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Meet the Team: Andrea Dwernychuk

Clayburn Dental Abbotsford - Dr. Andrea Dwernychuk

Dr. Andrea Dwernychuk is part of our dentist team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

As a dentist, Dr. Dwernychuk’s daily tasks include creating treatment plans to maintain or restore our patients’ oral health, monitoring the growth and development of teeth and jaws, diagnosing oral diseases and more.

She is always striving for the best in patient care and comfort.

Let’s see how Andrea answered our staff survey!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“On the beach or at a cozy cabin in the mountains.”

What are your hobbies?

“Sports – volleyball, basketball, skiing, hiking. Travelling, meeting people, seeing and experiencing new things, staying in shape.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Too many faves! Sushi, ramen, Mexican, pho, to name a few.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I enjoy the team work and the discussion and mentorship from other dentists.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 26, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Andrea DwernychukRead More

Meet the Team: Brianne Hebert

Brianne is a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She supports us with exceptional dental care delivery by preparing the treatment room, patient and instruments and working chair-side with our dentists as they examine and treat patients.

Clayburn Dental Team - Brianne Hebert

Let’s learn more about Brianne!

Who is your hero and why?

“My mom, because she always has a positive outlook on everything, and always has an answer to my questions.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Pasta.”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Hawaii, because I would never need to shovel snow again!”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Ryan Reynolds, I would ask him for a hug and a picture to keep on my side table.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I look forward to the amazing patients that come into Clayburn and being able to interact with them all. Also I love that everyone at Clayburn works as a team – if you need help with anything, it is there for you.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 15, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Brianne HebertRead More

Meet the Team: Sylvie Larabie

Sylvie Larabie CDA - clayburn dental abbotsford dentistSylvie is our Orthodontic Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She perform many tasks at our clinic, ranging from patient care, taking x-rays to assisting the orthodontist during a variety of treatment procedures.

Let’s see how Sylvia answered our staff survey!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“On a lake. Even Cultus Lake!”

Who is your hero and why?

“My grandparents, never met anyone like ‘em!”

What are your hobbies?

“Watching hockey, walking my dog, playing in the snow, getting my nails done.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Steak Oscar.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Jennifer Aniston. I’d ask her what her beauty regime is and what it was like being married to Brad Pitt.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m a grandma to two adorable grandchildren!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Building relationships and rapport with patients, especially if they are nervous. Working with Dr. Mavi, the Orthodontic team and everyone at Clayburn – a great group to work with!”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 23, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sylvie LarabieRead More

Meet the Team: Sarah Herbert

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Sarah is one of Clayburn Dental’s wonderful Registered Dental Hygienists. Some of her responsibilities including cleaning teeth, examining our patients for signs of oral diseases and educating them on ways to improve their oral health.

Let’s get to know Sarah better!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Jamaica! But beautiful BC is a close second!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“I’m a foodie – so anything made well with quality ingredients. Also, chocolate!”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Horseback riding – I love animals and horses are very in tune to your moods so you have to stay calm around them. I also enjoy reading and dancing.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Noam Chomsky – I just would love to hear about what he thinks we can do to make the world a better place.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“We just adopted a new puppy!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“We are very thorough in our patient care – I love knowing I am doing the absolute best for my patients and helping them live a little healthier.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 20, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sarah HerbertRead More

Meet the Team: Michelle Robinson

clayburn dental staff - michelle robinson

Michelle is a Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. She takes great care of all of our patients, making sure they get top-notch customer service at our clinic.

Michelle is currently on maternity leave and we definitely miss having her around! Let’s see how she answered our staff survey questions.

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They both do so much for our family! And Larry David – he’s a comedic genius.”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Hanging out with my kids and family! I love cooking and new recipes are fun. I also enjoy the gym, and when I have time, restoring old furniture!”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“New York.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Everything at Earls and my homemade lasagna.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Larry David and Gordon Ramsay. I think I’d say let’s skip the coffee and go for drinks, and discuss recipes with Gordon to try and learn his secrets! And probably just want to laugh with Larry.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The people. I love how everyone gets along so well, and the relationships I have built with most I hope will be lifelong. I also love how big and versatile we are. I like to be busy and learn and know lots. I would be bored in a small office.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 11, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Michelle RobinsonRead More

Meet the Team: Delwyn Lee

clayburn dental - delwynDelwyn is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Clayburn Dental Clinic in Abbotsford.

As a Dental Hygienist, Delwyn’s role is to work with dentists to inspect and clean our patients’ teeth and gums. He also teaches our patients proper dental care to prevent oral disease and gives oral x-rays, among a multitude of other responsibilities.

Let’s take a look at how Delwyn responded to our questions!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Vancouver – always!”

Who is your hero and why?

“Jesus Christ because He showed me what selflessness means.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m getting married in May! HOLLA!”

What are your hobbies?

“Playing the piano and guitar, modifying cars and picking apart my fiancé’s brain.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“I’d want to meet Daft Punk and ask them, where do I get THE helmet?”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The challenge of upholding best practice standards and patient-centered care, two things I aim to deliver with each patient I meet.”

Learn more about Delwyn on his blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/dhwithdelwyn/.


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 21, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Delwyn LeeRead More

Meet the Team: Dawn McGregor

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Dawn is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Team Leader at Clayburn Dental. The CDA’s have a crucial role at our dental clinic in Abbotsford, maintaining a safe, clean and effective environment in the treatment room and assisting our dentist team during a variety of treatment procedures.

