Alayna is like a tornado of workaholism and that’s probably an understatement. This entire office would probably implode if she called in sick one day; so if that ever happens, we have a hazmat suit with her name stitched into it so she can still be here. She’s more organized than the alphabet and keeps things straighter than the borders of our province.
You’ll want to tell her a good joke because you’ll swear she was the stunt double for Ms. Doubtfire’s laugh. She’s got the worst-behaved cats, reasonably behaved kids and has a tremendous knack for keeping secrets from everyone because she got engaged and didn’t tell anyone here for weeks. Case in point, it also took us a few years to learn that she knows every lyric to “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears but that cat’s out of the bag now too.
Somehow, somewhere you’ve probably talked to Melissa already. She’s one of those girls that can handle people on every level - probably a result of her social work degree and her top notch personal skills. At some point, she’s going to call you, and trust us, you won’t mind in the least! You’ll even hope she calls you during your supper, she’s that good.
She’s played fastball in ‘Merica during her wild college days but blew a rotator cuff and gave up the dream of hitting the major leagues. It worked out anyways because she soon realized there was no fastball major league. She’s responsible for half of all the selfies on Instagram and it only took us three full days to get this awesome photo of her for the website. No problem.
If you want a good laugh, you talk to Cari. Lucky for you, this regular comedian doubles as our New Patient Coordinator and will be in touch with our new patients to ensure they arrive at Uptown packing all the necessary forms and info needed to make getting started with treatment at Uptown go smoothly!
You’d never know it through her phone conversations, but Cari would probably have also make a solid puppeteer because she spends most of her conversation flailing her hands every which way to Sunday; needless to say, we keep open liquids, breakables, and antique vases far away from her. She’s got a hubby named Chris, a baby named Cami, a dog named Cricket and some sort of obsession with the letter C.
Jaimie’s fashion sense is as acute as her knowledge of the orthodontic industry. We considered installing a catwalk into her office just for her, but knew that would make her feel really awkward so we just let her spend her days talking to patients about their goals and educating them about treatment options. She knows so much about teeth that she doesn’t even need to see yours, she can sense them when you pull up in your car.
When she’s not at work, she’s hanging out with her husband and their two dogs that are just as cute as her two little dimples. She’s got crafting skills that would give Martha Stewart a run for her money and the most jumbo-sized positive attitude that would even make Ned Flanders jealous.
Chantelle has been staring at people’s teeth since 1999, but more specifically the way they align since 2006. As a Treatment Coordinator, she’s the Google for all of your questions about braces and aligners when you are looking for options. She’s smart, kind and loves to laugh. On a quiet evening, you can hear her contagious laughter rippling through the entire east side of Saskatoon.
But don’t bother trying to find Chantelle on weekends around the city. She’s at the lake with her 2 sons and her obnoxiously sweet husband Bart, who once slashed her car tires while she was at work and made all the girls here jealous. (He cut out pictures of Slash from Guns N’ Roses and stuck them to her tires to let her know he had bought her tickets. Pure. Cheese.)
You know those people that you instantly just like and you don’t know how or why? That’s Leanne. Except after you talk with her for 30 seconds you know exactly why… because she is awesome. Her introduction to our team came through us sticking brackets to all of her teeth and we quickly realized her social skills and her attention to detail were exactly what we needed to help other new patients understand our treatment process.
She’s a traveller, having spent years working in Panama before returning to her stomping grounds in Saskatoon and enlightening the locals here with her flashy spanish vocabulary. “¡Qué grupo de profesionales más locos, ¿no?!” (We have no idea what that means.) She’s super organized, loves overly long lists and can manage details better than a duo of wedding planners.
Nicole (aka “Dicky”) started at Uptown in 2016, one full year before she actually slid on a pair on skinny jeans and realized they weren’t that bad! As the Financial Coordinator, you’ll find her buried in numbers and working with patients to figure out simple and easy interest-free payment plans for their treatment, although sadly, she can’t accept your Canadian Tire money.
