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 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.



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.



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.


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.


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!


Registered Dental Hygienists

Jess is proud to say she grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2008 with a Bachelors degree majoring in Kinesiology & Applied Health. Unsure where to go with her career path, she headed out west for what was to be a short trip in 2011 to Interior BC to try her hand at snowboarding. She later moved to Vancouver in 2012, and eventually decided to pursue Dental Hygiene at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene, graduating with honours in 2017. After some time off to travel, she moved to Kelowna early in 2018.

Growing up in an active family, Jess enjoys all types of physical fitness & activity. Jess absolutely loves to travel, having recently explored Southeast Asia with her boyfriend. Proud to say they both achieved their Advanced Open Water Diver certifications in Thailand, they can't wait until they're able to head back to become Master Divers.

Jess loves to get to know her patients and to create a sincere connection, so she can focus on each patients unique set of oral health needs. She will always greet you with a smile in or outside of Advance Dental Group!


Registered Dental Hygienists

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!