Staff of the Leigh Smile Center

Leigh Smile Center

LEIGH SMILE CENTER STAFF:

DR. ROBERT LEIGH

Dr. Robert LeighA graduate of the University of Western Ontario Dental School in 1975, “Dr. Rob” (as some of his patients call him) also received his Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Guelph, where he played for the University's ‘Gryphons’ football team. Skiing and tennis were his passions in the past, and his daughter and sons all enjoy these sports today.  As a General Dentist, he has successfully placed & restored dental implants throughout his dental career. Dr. Leigh loves riding his ATV, and spending time with his family and their dogs and cats at his ranch north of Westlock. He is an avid reader, enjoys swimming, boating, fishing and travelling. He and his family attend many implant meetings and conferences all over the world. His daughter Brandy lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. The Leigh family has just completed their timber frame home after almost three years of (sometimes frustrating) construction. “Dr. Rob” is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, and the ADA&C.

DR. COURTNEY WONG

Dr. Courtney WongDr. Wong is originally from Toronto, Ontario.  She has an Honors Bachelor of Medical Sciences Degree from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). She moved to Alberta to attend the University of Alberta, (Edmonton) where she completed a four year Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2015. Courtney is a Member of the Canadian Dental Association and the Alberta Dental Association and College. She is also a member of the Edmonton Kois Study Club and is passionate about taking continuing education courses in all phases of dentistry. Courtney practiced in Edmonton for the past three years and has recently moved to Westlock to join our team. She is married to a Dentist, and in her spare time enjoys bike riding and attending musicals.


DR. SHIDEH PEJMAN

Dr. Shideh PejmanDr. Pejman earned her Honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, London. She then pursued her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy. Since joining our practice in 2016, Dr. Pejman has helped improve patient education and oral health awareness through the use of technology, by incorporating digital radiography and intra-oral photography. Moreover, by offering oral sedation, she has been able to provide excellent dentistry to our more anxious patients. In addition to providing basic dental services, she is well trained in Invisalign, Botox injections, and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Pejman continues to give back to the community by helping our patients meet their dental needs. She has also travelled to Afghanistan to provide free dental care to many children in need. In her spare time, she likes to work out or go for walks and listen to audio books.

CORIE -- Office Manager / Accounts and Finance
Corie -- Office Manager / Accounts and FinanceCorie joined the Leigh Smile Center as office manager in 2008. After 11 years in the banking industry with Administration and Loans, and 15 years running her own business, her professionalism and work ethic is outstanding. Her management skills and attention to detail are what keep our Center running smoothly and efficiently. She recently completed the Alberta Dental Association + College Sterilization and Infection Control program to ensure that the Leigh Smile Center meets and exceeds the professions standards. Corie has extensive knowledge in all administration areas of the clinic to enable her to step in and complete any task at any time. Her skill set provides the organization needed to ensure patient satisfaction and the smooth running of the Center. In her spare time, Corie has been an active hockey mom for many years, and enjoys many outdoor activities such as travelling, camping and golf. She also helps her husband George run their family farm north of Westlock.

LORI -- Registered Dental Hygienist
Lori -- Registered Dental Hygienist
Lori has been with the Leigh Smile Center since 2004. With over 24 years experience, she is an integral part our team. Following a family tradition of Dentistry (her father is a dentist), Lori attended the University of Alberta, where she received her Degree in Dental Hygiene. Lori is a member of the Alberta Dental Hygiene Association, and holds her Local Anesthetic Certification. Lori is a truly dedicated, kind and caring individual who is passionate about her work. Lori and her husband Marty, and their five children, enjoy acreage living. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, yoga and working on various art projects. We have been told by many of our patients that Lori is the gentlest hygienist they have ever had, and we all agree. Lori has been with the Leigh Smile Center since 2004. With over 24 years experience, she is an integral part our team. Following a family tradition of Dentistry (her father is a dentist), Lori attended the University of Alberta, where she received her Degree in Dental Hygiene. Lori is a member of the Alberta Dental Hygiene Association, and holds her Local Anesthetic Certification. Lori is a truly dedicated, kind and caring individual who is passionate about her work. Lori and her husband Marty, and their five children, enjoy acreage living. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, yoga and working on various art projects. We have been told by many of our patients that Lori is the gentlest hygienist they have ever had, and we all agree.