Beyond Uptown, she’s competed in 7 Ironman Triathlons, has 2 daughters, 1 hot husband and the only thing she’s more committed to than said ‘hot husband’ is abandoning her brought lunch for a noodle bowl from across the street. She coaches kids hockey and on rare occasions, the kids actually listen to her.
Ah, the Care Bear, Kroptop... and as one person in the office calls her: Little Dipper. Kerry has seen it all and knows what to do in every situation so we just gave her free run of the entire office. She has the littlest legs but they resemble a hummingbird’s wings when she moves through the office, which is exactly how she does the jobs of 4 people at once.
We still haven’t figured out why Kerry and her husband Rich actually own a home because they’re never in it. They’re constantly running their daughters to Ukrainian dance competitions or off to the lake in summer and winter, but we’ve heard that the rare times that they actually are in their home, they really enjoy it and just sit around making perogies for everyone they know.
Teagan was one of those kids that would have had adults hiding in their closets because she had too much energy. Lucky for us, we chose put all that energy to good use in our clinic where she handles about thirteen tasks at once. If you aren’t yet bestowed with a nickname, you will have one by the time you leave her presence.
Teagan is known to spontaneously bust out in a ballad at any point during her waking hours and has invented “Uptown Doodle Wednesday” which clearly involves noodles from the nearby Vietnamese restaurant. She likes sweat suits, drywall, her two Thai dogs, her dandy man named Andy, tiling showers, crocheting, and other things that would have made this list 8 paragraphs long. She’s weird.
If you come visit Uptown, you’ll notice fairly quickly that Bry’s smile is pretty much the biggest thing about her. As a Clinician, she’s gently taking care of adjustments for each of our patients using her massive CrossFit biceps and if anything needs some slight tweaking, she’s our go to girl! (And, we’re kidding! We don’t ever use force, brute or Jedi, in any of our adjustments!)
Despite Bry’s small and gentle stature, she’s packing a seriously brilliant smile made even larger by her new baby girl! Her and her well-moustached husband, Adam, flipped the script and instead of being pressured by their family to have kids, they now put the pressure on their family to become grandparents. Nicely played.
Teralyn joined our team and proudly represents the beautiful land of British Columbia. We’d never heard of it prior to her arrival, but she claims nearly every winter morning how it’s “so much warmer back home.” Unfortunately for her, we know it’s only a matter of time before the cold freezes out the memories from her brain.
She’s a member of our clinical team and, despite our best efforts, she’s nearly impossible to get rattled or stressed out. That’s probably because she is from a farm and worked with animals everyday which makes her perfect for working with our crew. She managed to bring a car load of cats, 2 dogs, 2 fish, a son (who is taller than she is) as well as her husband when she moved here. Oh yeah! She’s from BC! We forgot to mention that!
Quintcée showed up in our office one day and we just didn’t let her leave. We were so impressed with her skills along with her passion for patients that we knighted her as an Uptown Clinician shortly after her arrival. Her farm persona shines through because she’s ready and willing to talk about anything with anyone, so if you’re the quiet type you might want to just brace yourself for a good visit.
She has a head of hair like nobody you’ve ever seen in your life. Trust us. We talk about it daily. It’s so thick it would make a yak jealous. It also frequently smells like ski-doo exhaust because this farm girl knows how to have fun. ATVs, ski-doos, tractor, combines... if it burns gas or diesel, she drives it! Quintcée lives with her farming husband near Radisson and drives to Saskatoon every single day to hang out with us.
Kalee’s been holding this place together since day 93 to be precise (or 94?). We don’t remember. In any case, her incredible work in the clinic has helped make Uptown what it is today and we all know it. She’s also quite happy to tell us all that little tidbit as well. And more. She’s one of the types to tell you exactly how it is, but trust us, you’ll enjoy every word of it because it’s really entertaining!
She works with us part-time now because she’s also working towards becoming a nurse. That means if you have crooked teeth, a heart condition or need your shots, you’re in really great hands! When Kalee’s not here or managing full-time classes, she’s living life to the fullest and making her husband Michael polish her wedding ring. So fresh. So clean. That’s Kalee.
