Winkler Dental Clinic

Staff

Dr. Samantha Klassen

Owner/Dentist

Samantha Klassen

Dr. Samantha Klassen graduated from the University of Manitoba receiving her Bachelor of Science, Microbiology Major in 1995 and her Doctor of Medical Dentistry in 1999.

During her years of University she received several awards including: Dr. William Bloom Prize for highest overall average in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Joseph Freeman Memorial Prize for highest standing in Oral Surgery, Dr. M.H. Garvin Prize in Periodontology and the Dr. Jack King Memorial Scholarship for highest standing in Periodontology, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology.

Dr. Klassen is committed to providing quality dentistry in a caring and compassionate manner. She places a high priority on continuing education to stay current with all of the latest advances in dentistry. Dr. Klassen enjoys all aspects of general dentistry with a special emphasis on orthodontics. Dr. Klassen has hospital priviledges and is able to provide hospital based dental care with general anaesthesia for children and special needs individuals. When not at work Dr. Klassen enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.


Dr. Jenna Yusishen

Dentist

Jenna Yusishen

Dr. Yusishen grew up in St. Andrews, Manitoba. She studied biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg before graduating from the University of Manitoba with her Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2011.

Upon graduation, Dr. Yusishen moved to British Columbia where she worked both in a private practice clinic and was also a clinical instructor at Vancouver Island University.

In May 2012 Dr. Yusishen moved back home to Manitoba and has been practicing at Winkler Dental Clinic since.

Jenna takes pride in providing individualized, quality and empathetic care to each of her patients. She is known for her warm and outgoing personality and was recognized with the Dr. Francis Matiowsky Memorial Award in 2011, which is awarded for a senior dental student with an outstanding concern for patients.

In her spare time Dr. Yusishen enjoys travelling, spending time at the lake, camping and enjoying time with her family, friends and dog Kacie.


Dr. Lucy Yan

Dentist

Lucy Yan

Dr. Lucy Yan graduated from the University of Manitoba receiving her Bachelor of Science, Microbiology Major in 2008 and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2012. She graduated on the Dean's Honour list in her last two years of dental school.

Before entering dental school Dr. Yan worked as a research assistant at the University of Manitoba Department of Immunology and at St. Boniface research centre.

Following graduation Dr. Yan moved to Winkler and has been practicing dentistry at Winkler Dental ever since. Her remarkable work ethic and charismatic personality has proven her to be a tremendous asset to the practice.

During her free time Dr. Yan enjoys cooking for her friends and family, travelling and spending time with her two dogs Chopstick and Sunny.


Dr. Russel Anderes

Dentist

Russel Anderes

Dr. Russel Anderes completed his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology before entering the University of Manitoba Doctor of Dental Medicine program in 2009. While attending university Dr. Anderes spent his summers working in his family’s industrial mechanic shop. In 2013, Dr. Anderes spent nine months flying to remote northern communities providing dental care. Having an extended interest in oral surgery coming out of university, these northern excursions provided exceptional experience in this field of dentistry.

When not working, Dr. Anderes enjoys playing all kinds of sports and working out. When not playing sports, Russel enjoys spending time with his fiancé, fellow dentist Dr. Lucy Yan. Together they enjoy teaching tricks to their dog, Chopstix. Growing up around Falcon Lake, Russel still finds time to spend some weekends at the cabin, enjoying hours of fishing and spending time with his family. His calm demeanor and laidback personality have proven to be tremendous assets in putting his patients at ease. Enjoying all aspects of dentistry, Dr. Anderes is frequently looking to continue his education and grow as a dental professional.


Dr. Philipp Unruh

Dentist

Philipp Unruh

Dr. Philipp Unruh grew up in Winkler, Manitoba and is a graduate of Garden Valley Collegiate.  He studied Chemistry at the University of Manitoba before Graduating with his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2015.  Dr. Unruh is fluent in English and High German.

During the summers between university years, Dr. Unruh worked at Winkler Dental Clinic as a helping hand.  It was during these summers that he was able to observe the inner workings of a dental clinic.  Dr. Unruh has a passion to help others, especially kids.  The most enjoyable time of his studies in dentistry was when he had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks at a dental clinic for children. 

Dr. Unruh has and continues to be involved in the local community.  He has been a member of the Winkler Storm soccer team since he graduated high school.  Dr. Unruh continues to be involved with local high school soccer.  He has also given presentations at local middle schools on integrating into the Canadian culture, as Dr. Unruh immigrated to Canada, in 1999.

