Meet The Staff


ALYSSA GALLANT

Registered Dental Hygienist
 
Alyssa is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Spirit River Dental. She began her career in the dental field in 2013 as a dental assistant. As her passion for dentistry grew, she decided to further her education and received her degree in Dental Hygiene, from Coastal Bend College in southern Texas.
Alyssa grew up in Spruce Grove and moved to northern Alberta with her husband and little girl, 1 year ago. When Alyssa is not at work she loves to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys camping, snowmobiling and traveling!
Alyssa thrives to provide the highest quality of care to her patients through gentle clinical care and education related to oral health. Her favourite part of being a dental hygienist is creating relationships with each and every patient she sees.
 
  
 
 

KAREN KURYS

Registered Dental Assistant/Office Administration
Karen was born and raised in Spirit River. Once she graduated from high school, she moved to Grande Prairie to attend GPRC where she obtained a certificate in Business Administration. After working for a couple of years in Grande Prairie, she went back to GPRC taking the Office Administration Intensive Program receiving her diploma. A few more years of work in Grande Prairie, she moved back to Spirit river and started working for Spirit River Dental in 1993 as office administration/receptionist.
She really enjoyed the dental environment and began taking the Dental Assistant Independent Study Program from NAIT in 1994. While working full time and doing her studies for dental assisting, she also helped out her husband with his family farm. She became a Registered Dental Assistant in 1997. Karen began working part time in 2006 in order to help more with the farm and her husband Gary’s aerial applicator business.
Karen enjoys gardening, needlework and reading. She also loves travelling with Gary to his drag racing and aerial aerobatics events.
After working 26 years at Spirit River Dental Karen really enjoys her job. She especially likes catching up with old patients and meeting the new patients. The best part of the job is working with a great team to help provide exceptional dental treatment to the community.
 
 

CANDACE BOIRE

Registered Dental Assistant
 
Candace has been a Registered Dental Assistant since her completion of the program through NAIT in 2008. She has worked at surgical facilities in Grande Prairie as well as some general practices including Sprit River. She appreciates the attention to detail and enjoys the strict protocols that need to be followed in the dental office. 
She moved from Sherwood Park to Spirit River the day after graduation and has been here ever since. The closeness of the community as well as the Northern winters are a couple of her favorite parts of living here.
In her free time Candace enjoys spending time with her family and doing projects around the house. She is currently on Maternity leave expecting her 3rd child.
 
 
 
 
 
 

SARAH PHILLIPS

Dental Assistant
 
Sarah graduated from the Spirit River Regional Academy in 2018, during which time she was a two-time provincial volleyball champion with the Spirit River Renegades. Sarah brings her exceptional work ethic and constant hunger for improvement accumulated over years of involvement in competitive sports to the dental office after quickly realizing her passion in the field.
Starting her career in the dental field as a sterilization technician, Sarah has quickly grown to be an excellent dental assistant, and is in the process of going through schooling through correspondence to eventually become a registered dental assistant.
Having grown up in Spirit River, Sarah loves being a part of its small community, and finds satisfaction in her ability to help with providing dental care to the individuals with whom she has grown up around.
 
 
 
 
 

KARI SCHEERS

Dental Assistant
 
Kari comes to us from veterinary practice where she worked as a technician for 15 years. Her passion for animal dentistry eased her way into the human field. The chance to work closer to home brought her to us. She has lived on an acreage outside of Rycroft for the past 13 years with her husband, 2 kids, dogs, cats, bunnies and llamas. She enjoys being active and spending time with family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BONNIE WHELAN

Office Administration/Receptionist
Bonnie graduated from high school in Saskatchewan in 2002.  After graduation she took a year to travel around Europe and upon returning to Canada attended college in Namaimo, B.C. for one year.  After college she moved to Spirit River for work. 
After relocating to Spirit River, Bonnie met and later married her husband Steve.  It wasn’t long before the family started to grow.  After her first son was born the young family purchased an acreage a few minutes outside of town and settled down to family life with their beautiful baby boy.  Within a few years there were three more boys.  Life is busy but fulfilling with lots of spending time with their friends and familycamping, fishing, hunting, and raising their four boys.  
Bonnie keeps her family busy and involved in the community.  The boys play hockey, take swimming lessons, and go camping, fishing, hunting etc. with family and friends.  Bonnie and Steve take every opportunity to explore the area and what it has to offer.  She believes strongly that the community is only strong when its members are involved.  Bonnie has lent her support by volunteering and supporting many community events throughout the years.