Meet Our Team

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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 Huber

Ashley Huber

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.

Niki Niehaus

Niki Niehaus

R.D.H

Niki was born and raised in Vernon. She received her Dental Hygiene Diploma from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. After working in Northern BC for a few years as a new graduate, she made her way to Salmon Arm and has loved calling it home for the last 4 years now. In her free time Niki enjoys tending to her veggie garden, tinkering around the house and exploring new waterfalls so she can add them to her list. Currently though, Niki spends the majority of her free time working on her Dental Hygiene Degree, through distance ed, from the University of British Columbia which she is exceptionally excited to complete in 2023!

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!

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Silke Schuster

R.D.H.

After what felt like many years of post secondary schooling, including finishing my Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from UBCO and finishing my dental diploma from Vancouver Community College I have finally started my dream career. I love the preventative aspect of dental hygiene and feel fortunate to be educating my patients about good oral health. When I’m not at work I spend lots of time cycling, camping, hiking and spending time with my family and dog Cocoa.

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Meagan Prusky

R.D.H.

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Gabrielle Kam

R.D.H.

Gabrielle was raised in Kamloops. She received her Dental Hygiene Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and from there headed out to Salmon Arm to be with her wonderful fiancé. She strives to make her patients feel cared for and comfortable, while promoting good oral health and helping patients reach their goals! Gabrielle enjoys being outdoors, baking and spending time with her family and friends. In her down time you can find her snuggling her new kitten and reading a good book!

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Alyssa Wale

R.D.H.

Raised in the North, Alyssa completed her Dental Hygiene Diploma at CNC in Prince George and decided to try the Shuswap life for a change. So far she is loving it and can't get enough of the warm weather. when she is not at work you can find her at the beach, working on one of her many art projects, or hanging out with friends and family. She is looking forward to the winter where she can explore the local ski hills and find some good tree runs. Hygiene has been tough on this "old' gal and now she has back problems. If you or any of your friends know of a good massage therapist please send them her way.

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Brittany Meise

C.D.A.

Brittany was born in Enderby, and has lived between Enderby and Salmon Arm her entire life. She started her career in Certified Dental Assisting 10 years ago. Brittany’s passion for dentistry encouraged her to broaden her scope of practice and complete her Prosthodontic Module. When Brittany isn’t zooming around the office you will find her on Gardom Lake with her Husband and 3 dogs Paddle boarding, camping, or simply just spending time outdoors.

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Chantelle Sware

C.D.A.

Chantelle was born and raised in Salmon Arm. She completed her dental assistant program in Kelowna at Okanagan College in 2014. Chantelle has two small boys of her own so it should come as no surprise that she loves taking care of our little patients. When not in the office you’ll find Chantelle and her pup venturing out on local hiking trials. The next time you're in make sure you let Chantelle know about your fave hiking spots!

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Danielle Burton

C.D.A.

Danielle graduated from CNC in Prince George in 2014 and made the move to the beautiful Shuswap recently where she likes to enjoy the outdoors and snowmobiling with her best friend who just so happens to be her fiancé! She is very passionate about volunteer work and travelled to Peru for 4 weeks to deliver dental treatment and teach oral health to schools as well as in remote northern communities in BC. When she isn't in the office you can find Danielle spending time with her family, which includes her two beautiful children and pups! If you're looking for a snowmobile buddy make sure you let her know!

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Mary Halvorson

C.D.A.

Mary grew up in Enderby and recently joined Salmon Arm Dental after completing her schooling as a Certified Dental Assistant in Kelowna. In her free time you can find Mary enjoying all the outdoor things, from fishing to camping to skiing. The next time you see Mary please make sure you ask her how her ant farm is doing as this is a new hobby of hers.

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Tori Keehn

C.D.A.

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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.

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Brooklyn Knight

Chairside Assistant

Brooklyn is a newer face at Salmon Arm Dental and we are so lucky to have her! She grew up in the Shuswap/Okanagan area and loves exploring every inch of the land! Brooklyn graduated from high school in 2022 and is looking forward to learning all that there is to learn in the dental world! When she isn't in the office you can find Brooklyn trotting around town trying to find the next best cheesecake! The next time you run into Brooklyn please make sure to ask her about her Pokémon collection as it is a secret passion of hers!

Steph Jetty

Steph Jetty

Chairside Assistant

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

C.O.O.

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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Samantha Radej

Sterilization Tech

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