 

When Dr. Unruh is not working, he likes to spend time with his family and friends.  He also takes pleasure in spending time outdoors whenever possible.  Dr. Unruh enjoys seeing familiar faces around town and is looking forward to being involved in the community wherever he can.


Dr. Breanne Joslin

Periodontist

Breanne Joslin

Dr. Joslin is originally from Manitoba and completed dental school in 2005 at the University of Manitoba. After dental school, she undertook a dental internship at the Manitoba Health Sciences Centre and focused on treatment for patients with complex medical needs. She joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in 2006.

After four years as a general practitioner, Dr. Joslin began her specialty program in Periodontics at the University of British Columbia. She is now a Board Certified Specialist in Periodontics and also an assistant clinical professor in Dentistry at UBC. She opened the “Vancouver Centre for Periodontal & Implant Surgery” in 2014 and divides her time between Vancouver and Winkler.

Dr.Joslin provides care to patients who require specialist treatment in periodontics, bone grafting, placement of dental implants, gum grafting, and removal of wisdom teeth. She provides IV sedation and has extensive experience with such.

Dr.Joslin lives in downtown Vancouver, and enjoys her free time most when it includes coffee and a stroll. She is also active in a variety of west coast activities like skiing, cycling, and paddle boarding.


Nicole Walske

Office Manager
Dental Assistant

Nicole Walske

Nicole is a graduate of Keewatin Community College Dental Assisting Program with honors and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for her graduating class. She is a member of the CDAA and MDAA.

Nicole joined the Winkler Dental Clinic in July 1998. In 2000 Nicole returned to Red River College to obtain her Orthodontic Module. She has also completed Orthodontic Practice Management, Dental Management 101 and Dental Management 201 and many other continuing education courses and seminars in order to remain current with new technology and research in dentistry. Nicole has also enjoyed the opportunity to act as Assistant Instructor for the Dental Assisting Orthodontic Module offered at the RRC Winkler Campus.

Although Nicole loved her role as a Dental Assistant in the practice she is finding her role as Office Manager to be enjoyable and challenging. She finds the continuing education opportunities with regard to Office Management to be very helpful and encouraging. Nicole continue to love working at the Winkler Dental Clinic with such a fabulous dental team.

Nicole lives in Morden with her husband Cory, and their three boys, Mack, Zack and Mitch. She enjoys being involved in the extracurricular activities of her boys. When not at work Nicole enjoys watching hockey, camping, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.


Nyomi Sawatzky

Treatment Coordinator

Nyomi Sawatzky

Nyomi joined the Winkler  Dental team in January 2015 as Treatment Coordinator.  She brings with her many years of experience in the dental office.  She looks forward to meeting the patients of Winkler Dental Clinic and working with them in achieving their treatment plan needs.

Nyomi and her husband Rick live in Morden and have two awesome sons Riley and Cole. She enjoys camping, travelling, walking with her furry friend Ranger, cooking and entertaining friends and family around the backyard pool. 


Diane Rempel

Dental Receptionist

Diane Rempel

Diane joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in September of 2015 and is enjoying working with the great staff.

Diane grew up in the country north of Winkler and enjoys spending time outside, biking or going for walks. She also enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with friends.


Jennifer Gates

Dental Hygienist

Jennifer Gates

Jennifer Gates is a long time rural Manitoba resident. She graduated with a diploma from the University of Manitoba, School of Dental Hygiene in 2001. Having completed her National Dental Hygiene Certification Board exam, she began to work at a private practice in Winnipeg. After working there for about a year and missing rural living, she came to Winkler Dental in 2002 and has been here ever since. Jennifer brings along extended practice in orthodontics and local anesthesia to Winkler Dental which has proven to be an asset in the office. She is an active member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) as well as the Manitoba Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) and has served on the executive board of the MDHA in the past. Jennifer has remained dedicated over the years in participating in various continuing education courses and seminars to keep up to date with the latest trends and research.

Since her time at Winkler Dental, Jennifer married her husband Randy in 2003 and they have 2 children, their son Ryler(born in 2008) and their daughter Dani (born in 2010). Besides keeping busy with daily family life, Jennifer enjoys cooking and entertaining, being active, and loves a good comedy! She is a caring professional who feels so lucky to be a part of a great team.


Katie Reimer

Dental Hygienist

Katie Reimer

Katie grew up in Welland, ON where she graduated from Niagara College with an Honours Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009. Prior to that, she completed a certificate in Dental Assisting Levels I and II in 2008. Katie moved to Manitoba in 2010 to join the Winkler Dental Clinic team. She is a member of the CDHM and CDHA and has taken continuing education courses throughout her years of practice.

