Meet the Canyon Dental Centre Team

The Canyon Dental Centre Team are here to help keep you and your smile healthy. 

Dedicated to making you smile!

Meet the people who make Canyon Dental Centre a great place to be. We're always accepting new patients, so contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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Lee-Ann Van As #1

Lee-Ann Van As

Medical Aesthetician

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Lee-Ann is a certified Medical Aesthetician and Skin Care Professional specializing in minimally invasive facial aesthetics, laser procedures and corrective medical skin care therapies.

Lee-Ann’s love for skin care lies in helping people to feel great, educating them about their skin and giving them the best experience possible. She is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, has received advanced training in Laser Physics, Laser Safety, Cosmetic Chemistry, Skin Structure and Function, Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and has worked with some of the top medical grade skincare product lines and cosmecueticals.

Her laser training and clinical experience includes the use of Sciton and Cutera’s medical lasers utilizing IPL technology, fractional laser resurfacing, ND Yag, erbium & diode lasers, skin tightening technology using Infrared light energy & laser genesis.

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Karen

Office Manager

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Karen, a long time resident on the North Shore graduated from the Certified Dental Assisting program at Vancouver Vocational Institute in 1984.  She spent her career working in private practice in North and West Vancouver.  She completed the Prosthodontic Module in 1998, the Orthodontic Module in 2003 and has taken the Invisalign Certification course in 2008.  She is in the process of obtaining her BC Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College.

Karen has been involved with Certified Dental Assistant Examination Board at the College of Dental Surgeons from 1991-2004. She served in a variety of roles over the 13 years, including Session Facilitator, Clinical Examiner, and Dental Clinic Coordinator.

In her spare time, Karen loves organizing events and dinner parties and spending time with her amazing family, friends and two special dogs. Karen is very excited to be part of an amazing dental team that is dedicated to dentistry and ultimate patient care.

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Mira

Dental Hygienist

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Mira considers the comfort and health of her patients, both young and old, as her first priority while focusing on preventative dental therapy in order to provide the highest level of personalized care. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 28 years of experience and has worked at Canyon Dental Centre for over 14 years. She has obtained her diploma in dental hygiene from Krakow Medical University in 1987 and in 1992 graduated with Honours from the University of Manitoba where she also obtained an Orthodontic module. 

Recently Mira has been seen in the North Shore News and Outlook Dental Hygiene magazine volunteering for the annual National Dental Hygienists Week, teaching local children at school and the North Vancouver District Public Library about oral health.  She has also volunteered as a ski instructor for the Disabled Skiers Association of BC. In her spare time, Mira loves to travel and Salsa dance.  She has travelled to more than 25 countries and lived in 4. She speaks fluent English and Polish and has practiced German, Slovak, French, Spanish and Russian.  In her travels, she has ascended many high altitude alpine Summits including several in the Canadian Rockies and the second highest peak in southern California, San Jacinto peak.

Mira’s next challenge will be to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro to help support Alzheimer's patients.

Morgan #1

Morgan

Dental Hygienist

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Morgan is a Registered Dental Hygienist, originally from Utah where she started her career in the dental field as a dental assistant before deciding to pursue Dental Hygiene. She has lived in Vancouver for the last two and a half years and graduated from Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2015 and most recently completed a degree in Health Sciences. She enjoys working at Canyon Dental and loves getting to know her patients while educating them on how to improve their oral health. She likes long walks on the seawall and has never met a snow cone she didn't like.

Jessica #1

Jessica

Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

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Jessica has worked with Doctor Glenn van As since 2000. She graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant from Vancouver Community College, where she now also works as an instructor.

Jessica is compassionate, caring and is committed to improving the health and wellness of her patients. Jessica lives on the North Shore and when not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and three children.

Angela #1

Angela

Dental Assistant

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Angela grew up in Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 1998. Graduated in 2010 from MTI as a Certified Dental Assistant and received her Orthodontic Module from UBC Dentistry in 2016. She enjoys being part of the fantastic team at Canyon Dental since she joined in 2014, and takes pleasure in the interaction with the patients. When Angela is not at work, she is taking in the great outdoor activities that Vancouver has to offer.

Shadia Nazari #1

Shadia

Office Administrator

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Shadia received her Master of Graphic Design degree in Iran and, since moving to Canada in 2018, earned a Diploma in Tourism at Capilano University.

Shadia has been a great addition to our dental team, working as a support administrator and a sterilization coordinator.

When Shadia is not in the office she watches over many cats that lovingly come searching for her.

Karla Castro Cirucc #1

Karla

Dental Assistant

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Karla has earned a Dental degree at the University of Jose Antonio Paez in Venezuela. She moved to Canada in 2017.

Karla joined our Canyon Dental Family in 2020. She loves dentistry and is always trying to make her patients feel comfortable and calm.

In her spare time, Karla loves to go out and try new cuisines because she is an avid foodie.

Michelle Livingstone #1

Michelle

Dental Assistant

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I have been a dental assistant in North Vancouver for 25 years and at the same time a personal trainer and a nutrition coach.

I grew up in Lynn Valley, and I love my community. Taking care of my patient’s well-being is my first priority.

Zahra #1

Zahra

Administrator

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Zahra received her dental receptionist certificate from BCIT. She works as a dental receptionist and has a passion for dentistry as her father was a dentist for 30 years. She loves to be able to interact with the patients and looks at each day as an opportunity to learn new and exciting things.

In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, reading books, and watching movies.

Sophia Fischer #1

Sophia

Administration Assistant

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Sophia received her Dental Reception Coordinator certificate in 2020 from Vancouver Community College. She is excited to learn all the ups and downs of the dental world and bring a cheerful smile to the office.

When she is not at work, Sophia enjoys baking, reading, and spending quality time with her family.

Shelly #1

Shelly

Dental Hygienist

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Bio Coming Soon.

Cariza #1

Cariza

Dental Hygienist

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Cariza came from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and received her diploma from the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2015. During her Dental Hygiene program, she was recognized for the CDHBC’s Highest Overall Achievement and presented with Hu-Friedy’s Golden Scaler Award. 

Educating her patients about their oral health is her top priority. Cariza’s favourite part about being a dental hygienist is the friendships she creates with all her patients.

Outside of practicing Dental Hygiene, Carissa runs a small business with her sisters called Carmen Rose Boutique. When she is not working, she spends all her time with family, friends and her dog Ivy!

Meet the Canyon Dental Centre Team.

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