When you have an appointment with Westgate Dental Centre, chances are that you’ll be interacting with many members of our team. From our receptionists to certified dental assistants, and registered dental hygienists, we’re all committed to providing you with service that results in a smile-worthy experience.
Denise – Registered Dental Hygienist
Denise has been a dental hygienist for 10 years, most of them at Westgate Dental Centre.
She graduated from Vancouver Community College with a practicum focus at the periodontal clinic at UBC and at other periodontal clinics in Vancouver. Denise completed her thesis with a focus on ultrasonic debridement, and has presented her findings at the Vancouver Mid-Winter Convention.
Denise is a master at ultrasonic debridement and would love to discuss its merits in further detail with you at the office, if you dare to ask!
Denise places an emphasis on staying abreast of the latest periodontal and clinical advances, and regularly participates in continuing education including membership in 2 study clubs.
Melissa – Registered Dental Hygienist
Melissa brings over 10 years of experience as a dental hygienist to our team.
She currently enjoys the challenges and rewards of balancing her career with raising 2 beautiful young children.
In her leisure time, she can be found in the garden with 2 little helpers, on long walks with the dog or on family camping adventures.
Shannon – Registered Dental Hygienist
For several years, Shannon worked as a certified dental assistant.
As her passion grew in the field of dentistry, she returned to school to become a registered dental hygienist. Since graduating, Shannon attends and continues to enjoy many continuing education courses aimed at increasing the level of care to her patients.
To say that Shannon is passionate about the field of dentistry would be an understatement.
Her goal as a dental hygienist is to provide the best dental hygiene experience possible, and to improve her patients’ overall health.
Kim – Certified Dental Assistant
Kim graduated from Vancouver Community College as a certified dental assistant in 2010. When Kim is not working out at the gym, she is out enjoying the great outdoors with Lorne and their Staffordshire bull terrier, Rayne. She enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, and fishing.
Samantha – Certified Dental Assistant
Samantha graduated as a certified dental assistant from Vancouver Island University in 2010. She moved to the lower mainland in the early part of 2014. She enjoys working with the team at Westgate Dental Centre. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her friends and family visiting Prince Rupert, where she grew up, whenever possible. Samantha is an avid curler, and has even participated in the BC Winter Games.
Barbara – Certified Dental Assistant and Dental Receptionist
Barbara has been in the dental profession for many years. She started as an assistant, and then received her certification from Douglas College. She has worked as a CDA, receptionist and manager.
She then moved to Maple Ridge with her husband to raise her family, and was happy to find work close to home with Dr. Dugdale.
Barbara has been with Dr. Dugdale for 17 years, and many of their patients have become friends. She wants everyone to have a great experience at the office, from the first meeting to the treatment, and then to the continuing care.
She does keep up her certification, and goes to continuing education for the ever-changing dental field.
There isn’t an aspect of your experience with Westgate Dental Centre that Barbara won’t have added her specialized brand of care and attention to.
Tamara – Dental Receptionist
I have been working as a dental receptionist since 2005, and I love getting to know our patients. When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband and twin girls. When, and if, I get some “down time,” I enjoy sitting down and relaxing with a good book.
Bobbie – Dental Receptionist
Bobbie has been working as a dental receptionist for Dr. Dugdale’s practice since February 2000.
She has an enormous love for animals and the Canucks!
In her spare time, Bobbie loves spending time with her family or embarking on a good retail safari – usually hunting down deals at Winners!
Denise - Receptionist
Denise is new to the dental field and the Westgate Team. She is enjoying the change of career and is excited about her future at Westgate Dental.
Denise is married and has two amazing children. When she's not working she enjoys watching her son play hockey and baseball, and attending her daughter's dance recitals.