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.

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

Certified Dental Assistant

Rachael is a graduate from the Okanagan College Certified Dental Assisting program. As a new 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!

Mackenna

Certified Dental Assistant

Mackenna is a recent graduate of the Certified Dental Assisting program at Okanagan College in Kelowna. She was born and raised in the Okanagan and spends most of her time enjoying the beauty of it. From skiing, ice hockey, and tobogganing in the winter, to hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding in the summer, outdoors are her passion. Add local wine touring to that and you’ve described her perfect Saturday. Mackenna is eager to continue growing in her knowledge of dentistry and excited to meet and get working with all of our patients 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!

Jillian

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jillian was born and raised in a small town in rural Manitoba. She moved to Ontario to pursue her education and graduated from the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene in 2015. After graduating she relocated to the beautiful Okanagan and can say she doesn't miss prairie winters!! She has a calming personality and enjoys providing education to patients to achieve optimal oral health. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, playing a variety of sports and spending time with family and friends. Being the newest team member at the Advance Dental Group Jillian hopes to meet you soon!

Haylee

Registered Dental Hygienist

Haylee is a graduate from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene program. She began her dental journey when she was 18 years old. Finding a place as a receptionist, learning a love for dental practices and eventually graduating from the Certified Dental Assisting program in Kelowna. Now she is a Registered Dental Hygienist and is very excited to meet all the lovely smiles that come to visit the Advance Dental family! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, but mostly her dog, camping, hiking and local wineries.

Eden

Registered Dental Hygienist

Born & raised in beautiful Kelowna, Eden is a recent graduate of the U.B.C. dental hygiene degree program and is thrilled to return to her hometown after 4 years in Vancouver. In her spare time Eden enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming, surfing & shredding the slopes at Big White! As a new dental hygiene practitioner, Eden is keen to create a comfortable & positive client experience, ensuring to uphold the highest standard of quality & individualized care for each patient. Eden is looking forward to meeting new & long-time patients helping them achieve their oral & overall health goals!