the simpli dental team

name: Kristin Jerkovits

position: Dental Hygienist

when did you know you wanted to become a Dental Hygienist?

When I was a kid. I loved going to the dentist!

what makes you smile?

Coffee, wine, and whitening treatments; successfully convincing a patient to start flossing; seeing new leaves on plants

do you have any hobbies or interests? 

Taking care of plants; travelling; & spin class

favourite place in the world?

Budapest, Hungary

what’s your favourite movie?

Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers

what’s your favourite funny show? 

I just watch The Office over and over

name: Austin Leis

position:  Administrative Manager

when did you know you wanted to get into this position?

I was seeking a new career path and after speaking with Dr. Mitchell during our initial phone interview I was immediately excited about what this position would offer me now and grow into in the future.

do you have any hobbies or interests?

I really enjoy cooking and fashion.

you’ve dedicated your work to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

My dogs or a glass of red wine (California Cabernet Sauvignon or Argentinian Malbec)

favourite place in the world?

My favourite place in the world is Ireland, its scenic coastal landscapes are breathtaking and urban cities maintain a beautiful historic feel.

name: Laura Sullivan 

position: Dental Assistant and Team Wellness Manager 

do you have any hobbies or interests?

I love to run! I am currently chasing my stars by completing the 6 major marathons. Fitness is my passion and plays a big way in my lifestyle. I love to travel and adventure.

you’ve dedicated your life to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

I love LOVE! Acts of kindness and time with loved ones can cheer me up instantly.

do you know a good joke? 

Why did the apricot invite the prune to the dance? Because he couldn’t find a date. 

what’s your favourite childhood memory? I loved playing competitive soccer and going on weekend tournament trips.

name: Hunter Smith

position: Data and Organizational Development Manager

do you have any role models?

I am lucky enough to have many role models in my life, ranging from family members to close friends. These role models are people that have been very successful within the business world, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to learn from them.

do you have any hobbies or interests?

My hobbies include golfing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, snowboarding and Jiu Jitsu. I love to get outdoors as much as possible and enjoy doing whatever one of these hobbies the weather and time of year allows.

what’s your favourite way to spend downtime?

Hanging out with family and friends, Good Food, Good Drinks

do you have a favourite funny movie?

Superbad

name: Aamir Warsi

position: Associate Dentist

how long have you been working in this position? Since 2002

who/what encouraged you to take this career path? Childhood wish

do you have any hobbies or interests?

Yes! reading philosophy- Immanuel Kant

you’ve dedicated your life to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

Someone being satisfied with my efforts

favourite place in the world?

Grand Canyon

what’s your favourite movie?

Wolf of Wall Street

name: Arielle Hazzard

position:  Dental Assistant 

when did you know you wanted to get into this position?

Growing up, I always had a wonderful time at the dentist. I would love to be able to pass that same feeling on to other people and make the dentist a comfortable place for everyone. 

do you have any hobbies or interests?

In my spare time, I like to do anything crafty. I love to paint and also have my own little jewellery business that keeps me busy creating and attending craft shows! 

favourite place in the world?

Revelstoke B.C, I love the feeling of a small mountain town.

what’s your favourite movie?

My favourite movie has to be the Titanic or Forrest Gump!

name: Blake Mitchell

position: Dentist

how long have you been working in this position? Since 2014

do you have an idol or role model?

There are many people in my life that I respect for a number of reasons that I would consider role models. All of the people that have been close to me including my parents, their friends, coaches and teachers growing up have taught me many important values that I think about daily.

do you have any hobbies or interests? 

Golfing with friends and walking my dog

you’ve dedicated your life to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

Animals!

what’s your favourite way to spend downtime?

Taking a relaxing walk with the dog, my wife and my son.

name: Dale Thomson

position: Dentist

how long have you been working in this position? Since 2019

when did you know you wanted to be a dentist?

I wanted to be a dentist since I was a little kid, according to my Mom. But it didn’t become a real goal until after graduating high school.

who encouraged you to take this career path?

I am grateful for my wife who supported and encouraged me through all the many years of school!

do you have a role model?

My father – an excellent example of always putting family first.

do you have any hobbies or interests? tell us about them:

I am a huge boardgame nerd! I have over 150 games, and I play them with my kids, friends and whoever will sit down at the table with me.

you’ve dedicated your life to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

Nothing makes me smile more than watching my wife play with our three boys!

name: Zara Azizi

position: Dental Assistant

how long have you been with simpli dental? since November 2020

when did you know you wanted to be a get into this position?

I have always wanted to be around people and a dental assistant is surrounded by people, which is what I love about my job.  I also like helping people which makes me feel good and motivated.

do you have any hobbies or interests? tell us about them:

My favourite hobby is yoga and ziplining.

you’ve dedicated your life to people’s smiles, so what makes you smile?

I read books and watch my favourite TV show which is Modern Family.  It makes me laugh a lot and I love it.

name: Lola

position: Moral Supporter

when did you know you wanted to get into this position?

All my life! It was something I was born into.

do you have an idol or role mode?

My humans – they feed me and scratch my floppy ears

do you have any hobbies or interests? 

Diving for rocks at the lake – it isn’t good for my teeth but I can’t help it.

favourite place in the world?

The couch

favourite movie?

Beethoven