Kanata Dental Clinic

Front Desk Team


After raising her family, Barbara began working with the terminally ill for 7 years before heading back to College and receiving her diploma in MOA.  Barbara works in the Ottawa area for 2 years before moving to British Columbia.

Barbara has since moved back to the Ottawa area from beautiful British Columbia to be closer to her ten children and many close friends.  She loves puzzles and has done some for many parts of the world.  One of her favourite puzzles was a puzzle called Plum Crazy which was in the shape of a plum and all pieces were plum coloured.

One thing Barbara cannot live without are all 15 of her grandchildren.  They truly are a wonderful reward in her life.  Barbara would also love to go to Waco, Texas and see Magnolia Silos Market, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  She loves their home renovation show “Fix it upper”.

Melissa | Front Desk Kanata

Melissa graduated in 2005, at CDI from Level 1 Dental Assisting and Office Administration with a diploma.

Melissa is a huge animal lover and was born and raised in Ottawa. She has a beautiful daughter who is her pride and joy. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.

On Melissa’s bucket list, she would love to bring her daughter to Disney World.

Dental Hygiene Team

Kendra | Hygiene Team Leader Kanata

Kendra has been part of the Yazdani team since July 2015.  She currently works in both Kanata and Kemptville clinics. She has achieved her Advanced Dental Hygiene Diploma and the Hu Freidy Golden Scaler Award.

A self-proclaimed shopaholic, Kendra also enjoys walking her dogs, Marley and Gypsy, jogging, and DIY crafts. Her favourite quote is from Psalm 139:14: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Kendra cannot live without her car and sky diving is on her bucket list.

Laura | Kanata & Kemptville Location

Laura graduated from Algonquin College in 2017 with honours.

She was born and raised in Ottawa with two brothers.

Laura cannot live without family, friends, coffee and her car and would love to travel the world some day.

Rachel | Kanata & Kemptville Locations

Rachel has an Advanced Dental Hygiene Diploma from Algonquin College in 2018. She is also enrolled in the CDHO Mentorship program to become self-initiated.

If Rachel is not at work, she is most likely found at the gym working out. Rachel also would not want to live in a world without music, ice cream and wine.

What isn’t on Rachel’s bucket list? She would love to travel and work as a dental hygienist in the Northern Indigenous communities of Canada.

Dental Assistant Team

Lindsey | Dental Assistant Team Leader Kanata

With her Dental Assisting Level I and II diplomas, Lindsey is also NDAEB certified. She joined the Yazdani team in June 2015.

Lindsey’s favourite pastime is horseback riding. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her family, and her friends.


Sophia graduated from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in 2009 with Honours. She then moved on to Algonquin College and received her Dental Assisting Levels 1 & 2 in 2010. In 2018, Sophia graduated with honours from the Advanced pre-health program and in September of this year, will be starting respiratory therapy.

Sophia is a thrill seeker and an adrenaline junkie. She loves 4 wheeling and would love to be a professional student!

She has a dog named Lucy, who is basically her child, one younger brother and is very close with her parents. Sophia cannot live without her family, friends and her dog as well as Netflix and food…she loves her food.

Backpacking to Europe, going on a hot air balloon ride are on her bucket list. Most recently, she proudly scratched off skydiving on her list!

Kemptville Dental Clinic

Patient Experience Coordinator

Meet Stephanie Gardell and our team of Kanata dentists and Kemptville dental experts.


Stephanie graduated from the Graphic Design program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and received her advanced diploma.

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and watching her son grow and change as well as do photography in her free time.

She cannot live without coffee and travelling the world is on her bucket list.

Front Desk Team

Linda | Front Desk Team Leader Kemptville

Linda is a HARP-certified dental office and chairside assistant, with a Preventative Dental Assistant Level II from Algonquin College. She lives with her husband, Ormond, and two children in Oxford Mills, Ontario.

When she isn’t in the office, Linda enjoys playing volleyball, camping, and spending time with family and friends. She has been part of the Yazdani team since July 2001.


Kim joined the Yazdani team in April 2012, with experience as a certified Level II dental assistant. She is also HARP certified.

Although she has plenty of experience as a dental assistant, she has many other talents, including shrink-wrapping a boat and riding a dirt bike. Her favourite saying is, “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”


On top of her Dental Hygiene Diploma, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University. She joined the Yazdani team in November 2013.

