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Dr. Rachel Staples DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Rachel was born and raised in Victoria and was thrilled to return to her hometown in 1995 – after completing her dental degree at the University of British Columbia – to start her practice and raise her family.

A life-long learner, Rachel embarked on a journey of further training and hands-on learning in 2007. She attended and completed all seven core levels of neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious LVI Global in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is currently a fellow. Rachel believes in integrating comprehensive diagnosis and contemporary techniques with the latest technologies. With this philosophy, her goal is to improve the lives of her patients and to bring beautiful smiles to all who visit her office.

While raising three young boys with her husband Brock, Rachel built her business to four practices over 15 years. As many of us do, she has realized that quality is far better than quantity so she has worked over the past year to streamline and simplify her life both personally and professionally. Urban Smiles Victoria is the culmination of that effort: quality dentistry in a caring environment, delivered by a team whose mission it is to make your dental visit a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Over the years, Rachel has performed countless hours of volunteer work through Dentistry for the Heart and, along with her team, has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars in dental care to those in need in her own community. She has also enjoyed volunteering with the Rotary Club, delivering dental services and supplies to the indigenous people of Guatemala. In the next few years, she hopes to recruit her sons and husband to join her on a dental mission to South East Asia.

Dr. Brett Livingstone DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Originally from the lower mainland, Brett is excited to begin a new journey on Vancouver Island. Brett attended the University of British Columbia to complete his dental degree, where he received multiple awards, including the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Scholarship which is awarded to the student who obtained the top academic record in their class. After working in the lower mainland, he was drawn to Victoria by the adventure and outdoor lifestyle Vancouver Island has to offer.

Patient education is the cornerstone of his practice philosophy. Brett puts great emphasis on taking the time to answer your questions and ensure you feel comfortable and well informed before making any decisions regarding treatment. In order to provide the best treatment possible, Brett stays up to date on the latest research through study clubs and continuing education courses.

Being an active part of the community is important to Brett. He has previously served as a director on youth soccer boards, volunteered with a crisis service center, and while in dental school, provided free emergency dental care to the underserved community.

When not working, Brett can be found on the soccer field, kiteboarding on windy days, trying out new recipes, and spending time with his loving wife Jessica.

Dr. Dan Goldberg DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Before embarking on a journey into the world of dentistry, Dr. Dan Goldberg graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bed, and a BSc. Four years later he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Dental degree. With over 18 years’ experience in the dental field he has a diverse background in all aspects Dentistry, but has a keen interest in oral surgery. He has travelled to Mexico, and Guatemala to provide oral surgery to people who are in pain and unable to access dental surgery. Dr. Goldberg also enjoys helping to teach other fellow dentists on surgical techniques to help them feel more confident and successful when they are performing oral surgery. In 2009 Dr. Goldberg had the opportunity to work as an instructor at the University of Alberta in the Radiology department, while also conducting stem cell research on growing teeth. Outside of Dentistry there is nothing Dr. Goldberg enjoys more than spending time with his family and going on adventures with them. He is also an avid nature photographer, yoga instructor, gardener, and kayaker.

Dr. Sophie Motet

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Born and raised in Victoria, Sophie is so happy to call this city home. Sophie took her dental prerequisite courses at the University of Victoria before studying dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She is a graduation award winner of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Achievement Award, in recognition of her special interest and accomplishment in oral and maxillofacial radiology.

 

Before returning to Victoria, Sophie practiced dentistry in the rural town of Houston, BC. Houston has only one dental clinic and this facility serves many of the small remote communities around northern BC. Here, Sophie was able to provide dental care to many people in need.

 

Sophie strongly values gentle dentistry and puts empathy, kindness, and thorough evaluation at the centre of her care. Patients appreciate her gentle and compassionate bedside manner. Her practice philosophy is all about making the dental chair a comfortable and successful place for you!

 

Sophie is constantly expanding her practice through continuing education and has additional qualifications in many areas including neuromodulation therapy using Botox (for both therapeutic and aesthetic purposes) and Nitrous Oxide sedation (laughing gas).

 

Sophie loves serving the patients of Urban Smiles Victoria and feels so lucky to work with such an amazing team. When not at the clinic, Sophie loves baking complicated desserts, walking the Lochside Trail, and spending time with her husband, Austin.

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Brooke

Practice Manager

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Originally from Saskatchewan, Brooke moved to Victoria in 2016 to further pursue her dental career. Prior to joining Urban Smiles, she was a dental Office Manager back home in North Battleford. Brooke has always had a true passion for all things dental.

