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Maddie

Anxiety Support

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Maddy is Dr Staples 5 year old Australian Labradoodle. She is hypoallergenic and non-shedding. She is an empathy dog in training and will stand or sit beside anxious patients during local analgesic injections. She loves the attention and will help distract and soothe your injection fears away. She can be seen when you come in for your Hygiene Recalls to greet you and make sure you are comfortable. Feel free to ask for her anytime. She is happy to oblige. Most other times you will find her curled up on her bed with her favorite orange ball.

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. Sunny Makkar DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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A native of Abbotsford, BC, Sunny has always had an appreciation for the value of immersion in one’s community, big or small. He’s excited to continue to enjoy BC life in Victoria.

After completing his B.Sc in Biology at the University of the Fraser Valley, Sunny went on to pursue Dentistry at UBC, where he became involved in volunteer initiatives at his local community outreach clinic.

Sunny understands that there is no single universal approach to caring for a diverse set of patients, each with unique needs and desires for their oral health. He believes in working with his patients to determine these needs, and knows that improving oral health is foundational to the enjoyment and enrichment of your life.

Outside of the office, Sunny is an avid motorcyclist, average skier, and appallingly bad golfer.

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 Darryl Sinclair D.D.S.

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Associate

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Darryl is happy to be able to contribute his experience and expertise from over 30 years as a general dentist to Dr. Staple’s practice. Upon graduation from dentistry at the University of Alberta, Darryl immediately moved to Victoria. He and his wife, Arla, have been here ever since while raising their three children, now all adults with their own families. Darryl operated his own dental clinic in Victoria until passing it on to a younger colleague in 2015. Darryl is now happily straddling the working world and that of retirement, maintaining his professional skills and responsibilities while enjoying more free time.

Maintaining a high level of clinical excellence has been foremost throughout Darryl’s career. He is highly trained in occlusion (bite) and all facets of restorative dentistry. His practice philosophy and treatment modalities are completely in line with Dr. Staple’s.

Membership in organized dentistry has been important throughout his practice life. Darryl is an Honorary Member of the Victoria and District Dental Society, having maintained his membership in since commencing practice in Victoria and has served on the VDDS board and as President Elect and President. He has also been a board member of the British Columbia Dental Association, serving for several years in that position.

When he is not at work, Darryl can be found doing something physical; jogging, biking, cross training, skiing or hiking. And if you can’t locate him doing one of these, you will find him in his wood work shop or travelling with Arla.

Dr Leah Hall B.D.S.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Associate

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Leah is a third-generation dentist. Her passion for dentistry was ignited by watching both
her father and grandfather at work with their dental patients. It was an ambition of hers
since she was young to become a dentist, she loves what she does and remains as
passionate to this day about maintaining her patient’s oral health.

Although Leah is originally from Victoria, she chose to study at James Cook University
in Cairns, Australia because of the reputable hands on experience that they offer their
students. At the end of her studies Leah travelled within Australia to Tasmania and the
Outback of Central Queensland to work with disadvantaged communities. During this
time, she also traveled to small communities in mobile dental vans to assist those
without access to essential services. Leah continues to take courses regularly in order
to stay up to date with all aspects of dentistry and is a member of the Victoria and
District Dental Society and the British Columbia Dental Society.

Outside of dentistry Leah enjoys being creative through photography, painting and
knitting. She is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying activities such as hiking, skiing, paddle
boarding and kayaking.

Leah strives to give each patient who travels through her office the best experience that
she can and to give them the knowledge they need to take excellent care of their teeth
at home. She encourages her patients to ask questions, whether that be about a
particular treatment option or oral health in general!

Cathy

Practice Manager

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Cathy has recently returned to Victoria after spending 15 years in the Comox Valley and 10 years in North Vancouver. Cathy attended Camosun College Certified Dental Assisting program and has spent many years in Dental Reception and Office Management. With a strong background in Practice Management and business ownership, Cathy is excited to join the team at Urban Smiles. She has a passion for excellence in clinical dentistry, optimum patient care and customer service. Cathy enjoys the golf, cycling and the island lifestyle along with her husband Rory.

Shannon

Registered Dental Hygienist

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Shannon received his BDS degree from KLE university, India and moved to Victoria in 2015 to
pursue his further education. He completed his Dental hygiene diploma at Camosun College
and has been working as a hygienist since July,2018. He is also preparing for his dental licensing
exams in Canada. He strongly believes that prevention is better that cure and his priority is to
always provide the best patient centered care.

