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Panatella Dental: Caring for Calgary’s Northwest

At Panatella Dental, we are proud to call NW Calgary home, which is why we believe in treating all of our patients like family. Our team of dedicated dental health care providers are available to you six days a week, including evenings, early mornings and Saturdays. We invite you to visit us today and find out what we can do for you.

Dr. Joel Thurmeier
Dr. Achala
Dr. Brayden Adair
Dr. Allsion
Dr. Joel Thurmeier
Dr. Joel ThurmeierD.M.D., B.Sc.
Dentist
A 2000 graduate of University of Saskatchewan’s College of Dentistry, Dr. Thurmeier has dedicated his career to helping his patients understand and choose the best treatment options for their individual needs. Joel loves to travel with his wife and three children, he would love an adventure in Japan! Dr. Thurmeier’s favourite sport is hockey, but who knew this modest, analytical dentist loved listening to alternative rock, rap & lounge music! Fun fact, Joel has never eaten a filet o’ fish.
Dr. Achala
Dr. Achala BhallaD.M.D.
Dentist
Dr. Bhalla graduated with her Degree in Dentistry from the University of British Columbia in 2002. Since then, she has practiced general family dentistry in both Edmonton and Calgary. Achala is a simple, positive, spiritual woman who is learning to play guitar! Stranded on an island Dr. Bhalla would have with her a good pair of walking shoes, a knife, something warm….a notebook to make herself ‘to-do lists!’
Dr. Breton TraskD.M.D, B.Sc
Dentist
Dr. Breton Trask graduated from the University of British Columbia’s DMD Program. Originally from Invermere BC, Breton is not new to Calgary. Having had the opportunity in high school to leave home and attend the National Sport Academy to play hockey. Who knew that during his stay in Calgary he would end up crowd surfing during a Finger Eleven concert at the Calgary Stampede! Breton enjoys spending quality time in the great outdoors, if he isn’t hiking Mount Assiniboine, biking or skiing you will find him deep into a good game of golf, and hopes one day that would be at Augusta - one can dream!
Dr. Brayden Adair
Dr. Brayden AdairD.M.D
Dentist
Dr. Brayden Adair graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2018. Brayden loves a good game of tennis, he even had the pleasure of meeting Roger Federer! Brayden would jump at the opportunity to go to Wimbledon as it is top of his bucket list. In his spare time, he enjoys quality time at the lake, a good hike and playing basketball.
Dr. Ahmed HelmyD.M.D, B.Sc
Dentist
Dr. Ahmed Helmy grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where he attended dental school getting his first dental degree in 2015. He moved to Canada in 2016 and attended dental school at the University of Alberta, completing his second dental degree in 2021. Dr. Helmy has a dog named Lilly, with whom he spends most of his time outside work. When Ahmed was a young boy, he dreamed of being a pilot when he grew up. That’s why his new favourite movie is Top Gun 2. Dr. Helmy’s fun fact is that he loves eating McDonald’s French fries with ice cream.
Dr. Gurshawn HeerD.M.D, B.Sc
Dentist
Dr. Heer was born and raised in Metro Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Growing up, he has always had a passion for healthcare, which led him to pursue his career in Dentistry. A little about Dr. Heer, he is a fun, creative, and outgoing individual, committed to living an active lifestyle. During his spare time, he loves playing sports like soccer and hiking. He also enjoys trying out new things and visiting different restaurants with his friends. If you have any good suggestions on delicious foods, send them to Dr. Heer's way! Fun fact: One of Dr. Heer's biggest fears is Hobbits from Middle Earth. For this reason, he might not be visiting New Zealand any time soon.
Dr. Cheralyn ThorsenD.M.D, B.Sc
Dentist
Dr. Cheralyn Thorsen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. For five years, she sat beside Joel Thurmeier in Dental school and graduated in the same class. She is one of our resident Botox and Invisalign providers. Cheralyn feels she best helps her patients when they complete treatment they have been neglecting and finally restore their good oral health. Cheralyn loves spending time with her children outside the dental office. She’s a super proud mom to three very athletic kids. Sitting courtside watching them play volleyball or at the rink taking in a hockey game dominates most of her free time. When Cheralyn gets a little "me time," you will find her playing tennis, crocheting or enjoying happy hour! Fun fact, Cheralyn holds a record for escaping a locked room in the fastest time.