As the Practice Manager for Urban Smiles Victoria, her main job is to oversee the office operations. She is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for patients and creating a fun-loving and healthy atmosphere for the team. Brooke truly loves her job!

Outside of the practice Brooke enjoys spending her time with her friends, family, and her Pomeranian, Bear. If you can’t find her camping or laying on a beach, you will find her enjoying a quiet evening in watching Netflix.

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Danielle

Registered Dental Hygienist

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Danielle graduated from the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program at Camosun College in 2015. In the past 5 years she has been building her skills as a clinical hygienist and prides herself on being thorough and providing individualized care. Danielle is committed to furthering her education, so in addition to working full-time, she is completing her Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene. She then plans to complete a Master's degree.

Danielle is passionate about the oral-systemic link and strives to work with her patients to improve their oral and overall health. 

Danielle grew up in the Comox Valley where she married her high school sweetheart. They just recently moved to Victoria and are excited about exploring all it has to offer.

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Dana

Registered Dental Hygienist

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Dana is one of our fantastic Registered Dental Hygienists. Her gentle hands and calm voice will sooth even the most anxious dental patient.
Dentistry is in Dana’s blood! Her parents practice in the Okanagan, her mom as a dental hygienist and her dad as a dentist. She was born and raised in Kelowna and moved to Vancouver in 2016. She graduated from Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2018 and moved to Victoria to pursue her love of outdoor activities. Dana takes great pride in helping her patients feel comfortable and at ease in the dental office.
When not in the office you can find her hiking or exploring the city with her doodle Ryleigh, or relaxing with a good book at a local coffee shop

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Ashley

Registered Dental Hygienist

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Ashley graduated from Camosun College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2020, and her steady hands and precision-focused attitude proved that she was a perfect addition to the Urban Smiles team. Her favorite part of being a Dental Hygienist is helping people better their overall health. She loves meeting new people and working at Urban Smiles lets her meet all sorts of new people on a daily basis!
Ashley is a born and raised Victoria-ite and is more than happy to share all her favourite haunts of the city, be it a quiet coffee shop or an off the grid camping spot. In her spare time, Ashley likes to explore all of the hidden nooks and crannies the Island has to offer. When she’s not exploring, she likes to curl up with her retired service dog, Nala, and read a good book. Make sure to ask her what she’s currently reading!

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Colleen

Certified Dental Assistant

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Colleen is our in-house Invisalign expert! She will be the dental assistant helping the doctors with your Invisalign case and will be the perfect person to provide you with all the necessary tips and tricks to make your Invisalign journey seamless. Her entry into dental was a little unconventional: she was a third-year apprentice in the Pastry chef program at Vancouver Island University when she decided that baker’s hours were not her thing and opted for a program with more reasonable working hours. She has been a CDA since 2016 after graduating from Camosun College’s Dental Assisting program. In 2018 she upgraded her skill set by taking the orthodontic module at Okanagan College.

When not in the office, you can often find Colleen in a kitchen making sweet treats for her friends and family, camping on Saltspring Island, or hiking backwoods trails in Cowichan with her puppers Kota and Oggy.

Make sure you check out her Instagram page, @cakesby_colleen

Bethany

Financial Coordinator

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Bethany recently graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She studied topics including nutrition, exercise physiology, disease pathophysiology and exercise prescription. While in school she had the opportunity to fulfill her passion for helping people and spent 2 years volunteering at a local fitness center for different abilities, helping a variety of people living with conditions such as spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases, to name a few.

As perhaps one of the loudest people in the office, you will definitely hear Bethany’s cheerful voice at the front reception area! Bethany has years’ worth of administrative and customer service experience, most recently working in the retail sector. If she looks familiar to you, she has probably sold you something! Bethany is the perfect person to share orthodontic stories with, as her love for dentistry came after her own extended and complicated orthodontic past. When not at work you can find her out hunting Pokémon or binging The Office for the 17,000th time on Netflix.

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.

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Madeline

Sterilization Assistant

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Madeline is one of our fantastic Sterile Bay Assistants. She is an integral part of the office, ensuring that our dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized after every appointment. You will also find her around the office sanitizing commonly accessed surfaces or restocking supplies in the operatories.
Maddy is BFFs with our Sterile Bay Assistant/Social Media Coordinator, Marina. As BFF’s, they make a stellar team. Feeling the chemistry between them when they applied for the position, we knew they needed to be hired together!
In 2016 Maddy and her family worked with the MexPup dog rescue organization to bring home Nico, a terrier cross found on the streets of Puerto Vallarta. When not in the office, you will find Maddy camping and exploring with Nico or socializing and shopping with her friends. She also plays Center Field in a local Woman’s Field Hockey organization.