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Dr. Angela Waciuk, Your Periodontal Partner
Working together to create healthy smiles.

As a board certified Periodontist, I have been practicing in the Waterloo Region for over 12 years and am now excited to announce the launch of Deer Ridge Periodontics, a state of the art specialty clinic that focuses on collaborative care with a very personal touch.

Read Dr. Waciuk's Bio

Dr. Angela Waciuk is a board certified Periodontist, practicing in the Waterloo Region for over 15 years. She started her education at the University of Toronto in 1989 and graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in 1993. This was followed by her Dental Degree in 1997. It was her surgical training during a general practice residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital that compelled her to continue her studies to become a Periodontist. Her education was completed in 2001 with a Master of Science Degree and a specialty in Periodontics.

Shortly after graduation she relocated to the Waterloo Region. She has 4 beautiful children and has become an invested member of the community. She has lectured for many local study clubs and dental organizations on various topics related to her specialty. Dr. Waciuk enjoys her career and the relationships she has established with her colleagues and patients.

In her spare time Dr. Waciuk enjoys exercise, a good book and quality time with her family. All of her children enjoy busy extracurricular activities and she is very proud to watch them achieve their successes.

Tanja Simpraga, Dental Assistant Level II

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Graduating from Medix College in 2006, Tanja brings 10 years of dental experience to the practice. Prior to joining our team at Deer Ridge Periodontics, Tanja worked at a General Practice for the majority of her career. Tanja’s wide range of knowledge in many dental procedures makes her a very helpful chairside assistant. Tanja looks forward to meeting all of our patients and providing a comfortable, educational and fun experience to all.

In her spare time, Tanja loves spending time with her husband, family and friends. Tanja also loves to travel and experience new cities and cultures, therefore any opportunity she has to fly away she takes it.

Karin Mosjna, Level II Dental Assistant

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Graduating from Cambrian College’s Dental Assisting Program and then upgrading the Level II Assisting Program at Holland College, Karin has made her career in the dental field.  Karin brings with her many years of dental experience and knowledge. Her career began with chairside assisting, she then expanded her role to treatment coordinating and most recently she can be found welcoming you at the front reception at Deer Ridge Periodontics.  Karin considers herself fortunate to have been able to participate with and assist in a variety of dental procedures. With her extensive dental background, she is happy to assist and help you with any dental concerns or needs you may have and looks forward to developing many new patient relations.


Outside of the office, Karen is a proud mother and looks forward to spending time with her family.  In her spare time she can be found entertaining family and friends, both at home and at the cottage.  She enjoys being outdoors, attending concerts and if she can find the time, she loves a good book!

Julie Tassone, Receptionist

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Julie brings over 20 years of medical experience to Deer Ridge Periodontics. Julie has formal training as a nursing assistant and she has worked in a variety of medical offices. She is excited to transition to the dental field and help with all our patient’s needs. Her bright and sunny disposition puts everyone at ease.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys being outside, going for scenic walks. She is passionate about cooking. Julie cherishes the time she spends with her family and friends.

Frequently Asked


Why do I need to see a Periodontist?

Most commonly your dentist has referred you to a Periodontist to evaluate a concern associated with the foundation for your teeth, such as bone and gum tissue. This may be a small area or incorporate many teeth.

Will my appointment be covered by my insurance company?

Insurance coverage is dependent on your contract with your insurance company. We will provide estimates to your insurance company on your behalf to help determine if any treatment we recommend is covered. Learn more.

What are my payment options?

We will strive to make the financial portion of your visit as easy as possible. We are a fee for service practice accepting a variety of payment options. Learn more.

If I need gum surgery will it hurt?

Gum surgery will typically come with some discomfort that lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 days post treatment. If pain medications are taken as prescribed, the discomfort can often be eliminated and patients are very comfortable.

Will I need to take time off work?

Time off is not often recommended but if it is needed, it will be discussed at the time of consultation. Doctors notes can be provided if necessary.

If I am having surgery, do I need someone to drive me home?

A responsible driver is only needed if you are having sedation along with the surgery. For any local anesthesia, a driver is not necessary.

Can I eat before I come to my surgery?

Eating is NOT permitted 6 to 8 hours before surgery IF you are having treatment with IV sedation only. A light meal 2 to 3 hours before is allowed for oral and Nitrous oxide. With local anesthesia you can eat normally.

If I see a Periodontist for cleaning, do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. We encourage all of our patients to continue to see their dentist for regular check ups for decay and other tooth related dental concerns. Cleanings are also often shared so we provide cleanings on an alternating basis.

I think I need to see a Periodontist, what should I do? Should I see my dentist first?

If you are concerned with issues related to bleeding, recession, mobility or other periodontal problems, speak with your dentist and ask for a referral. Most dentists will gladly make a recommendation to a specialist.