My dream to pursue dentistry as a career path was inspired by a young patient who had moved to Canada from the UK. This patient had heavy brown staining on her front teeth. She would hide them every time she smiled. With a simple procedure of dental bonding, we were able to mask the staining and transform her smile. As a result, her personality changed from shy and introverted to friendly, outgoing, and confident in just a few weeks! That was the power of dentistry and I wanted to be Making that kind of Difference!
I started my post-secondary education at the University of Alberta in dental hygiene and then continued on to the University of Manitoba where I graduated from dentistry in 2004. This is an exciting time to be a dentist with the field constantly evolving with new products and technology.
As a practice owner for the last 8 years, I have dedicated my career to providing comprehensive, quality dental care to my patients in an environment based on service, compassion and trust. I have continued my education by taking courses through LVI, California Centre for Advanced Studies (CCADS) Dental Advanced Implant Training, Sleep Dentistry, and Invisalign. I am proud to offer all of our patients a boutique personalized service with attention to detail. As a clinic, we are committed to listening to our patients and ensuring our goals and objectives for dental health match theirs.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children. This past year, we’ve realized the importance of family and spending quality time with them. We have enjoyed board games, biking, hiking, and golfing. We support local charities and volunteering in many different aspects locally and internationally. Giving back is a big part of who we are!
Dr. George Chao D.D.S. joined the Centennial Smiles team in 2020. He obtained his Dental Degree from Western University in 2014 and has been in the field of dentistry for seven years now.
Dr. Chao loves that he’s able to help people restore their smiles. He believes that “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure".
When not in the dental office, Dr. Chao spends time hiking. Meet him on your next visit to our practice!
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Maureen graduated from University of British Columbia School of Hygiene. She has been practicing hygiene for many years in downtown Calgary & has been a valued part of the Centennial Smiles Dental Team for the last year. She welcomes her previous long-time patients, as well as new patients.
When Maureen is not working, she is playing in the mountains either cross country skiing, biking or hiking.
We would like to introduce one of our Dental Assistants, Chantel. She feels fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to join the amazing team at Centennial Smiles Dental back in April of 2018. Chantel has been a registered dental assistant for over 19 years and is happy to call Calgary home for the past 15 years. She is married to a city of Calgary firefighter and are proud parents to a fur baby (rescue dog) named Simon. In her spare time, you will likely find her gardening, cooking, or scavenging for vintage treasures.
Candace recently joined the Centennial Smiles Dental family and we could not be happier. She brings her passion for dentistry, which started at a young age with her patients instilling in her at a young age the importance of a healthy mouth. She has been practicing as a dental assistant for the last 3 years. She loves helping patients improve their smile, and ultimately increasing their confidence. When Candace is not working, she loves being active with her toddler whether it be at a park or in the mountains.
Kathy has been a valued part of the Centennial Smiles Dental Team since 2019, bringing over 17 years of experience to the table. She enjoys assisting patients’ understand their insurance coverage, treatment options and helping them achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Kathy was born and raised in Calgary and has 2 beautiful grown daughters. When Kathy is not at work, she enjoys the outdoors with her dog, Theodore, refinishing furniture, gardening, and cooking up a storm in her kitchen. She is the chef for the team, and we enjoy everything she cooks up!
Zarah has been a part of Centennial Smiles Dental since 2020 and she has brought a lot of laughter and fun while maintaining her professionalism. Our patients and team love her, and you can tell within the first few moments of meeting her, that she truly takes pride in what she does. She has been in the dental field since 2008 and loves being able to give patients 100% all the time. Whether it be dealing with insurance companies, helping in the clinic area, or answering any patient concerns or questions that come about, she always has a smile on. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and friends. She is a bit obsessed with her nieces, Arya and Serena, and her nephew, Zayden. They are the loves of her life.
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