Steph Jetty

Chairside Assistant/Reception

Steph was born and raised in Salmon Arm. She moved to Alberta and started dental reception 9 years ago. The office is counting down the days until Steph laces up her "fast shoes" as she is currently enjoying a much deserved year off with her beautiful baby girl and husband.

Wendy Strom

Wendy Strom

Executive Assistant

Wendy grew up in Alberta and would often come to the Shuswap with friends for vacations, thinking that whoever lived here was so lucky. Well fast forward to 1995 and as luck would have it, her husband's job had them relocate to beautiful Salmon Arm. Wendy has over 14 years of experience in a dental office and truly enjoys each and every day at Salmon Arm Dental. She loves dirt biking and crossfit and spending time with her husband and four amazing kids (whenever they are home).

Taryn Passey

Taryn Passey

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 but decided that dental was more her passion. Currently Taryn is enjoying some time off with her two sons and husband.

Mandi Kalf

Mandi Kalf

Reception

Mandi is another local girl, having grown up in the Shuswap. Mandi has been greeting our patients with her bright smile for over a year now! When she is not in the office you can find her spending time with her family, rock climbing, or enjoying the outdoors.

Chelsey Gulayets

Chelsey Gulayets

Reception

Chelsey grew up in Vancouver and made the move to Salmon Arm with her beautiful daughter a few years ago. Chelsey enjoys playing soccer, going for hikes, watching live sporting events, and shopping! Her true passion in life is FOOD! Eating food, watching the Food Network, scrolling Pinterest for food inspiration, anything to do with food she is game for (minus cooking). When Chelsey isn't at the front desk you can find her pursuing her current goal of becoming an international foodie. Make sure you ask her how this is going the next time you are in the office!

Stephanie Myles

Stephanie Myles

Reception

Some of you may recognize this face! After 4 short years, Stephanie has returned to the reception area! Steph grew up in Enderby and now lives in Grindrod with her husband and 2 boys. Steph, too, enjoys the outdoors! She has a love for camping and all things water! Steph's summers are spent swimming and paddle boarding the Shuswap River! Steph is happy to be back around familiar faces and looks forward to meeting our new patients!

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Madyson Williamson

Reception

Madyson is one of the newer faces here at Salmon Arm Dental and we are so lucky to have her! Madyson moved here from the island and is enjoying exploring her new home in the Shuswap. If you're looking for some fresh new recipes or a good book to read, ask our girl! She loves cooking and curling up with a good book, especially while camping! The next time you're in our office be sure to let her know about your favorite camp site!

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Kasydee Groshaw

Reception

Kasydee is another new face in our growing office. She grew up in the Kootenays and has called Salmon Arm home for the last 9 years. Kas loves a good adventure, as long as it's outdoors. When she's not at the office you can find her enjoying the lake, taking an ATV to all of the amazing lookouts in the area, or hanging out with her adorable puppy! Be sure to let Kas know any tips or trick you have for puppy nail clipping!

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Grace Young

Reception

Have you met Grace? She moved here from the lower mainland and we are so lucky that she decided to "grace" us with her presence (see what I did there) at Salmon Arm Dental. Grace is a mom of two little youngsters who she loves camping, and skydiving with! When she isn't jumping out of planes you can find her exploring our beautiful area, camping, or hanging out in a backyard or two! Grace cannot wait to meet you!

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Stef Hamerston

Office Manager/Marketing Director

Guess who's back?! Back again! Stef is back! Tell a friend! Stef grew up in the Shuswap and has spent the last few years working at sea on cruise ships. She is now back full time at Salmon Arm Dental and couldn't be happier! When she is not in the office you'll find her outdoors boating, working on her golf game, or mastering the art of tobogganing.