Dr. Allsion
Dr. Allison SkrenesD.M.D., BHSc.
Dentist
Dr. Allison Skrenes graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia in 2011, joining Panatella Dental that same year. Allison is a quirky, fun-loving compassionate individual who enjoys Indie Electronic music, her first concert was Great Big Sea! Aside from enjoying hiking and reading anything she can get her hands on, Allison would love to travel to every continent, swim with the dolphins and one day ride an elephant!
Karen
KarenRDH
Hygienist
Karen has been with Panatella Dental since it opened in 2010, and has worked with Dr. Thurmeier since 2005. Karen is happily married with 2 beautiful daughters. If Karen isn’t watching or playing volleyball, you may find her nestled in watching a great documentary working on her latest knitting creation! Karen would love to learn about her heritage, travel to Japan and become a regular blood donor! One thing about Karen….you will never find her without her lip balm!
Tanya
TanyaRDH
Hygienist
Tanya started in the dental field as a Dental Assistant, obtaining her certification from Columbia College in 2006. After spending some time as a Dental Assistant, Tanya chose to return to school to become a Dental Hygienist. After graduating from Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in 2010, she returned to Western Canada. Tanya is an avid country music listener, who would have guessed that her first concert was none other than Snoop Dog!! Tanya’s biggest fear is a snake, and if she could choose a superpower she would be invisible.
Raman
RamanvirRDH
Hygienist
Ramanvir moved to Canada from India in 2006 and pursued her ambition of becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Canadian Business College in Toronto in 2009 and joined the Panatella Team in 2010. In high school, Ramanvir was a champion swimmer in the women’s division. On Ramanvir’s bucket list would be to take a cruise, travel to Switzerland & she would love to learn how to scrapbook!
Kadian
KadianRDH
Hygienist
Kadian is a former Dental Assistant and received her diploma in Dental Hygiene from The Ontario Dental Education Institute in 2014. This empathetic, easy-going, independent gal’s first love is her son! She enjoys spending quality time at the soccer field watching her son play! Kadian’s first concert was Nicki Minaj, no wonder she loves pop and r&b music! She wouldn’t find herself stranded on an island without match sticks, a bag of potatoes and a big machete!
JasmineRDH
Hygienist
Alisha
AlishaRDH
Hygienist
Alisha is a born and raised Calgarian. She studied Dental Hygiene at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario.  Alisha is a foodie and has a huge sweet tooth. She loves going out to eat, trying out new foods, and checking out the newest restaurants in town.  Alisha is also addicted to online shopping.  If Alisha could have dinner with anyone it would be Ellen DeGeneres and hopes to be able to go to her talk show one day!
Linda
LindaRDH
Hygienist
Linda was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She studied Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary for two years before earning her Bachelor of Science Degree with Specialization in Dental Hygiene in 2010 at the University of Alberta. Linda enjoys house, pop & alternative music, her first concert was Mariah Carey. Linda is a meticulous, organized & goofy person, she would not be caught stranded without her dog, a phone & her toothbrush!  Linda will be on maternity leave as of July 2020, congratulations!!
KimRDH, BSc.DH
Hygienist
Kim graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is a kind, generous & very family oriented individual. On a warm sunny day, Kim loves to explore the many sites the city has to offer with her corgi dog Maple. When the snow falls, Kim will hit the slopes for a day out to snowboard! Who knew this quiet hygienist would one day want to skydive in Dubai & learn to ride a motorcycle!
MoeRDH
Hygienist
Moe was a Dentist in Yemen prior to moving to Canada. He wanted to continue his health education passion which guided him into a career in dental hygiene. In Moe's spare time, he enjoys writing screenplays for theatre. Moe enjoys opera, rock & folk music, and if he wasn't a Dental Hygienist, he would have been a Wedding Singer! Fun fact…one day, Moe would like to open his very own bakery!
