Team

Cheryl

Administration/Certified Dental Assistant

Cheryl is one of the first people you will meet at the Advance Dental Group. She has worked in dentistry since 1987 as a Certified Dental Assistant and office administrator.

Cheryl’s friendly manner helps patients feel at ease with all their dental needs. She takes time to explain treatments, answer patients’ questions, and to encourage them to practice good dental hygiene. Cheryl really enjoys her job and the opportunity of getting to know the clients.

Cheryl has worked with Dr. Macdonnell since 2004 and really appreciates being part of the office team. She finds it very rewarding to see Dr Macdonnells completed treatments and the smiles that come with it!
Cheryl is married and has two very active boys. After work and on weekends, you can often find her at the hockey rink, soccer field or golf course. In her spare time Cheryl likes to walk, golf, and spend time with family and friends.

Teresa

Administration

Teresa has over 15 years of experience as a dental administrator and has worked with Dr Macdonnell at the Advance Dental Group since 2005. Teresa is a wealth of knowledge and can answer all your questions concerning dental insurance and other administrative issues. Teresa loves to read, bike, camp and spend time with her growing family. She enjoys touring the many wineries the valley has to offer, sipping wine and taking in the many vistas that the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

Laurel

Hygiene Coordinator/Reception

As Hygiene Co-ordinator Laurel brings a wealth of experience to the practice. Laurel spent many years working at the Vancouver General Hospital Department of Dentistry. Laurel is a trained chef and has a passion and interest in food and wine, but missed the atmosphere of a busy dental office. She enjoys getting to know the patients and their families. Laurel is here to provide families the support and co-ordination it takes to get everyone in the family booked for their cleaning.

In her spare time you will find Laurel volunteering with the elderly, cooking great meals and touring the many fine winery’s in the Valley. She loves living in the Okanagan.

Sajra

Hygiene Coordinator/Reception

Sajra was born and raised in Bosnia Hercegovina until she was the age of 4 and immigrated to Canada due to the conflict in 1993. She lived in Saskatoon, sk for over 23 years. Recently new to Kelowna, Sajra enjoys touring the many winery’s and fruit stands and spending the summer with her family and friends at Skaha lake.

Maria

Administration

Maria grew up in Kelowna and graduated from the C.D.A. program at Okanagan College in 1988. She spent 6 years working in pediatric dentistry, general practice and ortho in Vancouver. Upon moving back to the sunny Okanagan, she assumed the position of Hygiene Co-ordinator and office administrator. Married to Dr. Macdonnell since 1994, they have 4 sons. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching their boys play various sports, and volunteering. Maria brings energy, enthusiasm and experience to the team at Advance Dental Group.

Taylor

Certified Dental Assistant

Taylor graduated from the Certified Dental Assisting program at the Okanagan College in 2009 and has been with Dr. Macdonnell and the Advance Dental Group ever since! Taylor is one of the friendly faces that you will see assisting during your appointment with Dr. Macdonnell. Her professionalism and kind manner puts patients at ease. Taylor enjoys the diversity of her job and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. Taylor loves outdoor activities such as dirt biking, camping, hiking and snowboarding. She also enjoys playing guitar and reading.

Rachael

Dental Assistant

Rachael is the newest member of Advance Dental Group. Rachael is soon to graduate from the Okanagan College Certified Dental Assisting program. As a future C.D.A. she is eager to start her career and learn new information about the world of dentistry. She looks forward to building relationships with new and old patients of the Advance Dental group family.
Born and raised in the Kelowna, she has a passion for the beautiful Okanagan. Outside of work she enjoys spending her time camping, hiking, and surfing on Okanagan lake! Rachael is known for her bubbly personality and is easy going which makes her very approachable and a great asset to our team here at Advance Dental Group!

Trisha

Registered Dental Hygienist

Trisha grew up in the small town of Elkford, British Columbia. She graduated from high school and completed her Dental Assistant diploma in Calgary, Alberta. After working in dentistry for a few years Trisha moved to Vancouver to further her education at the Vancouver Community College where she graduated with her Dental Hygiene diploma in 2014. She enjoys educating patients on their oral hygiene and trying to achieve improvements that are beneficial to their overall health. Trisha enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing, hiking and camping. She also enjoys travelling and trying all types of new foods! Trisha is looking forward to experiencing the Okanagan summers and spending lots of time by the lake!

Kerrie

Registered Dental Hygienist

We’d like to welcome Kerrie to the team at Advance Dental Group. Kerrie was born in Dawson Creek and raised in Thunder Bay. She relocated to the Okanagan 10 years ago via her 500 cc Kawasaki Vulcan! She is the mother of two cavity-free kids and a believer in preventative care and minimally invasive dentistry. Kerrie is a registered dental hygienist and would love to help you maintain or achieve your dental health goals!

Toni

Registered Dental Hygienist

Toni was born in Surrey, BC, but moved to Lake Country when she was 7. She moved away to pursue her Diploma in Dental Hygiene and graduated from Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in early 2018 with High Honours. Toni worked in Langley, BC for some time. Although she loved the experience she gained and the diversity which allowed her to expand her knowledge, she missed the beautiful landscapes and friendly faces of the Okanagan and moved back in March 2019. She is very passionate about her career and is continually looking to expand her knowledge. She loves educating her patients and truly believes in making each patient comfortable in the dental chair. In her spare time, Toni enjoys hiking, swimming, and spending time with her husband and pup!