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The Team

Reception

Maureen Okanagan Dentistry Maureen was born in Penticton, BC and raised in Kelowna. Maureen has been friends with Dr. Leitch since 1968 and has worked with him since 1997! Not surprisingly, she loves having the opportunity to watch families in the practice grow generationally and takes pride in being part of a team that shares a common desire to care for patients.  In her spare time, Maureen enjoys being part of a dragonboat team, alpine and nordic skiing, and spending quality family time with her husband, two daughters and grandchildren!
Laura was born in Calgary and raised in Kaslo, BC, a very small town in the Kootenays.  In 1975 she graduated with Honours as a Certified Dental/Medical Assistant from the Professional Training Institute in Calgary. From there she went on to earn her Diploma in Business Administration (Honours) in 1997. Even though Laura is a new face in the office as of September 2015, she worked with Ian beginning in 1997 for 6 ½ years. We are so happy to have her as part of the team again!  She loves office work so much that on her free time Laura does office administration for her family business as well. It is not surprising that she prides herself on implementing office systems that provide the best working environment for staff, and most importantly the patients. If she does have a spare moment, Laura loves to fill it with travel, yoga, sewing and reading. Lastly but certainly not least, Laura has been married for 39 years and has 2 amazing children and a lovely daughter-in-law, all of whom she loves spending time with!
 Kerrie Dental Receptionist

Kerrie was born and raised in Oliver, BC.  Since then she has lived on Vancouver Island and in Fort McMurray, and is thrilled to now be living in Kelowna.  Kerrie loves being that friendly, smiling face you see when you come into our office.  She also prides herself on being able to help patients with all of their dental administrative needs.  When not at the office, Kerrie is playing slo-pitch softball and volleyball.  She is also a mother to two sons who are competitive swimmers with the Kelowna Aquajets!

 

 

Taylor was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario.  She attended Niagara college’s Social Service Worker program, but decided on dental administration to put to use her amazing organizational skills, in addition to helping and caring for people.  In her spare time, Taylor has a vast array of interests including snowboarding, cooking, exercising, gardening, arrow shooting, axe throwing, dodgeball, telling jokes, and enjoying a good brunch.  She is excited to learn Muay Thai and salsa dancing this year.   We are sure that every patient will something in common with Taylor!

 

Assistants

Brenda Brenda was born and raised in Penticton, BC and has lived in Kelowna for the past 23 years.  She attended the University of British Columbia for one year, then graduated from BCIT as a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist.  Brenda went back to school in 2001 and graduated from the CDA program at Okanagan College during which she was a practicum student at Dr. Leitch’s office and never left!  Brenda was a very distinguished student earning the Academic Award, College President’s Award, and later the Certified Dental Assistants of BC’s Recognition Award in 2009.  She is empathetic with patients and loves being part of the positive team environment at the office.  Brenda feels very fortunate to have three lovely, accomplished daughters and two great sons-in-law.  In her spare time she volunteers at the Kelowna Gospel Mission Dental Clinic and loves travelling, biking, golf, skiing and is up for any outdoor adventure!
Barb

 

Barb was born in Kelowna and raised in Westbank.  She graduated in 1992 from the CDA program at Okanagan College and started working with Dr. Leitch….that’s over 20 years ago!  Barb prides herself on seeing patients walking out of the office with a smile on their face, especially after major full mouth reconstructions that change patients’ lives.  Not only has Barb taken courses at the Kois Center with Dr. Leitch, but she also volunteers at the Kelowna Gospel Mission Clinic.  In her free time she enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends!

 

Chantelle was born and raised in Salmon Arm, BC.  She graduated from Okanagan College as a Certified Dental Assistant.  Chantelle loves working with people; both patients and her team at Okanagan Dentistry.  She values making each patient’s dental appointment a positive experience.  When she is not at the office, you can find Chantelle at the local mountains snowboarding or hiking.  She also loves spending time with close friends and family!

 .Lena Certified Dental Assistant

 

 

Lena was born in Surrey, BC, was raised in Enderby, BC. She graduated from Okanagan College from the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) program.  She loves putting a smile on her patient's face and takes pride in knowing they are well taken care of.  When you come to our dental office you will experience Lena’s passion for promoting oral health.  When Lena is not at the office, you can find her at the gym, hiking, fishing, and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Okanagan.

 

 Suzanne

 

 

Suzanne was born in Vancouver, but moved to Summerland at a very young age.  She loves living in the Okanagan and enjoys everything it has to offer from restaurants to all the outdoor activities.  At the office Suzanne prides herself on making patients feel comfortable and relaxed, while making sure their individual needs are met.  When she is not at the office, you can find her in the kitchen improving her cooking and baking skills or learning to play the piano!

 

Hygiene

Melanie Melanie was born and raised in Kelowna and graduated from the dental hygiene program at the University of British Columbia.  She started working with her brother, Dr. Ian Leitch, 26 years ago in 1987 and still loves every day she goes to work and feels very fortunate to be part of the team.  Melanie loves having good rapport with her patients and has become very close to them having been at the practice for so many years.  When not in the office providing thorough hygiene care, Melanie is usually golfing.  She recently played in the British and Irish Senior Ladies’ Open!  Melanie also loves to ski, travel, cycle, hike and spend time with her husband and three children.
Kimber-Leigh

Kimber-Leigh was born in Vancouver, BC and moved to Kelowna in 2000.  She has joined the office in May 2015 and is looking forward to educating her patients so they can achieve a healthier mouth and brighter smile!  Kimber-Leigh prides herself on her work ethic and dedication to improving herself professionally through continuing education.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, traveling, yoga, volunteering for the Kelowna Gospel Mission and spending time with friends and family!

 

Okanagan Dentistry Hygienist

Amanda was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta and attended the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences in Mississauga, Ontario. She prides herself on motivating patients to achieve optimal oral health and providing a positive dental hygiene experience!  Amanda has been involved in Health Mission Outreach clinics and loves to stay connected to the community by volunteering.  When not at the office, Amanda is taking full advantage of the outdoor activities the Okanagan has to offer including snowshoeing, kayaking, biking, and swimming!

 

 

Lisa was born in Vancouver and raised in Kamloops.  She graduated from the Vancouver Community College dental hygiene program in 1999 and began working at the office in 2009.  Lisa loves being part of the dental team. She prides herself on providing outstanding treatment of periodontal disease and gets great satisfaction out of teaching her patients about prevention techniques she learns at the Okanagan Periodontal Study Club.  When Lisa is not at the office, she is spending time with her husband and two children, skiing, or doing pilates!

 

 

 

Our dental office is open for evening appointments on Tuesday!

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