We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members. As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home. We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs as a patient.
Judy – Treatment & Financial Coordinator
Judy is the familiar face that you see mostly at the West Kelowna location. She handles all administrative duties necessary to keep the office running smoothly. She also assists patients with financial arrangements and coordinating their treatment. Judy graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant in 1987 and began working for Dr. Stewart a few years later when he was a general dentist.
Judy is proud to be a “long-term employee” because of the bond she shares with the team and the special families who are cared for in our office. If you ever have any questions regarding your child’s treatment or what it is like to have braces as an adult, Judy is the one to ask.
Brandy – Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant/Treatment & Financial Coordinator
Brandy has worked with Dr. Stewart since 2001. You will see her either at the front reception desk OR assisting in the clinic with patient care at both Kelowna Orthodontics Centre and Westside Orthodontics Centre. Brandy will assist you in making your appointments and financial arrangements, as well as discuss your treatment planning at a personal case presentation with you and your family.
With her family’s various school and outdoor activities, she enjoys seeing familiar faces out and about around town, and is proud to be a part of the happy new smiles!
Brandy has been in the field of dentistry since 1990, receiving her Diploma in Medical/Dental Office Administration in 1991 and became a Licensed Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) in 1997, both from the Okanagan College. She then obtained her Orthodontic Assistant license in 2000 at UBC.
Shannon – Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant & Scheduling Coordinator
Shannon received her license in Certified Dental Assisting in 2003 from Okanagan College. She then obtained her Orthodontic Dental Assisting License in 2004 at the University of Alberta. She works at the front desk and is happy to help you with any administrative questions or scheduling needs.
Tina – Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Tina began her career in orthodontics after graduating from Confederation College in Thunder Bay Ontario first as a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and then two years later as a RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist). She worked for a certified specialist in orthodontics for 15 years before moving to the beautiful Okanagan. She was thrilled to join Dr. Stewart’s team in 2000. You will find her at Kelowna Orthodontics Centre or Westside Orthodontics Centre. She will be in the clinic working directly with the patients as they go through the process of orthodontic treatment from start to finish.
She takes pride in providing exceptional quality care in a friendly manner. Tina will tell you that what’s kept her in this field of dentistry for so many years is the joy of meeting new people daily and becoming part of their lives. She couldn’t imagine anything more rewarding or satisfying than noticing the changes that occur as patients go from self-conscious to self-confident.
Melissa – Certified Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Melissa graduated from Okanagan College in June 1994 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She started working in an orthodontic office in September of 1994 doing lab duties. In May of 1995 she took her Orthodontic Module at UBC. She has worked in Orthodontics since. Melissa started working with Dr. Stewart at Kelowna Orthodontics Centre in March of 2000.
Melissa loves working in orthodontics because it is hands-on and very interactive with the patients. She enjoys the beautiful smiles and great results patients achieve. Melissa can see herself doing this for many years to come because Dr. Stewart is great to work with, the staff is fun and the patients make it very interesting.
Tala – Lab Technician
Tala can usually be found working in our office lab making all of the intricate orthodontic appliances and retainers for each patient. Tala was first introduced to orthodontics as a patient herself. After having her braces removed in 1989, she started working in an office learning the lab techniques from some amazing technicians.
The creativity and constant challenges make it exciting and always different. Tala feels that working in the lab can be quite artistic and she loves to design different projects. When she joined Dr. Stewart in 2000, the task of taking the lab on herself was new and exciting. She enjoys working with a great team and a doctor who is personable with his patients as well as the parents.
In her spare time, Tala volunteers at the school for her two teenagers and plays chauffeur to their endless activities. She wouldn’t have it any other way.