Meet the Orca Family Dental Centre Team

Our team members share a passion for dentistry. Get to know the dentists and dental professionals you’ll meet in our office.

Dr. Robert Smith

Dr. Robert Smith

Dr. Robert Smith is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1998. For most of his career he practiced dentistry in northern Canada where he gained valuable experience in all areas of dentistry.

Dr. Kevin Lathangue

Dr. Kevin Lathangue graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2004 with his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (DMD). He has since developed several innovative strategies with specialists who currently work with Blue Ocean Dental Group including periodontist, Dr. Tassos Irinakis, as well as Mr. Mark O'neill - a certified CEREC Technician and cosmetic expert.

Dr. Neel Minhas

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Dr. Neel Minhas attended high school at John Barsby Secondary School in Nanaimo, BC. After graduating, he attended Vancouver Island University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It was while attending VIU that Neel became interested in dentistry after shadowing local dentists in the area.
Caroline Van Damme

Caroline Van Damme

Registered Dental Hygienist

Caroline was born in Edmonton and grew up in Parksville, BC. She started her career as a Certified Dental Assistant. She went on to become a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2010 after completing a Diploma in Dental Hygiene at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa, where she graduated with honours and received the Deans Award of Excellence.

Caroline moved to Ladysmith in 2015 and joined our practice in 2016. She is married with two sons and enjoys playing baseball and spending time with her family.

Mandeep Shaota

Mandeep Shaota

Certified Dental Assistant

Mandeep grew up in India and moved to Vancouver Island in 2002. In 2014 she completed the Certified Dental Assistant course at VIU Nanaimo, graduating with honours. She joined Orca Family Dental in 2016.

Mandeep enjoys cooking, sewing, and hiking, and loves to spend her spare time with her family and two children.

Brenna Ritter

Brenna Ritter

Office and Treatment Coordinator

Brenna comes from Calgary. She graduated with honours from the Certified Dental Assistant program at SAIT in 2012 and moved to Vancouver Island in 2013. She joined Orca Family Dental in 2016.

Brenna likes to hike and explore Vancouver Island.

Janina

Janina

Receptionist/Hygiene Coordinator

Janina brings 30 years experience in dental administration, sales and computer support. She is one of the newest members to the Orca Family Dental Centre team, as well as to Vancouver Island. Janina enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends and is looking forward to discovering all that the Island has to offer.

Lindsay McIntosh

Lindsay McIntosh

CDA

Lindsay graduated in 2006 with a scholarship from Neckako Valley Secondary. Lindsay attended a CDA program in 2008 in Burnaby and graduated with honours. Lindsay loves her career and is always looking for ways to advance herself with continuing education. In her spare time she loves renovated her home with her other half, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Debbie Myers

Debbie Myers

Receptionist/Accounts Receivable

Debbie is one of the newest members of the Orca Family Dental Centre Team.

Debbie grew up in Ontario and brings 20 years of dental experience in general and specialty practices to our office in Ladysmith Debbie moved to the island in 2016 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She enjoys spending time outdoors, time with family and exploring beautiful Vancouver Island.