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Maddie

Anxiety Support

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Maddy is Dr Staples 5 year old Australian Labradoodle. She is hypoallergenic and non-shedding. She is an empathy dog in training and will stand or sit beside anxious patients during local analgesic injections. She loves the attention and will help distract and soothe your injection fears away. She can be seen when you come in for your Hygiene Recalls to greet you and make sure you are comfortable. Feel free to ask for her anytime. She is happy to oblige. Most other times you will find her curled up on her bed with her favorite orange ball.

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. 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.

Kyra

Office Manager

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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.

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Sarah

Certified Dental Assistant/Social Media Coordinator

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Sarah is a member of our amazing Dental Assistant team, plus she is also one of our TikTok directors and videographers (@urbansmiles). Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, she stayed local for her CDA program, attending Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Her favourite part of working at Urban Smiles is all the interactions she gets to have on a daily basis with new and fascinating people.

Outside the office Sarah’s favourite activity is to travel. She’s been bitten hard by the travel bug, and has visited Mexico, Puerto Rico, California, Florida, Las Vegas, and Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, to name a few. She even spent 2 weeks volunteering in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, building a school in a small community. Future travel plans include visiting Italy and other Mediterranean countries. She loves to share her travel experiences and stories and is always looking for recommended places to visit.