Meet the Pinetree Dental Team
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Dr. Magda Kalinowski
Dr. Magda Kalinowski is a graduate of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and has practiced for several years in local dental offices throughout the Greater Vancouver area. In the peak of her dental career in Europe she owned her own dental practice before relocating to the Lower Mainland in 2000.
She is a General Practitioner and is highly referred to for treatment of children and disabled patients and holds membership with the British Columbia Dental Association, Canadian Dental Association and Advanced Orthodontic Study Club for General Practitioners at UBC.
Dr. Magda’s calm reassuring manner welcomes and creates a comfortable atmosphere. Her personal approach ensures you will receive the quality of care necessary to set you and your family’s treatment care plan in the right direction.
In her free time Dr. Magda, enjoys spending time with her husband and children. When she gets the opportunity, she enjoys hosting friends and family for delicious home cooked meals and to share and create memories.
Dr. Cynthia Yee
Dr. Yee is a Board Certified Specialist in Periodontics. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Yee is a native of Vancouver and she loved going to the dentist as a kid. She earned her Bachelor of Science from UBC and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta. She then earned a Master's Degree in Oral Biology and a Certificate in Periodontics from Boston University. Throughout her training, she has been recognized with several awards that reflect her expertise in the field of Periodontics. She is now a clinical instructor at her alma mater UBC and works in private practice.
During her free time, she volunteers at Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society and enjoys baking, hiking, biking and paddling.
Dr. Hedayat Gorjestani
Dr. Heda earned his first Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2000 from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He continued his studies there and upgraded his knowledge and skills in endodontics (root canal therapy) by completing a three-year Endodontics Program in 2003. In 2017, Dr.Heda fulfilled his Canadian Dental Equivalency process and achieved his board certification as a general dentist in Canada. Upon achieving his certification, Dr. Heda began volunteering as a dentist at the Vancouver Downtown East Side Clinic. Dr. Heda joins the Pinetree Dental team to provide a high level of dental care with his primary area of focus being root canal therapy.
In his free time, Dr. Heda enjoys hiking, biking and reviewing new scientific articles.
Anna, our Dental Assistant, has been working in dentistry since 1995. Anna has always enjoyed working with people and her role at Pinetree Dental Centre is to assist Dr. Magda and ensure you are comfortable throughout your visit. Anna enjoys hiking and travelling and taking in the sights, museums and architecture of new places. She hopes her future travels will include Morocco and Peru. Around town, you will find her walking her dogs or getting out with friends for coffee or a day at the beach. One day Anna hopes to learn to express her creative side through learning to paint with oils.
Louise is the friendly, cheerful face and voice of Pinetree Dental Centre. She joins the team with 7 years of experience in the dental field and a love of helping people. Louise enjoys spending time with her husband, their little boy and their dog as well as cooking and trying out new recipes. She absolutely loves South America and hopes to travel extensively there to more fully embrace the food and culture. A safari is also on her travel bucket list. To keep fit you will find Louise at the gym or doing classes in yoga and boxing.
Deborah has been a part of the Pinetree Dental team since 2012 and brings with her over 20 years of dental reception and office management experience. As early as she can remember, she has always loved going to the dentist and maintaining good oral health care has always been important to her. She is passionate about photography and in her free time, she enjoys reading, good movies, and going for walks with her husband and their dog "Makena". Maui is a special destination that she loves to visit often. If she can find the time she hopes to brush up on her French.
Mariah always wanted to work in the dental field and earned her Diploma of Dental Hygiene from Vancouver Community College. She joined our team in 2018 as a Registered Dental Hygienist and is excited that her role offers her a path to help educate people about the importance of maintaining good oral health habits. Mariah loves to bake (especially french macarons) and she hopes to travel to France one day and tour around Paris, Nice and Marseille to explore the city of lights, the culture and of course the amazing food. Mariah likes to keep active and plays soccer and plans to learn how to snowboard.
Salima joins our team as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She received her Diploma of Dental Hygiene at Vancouver Community College and has over 8 years of full time clinical experience. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Dental Science degree at UBC and is currently working on her Master of Science in Craniofacial Science. Salima's priority is the comfort and health of her patients, while focusing on preventive dental therapy. If you have concerns related to gum disease or periodontitis, Salima is ready to help. In her down time, Salima enjoys sports, cooking and time with her nieces and she dreams of travelling to Europe and Africa one day.
Jenna enjoys ‘lending a hand’ at the front desk to help the days run smoothly here at Pinetree Dental. Jenna is certified in Dental Office Administration and is currently pursuing a career as a Certified Dental Assistant. Jenna wants everybody to have a healthy, happy smile! During her time off Jenna loves to try new vegetarian recipes and go outdoors! Whether that be hiking, kayaking, or walking the dog. Another passion of Jenna’s has always been drawing. In her spare moments, she continues to learn more about how to incorporate computer graphics into her art creations. She has even designed a children’s colouring sheet exclusively for our office!