Shannon had an instant connection with the island! He enjoys the outdoors, often going for
hikes and camping over the weekends. He is also passionate about football and likes playing the
guitar and reading in his spare time.

Sarah

Registered Dental Hygienist

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Sarah moved to Victoria from Cranbrook, BC in 2011 and couldn’t be happier on the island! She recently graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Camosun College and is currently pursuing further education to obtain her baccalaureate degree at UBC. Sarah is excited to build new relationships with patients at Urban Smiles. In her spare time, Sarah loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, doing things like hiking, biking, and running.

Danielle

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.

Alejandra

Certified Dental Assistant

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Born in Bogota Colombia, Ale moved to Victoria in 1996 and was accepted into the CDA program at Camosun College in 1999. She completed the program in the summer of 2000 and started with Dr. Staples (at a previous practice) as a practicum student. She was hired shortly thereafter. She feels very lucky to have landed in an office where the dentists are constantly learning and growing and encouraging the staff to do the same. Ale has Invisalign, neuromuscular, and cosmetic training. She is also a certified dental anesthesia/sedation CDA. Ale has a love for languages and speaks Spanish, English and Italian. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors and salsa dancing.

Amanda

Social Media Coordinator

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Amanda, originally from the Okanagan, moved to Victoria in 2014 to attend the Certified Dental
Assisting program at Camosun College. She landed her first job at Urban Smiles where she
worked as a Dental Assistant and in Reception as an Administrator. She was not ready to leave
the fantastic team at USV, so while she is continuing her education by pursuing a career in
Dental Hygiene, she is staying on the team as the Social Media Coordinator.

Megan

Certified Dental Assistant/Administrator

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Megan has been a Certified Dental Assistant since graduating with excellence from Discovery Community College in 2008; she has been working with Dr. Staples for over six years. Passionate about her work, she strives to continuously add to her skill set and provide quality care to all her patients. She has advanced training in Neuromuscular Dentistry, Dental Record-keeping, Dynamic Team Concepts, and is a Certified Zoom Whitening Provider. Megan loves educating her patients about dentistry and helping them to feel at ease in the dental chair.

Brooke

Treatment Coordinator

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Originally from Saskatchewan, Brooke moved to Victoria in 2016 for a taste of the West Coast lifestyle. Prior to joining Urban Smiles, Brooke was a Dental Assistant and Office Administrator back home in North Battleford. Brooke has always had a true passion for all things dental. She loves spending her day seeing new patients and forming lasting relationships with them.

As a treatment coordinator, her main job is to educate the patients about their treatment options. Some duties include preparing patients for their appointments, discussing recommended treatment and reviewing financial options. Brooke’s main goal with every patient is to help them become comfortable with the thought of treatment. At times, you may find her at the front desk filling in when needed.

Outside of the practice Brooke likes to spend most of her time with her friends, family, and her Pomeranian. If you can’t find her camping or laying on a beach, you will find her enjoying an evening in watching whatever’s new on Netflix.

Kyra

Office Administrator

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Originally from Edmonton, Kyra graduated from Princess Margaret Secondary in Vancouver, after which she attended VIU in Nanaimo. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Kyra found her passion for dentistry, to which she completed her Dental Assisting program in 2012.

Kyra spent the majority of her dental career as an assistant in Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach. New to Victoria, Kyra started here as an Office Administrator in 2018. Now, she oversees the day to day functions of our business as well as providing information for daily treatment recommendations. She keeps the office atmosphere light and fun and works closely with staff and patients to provide the ultimate care.

In her free time, Kyra loves spending time outdoors, hiking, and laying on the beach. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beautiful Bichon Havanese, Dennie.

Bethany

Office Administrator

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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.

Ashly

Dental Administrator

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Ashly is our newest member to join Urban Smiles and is also new to the Dentistry. She made the transition from Certified Dental Assistant to Dental Administrator in 2018. She has done an amazing job of learning our systems in the short time she has been here.

As the person that greets you with a smile upon your arrival, Ashly is enjoying getting to know each one of you at your next visit.  Her warm and soothing voice will make you feel at ease!

Ashly has a love for the outdoors and can be found playing basketball or walking her dog Sophie, who is also a huge Lakers fan!