AnastassiaRDH
Hygienist
Anastassia was born in Russia but grew up on the west coast in Vancouver! She has been in the dental industry since 2016, first starting her career as a Registered Dental Assistant & then furthering her education in dental hygiene! Anastassia is passionate about animals; she hopes to open an animal shelter one day. Fun fact…Anastassia used to take care of a Water Buffalo named Nancy!!!
Jammie
Office Manager
Jammie (pronounced Jamie) has worked in the dental field since 1998. She brings an abundance of experience to Panatella Dental. Outside work, she is happily married with one daughter, who is currently in University. Jammie enjoys spending time with her extended family and her two rambunctious Staffordshire Terriers, Zoe and Comanche. She recently learned that the spelling of her name was a mistake on her birth certificate that was never fixed. And all this time, she thought her parents just had an odd sense of humour. Did you know that Jammie is fascinated with the footwork of Irish Step Dancing?
Maureen
Assistant Manager
Originally from Brampton, Ontario, Maureen possesses over ten years in the dental industry.  Our Assistant Manager is a very happy, bubbly and caring person.  She loves to garden and is rather crafty, creating works of art through knitting, candle making and scrapbooking.  She has a wide range of music interests, from Maroon 5 to Eminem.  Even the Wiggles is on her playlist  (to appease her little ones).  Maureen is not ashamed to admit that she has used "eenie, meeny, miny, mo" to make life-changing decisions and believes it works.  She would love to meet Judge Judy one day or at least attend a taping of her show. Maureen is also hoping to be discovered and become a tik tok sensation one day.
Stephanie
Steph
Admin Team
Stephanie is originally from Grand Forks BC, but recently moved to Airdrie after spending two years in St. John’s, NL becoming a level II Dental Assistant. Stephanie’s passion is live music and dancing, she would love to see Mumford and Sons in concert. Travelling to at least 50 countries and hiking Machu Picchu are among her bucket list items!
Natalia
Natalia
Admin Team
Natalia comes to us from Brazil, starting her dental career in 2006. One of Natalia’s biggest passions is ballet, now that she is settled down in Calgary she plans on taking up lessons again. While Natalia doesn’t have a favourite sport, soccer was something she enjoyed back home in Brazil with family & friends, she is looking forward to taking in a few hockey games! Natalia’s favorite celebration takes place in Brazil. It is the festival of Saint John that celebrates the harvest at the end of June.
Pina
Pina
Admin Team
Born and raised in Calgary, Pina is a Calgary Flames fan! She is a kind, passionate & positive individual who has been in the dental industry for over 10 years. Pina one day hopes to Sail the Ocean, give parasailing a try and travel, travel, travel!!! If she was ever to be stranded on an island Pina would take with her an iPad, some body cream and a bag of chips!!
Rupi
Admin Team
Rupi came to us all the way from India in 2010! She arrived with her post graduate degree in computer networking. She is passionate about learning new things & has the bug to travel & explore new places! Rupi LOVES music…her first concert was none other than…. USHER! If she isn’t using her super power of incredible speed to travel around the globe you will find her spending quality time with her husband & 2 daughters! Weird fact about Rupi…. when she was a little girl, her and her sister ate a box of chalk!
Delsie
Delsie
Admin Team
Delsie is happily married with a busy household filled with 3 kids, a cat, 2 geckos and a bowl full of fish! She may be a bit quiet, but she is super crafty, and a creative Girl Guide Leader. Delsie’s superpower would be to teleport, this way she can have dinner with any one of the NKOTB boys!!! Should we find her stranded on an island she would not be without her iPad (loaded with Nicholas Sparks books), some chocolate and a tasty pina colada!!!
Justyna
Admin Team
Justyna is happily married with 2+1 children. A daughter 10, & a son 13 & 1 four-legged furry family member, a Corgi named Benjamin. When Justyna was growing up she always wanted to be an RCMP officer, perhaps that is why on a nice summer day she enjoys a cruise on her motorcycle! Justyna is from Cranbrook, she one day would LOVE to hike the famous Fisher Peak! Fun Fact: Justyna cannot live without lasagna…YUM!!!!
