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.
Ashley Currie is excited to greet you as you come into our office and bid farewell as you leave. Having graduated with high honors from Health Office Administration, Ashley spent 8 years as a Chiropractic Office Manager before coming to Smilez Dentistry. She is rapidly making the transition and learning about the dental world. When Ashley is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors and spending quality time with her dog, Copper.
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.
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.
Kelly McDonald is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated with honours from Confederation College, in Thunder Bay. Soon after graduating in 1994, Kelly started working with Dr. Thaker. In addition, she also taught at Algonquin College for many years. Kelly has recently returned to dental hygiene after time away to focus on her husband and two boys, and is passionate about her profession. When not working as a hygienist or receptionist at Smilez, she enjoys crafting and gardening. Her favourite leisure activity, however, is time at the cottage with family and friends.
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.
Maggie Kelly started her relationship with Smilez dentistry as a patient, and when the opportunity arose, she jumped on to join as part of the team. With over 12 years experience as a Dental Hygienist and over 16 years experience in the dental field, she has the same love and passion for dentistry as she did when she first entered the field. When Maggie isn’t at work, she can be found spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs exploring Carleton Place, which they now call home, or playing softball during the summer evenings.
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.
See what people are saying about Smilez Dentistry, or leave your own review:
Best dentist around! I don't have the best teeth, so I'm a frequent visitor. I used to be very anxious when going to the dentist, but the atmosphere and attitude of everyone makes it a very comfortable visit. Would definitely recommend!
July 7, 2017 via Facebook
My family has been going to Dr Thaker and her staff for a number of years now. I'm 56 years old and have seen a number of dentists but she is very good. Very detail oriented and up front about the procedure. Staff also get 5 stars as they are so friendly and very caring too. A little more $ than other dentists but worth every cent. 😀
2019 via Google
So I’m the biggest chicken when it comes to dentists and have to say that Dr. Thacker, Dr. Lane and all the staff are amazing and totally make me feel at ease and comfortable. My kids love them and gratefully they actually like going! Win, win for all of us.
Jennifer Hudebine Derstroff
22 May 2018 via Facebook
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
5 stars all the way. from the amazing Lynn at the front desk, Caroline ( hygienist) and the bubbly Dr Thaker, all went out of their to make my brighter. despite the Covid precaution, the ambiance was still warm , caring and Very professional. Carleton Place is a better community to live because of exceptional service at Smilez
Aug 14, 2020 via SR
I love Smilez Dentistry. They are so accommodating and they do everything they can to make me feel comfortable. They have done many renovations to help keep staff & patients safe during Covid-19 and I felt completely safe going to my appointment during these unprecedented times. Thanks, Smilez team for all that you do!
Aug 10, 2020 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.