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 in 2014 and started at Panatella right after. 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 re-runs of 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 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. Nicole 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 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!
Branka finished her dental hygiene training at the University of Manitoba in 2004. She is a loyal, hardworking, honest and one of the sweetest people you will meet. 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!
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!
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.
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 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 match sticks, 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!
Agnes graduated dental assisting school in 2014, she returned and graduated as a Register dental Hygienist in 2018. This energetic, compassionate & hardworking girl comes from a family of 8 siblings! 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!
Jasmine was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied Hygiene in Toronto and graduated in 2018. She started her career in Fort Mac, and joined Panatella Dental in 2019. 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 & goofy person, she would not be caught stranded without her dog, a phone & her toothbrush!
Sukhi was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in October of 2013. Calgary is home to Sukhi now, where she spends her time with her husband and son. Despite calling Calgry home, Sukhi will forever be a die hard Oilers fan! Sukhi is currently on maternity leave…
Pamela is a quiet, loyal gal who is happily married with 2 wonderful children, a boy & girl! She has a passion for travelling with her family, anywhere as long as they are together! If Pamela is not hanging with her family & dogs, baking or even shopping we will find her at the arena or court side watching her kids play hockey & volleyball. There is one thing Pamela cannot survive without….but of course Diet Coke!
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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 watching her favourite sports – hockey, kickboxing & slo-pitch. Jody is a health and fitness fanatic and spends most of her free time doing something active. 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!!!
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!!
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.
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 attended her first concert when she was just a teenager, Ivete Sangalo, while she loves Brazilian music she also enjoys jazz, rock & romantic melodies!
Andrea has worked in the Dental Industry for 18 years. She grew up wanting to be a Police Officer…that is until she realized she would have to carry a weapon! Andrea has a love for ALL animals, they and her son are her weak spot. The craziest thing she has ever done was zipline in Mexico; not only did she conquer all 14 of them, she overcame her fear of heights! In her spare time she enjoys cruising on her motorcycle and spending some quality ME time in Radium!
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.
Farishta is a born & raised true Calgarian! She comes from a large family with 4 siblings (5 if you include Teal)! This outgoing, funny adventurous gal enjoys come good ole Country music! Her first concert was Drake, it’s no wonder she likes R&B! Farishta lives each day to it’s fullest, she would love to visit every country, take a dive and see marine life up close followed up by a skydiving adventure!
Nadia moved to Canada in 2008 from Romania. Her main reason for starting in the dental industry was to help people improve their smile and witness the change good oral health can make. Nadia loves to travel and taste different cuisines from as many different countries as she can. She would love to one day learn how to speak Spanish, travel and see as much of the world as she can and conquer her fear of heights! Aside from her pet fish Toothless, one thing Nadia couldn’t live without is her family!
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.
Shiho is a Sterilization Technician who acme to Panatella Dental after working in Banff for 4 years. Shiho is originally from Japan and spends most of her time with her husband and 2 wonderful boys! This ambitious, stubborn & extremely organized gal enjoys cooking a great meal! Passionate about her family, Shiho would one day love to travel and visit South Africa with them.
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!
Hannah is our self-proclaimed band geek; she played flute, piccolo, French horn & keyboard bass! She also LOVES to knit, everything from scarves to sweaters! The craziest thing Hannah every did was follow a family tradition…skydiving on her 23rd birthday. An independent gal with a bubbly personality, Hannah is an avid Vancouver Canucks Hockey fan, so much so that one of her bucket list items is to see her favourite team play on their home ice!