Panatella Dental: Caring for
We are firm believers in our community, which is why we make every effort to give back. Whether it is through donating our time or simply doing our best to satisfy our patients, we work hard to benefit our community. We invite you to visit us today and find out what we can do for you.
Dr. Joel Thurmeier
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 new this modest, analytical dentist loved listening to alternative rock, rap & lounge music!
Dr. Achala Bhala
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. Manon Foidart
Manon started her dental career as a hygienist, practicing for 3 years at a clinic in Morden, Manitoba before returning to school to become a dentist. Dr. Foidart graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry. If Manon is not spending her time learning how to fly, hiking, swimming or traveling to watch her husband race motocross, you will find her behind the lens of a camera.
Dr. Preston Adams
Born and raised in Calgary, Dr. Adams graduated with a B.Sc. from Brigham Young University, as well as a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University. Preston always wanted to be a dentist – it was either that or a rock star. Preston is a father of 5 beautiful children, 3 boys & 2 girls, when he isn’t spending quality time with his family you can find him watching his favourite show – Game of Thrones. Fluent in Spanish, Preston would love to travel to South America, however should he find himself stranded on an island he would want 3 things with him….his wife, a knife and of course fire!
Dr. Allison Skrenes
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, biking 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!
Dr. Nicole Adams
A 2009 graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry, Dr. Adams focuses on providing quality dental work in a comfortable and caring environment. Nicole is best described as loyal, reserved & conscientious, she does have a love for 90’s / 2000’s alternative & folk rock music! Dr. Adams would love to try indoor skydiving, take a sailing trip & learn to knit a sweater!
Karen is a native to Calgary. She completed her certificate in Dental Assisting at SAIT and then joined the Northern Hills Dental team in 2005 as an Office Administrator. In 2006, Karen decided to slightly change career paths and made the move to Ontario to further her education at the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene in Hamilton. She now rejoins us as a registered Dental Hygienist. Karen knows how important care, service and quality are, so she makes it her goal to provide her patients with an exceptional dental experience.
Branka finished her dental hygiene training at the University of Manitoba in 2004. Branka has been in the dental field for 15 years, she is a loyal, hardworking and honest person. She enjoys spending her time with her two sons, Nick and Jack along with her furry grandson Kingsley! Branka cannot live without her phone, what would we find her doing stranded on an island…why she would be enjoying peanut butter, chocolate & bananas!
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!! Living without her cell phone, is something Tanya just couldn’t part with but stranded on an island Tanya would opt to take with her a book – her favorite author is Joy Fielding, chapstick and a hammock.
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 is a former Dental Assistant and received a First Class Honors 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 a 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 matchsticks, a bag of potatoes and a big machete!
Alex moved here from Steinbach, Manitoba. She started her career as a dental assistant, having a passion for the dental field she went back to school for dental hygiene. Alex graduated from APLUS Institute in Toronto, Ontario with honours as a Registered Dental Hygienist. If Alex isn’t hiking, taking mini road trips or watching past episodes of her favourite show – FRIENDS, you will find her baking up a storm! Alex hopes to one day take a hot air balloon ride, swim with some dolphins and watch baby sea turtles take their first swim into the ocean!
Jasmine was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied Hygiene in Toronto where she graduated in 2018 as a Registered Dental Hygienist with honours. Jasmine is a kind, positive & selfless individual, she has a passion for learning. Three things on Jasmine’s bucket list are; She would love to visit Greece, run a marathon and give skydiving a try!
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 (passion) & goofy person, she would not be caught stranded without her dog, a phone & her toothbrush!
Agnes graduated dental assisting school in 2014, she returned and graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2018. This energetic, compassionate & hardworking girl comes from a family of 8 siblings…no wonder she has 5 fur babies! Agnes is passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so much so that she one day hopes to achieve her black belt. She would love to learn a new language and travel through Europe backpacking!
Sukhi was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in October of 2013. She has practiced Dental Hygiene in Slave Lake, Edmonton and Calgary. Patient comfort, building relationships and ensuring high quality care are her priorities. Outside of work, Sukhi is currently on maternity leave as she will soon be welcoming a new addition to her family.
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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!!
Jody was born and raised in Central Alberta. She attended the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, and graduated from the Dental Assistant Program in 2000. Jody enjoys a good hike, a great movie and her favourite sport are hockey, kickboxing & slo-pitch. While NKOTB was her first concert, Jody enjoys listening to a 80’s rock, country & pop music. Should she ever find herself stranded on an island she wouldn’t be without her toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush and sunscreen!!!
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!
Kerri was born and raised in Calgary. She is a caring & outgoing individual who has been in the dental field for 10 years. She loves hiking, her jeep, amusement parks and spending quality time with her family & friends. Kerri one day would love to travel to Europe with a pit stop in Disneyland.
Tricia first joined Panatella Dental back in 2015 and work with the team for a few months before returning to her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tricia comes back to us with a fresh new perspective on building relationships and creating a friendly environment for our patients. She keeps busy with her daughter Chelsea. During her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing and practicing her pad work with friends. When time permits, she takes great delight in taking naps.
Natalia is originally from Ceará, a northeastern state in Brazil known for its beautiful beaches and warm temperatures. She moved to Canada looking for a better quality of life and settled in Calgary as she felt she would be happy here. On her spare time, she likes to explore the city, enjoy the local restaurant scene, going out with friends, listening to music and watching movies. She loves ballet and used to practice it regularly back in Brazil. Natalia graduated from the Dental Business Assistant program in Calgary Bow Valley College. She is a Hygiene Coordinator at Panatella Dental and what makes her feel fulfilled is providing a fun and friendly experience to patients.
Sophanny is our resident fashionista! She has been working with Dr. Thurmeier for what seems like forever! This rap, r&b, pop music lover is super funny & chill! If Sophanny isn’t curled up watching movies, you can find her enjoying the one thing she can’t live without….wine!
Sarah is a born and raised Calgarian. She attended Columbia College in 2015, and has been in the dental field ever since. Even though her favourite music is r&b, rap & alternative her first concert was the Rolling Stones! Sarah is a loving & unique individual, she would love to try shark cage scuba diving & sky diving! Sarah hopes to one day start an animal rescue.
Dana became a dental assistant at age 18, graduating from SAIT. She has worked in many offices from Victoria, BC to Lethbridge to Airdrie. At home raising her little ones, Dana is excited to be assisting again. When not being a mom or a dental assistant, Dana can be found at Jazzercise where she used to be an instructor.
Hi! My name is Farishta and I graduated from SAIT in 2016. I have been assisting ever since and love my career choice! Seeing kids and doing surgeries have a special place in my heart while being a great team player.
On my spare time I like to go kickboxing and enjoy walks with my dog! Travelling is my one of my goals in life and always trying out new things!
I am more than excited to be joining the Panatella Team!
Hi, my name is Nadia and I am a dental assistant at Panetella Dental. I am originally from Romania and I moved to Canada in 2008. Helping people improve their smile and witness the change this makes in their life is what made me choose this career path. I love to travel and live by one rule “ Life is to short to be sad” so smile 🙂
Gabriela is originally from Romania, she graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Columbia College in November 2018. Michael Jackson was her first concert in Bucharest, Romania, she now enjoys Latino & jazz music. Travelling is Gabriela’s biggest passion, she loves to explore new places, learn new traditions, meet new people, try different food and discover the history each new adventure has to offer.