Meet The Team
Sandi – Administrator / Office Coordinator
“Hi! I am the voice on the phone and the friendly face you see when you enter the office. I feel fortunate to work with the amazing team at Courtenay Dental and look forward to coming to work each day. The true highlight of each day is interacting and taking care of our incredible patients.”
Sandi, besides being our office manager is a master of many things and keeps the office running smoothly. She handles all of our Accounts Receivables and is happy to take the time to explain any questions you may have regarding your account.
Sandi has been with Courtenay Dental sin April 2015 and has recently relocated to the valley from Campbell River. She is excited to explore the community and make her home here.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE COMOX VALLEY
I love a good walk and the stretch along the river is beautiful. “Courtenay Air Park” can be a quick 20-minute walk or you can extend it head farther south to create a bit more of a workout.
Favourite quote…”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
Favourite Book…”Million Little Pieces”
On my days off…I tidy and do the laundry
I absolutely love…my family
Favourite place…at the beach with my sweetie
Katie J. – Certified Dental Assistant / Treatment Coordinator
Katie offers 12 years of dental experience combined with a passion for clinical dentistry and client care. She recently moved from Calgary AB with her husband and two children to enjoy the lifestyle that Vancouver Island has to offer. Hiking and sightseeing is on the top of their list for fun activities to do as a family and they are looking forward to having the chance to go whale watching. Katie enjoys continuous learning and can often be found at seminars on topics such as personal and professional development, real estate, investments and many others.
Favorite Spot in Comox Valley
Cumberland Trails, Royston Ship Wreck, Seal Bay Park, and the best view is behind the airport where Knight Road meets Lazo right on the waterfront.
Favorite Book: Celestine Prophecy
Favorite Food: Pasta
I Absolutely Love: Breathing in the fresh air of the island
On my days off: I hang with my family and go hiking
Favorite person: 2 Sisters
Time waster: Netflix
What I love most about working at Courtney Dental: Meeting and getting to know the patients and their families
Chynna – Lead Certified Dental Assistant
Chynna graduated from Vancouver Island University as a certified dental assistant in June 2011. Raised in Nanaimo, BC, Chynna loves to spend time outdoors during the summer time with friends and family. In her free time, Chynna enjoys cooking, spending time with her 3 fur babies and walking along the local beaches. Chynna’s competence and ability to connect well with patients has been a huge asset to our dental team. Her experience working in periodontics as well as general dentistry has been a huge asset to our practice.
Favorite food: potatoes in any form
Time wasters: watching TLC and the food network
I absolutely love… Nymph Falls
My favorite spot in the Comox Valley is the goose spit because I spent many summer days there having barbeques and swimming.
Debbie – Certified Dental Assistant
Debbie is one of our kind and caring dental assistants. She has been with our practice since December 2014 but has worked as a dental assistant for a number of years in the Comox Valley. Debbie loves being a dental assistant and her attention to detail makes her extremely attentive to patient comfort.
In her free time Debbie enjoys curling and spending time with her family.
Britt – Registered Dental Hygienist
Britt is an islander. She grew up in Nanoose Bay, attended university studies at North Island College in Courtenay and completed her diploma in dental hygiene at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. In her spare time, Britt enjoys all the outdoor activities that the Comox Valley has to offer including kayaking, and hiking in the summer, scuba diving and skiing in the winter as well as curling up with a good novel by the beach or fire. Britt’s passion for dentistry has led her to pursue her bachelor’s degree in dental science at the University of British Columbia. She takes pride in helping her patients achieve optimal oral health through a combination of non-surgical oral hygiene procedures and client education.
Audry – Registered Dental Hygienist
Audry has been passionate about dentistry for the past 22 years. She began her career as a certified dental assistant, graduating from Malaspina College in 1994. She worked in a general practice until returning to school in 2010 to become a registered dental hygienist. She graduated from Vancouver Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2011. Audry has worked in both general and periodontal practices, working with Dr. Tassos Irinakis in one of his satellite offices since 2012.
Audry is a proud member of the Comox Valley Dental Hygiene Society and continues to facilitate the society’s member reference library. She is committed to community and to every patient’s overall health, oral health and education being the up most important.
Audry lives in the Comox Valley and loves spending time with family and friends, including her new granddaughter, running, hiking, scrapbooking and motorcycling with her husband.
Favorite food- all foods!!
favorite books- anything written by Dan Brown, the Harry Potter series, Atonement by Ian McEwan
favorite quote- Having fun?!
favorite person- my grandma
I absolutely love…life!
On my days off I love walking or biking around our beautiful Comox Valley and spending time with family, I am grateful for this piece of paradise!
Time waster- computer game- only 1 that I like to play, but that’s enough!!
Favorite spot in the Comox Valley … Goose spit in Comox, the view from the top of the stairs is amazing!!!
Katie has been working in the dental field since she was 13. She started out as a student performing office duties, hygiene assisting, sterilization and reception. She graduated from hygiene school in the fall of 2017 and joined our team shortly thereafter. Katie loves working with her team members and enjoys team building activities. Katie is currently working on completing her bachelor of science degree and has plans to become a dentist in the future. With her love of travel she hopes to go to dental school in Ireland.
Favorite spot in the comox valley:
Kingfisher spa…Katie loves a weekend of relaxation and pampering.
Favorite book : Harry Potter or Wicked
Favorite food : popcorn
Pet peeve : when it gets dark early in the winter
I absolutely love : dancing and travelling
Favorite person : more than one ..my family
Jenn has recently moved back to the Comox valley from Nanaimo where she completed the dental assistant program at Vancouver Island University in June 2016. Jenn is very passionate about her job and life in general, enjoying the challenges and new faces that each day brings. She strives and takes great pride in gaining each client’s trust and making them feel as comfortable as possible while in her care. In her spare time she can be found chasing adventures right here in her back yard with her chocolate lab, friends and fam. She is a true Island girl who is always on the hunt for new beaches, waterfalls, or swimming holes with no shortage of hidden gems close by.
Favourite food: Sushi!!!
Favourite quote: “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness”
Favourite person: My wonderful man…..at the moment
On my days off: wining, dinning, biking, hiking, boating, floating, swimming, gyming
Time waster: Binge watching reality TV….ie Housewives, alone, naked and afraid, home reno’s, bachelorette etc.
Biggest pet peeve: Cupboards and drawers left open
Favourite spot in the Comox Valley: Airforce Beach because of its beautiful sand and its close proximity to my home.
After spending 34 years as a hair stylist in Campbell River and raising my two sons, I felt I needed a change, and decided to enter the daunting world of dentistry. Entering the industry this late came with a steep learning curve. Although challenging, I find it quite rewarding and interesting. I get a great deal of support from the wonderful team at Courtenay Dental and I am enjoying building relationships with the patients in our practice.
You will find Phyllis in our Hygiene co-coordinator office. Her attention to detail and her organizational skills are a huge assist to this position and she has been the perfect addition to our admin team.
Favorite food…anything hot and spicy
Favorite quote… Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Favorite person…my loving family (don’t make me pick just one!)
Time Waster…watching TV shows such a house Wives, Alone and old movies
Biggest Pet Peeve…disorganization and dirt
On my days off…you will find me enjoying cottage life at Upper Campbell Lake with family and friends. Activities such as hiking, paddle boarding and kayaking are our typical past times.
My favorite spot in the Comox Valley are the little boutiques and shops along 5th street.
Favourite place…at the beach with my sweetie