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Meet the Team

Dr. Peter Pessinis

DR. PESSINIS was born in Montreal and at a very young age the family moved to South Africa where he grew up and received his dental degree and post graduate education from the University of the Witwatersrand. He grew up playing sports like rugby, soccer and cricket but when returning to North America he fell in love with hockey and various winter sports. Dr Pessinis practised dentistry in South Africa for 10 years in a variety of environments ranging from the poorer communities in the inner city areas of Johannesburg to the Embassy Belt of the capital city of Pretoria,treating ambassadors from various countries and their consular staff. As a result of this broad experience, he is able to relate to people from all walks of life and tailor solutions appropriate to their needs and wants. While in private practice, Dr Pessinis did research in cleft palate development leading to a Master of Science in Dentistry degree. The results of that research were presented at the International Association of Dental Research for which he received first prize. When this research was done, Dr Pessinis continued in academia and embarked on a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Cross University in Australia. Dr Pessinis decided to move back home to Canada in 2000 and had to challenge the Canadian Board Exams. He had to join the current dental class and complete a 2 year equivalency program resulting in his second dental degree from the University of British Columbia. He was so well liked and respected by his peers that he was elected Class President of the graduating class of 2002. He bought a well run, established family practice in West Vancouver is 2003 from which he served the community of the North Shore for 15 years and then built a brand new state of the art clinic in North Vancouver in May 2017 from which he currently practices. In his spare time, Dr Pessinis has been active in the community having been a member of the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and volunteering at a clinic in the Downtown East Side. Leisure includes cycling, having done the Ride to Conquer Cancer Ride to Seattle six times, as well as snow shoeing. Interests also involve overseas travel with a special interest in ancient Greek and Roman History.

Jennifer

JENNIFER has been with our office since 2009. She was born in the Queen Charlottes and grew up on the Sunshine Coast. Before joining us at the dental office she worked and travelled the world on cruise ships where customer service is paramount and also owned and operated her own dive shop. She is married and has two lovely young daughters. They enjoy exploring all that the North Shore outdoors has to offer as well as spending time with friends and family.

DENTAL RECEPTIONISTS

Our office has two part time dental receptionists who are friendly, charming, very helpful and really know their way around the intricacies of dental insurance. Jennifer and Kerri will help you schedule your appointments at our office and with specialists, handle all questions concerning your insurance coverage and will take care of any financial and administrative matters.

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Kerri

Kerri was born in England and grew up in Ontario. She then made the move with her husband to BC in 2009. She has extensive experience working in the administrative field supporting others and joined our team in 2019. Kerri and her family love to travel the world, read, and spend their winter days enjoying our fantastic local mountains skiing!

CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT

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Cara

CARA is a Vancouver resident who grew up in Alberta and Ontario. Cara has a background in business and nutrition and has been a dental assistant since 2017.

Her favourite part of the job is interacting with patients and creating a calm and caring environment.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Cara enjoys all BC has to offer and spending time outdoors.

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Shannon

SHANNON is our full-time hygienist. She was born and raised on the North Shore and attended Ridgeway Elementary and Sutherland Secondary schools. She completed her Dental Hygiene Diploma from Vancouver Community College with honours. She is often complemented for her gentle touch and professional manner. She is married with three young kids with whom she loves spending time. When she’s not taking care of teeth, you’ll find Shannon trying out new things like Flamenco dancing, car racing and paragliding.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Our office has one full-time and one part-time hygienist. These two very talented and friendly ladies are the backbone of our preventive philosophy.

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Rebecca

REBECCA has worked part time with us since the Fall of 2019.

She feels fortunate to have enjoyed a long career and credits the team members and patients she has known for keeping her job interesting and rewarding.

Most of her career has been in northern BC.

As a frequent visitor she enjoyed all that Vancouver had to offer and moved to North Vancouver 6 years ago.