When she is not working, she enjoys golfing, travelling and spending time with friends and family.


Carmen Wheeler

Dental Hygienist

Carmen Wheeler

After graduating from the University Of Manitoba School Of Dental Hygiene in 1991, Carmen moved to the Morden/Winkler area. She joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in 2010.

She is an active member of the CDHM and CDHA. Carmen brings extensive clinical experience to the practice and has a keen interest in her patients.

Carmen lives in Morden with her husband and 2 children. She spends most of her free time at the hockey rink with her son or the dance studio with her daughter. Her family also enjoys time spent outdoors on the lake near the Whiteshell where Carmen grew up.


Colleen Flook

Dental Hygienist

Colleen Flook

Colleen graduated from the University Of Manitoba School Of Dental Hygiene in 2002 and joined the Winkler Dental Clinic in February 2008. She is an active member of the CDHA and CDHM.

Colleen was born and raised in Winnipeg but loves living in the Pembina Valley.

She enjoys yoga classes, watching comedies and chick flicks and spending time with her growing family.


Shelley Froese

Dental Hygienist

Shelley Froese

Shelley Froese is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene in 2006 with her certificates in Orthodontics and Local Anesthetic. After graduation, she moved back to Winkler and has been working at the Winkler Dental Clinic since June 2006. She enjoys being able to serve family, friends, and new acquaintances in her community.

Shelley is registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba and a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and daughter Isabella.


Mélanie Yaschyshyn

Dental Hygienist

Mélanie Yaschyshyn

Mélanie graduated from Collège Boréal in Sudbury, Ontario in 1998 and made the move to Manitoba in 1999. She was very excited to join the Winkler Dental Clinic team in May of 2014. She is a member of the CDHM and CDHA. Mélanie brings over 10 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist to the Winkler Dental Clinic.

Mélanie lives in Morden with her husband, 2 sons and 1 daughter. She spends most of her free time at the hockey rink, baseball diamond and soccer field. Seeing her family happy and spending quality time with them is the most rewarding gift of all. She also enjoys a good round of golf.


Chelsea Robidoux

Dental Hygienist

Chelsea Robidoux

Chelsea graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene in 2012. After graduation Chelsea moved to Carman and has worked in the Pembina Valley ever since.

Chelsea joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in March of 2015. She is registered with the CDHM and is a member of the CDHA. Chelsea remains current with the latest research by participating in continuing education courses.

When not at work Chelsea enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, baking and playing sports.


Brenda Dueck

Dental Therapist

Dental Hygienist

Brenda Dueck

Brenda grew up in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. She received her Diploma in Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Regina, SK.

She moved to the Pembina Valley Region to practice both Therapy and Hygiene. She is excited to have joined the Winkler Dental Clinic Team in April 2015. She is an active member of the CDTA, CDHA, CDHM as well as the DAEC. She also works part time as a Clinical Instructor at Red River College Winkler Campus in the Dental Assisting Program.

Brenda lives in Morden with her husband and son Carter. They all enjoy time spent with their yellow lab, Wilson. During the hockey season they share their home by billeting Winkler Flyer Players. Brenda enjoys travelling, curling, camping and spending time with family and friends.


Kristen Rempel

Dental Assistant

Kristen Rempel

Kris has been a part of the Winkler Dental Clinic team since 2005. She started as a dental receptionist and later attended Red River College to complete her Phase II Dental Assisting Diploma. She then successfully completed the Orthodontic Module in 2012. Kris enjoys presenting dental health information in schools to teach others about dental health.

When Kris is not at work she loves spending time with her son Denver, daughter Sky and husband Mitch.


Jenilee Goertzen

Dental Assistant

Jenilee Goertzen

Jenilee received her Phase II Dental Assisting Diploma from Red River College in June 2010. After one year of employment she returned to obtain her Orthodontic Module in 2011. Jenilee has worked at the Winkler Dental Clinic since June 2010.

When not at work Jenilee enjoys spending time with her husband and son Grady. She also enjoys walking, biking and enjoying the outdoors.


Kayla Froese

Dental Assistant

Kayla Froese

Kayla graduated from the Red River College Dental Assisting Program in June of 2011. Following graduation, Kayla along with other classmates travelled to Guatemala to assist in the practice of dentistry for those who are less fortunate. Kayla joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in July of 2011. After one year of employment she returned to Red River College to obtain her Orthodontic Module in 2012.

