MEET OUR DENTISTS!
In addition to providing dental services at Riverbend Dental Centre, Dr Pierce also practices at Sutherland Dental Group. He is also a member of the Canadian Dental Association.
Dr. Pierce is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and has been practicing dentistry since 1996.
Dr. Pierce was born and raised in Saskatoon. He and his wife Tanya have two daughters. Dr. Pierce is very active and enjoys participating in triathlons, water skiing and playing hockey.
In addition to her family dentistry practice, Dr. Balakrishnan is a part-time faculty member at the College of Dentistry. She is a member of the Saskatoon Dental Society, the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Dental Association.
Along with practicing at Riverbend Dental, Saskatoon Dr. Balakrishnan graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University.
Raised in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Dr. Balakrishnan plays in the Saskatoon Amateur Volleyball Association year-round and is a fair-weather golfer. She is also an avid reader, and studies and performs music, particularly piano. In her spare time, she can be found relaxing with family and friends.
MEET OUR DENTAL THERAPIST!
Susan Cross, Dental Therapist
Dental Therapists are primary oral health care professionals who are trained to perform basic clinical dental treatment and preventive services within a variety of practice settings. As members of a dental team, therapists provide restorative dental treatment services, disease prevention and oral health promotion programs to maintain and improve health. Dental therapists also advocate for the needs of clients, assist them in accessing care and refer them to other health professionals for services beyond the scope of the dental therapist's practice. The dental therapist's mission statement is as follows: "We are dedicated to improving and promoting oral health excellence for all, respecting diversity and individuality."
MEET OUR DENTAL HYGIENIST!
Our dedicated Dental Hygienist Colette Bezaire comes to us with over 25 years of dental hygiene experience. She is very passionate and committed to providing the best oral hygiene care to her patients; children, adults and seniors. Her primary concern for optimal dental health and wellness is key to her preventative care.
Dental Hygienists are licensed dental professionals who play a major role in patient education and oral hygiene. Some of the common procedures hygienists perform include: polishing, scaling and root planing, and taking radiographs. They are a tremendous asset in helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
MEET OUR DENTAL ASSISTANTS!
Aleisha is a long time employee who comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Her commitment and dedication shines through all aspects of her work. She assists our dentist with all our dental procedures and also supports the daily office administration requirements.
Richelle joined our team from Regina in early 2019 and comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge adding value to our team. She has taken on many roles in the practice supporting the office; assisting our patients, dentists, and our staff. She is a vital part of our administration and works along side our office manager assisting with the day to day business operations.
Dental Assistants are licensed dental practitioners. They assist the dentist during procedures, take radiographs and impressions, and can conduct cleanings and oral hygiene instruction on children. Invaluable members of our team, our assistants are essentially an extra set of helpful hands for our doctors.
Administration, Management and Reception
Karen has been with Riverbend Dental since early 2011. She brings a wealth of business and administrative knowledge along with quality customer service skills. In applying these skills along with her caring and compassion with staff and patients, it is obvious that she loves serving in any way possible to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
Receptionists & Office Staff are the first people you see when you walk through our doors. In addition to booking appointments, they perform a variety of office and administration duties, including answering your questions on dental insurance procedures. Our office manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling the clerical aspect of our practice, including the preparation, communication and marketing, management of staff duties and ordering supplies.
We all work together in a team based environment to provide the best possible dental experience for you and your family while addressing all your dental needs, questions and concerns.