Our Team

Our caring team has experience in most areas of dentistry and try hard to have our patients needs met right here on the coast. But, if we can’t help you, then we have a strong group of specialists we work with and can provide a referral to ensure you get the best care possible.

Dr. Robert Hynd
General Dentist
Dr. Robert Hynd

Dr. Robert Hynd graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry in 2005. Following dental school, he worked in remote northern communities in Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories before settling on the Sunshine Coast. Dr. Hynd practices general dentistry with a focus on oral surgery, particularly implantology. Dental implants are a predictable way to replace missing teeth and stabilize loose dentures. He takes great satisfaction in helping improve and maintain each patients’ oral health. He believes in a preventative approach emphasizing meticulous oral hygiene and regular visits to our skilled and friendly dental hygienists.

Dr. Hynd has taken a great deal of advanced training in oral surgery and specifically dental implant placement, restoration and care. He takes great pride in helping people with missing teeth or loose fitting dentures.

In his “free time,” Dr. Hynd enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and swimming.

Dr. Lisa Virkela
General Dentist
Dr. Lisa Virkela

Dr. Virkela graduated from the University of Turku in Finland. She later received her licence to practice dentistry in Canada in 1992. She truly enjoys her work as a dentist and her special interests are orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry.

In her spare time, she is passionate about boating and enjoys gardening and exercise. Dr. Virkela is the proud mother of two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren


Darlene
Registered Dental Hygienist
Darlene

Darlene has worked as a hygienist with Dr. Hynd for seven years.  Her views on the importance of dental care are shared by both Dr. Hynd and Dr. Virkela and she considers it part of her job to educate her patients about how their mouths contribute to their overall health. She strives to be an integral part of her patients’ improving health by promoting proper home care and education. “Any bit of information I can provide that helps is always a joy for me,” says Darlene.  “I love working at Pender Harbour Dental because of the sense of teamwork and how every patient is treated as an individual with specific treatment plans prioritized with their personal health needs.”

Jennifer
Registered Dental Hygienist
Jennifer

Jen was born and raised in North Vancouver where she attended high school and studied sciences at Capilano University. She graduated, with honours, from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 2010 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene. She has gained several years of experience as a registered dental hygienist while working for several offices on the lower mainland on a casual basis before becoming a full time hygienist for Aqua Dental Centre in 2011. Jen moved to the Sunshine Coast in September of 2016 to raise her growing family away from the hustle and bustle of the city. She is excited and grateful to have found a growing dental practice, that is providing excellent care to it’s patients, where she can grow in her practice and gain more experience.

Rosa
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Our newest care provider to join our team as a dental hygienist is Rosa, who is originally from Brazil! Rosa moved to Sechelt in 2007, although she misses her tropical roots she loves life here on the Sunshine Coast. She is passionate about dental hygiene and loves taking care of her patients. Rosa became a registered dental hygienist in 2006 while living in Toronto. In her spare time she enjoys watching her children play soccer, coaching soccer and travelling for soccer tournaments; did we mention soccer?


Marjaneh
Certified Dental Assistant
Marjaneh

Marjaneh started working as a Dental and Orthodontic Assistant overseas in 1985. She received her Canadian certification from Vancouver Community College in 1997 and obtained her Orthodontic certification from the University of British Columbia in 1999.

She moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and gained experience while working in several offices throughout the coast. Marjaneh has been with Pender Harbour Dental since 2007 and she loves what shes does! “I love interacting with patients and making them feel comfortable.”

In her spare time she enjoys doing hand crafts and glass work as well as gardening and walking on the beach.

Kelsey
Certified Dental Assistant
Kelsey

Kelsey was raised in Pender Harbour.  She loved living in our small community and spent her youth riding horses, playing sports and water skiing.  After graduating from Pender Harbour Secondary School, she attended Vancouver Community College where she studied to be a Certified Dental Assistant and graduated with honours.  During the next eight years, she continued her practice and took further training in specialized areas.

Recently a job opening at the Pender Harbour Dental office provided the opportunity to return home to work with the Pender harbour dental team delivering expert care to our community.


Anna
Receptionist
Anna

Anna grew up on the Sunshine Coast. She has experienced the skilled and caring dentistry from both Dr. Hynd and Dr. Virkela, which inspired her into a career in Dentistry. Her education is in Office Administration.

Outside the office Anna volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada and is a leader locally and involved at the Provincial level. In her spare time she also enjoys baking, exploring local parks and trails, and camping.

Anne
Receptionist
Anne

Anne moved to Pender Harbour in 2007 with her husband to raise their family. She gained her knowledge in the dental reception field from working in offices in Whistler and Squamish.

Anne likes to explore the harbour area on land and sea with her family. Spending time at the many lakes in the summer months is one of her favourite pastimes.