OUR TEAM

We understand that trust is earned. Avalon Dental has been doing just that in Edmonton, Alberta since 1986.

MEET OUR DENTAL TEAM

Dr. Misha Susoeff, B. Meds Sc, D.D.S
Owner and Dentist

Bio:

2018 will mark my twelfth year practicing dentistry. My current philosophy is shaped by my experience in private practice. When I graduated from the U of A dental program in 2006, I was asked to remain at the school as a clinical instructor. It has been said that the highest form of learning is to teach, and to me, this principle is irrefutable.

I first entered private practice as an associate at the Meadowlark Dental Centre. Under the guidance of two experienced mentors, Dr. Ken Luft and Dr. Ed McIntyre, I was encouraged to explore my interest in surgery and dental implants. Not long thereafter, I established a relationship with Nobel Biocare, the world’s largest dental implant company, which, quite to my surprise, has become one of my top partners. Despite the success of my implant practice, general dentistry remains my focus.

For me, the most rewarding parts of my profession are the relationships that are formed with families. I strive to see these relationships grow generations deep. Above all, I endeavor to treat every new patient for a lifetime. With this in mind, I tailor every treatment option for a positive patient outcome for later in life. I am excited to meet you and welcome you to Avalon Dental!

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Dr. Sher Shah, D.D.S
Dentist

My mission has been to find the best and most advanced techniques out there to provide the most predictable outcome for my patients. In the process, world renowned dentists have mentored me, and I’ve accumulated hundreds of hours in continuing education and learning. 
 
I attended Trinity College in Dublin for dental school, graduating in 2013. I briefly worked in Ireland before packing my bags and hitting the road, looking for adventure. I ended up in Alberta, as luck would have it. I worked in the small community of Slave Lake for two and a half years, gaining invaluable hands-on experience. I then moved to Edmonton, a city I have grown to love for its character and people. Outside of dentistry, I occupy my time playing squash, hiking or being on the road travelling. 
 
I love all aspects of dentistry. It is the science of applied arts. You are a surgeon, a jeweller and an artist all at once. That’s very special! My interest especially lies in surgery, implants and comprehensive aesthetic cases.
 
I feel very privileged to be part of such a great team at Avalon, and I look forward to welcoming you to be part of our Avalon family. I strive to make dentistry a fun, stress-free experience for my patients, while building long-lasting relationships.

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Dr. Gurjeet Pal Ghuman, D.D.S
Dentist
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Sukhi
Registered Dental Assistant

Bio:

What I love most about the clinic is the positive atmosphere that radiates through every person and throughout every square foot of the clinic.

I love all our patients; I find that the best way to alleviate any of their hesitations or dental fears is to walk them through the whole process with a friendly smile.

I enjoy gardening, practicing yoga, spending time with my two children, and volunteering in my community. I teach Punjabi and spend much of my weekends working as an administrator in a Punjabi Sunday School. The joy of seeing a genuine smile - whether it be at a clinic, school, or in the community, is what drew me to the dental profession, and shaped my career as an RDA at Avalon.

Kari-Lynn
Registered Dental Assistant

Bio:

Being in college and working at Avalon has made my life very busy, but I’m really enjoying my time on the team and everything I’m learning, both in and out of the classroom. The open, friendly, organized atmosphere of the clinic is so welcoming! The patient base is well established, and there are a lot of families who have been coming to the clinic for many years.

I like to spend my time hiking, working out at the gym, and being active outdoors. During the downtime I have between school and work, I enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation, and often watch the latest and greatest shows on Netflix. I have a cat back in Grande Prairie, and am planning on adopting a bunny rabbit in the near future!

Alyssa
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio:

To me, being on the Avalon team is all about standing behind the vision of the clinic which is based on relationships. In this industry, you have to have a love and passion for working with people because relationships are truly built on trust. It’s not only the trust formed between patient and dentist, but the relationship that’s built between the patients and staff.

I’m passionate about interior design, 3D modeling, crocheting, video games, and growing as a person and professional. I can see myself taking my experience as an RDH and volunteering for Boyle Street Dental. To me, its important to give back to all members of our community. My boyfriend has two dogs, one of which that is just a 4-month old puppy! I also have three siblings who live in Vancouver, Red Deer, and Toronto, and I’m an Auntie to the nicest nephew in the world!

Christie
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio:

Our staff is exceptionally talented, and we always maintain a positive attitude. I think the industry in general has been branded as monotonous and boring – however, it’s important to be professional, but not afraid to smile and have fun!

My hobbies include learning about and trying different wines, playing golf (as much as I can in the short season that Edmonton offers), yoga, and barre. I’m definitely an adventurer. To date, I’ve travelled to 31 countries and am constantly adding more. I caught the travel bug early on, and it’s safe to say that its not going away anytime soon!

I’ve been involved with the Girl Guide organization for over 25 years and am currently a district guider. My involvement with the Girl Guide’s has certainly added to my desire to explore new places and learn new things. As for my furry best friend, that would be Molly – a border-collie cross who’s always by my side.

