Helping People Love Their Smiles
Studies show that a person’s smile is the first thing noticed by others. Helping people love their smiles boost their confidence and changes their lives, forever. As an orthodontist, I am humbled by the trust my patients place in me and take the responsibility of creating their best smile seriously.
I love developing individual relationships with my patients. They all have such interesting hobbies and passions. I love hearing updates, from one visit to the next, about what is new and exciting in their lives. It’s a joy to become friends with a patient and watch them change and fill with confidence as they see the improvement in their smile.
I decided on a career in the dental field at my high school Career Day. I had planned to attend a lecture given by a local doctor, but the room was full and I couldn’t get a seat. Then I went down the hall, to the dentist, who was all alone! I sat and talked with him for an hour and was inspired by his passion for his profession. From that moment, I focused on a career in dental health.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Dalhousie University
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Dalhousie University
- Master of Science and Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics, University of Manitoba
I’m passionate about continually learning. There is often more than one approach that can be used to successfully treat a patient. By remaining current on updated technology and treatments, I’m able to find the best care approach for each patient’s specific needs. I belong to a local orthodontic study club, along with colleagues in this area. We meet to discuss challenging and interesting cases, learning together. I also take many continuing education courses locally, regionally, and nationally.
- Canadian Association of Orthodontists
- Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Canadian Dental Assocation
- Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association
- Newfoundland and Labrador Society of Orthodontists, Current President
- Atlantic Association of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
I was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. Following the completion of my two degrees in Halifax, I remained in the area for the next five years, practicing as a general dentist. My husband and I then moved to Winnipeg for three years for my specialty education and then to Toronto for his education, then we settled in beautiful St. John’s in 2002.
Sheldon Best, my husband, is an endodontist. We met in dental school. We have two young sons who participate in sports and music. Staying active is a priority for our family. We enjoy snowshoeing and skiing, both cross-country and downhill, in the winter. The rest of the year we love hiking with our dog, Farley. She is impossible to tire out! I also run and play tennis year-round.