Imagine addressing your dental health
with the whole person in mind.
Our team is dedicated to delivering excellent dentistry
for you in a caring and comfortable setting.
Dr. Lorraine Thaker studied at McGill University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1992. She practiced in Ottawa for 17 years and then in 2009 she founded Smilez Dentistry to be closer to home and her community.
Dr. Thaker has devoted hundreds of hours towards advanced dental education, as well as being a member of various dental academies in Canada and the USA. She is a strong proponent of continuing education, having played an active role in founding the Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club (OWDSC) and having been a member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Ottawa Dental Society (ODS).
Dr. Nicole Lane obtained her Honours B.Sc from Queen’s University and then pursued her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (D.M.D) degree at McGill University. Upon graduation in 2007, she completed a residency in General Dentistry at the University of Buffalo. Before joining Smilez Dentistry, Dr. Lane worked for 10 years in private practice in the Burlington area.
Annette Prins is a Level II Dental Assistant with over 10 years of experience. She has a passion for children’s dental health. Annette is the mother of a young energetic boy and a new born girl. She loves crafting and spending time with family.
Carolyn Wood-Lyons is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated with honors from Algonquin College, where she also received the Hu‑Friedy Golden Scaler award. Carolyn loves to connect with patients while providing the best oral care possible and making sure patients leave with a greater understanding of their oral health. She lives in Carleton Place with her husband and three children and loves spending time on the Mississippi River.
Denise Croteau, retired from a career in Education, is part of the administration team at Smilez Dentistry. This farming mother of three enjoys helping patients and their families plan for their dental health needs.
Julie Sadler has been with Dr. Thaker at Smilez Dentistry since it opened in 2009. She has over 40 years of experience as a Dental Hygienist. After three years of providing hygiene treatment at Smilez, Julie retired from her chosen profession but continues to remain a valuable member of the team - Julie contributes her dental knowledge and love of patients by managing our Dental Lab as well as assisting patients with their treatments.
Lynn Fowler's smile is the first smile that you will see when you visit Smilez Dentistry! She has 20 years of experience in the dental field as an office administrator, and LOVES taking care of and meeting new people. Lynn is married and the mother of twin boys.
Melanie Gourlay is an experienced and knowledgeable dental assistant that has made Carleton Place her home for over 40 years. Her three children keep her very busy with community activities, but in her spare time she enjoys walking her dog , reading and spending time with friends and family.
Robynne Bell is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Algonquin College 7 years ago. Robynne focuses on easing patient fears through education and by boosting their comfort and confidence. She firmly believes this ensures greater patient commitment towards optimal oral health. When not focussing on her passion for teeth, Robynne loves her family life in Carleton Place with her husband and two young children, and adores spending time walking their family dog.
Stacey Cuthbertson has worked as a travel agent and office manager for close to 20 years and in 3 different countries. After running a travel business from her home, Stacey wanted to return to a positive and caring office environment. Having been a long time patient at Smilez, she knew this was the environment for her. When not working, you will find her in her garden, at home with her husband and three step kids, at a softball field or being a bigger part of the Carleton Place community.
See what people are saying about Smilez Dentistry, or leave your own review:
You'll WANT to come back....
Warning: if you choose Smilez Dentistry you may find yourself actually looking forward to your dental appointments! Not only is the team here friendly, considerate, and able to make any patient comfortable, but Dr Thaker and her team will ensure that you actually understand your mouth and what is happening to and in it. You will walk away confident in your treatment and better informed than you have ever been. This is a dental team that loves its profession and excels in serving its patients. I'd wish them on anyone!
Kirstin J. (Patient since 2010).
11 September 2014 via SR
Always a pleasure to have excellent care at your office. Great staff lead by a wonderful Boss.
Graham M. (Patient since 2013)
Feb 28, 2020 via SR
The five star rating is appropriate. Your staff is extremely friendly, courteous and efficient.
Desmond G. (Patient since 2018)
Jan 29, 2020 via SR
My wife and son have been at Smilez for the past few years, on retiring from the military I needed to find a civilian dentist and Smilez was a natural fit. What I didn't expect was the thoroughness of the care that Dr. Thaker and her team provided. My initial assessment was a great visit and I am much more knowledgeable about my teeth, gums, bite, and jaw then before.
25 August 2017 via SR
Had the misfortune of breaking off a front tooth at breakfast on a Friday, was seen that morning at 9:00 a.m. by the great team in C.P., so very professional, explained every step and repaired my dilemma to restore my tooth to look as though it had never happened. A wonderful team, would highly recommend this dentistry location. I must mention I have a regular dentist whose office is closed on Fridays so these people were my saviours.
April 6 2018 via Facebook
Love the atmosphere, the team approach, the cross communications, the ready smiles and the very professional and thorough team members - from the front desk through to the good Doctors and all staff in between. The kindness, consideration and care shown to both my husband Matthew and myself has been very reassuring. Thanks to you all, we have happy smiles!! Best wishes and happy to recommend you always! Matthew Peskett and Angela Robillard
Matthew Peskett & Angela Robillard
19 June 2018 via SR
At Smilez Dentistry, we are committed to delivering dental care that is personalized to your individual needs and goals.
We gather diagnostic data and deliver treatment using the latest technology including digital charts and x-rays, TekScan bite analysis, intraoral cameras, and our in house lab.
After 17 years of practicing dentistry in Ottawa, Dr. Thaker opened Smilez Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Lane joined the team in 2017 after practicing for 10 years in the GTA.
We take the time to understand your dental needs, diagnose and present treatment options personalized to your individual goals.
You are always greeted with a warm welcome. Our friendly and comfortable reception area is full of light and designed as a caring, peaceful and healing setting.
Supporter of Arts Carleton Place, the CP Hospital and other local causes. Team dentist to the Carleton Place Canadians.
Our eco-friendly office is latex and health conscious.
You will receive a warn welcome at our friendly, comfortable and informative reception area. The dental office is full of light and designed as a peaceful, healing environment.