Elicia
Registered Dental Assistant

Bio:

I love my work at Avalon because of the team that I get to spend my time with. Everyone here enjoys sharing new ideas and learning. I’m a firm believer that taking the time to listen and hear out a person is important - whether they be staff, patients, or members of our community.

I’m a family-oriented person, and I spend as much time as I can with my husband Bryan and our two young children. We also have two dogs, Porkchop and Bowser, and two cats, Karma and Nelli. With four pets and two toddlers, our house sometimes feels like a small zoo!

Sacha
Financial Manager and Communications

Bio:

We have a warm and enthusiastic team who are always here to help. I am an avid traveller! I spent a year working in Australia and New Zealand, and love to explore new places every chance I get, even if it’s just a weekend get-away to the mountains. I’m also a huge sports fan. Whether it’s going to an Oilers game, snowshoeing, or throwing around a frisbee at the park with some friends, I love to stay active and have fun while doing it. This fall I’m going to coach hockey for the first time and I can’t wait. I love pets too, and live with a crazy, people hating, snuggle loving monster dog named Gibson.

Robyn
Dental Administrator

Bio:

I have worked as an administrative assistant at Avalon Dental for twenty-four happy years and counting! I am a born and raised Edmontonian, sharing a life with my husband and son.  I enjoy reading, cycling, gardening, camping, swimming, fishing, and long walks with my family, and our dog Buddy, a Chihuahua- Terrier cross who is the ruler of our household! I pride myself on being active in my community and especially at my son’s school. I genuinely look forward to coming to work each day because my co-workers and the patients at Avalon Dental have become like family to me. It is my great pleasure to make your dental visit the most caring and comfortable experience possible.

Nikita
Senior Administrator and Treatment Coordinator

Bio:

I have been working in the dental field for nine years and have experience in many positions, from administration, hygiene coordinator, and treatment plan coordinator. I love kids, and am deeply passionate about learning and leadership. I am a Girl Guides of Canada Spark Leader, and Drama Club programmer at Delton Elementary, and hope to pursue a Masters Degree in the field of Early Childhood Learning and Inclusive Education, working with cognitively delayed children. I also love to travel and would like to teach English abroad each summer, starting with Bali. I have an Imperial Shih Tzu named Moolatte.  My favourite thing about working at Avalon Dental is getting to engage with our patients. I am a people person with a bubbly personality and making sure everyone has a positive experience means a lot to me.

Urshila
Registered Dental Assistant

Bio:

I’ve been a dental assistant for eight years, after completing the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 2004, then becoming a domestic engineer. I am originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but I’ve lived all over North America, including Ontario, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, and California. Edmonton, aka, The North Pole, is now home sweet home. I have two beautiful daughters Mischa and Ayisha. As a family we love traveling, watching movies, swimming, skating, tennis, trying new restaurants, picnics in the summer, playing board games, and, of course, shopping! I love working at Avalon Dental because everyone here is so kind and helpful. It really is a great environment in which to work, and I think that resonates with our patients as well.

Sabrina
Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio:

Getting to interact with our amazing patients every day is the best part of my job. Outside of work I love to spend time with my husband of twelve years, our eighteen-month-old daughter, and our dog who is 110 lbs of black furry glory. I love to bake and cook, swim, and get crafty with fun projects. I’m known to be festive, both at the office and at home – and go all out with my decorating. I’m a die-hard, rabid Oilers fan! I bleed orange and blue. I also love to bird watch when I can, though work and family keep me busy.

Gina
Registered Dental Assistant

I am a dental assistant at Avalon Dental, and love working with our awesome team. Everyone is treated like family. Outside of work my family and my pets keep me busy! I have two boys, Wesley who is 21, Maddox who is 7, and a 4-year old granddaughter, Abigail, and four fur babies: a Yorkie named Butter, an English Mastiff named Maple, and two cats named Tiger and Fooks. I love making dog treats, long walks with my family and dogs, working out and hair extensions. I coach boys soccer and absolutely love it. My guilty pleasure is a Venti triple shot, one-pump-mocha from Starbucks. If you’re coming to see me, bring me one.

Lexi Baretta

Working at Avalon Dental has been a wonderful experience for me as it has taught me so many things that I don’t know if I would have been taught working anywhere else! One of my favorite qualities about Avalon Dental is how we all work together to accommodate everyone’s needs! Everyone’s mouth is different, and all the staff here put our heads together and create a treatment plan specially made for you that are thought about with kindness and care.

 

I am currently attending Concordia University of Edmonton for Psychology and Education with the goal of becoming a Registered Psychologist specializing in Personality Disorders. Outside my fulltime school career and my wonderful job at Avalon, I volunteer at the Alberta Hospital of Edmonton and help reintegrate people back into society by teaching them life skills and also working alongside recreation therapists to motivate them to be a healthier individual! I also enjoy long runs while jamming out to my favorite music and enjoying every festival or event Edmonton has to offer year-round. I also love being with my friends and boyfriend and trying out different restaurants and pubs on the weekends! You can also catch me going to movies every Sunday as I strongly believe that a movie night out is a great way to end the weekend.

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