When Kayla is not working you can find her curling, golfing or playing baseball. She enjoys spending time with friends, travelling and cooking.


Candace Huck

Dental Assistant

Candace Huck

Candace graduated from Red River College Dental Assisting in 2005. She obtained her Orthodontic Module in 2007. Candace joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in December of 2007.

Candace enjoys camping, baseball, golf, crafting and enjoying the outdoors.


Simone Giesbrecht

Registered Dental Assistant

Simone Giesbrecht

Simone graduated from Red River College Dental Assisting Program and sucessfully completed her Orthodontic Module in June of 2012.

After completing her practicum at Winkler Dental Clinic Simone was excited to join the Winkler Dental Clinic team as a full time Phase II Registered Dental Assistant.

As Simone is originally from Germany, High German is her first language and English her second. Her ability to translate is very helpful in the practice.

When not at work, you will find Simone spending time with her husband, as well as friends and family. She enjoys shopping and spending time outdoors.


Rachel Friesen

Registered Dental Assistant

Rachel Friesen

Rachel graduated from the Red River College Dental Assisting program in 2013.

After completing her practicum at the Winkler Dental Clinic, Rachel joined the team in September 2013. In 2014, she obtained her Orthodontic Module.

When not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family, traveling and being outdoors.

One of Rachel’s goals is to brighten people’s day by putting a smile on their face.


Taylor Nickel

Registered Dental Assistant

Taylor Nickel

Taylor graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Red River College in 2015 with the highest GPA and was awarded the “Academic Achievement Award”. She successfully completed her Orthodontic Module at Red River College in 2015 as well. The following summer she travelled to Guatemala along with fellow classmates and was introduced to the profession by assisting in providing dental care to the less fortunate.

One thing she loves about her job is getting to know each individual patient and caring for their needs in a unique and personal way.

When not working, Taylor enjoys being active, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with teenage girls in the community.


Tiffany Fehr

Registered Dental Assistant

Tiffany Fehr

Tiffany graduated from the Red River College Dental Assisting Program and obtained her Orthodontic Module in June 2015.

After completing her practicum at the Winkler Dental Clinic, Tiffany joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in July of 2015.

Tiffany had her heart set on becoming a dental assistant for many years prior to taking the program. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys getting to know the many valued patients of the Winkler Dental Clinic.

Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys travelling with her husband Dylan, dirt biking with her family and spending time with friends.


Lavonne Klassen

Registered Dental Assistant

Lavonne Klassen

Lavonne graduated from the Red River College Dental Assisting Program and successfully completed the Orthodontic Module in June 2015.

Lavonne joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in August of 2015 and enjoys working with such a great team of dental professionals. Lavonne’s favorite part of her job in getting to know patients but also enjoys helping with Low German translation and the many other challenges and opportunities this career brings.

Lavonne enjoys life on the farm south of Morden with her husband Troy, two horses and their dog Sammy. In her spare time Lavonne enjoys riding her horses and travelling around Manitoba to compete in barrel racing competitions. Lavonne also likes helping out on the farm and spending weekends at the family cabin at Pelican Lake. In winter she enjoys a good game of outdoor hockey, snowboarding and spending time with family and friends.


Chantal Enns

Registered Dental Assistant

Chantal Enns

Chantal graduated from the Red River College Dental Assisting Program in 2012, and also completed her Orthodontic Module the same year. Following graduation, Chantal traveled to Guatemala to assist in the practice of dentistry for those who are less fortunate.

Chantal has been assisting since graduation and joined the Winkler Dental Clinic team in February of 2017.

When Chantal is not at work, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors and entertaining family and friends.


Barb Wiebe

Dental Receptionist

Barb Wiebe

Barb has been a part of the Winkler Dental Clinic team since February 2010 and her sparkling personality will make you feel right at home when you visit us! She has worked in the dental field for a number of years and brings much experience and knowledge to the practice.

Barb and her husband enjoy living the country life out on the farm. In her spare time, Barb takes pleasure in gardening and keeping close relationships with her friends.


Katherine Klassen

Dental Receptionist

Katherine Klassen

Katherine has been a part of the Winkler Dental Clinic team since May 2007. She is one of the people that will greet you with a smile as you enter our office. Getting to know people as they come to our office is something that she considers an honour and a pleasure to be able to do. Another aspect of her job that she takes pleasure in is working alongside an amazing team.

Kath loves spending time with her husband Rand and her four children, Riley, Regan, Zac and Brenna. She also enjoys taking long walks, reading and spending time with friends.