Dawn is especially great at helping our patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment – we don’t know what we’d do without her!

Without further ado, let’s get to know Dawn better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They are amazing, and I’m so glad they brought me up the way they did. My mom went through a lot while my brother and I were growing up. She held it together and we always had fun. My dad was just as amazing. He was always working hard so we could do the things we did and have the fun we had. Thanks Mom and Dad, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for you both.”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Scrapbooking. It relaxes me and lets me relive the memories. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs and the joy they bring me. Finally, watching Canucks (though there’s not much joy in them right now!).”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Riveria Maya in Mexico. We’re beginning to plan our annual vacation there now!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Chinese or Mexican.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Cesar Milan. I would ask him for help with my dog who doesn’t like to be groomed. I am serious.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The staff. I love them all, they are a great group. And the flexibility we have for taking time off.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 08, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Dawn McGregorRead More

Meet the Team: Dr. Robert Brandt

clayburn dental - dr. robert brandt Dr. Robert Brandt is the Dentist Team Leader and a practicing dentist at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

Whether it is creating a new smile, relieving their pain or tackling everyday dental concerns, Dr. Brandt always brings his positive attitude to his patients and his team.

Let’s get to know Dr. Brandt better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My wife Joyelle for her tireless work to be a beacon of light in the world, whether it is through her art, her music, her books, her website aiding parents who are survivors of childhood abuse, her Love Your Body Summit helping support body positivity in women and girls, or her public speaking on many of the above topics…. And for doing all that while being a great mom, friend and wife.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Bruce Springsteen to talk to him about the creative process in his more story form acoustic songs, and George R.R. Martin to find out the ending of Game of Thrones in case he never finishes writing it!”

What are your hobbies?

“Writing, painting, photography, drawing. I enjoy creating and the creative process. I feel there is a need in the world for dreamers and creators, to bring light into the world, uplift others through form, color, and composition, and finally to tell a variety of stories that balance pure escapism with that deeper underlying truth about the world.

As K.M. Weiland said: stories give us the good truth and the bad truth, they open our minds and help us have empathy, they give us models to help us deal with challenges we encounter, and finally they teach us to hope. I believe stories do all of that and I want to write my own stories to share and enrich the world in some way big or small.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m three-quarters of the way through writing a novel.”

What do you like most about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Working alongside a great group of kind and caring people who want to do their part to help others through service.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 21, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More

Meet the Team: Alissa Gorner

clayburn dental - meet the team alissaAlissa is our Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental. She’s the one who takes care of our patients from start to finish! Not only does she have great communication and organization skills, she always brings her A-game when it comes to customer service.

Aside from the friendly, energetic personality that we have come to known, what is Alissa like? Let’s get to know her better.

What are your hobbies?

“Painting, drawing, and sculpting. What I enjoy most about these hobbies is they help me relax, and are a fantastic creative outlet.”

Who is your hero and why?

“My sister Stephanie, who gave birth at 24 weeks, and who has had the strength to be at the hospital in Vancouver every day for the last four months to support her tiny little daughter.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Ryan Gosling, and I’d probably ask for his hand in marriage.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I just got my BA degree in psychology and criminal justice!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Our fantastic patients, who are always so kind, and also the flexibility that Clayburn has provided me while I went to university. They made my life much less difficult. Finally, my coworkers who I look forward to spending time with each time I work.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 06, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More

Calcium and Your Oral Health

The Benefits of Calcium for Your TeethThere’s a recurring news story about calcium supplements that a number of patients have found worrisome and confusing. It’s worth touching on and it reminded me that really, it’s an opportunity to talk to you about calcium’s importance to overall and oral health.

First the worrisome story. In August 2010 The British Medical Journal published a review of studies about women at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. Surprisingly, they discovered that women taking calcium supplements had a modest increased risk of heart attacks and no benefit from the supplements. Their recommendation seems reasonable: a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management.

Yet if you are over 60, your physician may recommend a calcium intake of 1,000-1,200 mg per day. If you have any concerns about the relative benefits of starting or continuing with supplements, I encourage you to discuss them with your physician. Their value to you depends on your individual health status as well as your diet.

Any balanced diet isn’t complete without calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones, which contain 99% of the body’s supply. However, the remaining 1% circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

If the level of calcium does not remain constant and adequate, your body can pull calcium from your bones which, over time, will lead to osteoporosis which can result in broken bones. Inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to health issues such as hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure.

In general, experts believe that North Americans, particularly adults, do not consume enough calcium each day. But how much calcium do you need for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones?

The most effective amount for adults is from 800-1,200 mg of calcium a day combined with a good exercise program. Remember vitamin D3 for helping your body absorb calcium.

Calcium is especially important for growing children. We recommend 500-700 mg a day of calcium for children depending on their age and significantly more for teenagers and expectant or nursing mothers.

Many things we eat and drink have calcium in them, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk or an equivalent measure of yogurt or cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). You can add milk to soups, sauces, and desserts. Coffee cream, artificial creamer, and whipped topping as well as cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream, contain little or no calcium, but you can replace sour cream or cream cheese with fat-free yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

If you can’t tolerate dairy, then fortified alternatives made from almonds, soy, or rice are an option, as well as fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon. Nuts like almonds are also high in calcium.

Regardless of your age, calcium provides many benefits for your oral and overall health. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough dietary calcium, please ask your physician or our dental team, to suggest ways to achieve the calcium intake that’s right for you.

By : Stephen Wall/November 07, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community, General, Oral Health/ CommentsRead More
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