Chané
Admin Team
Chané is a part of our Administration team and comes to us from South Africa, immigrating to Canada in 2020. Chané has always had a heart for helping those in need, going on numerous outreach projects in Botswana and Swaziland to build schools and help deliver medical attention. It is probably this passion that had Chané wanting to be an ER Nurse as a child. She loves going on hikes and exploring new places, but when she is not in the mountains, you will find Chané having a “Braai” (South African BBQ) with friends and watching rugby.
Taminah
Admin Team
Taminah is a Registered Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator for Panatella Dental. A career that focuses on helping people has always been Taminah’s goal. From an early age, she wanted to work in healthcare. She considered being a doctor or a nurse in the NICU but chose dental; we are lucky to have her. No wonder she decided to shave her head and donate the hair a few years ago. Taminah is a Harry Potter loving, ghost-fearing, fun and spontaneous person, which maybe explains why Halloween is her favourite holiday.
Sheena
Sheena
Sterilization Technician
Sheena is our resident Sterilization Technician; and has spent the past 10 years working in the Dental Industry.  Not only is Sheena a certified Pharmacy Assistant, but she is also a licensed Hair Stylist & a fraternal twin!  Sheena enjoys living a healthy active lifestyle, and has recently taken up the game of golf.  Fun fact about Sheena…she has NEVER been on a rollercoaster!!!
Tashaye
TashayeRDA
Dental Assistant
Tashaye graduated from KDM Dental College in June of 2017, she is a born & raised Calgarian! Tashaye comes from strong Jamaican home where music, food & culture are the root of who she is. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, catching a soccer game with her dad or a tennis lesson with her sister. Fun fact about Tashaye, she loves exotic cars.
Melissa
MelissaRDA
Dental Assistant
Melissa graduated from Columbia College’s Dental Assistant program and joined Panatella Dental immediately after. She is passionate about gaining new life experiences, learning new things while taking on new adventures. Melissa is a friendly, creative positive individual, she loves to oil paint & read in her spare time. Melissa is a former rhythmic gymnast and loves the sport!
Milka
MilkaRDA
Dental Assistant
Milka comes to us all the way from the Ukraine, where she worked as a critical care registered nurse for 6 years. Her kind, compassionate, sweet nature makes her an absolute pleasure to be around.  Milka loves to travel…Hawaii & Old Western Europe are 2 places she would love to visit one day!  If she is not spending quality time with her family, she enjoys hiking, gardening and a good episode of Breaking Bad!
SamRDA
Dental Assistant
Sam graduated from SAIT in 2022 as a Registered Dental Assistant. She is passionate about working with kids & and is always up for exploring new things to try in life! Sam enjoys the great outdoors, taking every opportunity to hike, bike & rock-climb. If she isn't venturing outside, you will find her creating something artistic, like clay sculptures! Fun Fact, Sam can play the mini tuba.
AbbyRDA
Dental Assistant
Abby is a part of our Dental Assistant team, helping with everything from chairside assisting and oral health education to sterilization.  Abby is passionate about healthy lifestyles while still living life to the fullest.  She enjoys working out and keeping active.  One of her choice pastimes is paddleboarding.  Abby's favourite sport is dance, dancing competitively for sixteen years.  Can you guess what Abby's go-to movie is? If you guessed Dirty Dancing, you would be correct.
BonsituRDA
Dental Assistant
Bonsitu has come to Calgary from her native Ethiopia. She has a large family, being one of six siblings. Her career options were either nursing or dental assisting and as she grows in the field she hopes to advance her career to become a dental hygienist. Bonsitu is always looking to challenge herself and learn new things, this is one of the reasons she enjoys being a dental assistant. In addition, she enjoys challenging herself with photography. The one thing she cannot live without is her family, with her mom being her hero.
TammieRDA
Dental Assistant
Tammie has joined the Panatella family as a dental assistant, having graduated from Columbia College in 2015 she brings years of experience with her. Being a very practical person, if she was stranded on an island, water and sunscreen would be on her list of items she wanted with her. One day she hopes to go on a solo vacation and swim with sharks! Growing up she was a goalie for her hockey team and is an avid fan of the Calgary Flames.