JESSICA -- Registered Dental Hygienist (Part-time)
Jessica -- Registered Dental HygienistJess is a welcome new addition to the Leigh Smile Center. Her positive attitude and calm demeanor make her a huge hit with the patients. She is always smiling and ready to step in when needed. She is very proactive, and a great benefit to the patients and the Smile Center team. Jessica graduated from dental assisting in 2006 from NAIT. She worked as an RDA for five years, then decided to go back to school for Hygiene. Jessica attended The Ontario Dental Education Institute and graduated in 2011 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Jess is an active member of the EDAA, CDA, ADHA and CDHA. Jessica is a new mom, and enjoys balancing her part time work with family time, with her husband and son. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing baseball and helping with her parent’s farm. Jess is a welcome new addition to the Leigh Smile Center. Her positive attitude and calm demeanor make her a huge hit with the patients. She is always smiling and ready to step in when needed. She is very proactive, and a great benefit to the patients and the Smile Center team. Jessica graduated from dental assisting in 2006 from NAIT. She worked as an RDA for five years, then decided to go back to school for Hygiene. Jessica attended The Ontario Dental Education Institute and graduated in 2011 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Jess is an active member of the EDAA, CDA, ADHA and CDHA. Jessica is a new mom, and enjoys balancing her part time work with family time, with her husband and son. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing baseball and helping with her parent’s farm.

DELIA -- Registered Dental Assistant / Surgical Assistant
Delia -- Registered Dental / Surgical AssiatantDelia joined the Leigh Smile Center in 2007, after graduating from the NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) Dental Assisting Program with Honours. She is a member of the Alberta Dental Assistant Association, the CADA and EDAA, and recently completed the Cone Beam CT program at the University of Alberta. Delia strives to continually upgrade by adding to her dental knowledge base. As a key member of Dr. Leigh's Dental Surgical Team, Delia brings energy and experience that our patients highly value when they are considering and proceeding with surgery. She is also lots of fun and keeps our patients entertained. Delia coordinates the fabrication of our Implant Surgical Guides with our planning center in Vancouver. In addition to spending time with her husband and three children, Delia is an avid athlete who enjoys women's hockey, volleyball and outdoor activities.

MICHELLE -- Registered Dental Assistant / Surgical Assistant
Michhelle -- Registered Dental/Surgical AssistantMichelle has been with the Leigh Smile Center since 2007. After graduating from NAIT for RDA, and SAIT for her RDA Orthodontics Module, Michelle has over 22 years of dental experience. Her expanded skill set includes being a key member of Dr. Leigh's Dental Surgical Team, along with years of bleaching application experience.  Michelle is a member of the Alberta Dental Assistant Association as well as the CADA and EDAA, and recently completed the Cone Beam CT program at the University of Alberta. Her ease with patient relationships, and conscientious approach, makes her a tremendous asset to our clinic.  She loves dental laboratory work, and is instrumental in fabricating most of our temporary appliances. Michelle is also an avid photographer. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two young children.

ANITA -- Registered Dental Assistant / Surgical Assistant & Office Computer Technician
Anita -- Registered Dental / Surgical AssistantAnita has been in the dental field, and a Registered Dental Assistant, for over 28 years. She graduated from NAIT in Dental Assisting, where she also completed a Diploma in Architecture. She then returned to NAIT for her Expanded Duties Modules. She has completed her Bachelor Of Science Degree in Computer Science through De Vry College. Anita is married to Dr. Leigh (the reason he moved to Westlock, Anita’s home town) and they have two teenage sons. Anita is an excellent cook and enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family when she is not studying. She has achieved Honours standing in her college courses and is on the Dean’s List. She is looking forward to using her computer knowledge to keep the Leigh Smile Center in the forefront of dental technology. She loves to attend Dental Conferences throughout North America and travel with her family. Anita has been in the dental field, and a Registered Dental Assistant, for over 28 years. She graduated from NAIT in Dental Assisting, where she also completed a Diploma in Architecture. She then returned to NAIT for her Expanded Duties Modules. She has completed her Bachelor Of Science Degree in Computer Science through De Vry College. Anita is married to Dr. Leigh (the reason he moved to Westlock, Anita’s home town) and they have two teenage sons. Anita is an excellent cook and enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her family when she is not studying. She has achieved Honours standing in her college courses and is on the Dean’s List. She is looking forward to using her computer knowledge to keep the Leigh Smile Center in the forefront of dental technology. She loves to attend Dental Conferences throughout North America and travel with her family.

DEBRA -- Dental Implant Treatment Coordinator
Debra -- Dental Implant Treatment CoordinatorDebra joined the Leigh Smile Center in 2009 as a key member of our front desk staff. She quickly made the transition into working with the Implant Surgery Team, and coordinates all Implant surgeries. She holds a Diploma in Marketing and Communications from the Institute of Canadian Advertising; and, after 20 years with an International Ad Agency, Deb brought her exceptional people skills to our clinic. Her background more than prepared her for the tasks of managing surgical appointments, clarifying pre and post op questions, and enables her to offer personalized service our patients deserve. In her spare time, Debra enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

KAYLA -- Registered Dental Assistant
Kayla -- Registered Dental Assistant
Kayla has been with the Leigh Smile Center since 2014. She graduated from KDM Dental College in Edmonton. Kayla enjoys working with our dentists and is also trained in reception duties and sterilization. She is a true team player, happy to step in wherever she is needed with any clinic duties. In her spare time Kayla is busy with her growing young family, and enjoys yoga and fitness.