When she isn’t working, Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Sue has been working in dentistry for all of her working years.  She started as an assistant then moved to front desk.

She loves taking care of her garden and travelling to Arizona is on her bucket list.  Her health is very important to her and she loves to work out.


Wendy has achieved her Chairside Dental Assisting Diploma (1985), a Preventative Dental Assisting Diploma (1993) and became a Registered Dental Hygienist (1996).

In Wendy’s spare time, you will catch her knitting, reading and binge watching Game of Thrones.

Wendy is married to her husband, Tim.  She has a son, Evan, and a daughter, Katie.  Her dog’s name is Buddy.

The one thing Wendy can’t live without is reality TV and going on an Alaskan Cruise is on her bucket list.

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Dental Hygiene Team

Tammy | Hygiene Team Leader Kemptville

Having successfully completed a hygiene diploma, dental assisting certificate, and a level 2 dental assisting certificate, Tammy is a highly experienced and capable dental hygienist. The Yazdani family is happy to have had her on board since March 2004.

When she isn’t busy making your pearly whites shine, Tammy enjoys spending time with family.


Chelsea joined the Yazdani team in January 2013, after completing her dental hygiene and dental assistant level 2 certificates at Algonquin College.

Besides cleaning teeth, Chelsea is also passionate about the outdoors, and tries to spend as much of her free time outside as she can by travelling or keeping active.

Her family consists of her husband Matt, her English Bulldog Scout, her two nieces and her nephew.

One thing on Chelsea’s bucket list is to visit every province in Canada.


Courtney holds a diploma in dental hygiene and has been part of the Yazdani team since November 2012. She is a proud member of the team, and when she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Jennifer has achieved her Bachelor of Science from Mount St. Vincent University (1990) and a Dental Hygiene Diploma from Dalhousie University (1992). She joined the Yazdani team in March, 2007. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family.

Currently, Jennifer is a trainer for her daugther’s hockey team.  Her family consists of her husband Frank, and three kids.

The one thing that Jennifer can’t live without is Blistex and on her bucket list, she would like to travel to Japan to see her sister.


Kristina joined the Yazdani team in May, 2008. With a diploma in dental hygiene, she is passionate about oral health.

When she isn’t scrubbing teeth, Kristina enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends.


Stephanie graduated with honours from the Advanced Diploma Dental Hygiene program and joined the Yazdani team in August, 2015. When she isn’t cleaning teeth, Stephanie loves spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and dog.


Shaylin graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Dental Hygiene from Algonquin College and has been working here since October 2016.

She likes to stay very active outside of work. She enjoys spending time with her family and her friends as they are the backbone for everything and are very motivating for her. She has one sibling and has a Boston Terrier named Roscoe.

On her bucket list, she would like to go skydiving and would love to travel to Europe.

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Courtney graduated the Dental Hygiene program from Niagara College.

She has a passion fro make-up and would one day like to become a make-up artist.

Courtney enjoys spending time with her mom, dad, brother, sister and her husband and two kids.  The two things she cannot live without are music and friends.

Taking a trip to Bora Bora and Sky Diving or travelling the world are on her bucket list.


Allison received a diploma in Hygiene from Canadian National Institute of Health.

She grew up on a dairy farm and has a Pug named Lucy.  She cannot live without friends and family.

On her bucket list, is to travel Europe.

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Tracey has her advanced diploma from Niagara College.  She graduated August of 2017 with honours.

She enjoys going to the gym regularly to clear her head and stay in shape.

Tracey has two sisters, one brother and two loving parents.  She cannot live without dogs in her life and to be able to go Sky Diving is on her bucket list.

Dental Assistant Team

Leslie | Dental Assistant Team Leader Kemptville

Leslie graduated from the Dental Assisting programs (level I and II) at Algonquin College as well as the Preventative Dental Assisting program at Western University. As a certified member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association, Leslie is more than prepared to take on dental challenges. Yazdani is proud to have had her on board since July 2001.

Leslie lives in Kemptville, Ontario with her husband Kevin and two sons. When she isn’t at work, Leslie loves spending time with her family and cheering on her boys at the hockey rink and the golf course.


Kristen has graduated from Everest College as well as Algonquin College.  She is also NDAEB Certified.

