Anna has been working in the administrative dental field for a number of years. With a strong background in practice management, teaching and consulting, she joined River District Dentistry in July 2019. She enjoys every aspect of her role within the office. Anna speaks English, Polish and French. She is always happy to answer any questions you may have related to your scheduled visit, insurance coverage and treatment plan. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Scott Kollen
DMD General Dentist
Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Scott Kollen (rhymes with “pollen”) and I’m beyond excited to announce the start of River District Dentistry! I grew up just a short ways upstream of River District, in Pitt Meadows, BC, and spent most of my teen years playing competitive basketball. People always ask why I got involved in dentistry. Well, in grade 8, I was in mid-braces treatment (complete with awkward headgear) when I was assigned an English project that required me to create a superhero. My creation was called... “The Dental Defender”.
To put things in context, at the time, I was about 4’10” and a measly 90 pounds. The Dental Defender was 6’6”, 270 pounds, and bore an uncanny resemblance to The Rock, AKA Dwayne Johnson, my childhood idol. The Dental Defender had gadgets like MegaFloss to help him lasso crooks, and a squirt gun filled with acidic mouthwash that let him dissolve walls. The pièce de resistance was the “Toothbrush of Justice”. It intimidated the heck out of bad guys with poor oral hygiene and eliminated nasty bacteria in one fell stroke.
That English project somehow kickstarted my interest started into this profession, and was also the basis for what is probably the most electrifying essay in dental school admissions history. Moving on, eventually the braces came off and I moved to Vancouver where I completed my undergrad and dental degrees at the University of British Columbia.
"Some of my best memories are from working with children during the summer breaks between semesters. I had the uniquely challenging, but especially rewarding opportunity to be a daycamp leader, both for kids with special needs, as well as those living in the Downtown East Side! There was plenty of fun, and no dull moments to be had :)"
After graduation, I practiced in small-town Comox on Vancouver Island before heading across the Rockies to Calgary, Alberta. I practiced in YYC with an amazing group of dental professionals that truly helped me grow as a dentist, both in terms of clinical knowledge as well as the practice management aspects of the profession. During this phase of my career, I took (and still do take!) hundreds of hours of continuing education courses all over North America.
In 2018, I loaded up a U-Haul and made the drive back west through the mountains. Moving back to BC brings me closer to my family and favourite outdoor activities, namely surfing and fly fishing! My upbringing near the water means I love travelling to surf spots, from toasty Indonesia up to cold and foggy Wales. If I’m indoors, I’m probably working out, attempting yoga, playing basketball, swimming, cooking up a big meal, or trying a new craft beer! I’m looking forward to meeting you here at River District Dentistry!
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TracyCertified Dental Assistant
Hi! I’m Tracy and I’m the dental assistant at River District Dentistry. I grew up in Vancouver before my family headed east to Ontario where I spent most of my teenage years. I worked for 5 years in cosmetology, where I gained my passion for customer care. I wanted to pursue further to help others, so I decided to start a career in the healthcare industry where I can promote dental health. I moved back to Vancouver 2 years ago where I completed my Dental Assisting Diploma at CDI College and began practicing as a certified dental assistant as of this year.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring the city’s culinary diversity through trying out different restaurants. I also relax by doing yoga and spending time with my friends and family. One of my guilty pleasures include, binge watching sitcoms and crime documentary, as thrillers are my favourite movies. I’m a strong believer in exploring different cultures so I hope to experience new adventures through traveling around the world in the future!
SumeetRegistered Dental Hygienist
Hello I’m Sumeet and I am a Dental Hygienist at River District Dentistry. I was born and raised in the beautiful City of Vancouver. As a child I loved going to the dentist and I knew early on that I would pursue a career in the dental field. I became a Dental Hygienist in 2010, and pride myself in providing effective but gentle patient care. I have an 18 month old little boy who is the light of my life but keeps me very busy! We love nature and doing lots of fun activities outdoors.
ShannonRegistered Dental Hygienist
Hi everyone, I’m Shannon and I’m a dental hygienist! If you’re wondering why I became a dental hygienist, it’s because I have always been a compassionate and empathetic person, which led me to want to go into health sciences. Throughout my life, dental hygiene became more and more appealing to me as I always admired my own hygienist and she always told me how much she loved her career. I decided to apply to the University of British Columbia’s Dental Hygiene Degree Program, and thankfully got accepted, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Science.
Aside from work, I love shopping, going for long walks, and spending time with friends and family. I’m also a lover of all animals, but dogs hold a special place in my heart. Some of my hobbies include playing piano and guitar, and I can also speak French! I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole life, but I love traveling. A few of my favourite places to travel to are Disneyland and Hawaii. I’m excited to be a part of this team and look forward to meeting you during your dental hygiene appointments!”
Hi! I’m Arnell and I work as the receptionist for River District Dentistry! I’ve grown up my whole life in Vancouver with my mom, dad older brother and younger sister. After high school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do until a friend of mine mentioned dental reception, she told me there was a need for receptionist and that it’s a very fulfilling job if you get in with the right dentist! I must have hit the jackpot, because working here has been nothing but fun! It has been a great atmosphere to start my career in reception work. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, trying new foods and hanging with friends and family!
AnamChairside Dental Assistant
Hello! My name is Anam, and I’m a chairside dental assistant. I was born and raised in the U.K. and moved to Vancouver in 2018. I’m grateful and enjoy being part of such a great team here at River District Dentistry. I ensure to take time in providing the highest quality of care and help put nervous patients at ease. I continually endeavour to develop my skills by attending courses and staying up to date with latest evidence-based practice. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends, playing the piano and actively participate in charity work. I look forward to meeting you all at your appointments!
AkshitaCertified Dental Assistant
Hi! I’m Akshita, the dental assistant at River District Dentistry. I grew up mostly in Vancouver after moving here from my home country. After completing high school I worked jobs in customer service where I discovered that I am a very compassionate and empathetic being. I have worked in the beauty industry as well which means I have great hands on skills therefore I decided to blend my skills and go into dentistry.
After receiving my diploma from CDI College I was very fortunate to have find such an amazing clinic and team to work with. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy hiking, creating makeup looks, cooking and spending time with my family and dog! I am also a foodie so I love going out to eat and trying new places. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team and I look forward to seeing everyone at their appointments!