Another Alberta transplant! We’re happy to have gutted that province of one more of their talented clinicians and we won’t go easy into the night! Thankfully her boyfriend also played a substantially greater role in convincing her to come the way of the Saskabush. Either way, we’re happy she’s here because she fits into Uptown like she practically owns the place.
Ashley’s skills have been honed by her early years of milking cows and dairy farming. You laugh, but if a person can handle the sensitivity of a cow udder, you can bet they’re capable of handling everything your mouth. She’s also one of the calmest and most collected people you’ll ever meet which is strange because she enjoys golfing. That’s a sport that could even send the pope into a fit of rage. From a cow udder to the pope, it’s safe to say this bio is over.
Jen walked in the front door for her interview and announced that she was pregnant to which we happily replied, “We’re an ortho office. Kids don’t scare us!” She joined our clinical team because we’ve always wanted a Jen, plus the orthodontic skills she acquired during her seven years at a local dental clinic were impossible to pass up.
She’s the chillest person you’ll ever meet – like calmer than the Dhali Lama when he’s asleep. Her mellowness is so far beyond our comprehension that some of our staff are trying to figure out how to extract it and put their own kids on a dosage with their morning breakfast. Jen can’t stop talking about herself… *ahem, lies* so we’ll just tell you she’s got one husband, one daughter and (as previously mentioned) another on the way!
With her ‘running away from home’ days behind her, Stephanie settled back into her roots here in Saskatchewan packing more than just her luggage. She brought back more than 6 years of experience in a top-notch orthodontic practice in Calgary and an energy and knowledge that should almost be illegal to use in public!
She’s got three kids that she adores… to embarrass in public... and she plays the role of hockey mom to a level where Tim Hortons should actually be sponsoring her. Here’s another fun fact about Stephanie, in true “Saskatchewan” fashion, on her first day of work at Uptown we learned she bought the home that our new patient coordinator’s parents were selling. How’s that for a welcome home?
Halfway through Gloria’s interview, she just wandered off and started organizing our clinic! Ever since that day she hasn’t stopped and we’re worried she doesn’t know how to sit still. She loves to be busy and she assures us that she really can relax, and by ‘relax’ she means sitting on the couch watching the most terrifying movies and shows on Netflix that she can find. Sounds very relaxing.
She’s got over 60 pairs of shoes stored in various locations in Saskatchewan much to the delight of her family storing them. She’s presently engaged after 7 extremely long and incredibly patient years, hey Frank? But she’s not too worried about it all, she’s pretty much planned the entire wedding and only needs him to show up. The only thing she needs to figure out is which pair of shoes she’s going to wear.
Hope’s skills go far beyond the lab where we keep her locked up everyday. (We’re kidding, she likes it in there but we do keep it locked because of her love for country music.) Her hand-eye coordination falls somewhere in the range of ‘beyond-human’ to paranormal, and we know this because she holds herself to a quality of work beyond any human we’ve ever met.
She’s a super-skilled hunter and can drop a gnat with a rifle from 200 yards out. She can make Italian noodles from scratch, she’s infatuated with Dr. Phil and has more funny stories to share than YouTube. Just don’t get her to drive any further than 50 km unless you’re prepared to come get her because her gas tank is never over 1/4 tank full.
This guy was a problem child from day one, at least that’s what his parents told him. (Lovingly of course.) But for a guy who is a problem, he sure knows how to take care of them and come up with solutions. And by 'special projects' we don't mean hacking elections online, we just mean he stays on top of Uptown's use of technology, digital and social platforms as well as he gets stuff done that needs to happen.
Despite having 6 computers at his house, he only recently got a mobile phone which makes it far easier to actually get in touch with him. He’s the most extroverted introvert you’ll ever meet and he spends his free time both on the internet as well as making it. If you’ve lived in Saskatchewan for more than 10 minutes, you’ll have seen some of his work somewhere.