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Dr. Rachel Staples DMD

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Rachel was born and raised in Victoria and was thrilled to return to her hometown in 1995 – after completing her dental degree at the University of British Columbia – to start her practice and raise her family.

A life-long learner, Rachel embarked on a journey of further training and hands-on learning in 2007. She attended and completed all seven core levels of neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious LVI Global in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is currently a fellow. Rachel believes in integrating comprehensive diagnosis and contemporary techniques with the latest technologies. With this philosophy, her goal is to improve the lives of her patients and to bring beautiful smiles to all who visit her office.

While raising three young boys with her husband Brock, Rachel built her business to four practices over 15 years. As many of us do, she has realized that quality is far better than quantity so she has worked over the past year to streamline and simplify her life both personally and professionally. Urban Smiles Victoria is the culmination of that effort: quality dentistry in a caring environment, delivered by a team whose mission it is to make your dental visit a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Over the years, Rachel has performed countless hours of volunteer work through Dentistry for the Heart and, along with her team, has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars in dental care to those in need in her own community. She has also enjoyed volunteering with the Rotary Club, delivering dental services and supplies to the indigenous people of Guatemala. In the next few years, she hopes to recruit her sons and husband to join her on a dental mission to South East Asia.

Dr. Brett Livingstone DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Originally from the lower mainland, Brett is excited to begin a new journey on Vancouver Island. Brett attended the University of British Columbia to complete his dental degree, where he received multiple awards, including the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Scholarship which is awarded to the student who obtained the top academic record in their class. After working in the lower mainland, he was drawn to Victoria by the adventure and outdoor lifestyle Vancouver Island has to offer. 

 

Patient education is the cornerstone of his practice philosophy. Brett puts great emphasis on taking the time to answer your questions and ensure you feel comfortable and well informed before making any decisions regarding treatment. In order to provide the best treatment possible, Brett stays up to date on the latest research through study clubs and continuing education courses.

 

Being an active part of the community is important to Brett. He has previously served as a director on youth soccer boards, volunteered with a crisis service center, and while in dental school, provided free emergency dental care to the underserved community. 

 

When not working, Brett can be found on the soccer field, kiteboarding on windy days, trying out new recipes, and spending time with his loving wife Jessica.

Dr. Sunny Makkar DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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A native of Abbotsford, BC, Sunny has always had an appreciation for the value of immersion in one’s community, big or small. He’s excited to continue to enjoy BC life in Victoria.

After completing his B.Sc in Biology at the University of the Fraser Valley, Sunny went on to pursue Dentistry at UBC, where he became involved in volunteer initiatives at his local community outreach clinic.

Sunny understands that there is no single universal approach to caring for a diverse set of patients, each with unique needs and desires for their oral health. He believes in working with his patients to determine these needs, and knows that improving oral health is foundational to the enjoyment and enrichment of your life.

Outside of the office, Sunny is an avid motorcyclist, average skier, and appallingly bad golfer.

Dr. Dan Goldberg DMD

Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry

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Before embarking on a journey into the world of dentistry, Dr. Dan Goldberg graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bed, and a BSc. Four years later he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Dental degree.  With over 18 years’ experience in the dental field he has a diverse background in all aspects Dentistry, but has a keen interest in oral surgery. He has travelled to Mexico, and Guatemala to provide oral surgery to people who are in pain and unable to access dental surgery. Dr. Goldberg also enjoys helping to teach other fellow dentists on surgical techniques to help them feel more confident and successful when they are performing oral surgery. In 2009 Dr. Goldberg had the opportunity to work as an instructor at the University of Alberta in the Radiology department, while also conducting stem cell research on growing teeth.  Outside of Dentistry there is nothing Dr. Goldberg enjoys more than spending time with his family and going on adventures with them. He is also an avid nature photographer, yoga instructor, gardener, and kayaker.

Bethany

Office Administrator

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Bethany recently graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She studied topics including nutrition, exercise physiology, disease pathophysiology and exercise prescription. While in school she had the opportunity to fulfill her passion for helping people and spent 2 years volunteering at a local fitness center for different abilities, helping a variety of people living with conditions such as spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases, to name a few.

As perhaps one of the loudest people in the office, you will definitely hear Bethany’s cheerful voice at the front reception area! Bethany has years’ worth of administrative and customer service experience, most recently working in the retail sector. If she looks familiar to you, she has probably sold you something! Bethany is the perfect person to share orthodontic stories with, as her love for dentistry came after her own extended and complicated orthodontic past. When not at work you can find her out hunting Pokémon or binging The Office for the 17,000th time on Netflix.

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.

Kyra

Office Administrator

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Originally from Edmonton, Kyra graduated from Princess Margaret Secondary in Vancouver, after which she attended VIU in Nanaimo. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Kyra found her passion for dentistry, to which she completed her Dental Assisting program in 2012.

Kyra spent the majority of her dental career as an assistant in Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach. New to Victoria, Kyra started here as an Office Administrator in 2018. Now, she oversees the day to day functions of our business as well as providing information for daily treatment recommendations. She keeps the office atmosphere light and fun and works closely with staff and patients to provide the ultimate care.

In her free time, Kyra loves spending time outdoors, hiking, and laying on the beach. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beautiful Bichon Havanese, Dennie.