Meet the Team

At Williams Lake Smiles

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Dr. Dahia

Born, raised and educated in beautiful BC., Dr. Sophia L.Dahia has had the privilege of practicing in rural communities for the past 15yrs. As a business owner, associate and locum dentist she has experienced all aspects of dentistry throughout the province. An avid outdoors woman she enjoys hiking and exploring the vast wilderness which lends a sense of connection with everyone she encounters. patience and positivity are paramount in her approach to clinical challenges and a sense of humor combined with compassion makes Dr. Dahia personably professional.

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Jennifer

Office Manager

Jennifer completed her dental reception course at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 1994. She worked at Pine Centre Dental and Lakewood Dental in Prince George as both receptionist and chairside dental assistant from 1994 until 2001. Jennifer and her family moved to Williams Lake in 2001 and she was delighted to join Dr. Wasssenaar’s team. She enjoys helping patients realize and achieve their dental goals in her position of Office Manager for Dr.Wassenaar and looks forward to greeting you at their office.

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Teena

Dental Receptionist

Teena was born and raised in Williams Lake and joined Dr. Wassenaar’s team in 2013. She brings many years of customer service and accounting with her. Teena attended the Business of Dentistry Conference in August 2014. She is very thankful for the great opportunities and vast knowledge that Dr.Wassenaar and his team has shared with her. She is excited to share them with all of our patients.

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Krista

Registered Dental Hygienist

Krista completed her registered dental hygiene program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 1997. She moved to Williams Lake for the opportunity to join Dr. Wassenaar’s team in the fall of 1997. Krista has demonstrated a long commitment to dental health as she began working in a dental clinic as a junior receptionist throughout high school and college. Krista enjoys the chance to continually enhance her dental knowledge together with Dr. Wassenaar and the rest of the team through a wide variety of advanced education seminars both nationally and internationally. She looks forward to sharing this range of information from her dental experiences with all our existing and new patients.

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Kaylyn

Certified Dental Hygienist

Kaylyn graduated with honors from the Certified Dental Assisting program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 2009. During her graduation year she was the proud recipient of CDABC’s Award of Excellence and the Lieutenant Governors Silver Metal for outstanding achievement with a GPA of 4.07. She was thrilled to be able to join Dr. Wassenaar’s team in January 2010. Kaylyn is certified in CPR and has also trained in the ZOOM whitening system. In June of 2011 she became a graduate from UBC’s Orthodontic module. Kaylyn continues to expand her dental knowledge and skills by attending courses with Dr. Wassenaar and the team each year. She looks forward to helping provide quality care and making your visit with us as comfortable as possible.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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