Taking on the World, One Smile At A Time
Why an independent dental practice? I chose an independent practice to be able to practice how I felt I could make the most impact with clients. If you want a more one-on-one experience where you have the same hygienist every time with a focus on the prevention of oral diseases then I am your Registered Dental Hygienist.
To The Root
I always knew I wanted to work independently. In my dental hygiene program at VIU, we were taught about the different areas a hygienist could work in. In 2017, my dad wasn’t well. I wasn’t able to get him to get his teeth cleaned prior to his passing even though he really wanted it done. I was back and forth between Vancouver Island and Grande Prairie, so it was difficult with all his other medical appointments and my job in a different province.
I decided then that I couldn’t be the only person who wasn’t able to do that, and my journey began in building my dental hygiene practice in Grande Prairie in April 2018. Fast forward to Feb 2019 I opened my mobile service, and then in November 2019, my storefront clinic located in Grande Prairie was ready to go. Sometimes the universe puts everything in place for you, and you just have to follow through.
What Does This Mean For Clients?
I try to create a healthy dental hygiene foundation with each person, so they want to come back and look forward to it. I am flexible with time and needs. Each person is treated as they need or request.
Meet The Team
Registered Dental Hygienist, Owner
I was raised on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver Island, and graduated with a 3-year Dental Hygiene Diploma that includes a local anesthetic (freezing/numbing of the teeth) certification from Vancouver Island University in 2013. In 2017, I completed “Atraumatic Restorative Therapy (ART)” course at the University of Alberta. ART is a minimally invasive treatment to temporarily fill a cavity.
In 2021, I completed the “Elements of Prescribing for Dental Hygiene” course at the University of Alberta which allows me to prescribe specific medications that offer an oral health benefit, such antibiotics, antivirals, and more.
Immediately after completing my dental hygiene diploma, I relocated to Grande Prairie. I am working towards a Bachelor of Health Science through Thompson Rivers University. I am passionate about being an active member of the community, advocating for clients, and the future of the dental hygiene profession. In the past, I have participated in volunteering for dental hygiene services at different clinics in Grande Prairie as well as in India.
On a personal side, I have 2 cats (Buttons and Black Cat), and I love to travel to experience new cultures, geographies, and foods. Most importantly, I look forward to meeting new clients who join the To The Root Dental Hygiene practice. I hope to see you soon!
Registered Dental Hygienist
I was born in Edmonton and raised in Grande Prairie. I am an independent Registered Dental Hygienist who earned my 3-year diploma of Dental Hygiene at Algonquin College in Ottawa Ontario. In 2014 I moved back to Grande Prairie and have served the Peace Region ever since.
I am passionate about Oral Hygiene education and am working towards my certification in Orofacial Myofunctional therapy through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM). Through education and motivation, I strive to provide a warm and comforting experience for people of all ages and health needs.
I moved from Ontario to Alberta in 1981, at which time I started my career in the insurance industry. I retired from the insurance industry in 2013. I realized I needed a rest, not retirement, hence I entered the workforce working part-time and casual positions. I was fortunate enough to obtain a position working as an administrative assistant at To The Root Dental Hygiene. I thoroughly enjoy working with Meg the staff, and the public providing professional dental hygiene services in an environment conducive to each and everyone’s needs.
We want to provide care in a way that we feel good about at the end of the day and for our clients to have access to care that they feel comfortable with.
Our Values As A Provider
Clients should feel heard, and have their needs are met.
No Rubber Stamp Appointments
Unique treatment and consideration for individuals
Reduction of Barriers
Access to care, information, and support
Our Values As A Professional
Hygienists are empowered to practice with their full scope
Increase public awareness of the scope of practice for hygienists and options for their services
Oral health promotion and prevention of oral diseases