Dr. Ross Donison
Dr. Ross Donison was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed his DMD, graduating from the college of dentistry in 1994. He practiced as an associate in Saskatoon practice for several years before ultimately fulfilling his goal of owning his own family dental practice. After finding a practice in Edmonton with a great location and lots of potential, on March 1, 2000, Donison Dental was open for business. Over the years, the practice has seen much growth and change, even undergoing a full renovation in 2010. But one thing that has never changed, is his philosophy that the ultimate goal of Donison Dental is to provide the patients with a superior dental experience and excellent oral health care tailored to each individual need.
Dr. Donison loves that dentistry offers him a perfect blend of science and art. The day-to-day challenges and rewards have kept him enthusiastic and passionate about dentistry for the past 30+ years (with many more to come!). Dr. Donison enjoys being a part of the amazing team at Donison Dental, but the greatest reward is getting to know all the patients and their families, many of whom he has seen over three and now four generations. He finds joy in coming to work every day, and is continually committed to treating all of his patients as if they were his own family members. In his free time, he loves traveling, Scuba diving, motorcycles, cars, all kinds of sports and fitness, and spending his weekends at the lake with his family, friends and his two Golden Retreivers. Recently, his young grandchildren have added a new and wonderful dimension to his life!
Dr. Kevin Smith
Dr. Kevin Smith was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed his B.S.C. in Microbiology and his DMD, graduating from the college of dentistry in 1996. He then moved to Nelson, B.C. where he started his own dental practice in 2003. After many successful years, he was ready for a change of pace. He sold his practice and moved to Edmonton in 2021 where he joined Donison Dental as an associate dentist. He has fit in perfectly, and is enjoying getting to know all of our wonderful patients. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and 5 children, all types of fishing and enjoying the great outdoors!
OFFICE MANAGER/DENTAL HYGIENIST
Shari was born and raised in the Cold Lake, Alberta area. She graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 1990, and after working in the field for 8 years and having her two boys, she went back to school and completed her Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Alberta. Shari’s favorite thing about working in dental is getting to know the wonderful patients that she sees, and working with all of the skilled, professional, funny and friendly staff. In her free time, Shari loves traveling, scuba diving, photography, being active, and spending time with her family and their two golden retriever’s Rico and Sophie. Fun fact: All of the framed photography in the office was taken by Shari!
Donna was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She attended the University of Alberta for Dental Hygiene, graduating from the program in 1995. She started working at Donison Dental in the fall of 2004. Her favorite thing about working at Donison Dental is the amazing patients we have. Over the years, she has met such wonderful people and has had the pleasure of getting to know them quite well through their regular hygiene visits. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, and their dog Jasper, cycling, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends. Fun fact: Donna brings the same thing for lunch every day and never gets sick of it!
Miranda was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. She moved to Edmonton in 1996, where she graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 1998. After spending a few years at Grant MacEwan, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree, specialization in Dental Hygiene with Distinctions in 2002. She started working at Donison Dental in the spring of 2013. She loves working with dedicated and caring staff and thinks our patients are fantastic. She appreciates them placing their trust in our dental team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Fun fact: Miranda is the tallest member on our team!
Lois was born in Toronto Ontario, and moved to Edmonton in 1970, where she has lived in the Laurier Heights and Meadowlark area for over 50 years. She attended the University of Alberta, graduating from the Dental Hygiene program in 1985. She started working at Donison Dental in the spring of 2022. She loves how everyone here works as a team to take the best care of our patients. In her free time, you can find Lois enjoying being out in nature, whether it’s walking in the river valley, camping in the mountains, or kayaking. She loves being creative with painting and photography, and spending time with her two kids and their families. Fun Fact: Lois’ brother Andrew used to be a dentist at this office prior to Dr. Donison purchasing the practice!
CLINICAL MANAGER/DENTAL ASSISTANT
Mindy grew up in the Spruce Grove, Alberta area. She graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 2004, and moved into Edmonton later that year. She even did her Dental Assisting practicum with Dr. Donison while in the NAIT program. She joined the Donison Dental team in the spring of 2005. She loves forming great relationships with the patients and working as a team along side Dr. Donison to provide excellent dental treatment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their Pomeranian Ivy, playing piano, singing, being active, and is a huge Formula 1 fan. Fun fact: Mindy was a patient at Donison Dental before she started working here!
Betty grew up in Devon, Alberta. She graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting program in 1990, and joined the Donison Dental team in fall of 2007. She enjoys making sure all of our patients feel comfortable and well taken care of, from the moment they walk through our door to the moment they leave our office. She has lived in West Edmonton for over 25 years with her husband and 2 kids. In her free time, she enjoys cheering her kids on in all their endeavors, travel, spend time with her family, and snuggle with her Chihuahua Shiver while watching her favorite shows on Netflix. Fun Fact: Betty can carry on a conversation about any topic!
Gina grew up in Stony Plain, Alberta. She moved to Edmonton in 2010 where she attended the NAIT Dental Assisting Program, graduating in 2014. She joined Donison Dental in the summer of 2015. She has found working in the dental filed both personally and professionally fulfilling and enjoys getting to know the patients and their families while helping to maintain their dental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and baking. Fun fact: Gina is our lone country music fan and is advocating for “Country Music Thursday’s” to be brought back!
Amber was born in Sioux Outlook, Ontario. She moved to Edmonton in 1994, where she graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting program in 2011. Also having a passion for body wellness, she went back to school for Massage Therapy and graduated from Makami College in 2019 as a Registered Massage Therapist. Amber joined Donison Dental in the summer of 2020 and also does massage therapy part time. She enjoys working with everyone here and loves that there is a strong team mentality and great positive energy. In her free time, she loves hiking in the great outdoors, traveling, spending time with her cat Jinx, and learning about astrology. Fun fact: Amber thinks the Raspberry topical anesthetic we use tastes just like Sour Patch candies!
FRONT OFFICE MANAGER/RECEPTIONIST
Naomi is originally from Olds, Alberta. She moved to Edmonton in 2003. She took Business and Accounting at NAIT, graduating in 1992. She spent 8 years working for a Dental Insurance company. She is our Dental Insurance Guru! She started working at Donison Dental in the fall of 2007. She loves catching up with all of our patients when they come in for their appointments. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her English lab Dexter, exploring Edmonton’s River Valley, being active, and watching true crime documentaries and comedy. Fun Fact: Naomi loves using scented markers to highlight everything at work!
Shawna was born and raised in Edmonton. She attended Grant MacEwan for Medical Admin/Unit Clerk, graduation from the program in 2003. She also took a dental training program in 2013. She started working at Donison Dental in the Summer of 2020. Her favorite part of working at Donison Dental is all of the great patients we have and the fun staff to work with. In her free time, she loves spending time with her two daughters and her cat Jolene, watching movies, playing board games, being active and enjoying the great outdoors. Fun Fact: Shawna can be slightly gullible and is easy to play office pranks on!
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