In her family, she has two brothers, two sisters, two nieces and 4 nephews with another one on the way. The one thing Kristen cannot live without is her family.

One day, Kristen would like to fly a plane.  This is on her bucket list!


Carley joined the Yazdani team in August, 2014 and has completed her Dental Assisting Level II diploma.

She is proud of her work, and enjoys sewing and making crafts in her spare time.

One day, Carley hopes to take a ride in a hot air balloon.


Heather graduated from Everest College in December 2010 as a Level 2 Dental Assistant.

Heather loves dirt biking and can’t live without coffee.

She has a Fiancee, John and a 1 year old daughter, Blake.

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Leanne graduated from Algonquin College from the Dental Assisting Level 1 & Level 2 program.

Leanne has two dogs, a brother and a sister.

The one thing she cannot live without is pizza and travelling to Spain is on her bucket list.


Cilicia attended Algonquin College for Dental Assisting Levels 1 and 2.

In her spare time, she enjoys training calves and showing them at shows throughout the year. She has three siblings, two older sisters and a younger brother. Cilicia also has two dogs, a rabbit and many cats and cows.

Cilicia would love to take a trip to Australia or travel around Europe. The one thing she cannot live without is her family and friends. Cilicia loves spending time with them whenever she can.


Amy has graduated from Algonquin College with her Level 1 & 2 in Dental Assisting in 2016, and is NDAEB certified. Currently, she is in her final semester of the Dental Hygiene program at Algonquin College and will be graduating in December 2018. Her ultimate goal is to become a self-initiated Dental Hygienist.

Did you know that Amy has biked 200KM in the 2018 MS Bike tour to raise money and bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis, a cause close to her heart?

Amy has a large family and a kitten named Edgar. She loves working out at the gym and being able to travel the world and provide dental care to those in need is on her bucket list.


Olivia graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Everest College with Honours. Currently, she is in her last semester of Dental Hygiene at Canadian Institution of National Health.

Olivia enjoys practicing yoga in her free time and loves trying new spots for Sunday brunch. Olivia also appreciates going on new adventures with her family and loves to spend time traveling to visit her sister.

Olivia cannot live without having good company to spend time with and visiting the vineyards in Tuscany is on her bucket list.

Olivia | Dental Assistant

Marketing Team

Lisa | Marketing Director Kemptville & Kanata Locations

Lisa comes to the practice with a Small and Medium Enterprise Management Diploma (2005), a Business Marketing Diploma (2006) and an Advertising & Marketing Communications Post-Graduate Certificate (2008).  She also has taken several continuing education courses to keep her skills current.  She has completed a Marketing Masters program and a Telephone Certification Program through Scheduling Institute.

Lisa has been part of the Yazdani team since January 2014, and she stays active both inside and outside of the office. Lisa has climbed Mount Macy. At 5,343 feet, Mount Macy is the highest point in New York State.  She often volunteers her time for various community causes such as Relay for Life, Brain Tumor Walk and Shack Stock.

She lives with her spouse Chris, and has two step children – Chelsey & Aiden. She also has two dogs – Rose & Gracie and a Cat – Louie.

Visiting the Scottish Highlands is on her bucket list.

Raul | Marketing Assistant Kemptville & Kanata Locations

Raul is a communications specialist and a business development professional with 18+ years progressive international experience in diverse front-line media environments including newsprint, radio and magazine. He has a Bachelor in Communications (2009), a Post-Grad in IT Based International Business in (2010) and a degree in Creation and Administration of Content for Social Networks 2013. Now, he is a proud member of the Marketing team at Yazdani Family Dentistry.

He is working on a personal FM radio project that is about the pleasure of reading, writing and listening to music. Raul loves to exercise and he tried to run a marathon once but could only reach 25 kms, he knows one day he will achieve it.

There’s nothing you can do to scare him, he has two daughters and a wife at home. He does not have any pets right now, but he loves dogs.

One thing he cannot live without is listening to music.  He also really wants to travel to Lisboa, Portugal one day.

Administration & Office Team

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Anna | Human Resources & Administration Specialist

Anna comes to the practice with a Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Business from Carleton University.  Anna also received a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Algonquin College.

Anna is born and raised in Kemptville and has a 3 year old dog – Keeping Anna very busy!

Two things Anna cannot live without are Coffee and Music.  She would also like to do a road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway from BC to LA.