Our Team

Leanne Purvis

Chairside Dental Assistant

I joined Dr. Hanson’s team in 1999 and can easily say that I love my job. My duties consist of seating clients, answering any of their questions in regards to their appointment, and assisting Dr. Hanson throughout treatment. However, I feel that my most important duties are to make sure our clients feel comfortable and have a good dental experience. It is so gratifying to know that I have helped someone get through their appointment with ease. Sometimes, they even enjoy their time here! What I love most about working with Dr. Hanson is that he is a very generous, thoughtful, and talented person. I truly think of everyone on our team as my second family.

Outside of our office I love spending time with my husband, Brent, and our children Owen and Amelia. We absolutely love the outdoors and spend the majority of our time camping, fishing, or hunting. We look forward to our son’s involvement in community sports and continuing school in the fall.

Terri Smuck

Chairside Dental Assistant

I am a Level II Dental Assistant and have worked at Hanson Family Dentistry since 2007 with my second family.  I assist the doctors with procedures, education and offer my help were it is needed in our office.  Our clients are part of our family too…. My favorite part of my job is meeting new clients, making our clients feel comfortable and helping them achieve their goal towards great oral health and a beautiful smile.  I enjoy working with our doctors because they have great personalities and are up to date with the latest dental technology.  I truly feel that they offer the best honest and intelligent advice.

Hanson Family Dentistry is a great and fun place to work.  When I am not working, I enjoy hunting, fishing and spedning time outdoors on Manitoulin Island with my husband, son, 4 step-children and one step-grandson.

Krista MacDonald

Chairside Dental Assistant / Registered Dental Hygienist

After working as a part of Dr. Hanson’s team for five years, I decided to further my education and return to school to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. I now perform both duties as dental assistant and dental hygienist. I choose dentistry as my field because I enjoy interacting with diverse and interesting people. It is very gratifying to know that I’ve helped someone achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.

As a dental asssistant, I help Dr. Hanson with a variety of patient procedures and as a dental hygienist I help patients achieve and maintain their optimal oral health. Most importantly, I make sure our clients are as comfortable as possible. Dr. Hanson is passionate about what he does and will go out of his way to help clients get the care they need in a gentle manner.

When I’m not in the office I enjoy spending time with my son, Julien. In the summer I play baseball and spend most of my time at the cottage with my family. In the winter months I enjoy downhill skiing and going to hockey games.

Melanie Makasoff

Chairside Dental Assistant

My name is Melanie and I am the newest Dental Assistant to join the Hanson Family Dentistry team. I bring over 12 years of Dental Assisting experience working in various parts of Northern Ontario. I am originally from Sault Ste. Marie, where I started my career before moving with my family to Thunder Bay for a short period of time and then relocating to Azilda in the spring of 2010. I am a hockey mom of 2 boys and when we are not in arenas we enjoy camping, travelling, fishing and anything by a beach!

I started working for Dr. Hanson at the beginning of 2015 and immediately felt welcomed to this family. I work alongside Dr. Hanson and Dr. Bahl. I have experienced the best in technology and new ways to achieve excellent oral health care. This truly is an exceptional office to work in.

Jeannine Foisy

Bilingual Registered Restorative Dental Hygienist

I started working with Dr. Hanson in 1993. Being a restorative hygienist gives me the opportunity to provide oral health care, improve the dental health of our clients and enhance their smile. I feel that our entire team plays an active part in the well-being of our clients. Our practice is family-oriented and we enjoy taking care of clients of all ages. We take pride in providing comprehensive care with state-of-the-art technology. I’m truly blessed to be part of Dr. Hanson’s team; they are my working family.

Out of the office, my husband Rémi, my two children Julianne and Jérémi, my precious grandson Eli and my miniature schnauzer Jayra are the joys of my life. I am proud that I finished a 42km marathon a few years ago. I enjoy travelling, camping, outdoor activites and riding with my husband on his Harley Davidson.

Jeannie Gough

Treatment Coordinator

My name is Jeannie, I have been part of Dr. Hanson’s team since 1997. I am the treatment coordinator. I help to answer patient questions about treatment options and make financial arrangements. We all work together as a team to provide you with the best dental care possible. We are constantly searching out new ways to improve ourselves to offer you the most up to date options available.

My husband Alan and I have three children. Two are in university and one is in high school. In our spare time we enjoy travelling, watching hockey and football, and outdoor activities.

Sara Burnside

Business Team Member

Hi my name is Sara. I have been a member of Hanson Family Dentistry since 2000. I am the Restorative and Financial Coordinator. I help our clients schedule their appointments with Dr. Hanson and Dr.Bahl. I also handle all of the accounts receivables for both doctors. I help clients manage their dental insurance, their accounts and field any questions they may have regarding billing. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, watching my kids play hockey, playing hockey and baseball myself and spending time with friends.

Shelby Goggins

Chairside Dental Assistant / Hygiene Coordinator

My name is Shelby and I have been working with Dr. Hanson and his team for 3 years now. I started my dental career in 2009 after graduating as a Dean Scholar from the Dental Assisting Program at Cambrian College. Having grown up in the Val Caron area, one of the things I enjoy most about working for Dr. Hanson is seeing familiar smiles in the office and playing a role in helping them achieve their dental goals.

I have had the privilege of working chairside with Dr. Hanson and being exposed to the advanced dental technology in his office and have found it to be very rewarding. Dr. Hanson is very passionate about learning new systems and sharing with his team, which provides the opportunity to share five-star services with our patients.

My current position in the office is as Hygiene Coordinator, a new opportunity and area of the office that was offered to me to explore. It’s refreshing to have an amazing team to work with. Outside of work I enjoy keeping active with my dog Dakota and playing intermural sports.

Julie Tremblay

Re​gistered Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Julie and I have had the privilege to work as a Registered Dental Hygienist with Dr. Hanson for over 14 years. I have witnessed extraordinary dentistry performed by Dr. Hanson who is passionate about his profession. I have also been blessed to be part of this wonderful, welcoming and professional team! I enjoy my career as a dental hygienist because it gives me the opportunity to interact with my clients and educate them on how to improve their oral and overall health and help create a healthy smile. My goal is to make sure you are comfortable during your visits and that you achieve your dental health goals. It is such a rewarding feeling when I see someone that is extremely nervous overcome their fears and become comfortable at the office. Outside of work, my husband Don and I have two sons, Alex and Justin, and a daughter, Pascale. As a family, we enjoy camping, boating and fishing together and during the winter time it’s hockey, hockey and more hockey!!!

We have a unique group of people on our dental team. We have fun while we are at work and our clients have commented that they enjoy the atmosphere in the office. The team works together to offer you our best care. I enjoy the opportunity to welcome new clients to our practice.

Julie Poulin

Re​gistered Dental Hygienist

My name is Julie Poulin. I grew up in Elliot Lake, ON. I moved to Sudbury in 2001. I graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Cambrian College in 2008 and was blessed to have joined the Hanson Family Dentistry team as a Registered Dental Hygienist that same year.

I have a loving and supportive husband and son that both have my back and continue to support me on every task that I choose to take on. I’m an adrenaline seeker who loves to drive sports cars, like the ZL1 Camaro and sport bikes. I enjoy working out, cooking, eating healthy, obedience training large dogs and spending time with family and friends. I also can’t get enough of exciting sunny vacations which include looking for new adventures.

I’ve been fortunate to work amongst outstanding dental professionals who have coached and guided me into the professional that I’ve become today. I am lucky to have witnessed some outstanding dentistry over the past years! Dr. Hanson has studied an abundance of in-depth dental material which I have been thrilled to learn about and pass on the knowledge to our clients.

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