KERRIE -- Registered Dental Assistant
Kerrie -- Registered Dental AssistantKerrie joined our RDA team at the Leigh Smile Center in 2010. After completing the Dental Assistant program at NAIT, along with her Orthodontics Module, she gained extensive experience in various clinics in Edmonton and surrounding areas. She brings with her over 20 years of dental experience, and is an active member of the Alberta Dental Assistant Association, the CADA, and EDAA. With Orthodontics Assistant training, Kerrie offers varied and broad experience to our office. She is a positive addition to the team, and offers an upbeat enthusiasm that our patients enjoy. Kerry is now responsible for assisting with Botox patients after completing the neuromodulators course at the University of Alberta, and the PTIF facial aesthetics course in Vancouver. Kerrie has two children, and enjoys running, reading and home renovations in her spare time.

WILMA -- Registered Dental Assistant (Photo to follow)
Wilma is a recent and very welcome addition to our team. Graduating from NAIT with her RDA through independent studies in 1986; as well as taking numerous courses over her 29 year career, she is extensively qualified and experienced with dental procedures. Wilma has excellent intra-oral skills, as well as being positive, enthusiastic, and passionate about providing excellent patient care and comfort. Not to mention, she is always eager to help in any way she can, is an extremely quick learner, and is an active member of the CADA and EDAA. Wilma has lived and worked in the community of Westlock for most of her life. In her spare time she enjoys cross country skiing, running, and biking. Wilma and her husband, Eric, live on a farm outside Westlock where she also does the farm bookkeeping. They have two grown children.

KYLA -- Registered Dental Assistant
Kyla is a graduate of the Columbia College in Calgary. She originally started working with The Leigh Smile Center as an RDA in 2005. She has taken some time off over the last few years to dedicate her attention to her young growing family. She is a hardworking, focused employee and is always first to lend a hand where needed. Kyla excels in safety training and has a background in teaching various programs. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and is kept busy with her three young daughters.

HOLLY -- Sterilization Technician
Holly -- Sterilization TechnicianHolly has been a key part of the Leigh Smile Center for over 18 years. A graduate of the NAIT Office Administration program, she has continually upgraded her knowledge by attending various Dental and Administration conventions over the years. Holly is our clinic Sterilization and Infection Control Technician. She has many years experience in Administration and front end duties, enabling her to step into various roles in our clinic and help wherever needed. Holly is married, has two adult children, and enjoys a busy lifestyle that includes travelling, watching hockey games, and camping with her family.

HEATHER -- Receptionist / Patient Coordinator
Heather -- ReceptionistHeather has worked in the dental field for 22 years. She has extensive front line and Administrative experience. From scheduling appointments to making sure the office runs smoothly, Heather is a valuable asset to our dental practice. A well known and active member of the dental community, Heather is a dedicated and keen member of our team, and her broad knowledge and helpful attitude with patients is second to none. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children, camping and travelling.


ROBIN -- Receptionist

Robin -- ReceptionistRobin is the other half of our dynamic front desk team. Always compassionate, friendly, and ready to help out the patients. Her smile immediately puts people at ease. Robin joined our team in 2012 and has learned dental administration very quickly. She is also working hands on with the dentists and providing chair side assisting. Always putting the patient first, Robin's background in running her own family business has made her excel at people skills, prioritizing and decision making. In her spare time she is an avid hockey Mom, and enjoys golfing and curling.


ANDREA -- Receptionist (Part-time)
Andrea joined our team in 2017 and is a welcome addition to our front end staff. With her background as a Veterinary Tech, Andrea brings compassion and a calm energy to our team. She takes the time to be helpful with any patient questions, and is always empathetic to patient needs. A great team player Andrea always makes herself available when needed. Andrea is the mother of four boys, including twins. She is a busy hockey mom and an active member on the family farm. She loves to travel and enjoys overseas adventures whenever she is able to get away.

EMILY and ABBY -- Front Desk and Sterilizing (Part-Time Support Staff)
Emily and Abby -- Front Desk and SterilizingBoth are currently attending University in Edmonton to become Registered Nurses, and work for the Leigh Smile Center in the summers and holiday cover off. They have been a part of our team for a number of years, helping with sterilizing and front desk, and have excellent patient skills.

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