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Ashleigh joined Dentistry on Sherbrooke in 2018 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Having previously worked at a Periodontal Specialist’s office for 10 years, she brings a unique perspective and skill set to our office. Confident and professional, Ashleigh derives great professional satisfaction from observing how stabilizing her patient’s periodontal status improves their overall health and confidence. To balance the demands of the profession, she also works part-time refinishing antique furniture! A mother of 2, she enjoys all outdoor pursuits, especially at her family cottage.
Born and raised in Bethany, Josh graduated from I.E. Weldon High School in 2011. After completing a B.MSc in Biomedical Sciences at Western University, he earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of Toronto in 2020. He continued his postgraduate studies at the University of Buffalo, completing a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program in 2021. Dr. Findlay has received numerous academic awards during his studies, and is a member of the ODA, CDA and RCDSO. Dr. Josh joined Dentistry on Sherbrooke in 2021, and shares our practice philosophy and commitment to excellence in patient care. He takes pride in his ability to make patients of all ages feel comfortable during dental treatment. In his leisure time, he enjoys golf, snowboarding and cheering for his beloved Leafs.
After many years away pursuing his studies, Josh is excited to have returned to the “Patch” to practice his chosen profession, and being an active member the Peterborough community.
Dr. Jurgen Vander Velden was born in Holland and raised from an early age in Waterloo, Ontario. He received his B.Sc from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and his D.D.S from the University of Western Ontario in 1991. Following four years with the Canadian Armed Forces as a Dental Officer, Dr. Vander Velden moved to Peterborough and fulfilled a lifelong dream by assuming his own practice in 1995. The practice blossomed and in 2006 was relocated to its present location. A firm believer in continuing education, he is committed to staying current with the leading-edge dental techniques and equipment, and has lectured internationally to other dentists on this topic. Dr. Vander Velden enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but particularly the friendships that can develop with patients through long-standing, trusting dental care.
Dr. Vander Velden and his wife are active members of the Peterborough community, and proud supporters of many local charities and worthy causes. Annually, Dr. Vander Velden and a rotating staff member volunteer their services with a dental humanitarian mission that provides basic dental care in rural Jamaica. He holds numerous association memberships and is a past president of the Peterborough Dental Society. An avid golfer, he resides in Peterborough with his wife Dr. Verona Sulja, also a dentist, and their two children.
“we look forward to working with you and your family to develop a positive and lasting relationship”
- Dr. Vander Velden
Emily has been the Office Manager at Dentistry on Sherbrooke since 2010. With a background in business as well as being a Level II Certified Dental Assistant, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, and ensures that an efficient work environment is maintained. Behind the scenes, Emily tackles a daunting multitude of administrative tasks that allow everyday operations at Dentistry on Sherbrooke to run smoothly. Always composed and professional, she makes a difficult job look easy! Vancouver transplants, Emily, her husband and 2 university aged children are proud to be part of the fabric of the Peterborough community
Jen is our primary Dental Receptionist. An Ennismore native, she joined our team in 2012 upon relocating to the area. The strong leadership, communication and organizational skills gained from 20 years experience in the dental industry are evident every day, as she brings order and serenity to a fast-paced environment. Jen is always calm and composed, despite managing/juggling hundreds of scheduling, financial and insurance tasks every day. Away from work, she keeps busy running after her young son, and enjoys camping with her family.
After working for several years in the customer service industry, Joanne chose to follow a new path into the dental field. A 2009 Trillium College graduate, she joined Dentistry on Sherbrooke in 2012 as a Level II Certified Dental Assistant. Her superior communication and organizational skills quickly became apparent, and she was cross-trained to reception duties. Her role today is multi-faceted, and this versatility is invaluable as the practice continues to grow. Joanne and her husband enjoy fishing at the family cottage, and doting over their much pampered dog.
Joelle’s tenure with Dentistry on Sherbrooke actually exceeds that of Dr. Vander Velden by 6 months, having been hired as a Certified Dental Assistant by his predecessor Dr. Nelson in 1994! She has been Dr. Vander Velden’s primary chairside assistant for over 25 years. Joelle’s experience, knowledge and composure make her an indispensable member of our team. Born and raised in Peterborough, Joelle and her husband are kept busy with their 3 children. When not at the rink, she enjoys time at the gym and life at the cottage.
Laura joined Dentistry on Sherbrooke in 2017 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Born and raised in Belleville, and a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Laura moved to Peterborough as soon as she could! Having worked at numerous offices since graduating in 2007, Laura appreciates the collaboration and patient-centred care that we practice at Dentistry on Sherbrooke. Proficient in her clinical skills, Laura provides treatment with care and compassion. She and her husband are kept very busy with their 3 young sons.
Lindsay is the newest member of our team, having joined us in August 2019. Dentistry has been part of Lindsay’s life since birth- her father is a retired dentist in Calgary! With 15 years of experience as a Level II Certified Dental Assistant, Lindsay brings a calming proficiency to the chairside. Lindsay works alongside Dr. Fulford as her primary assistant.
Part of our team since 2017, Maranda brings a steady hand to the fast-paced environment of the front desk. Her friendly, professional demeanour and the extensive customer service experience accumulated over her 16 years in the dental field are on display every day in her role as Dental Receptionist. In her spare time she loves travelling, music, camping and spending time with her husband and young daughter.
Melissa completed her schooling at Durham College and has been a part of our team as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2015. With her ever- ready smile, Melissa is committed to providing meticulous and comfortable dental hygiene experiences for all of her patients. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys photography, gardening and hiking with her husband and 2 beloved dogs, Watson and Arthur.
Nancy has over 3 decades of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and has been with Dentistry on Sherbrooke since returning home to Peterborough in 2008. As Supervising Hygienist, Nancy oversees our entire periodontal recare program with enthusiasm and passion. Her clinical skills, experience and commitment are unrivalled- as evidenced by her long list of loyal patients and the months-long waiting list to get an appointment with her! Nancy is the mother of 2 sons and lives in a quiet home in the country with lots of gardens to putter around in.
Born and raised in Peterborough, Stephanie joined our team in 2017 as a part-time Registered Dental Hygienist. Her combination of clinical proficiency, strong work ethic and enthusiasm instantly made her popular with co-workers and patients alike. Her loyal patient base quickly expanded, and she now works with us full-time. With 10 years of experience, Stephanie takes pride in providing her patients clinical excellence delivered with a gentle touch and a high energy smile. In her off time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking and planning her next travel destination.
Stephanie was born and raised in Peterborough, and has been a patient of Dr. Vander Velden’s since childhood. A Durham College graduate, she has worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist at Dentistry on Sherbrooke since 2014. Many patients have complimented her on her gentle but thorough touch. She and her husband are the proud parents of 2 young boys.
Tammy has been a valued member of our team since 1998, working alongside Dr. Vander Velden as a Level II Certified Dental Assistant. Experienced, friendly and efficient, Tammy has a gift for putting even the most anxious patient at ease. She and her husband have deep roots in the Young’s Point area, and enjoy life on the farm with their 2 daughters.
Tori has worked in the dental field for 5 years and has been with Dentistry on Sherbrooke since 2016. She graduated from Durham College in 2015 as a Level II Certified Dental Assistant. After working as a chairside assistant for 4 years, she transitioned into our “rover” position where she tackles many roles in the office. She helps patients manage their appointments and payments, as well as assisting the dentists chairside as needed. Tori is also our reprocessing coordinator, ensuring that all instruments are properly processed and sterilized before use on our patients. Outside of work, she resides in Buckhorn where she enjoys time with her fiancé, working out or tending to her gardens