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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.

Dr. Angela Waciuk

Carla Grbac, Registered Dental Hygienist

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Carla joined Deer Ridge Periodontics in 2016 and brought with her many avenues of dental hygiene experience. Her education began at the University of Western Ontario where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Carla carried on her studies at Fanshawe College where she received her Dental Assistant Certificate followed by her Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2005.

Carla has had the opportunity to work in general practice, dental sales, and as an independent RDH. She has also enjoyed teaching dental hygiene students at a private college in Kitchener. In this capacity she strived to teach her students a much gentler approach to deep scaling and root planing and to focus on patient comfort. Carla has been providing Dental Hygiene Continuing Education seminars for over 7 years.

In her spare time Carla enjoys learning new languages, playing hockey and spending quality time with her family.

Carla Grbac

Corrine Beaulieu, Registered Dental Hygienist

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Corrine joins Deer Ridge Periodontics with 20 years of experience in private practice as a dental hygienist. She graduated, with honors, from College Boreal receiving her dental hygiene diploma in 1996. In addition to providing clinical services to patients over the past 20 years, Corrine has taught dental hygiene. Corrine is passionate about helping patients understand the importance of their oral health. Teeth are very important to her and she takes great pride in being a health care professional.

Corrine was born and raised in Sudbury Ontario and moved to Kitchener in 1998. She is active in her community and volunteers regularly at her children’s school. Outside of work you can find Corrine spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys her dog Rogue, cooking, camping and traveling.

Corrine is excited to join the Deer Ridge Periodontics team and looks forward to meeting you.

Corrinne Beaulieu

Leslie Hendrickson, Office Manager

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With over 16 years of medical/dental office experience, Leslie brings her cheerful personality to Deer Ridge Periodontics as our Office Manager/Front Desk Administrator. You can count on Leslie to meet the needs of your office and your patients. Leslie will contact and book your patients in a timely fashion and make sure that their experience with us is top notch.

In her spare time, Leslie has been heavily involved with the Cambridge Minor Lacrosse Association. She has volunteered her time as the Director of Fundraising, Director of Sponsorship, Vice President, and most recently she is managing a team with her son and daughter-in-law. When not at work Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and dogs, attending various concerts, or just hanging out at the cottage playing games, relaxing by the fire and reading a good book.

Leslie Hendrickson

Luciana Figueirdo, Receptionist

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Luciana joined Deer Ridge Periodontics in 2016 and brought with her many years of medical experience. Luciana first pursued a career as a PSW and then went back to Conestoga College for General Office Administration. You can be sure that your patients will be greeted with her warm friendly smile when they arrive at our office. She will be sure to book your patients in a timely fashion and that their experience at Deer Ridge Periodontics is friendly and professional.

When Luciana is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and son. As well she enjoys Zumba, scrapbooking, cross stitch, and she loves to cook.

Luciana Figueiredo

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.

Tanja Simpraga

Michelle Michalak, Dental Assistant Level II

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Michelle graduated in 1997 from Ontario Business College with her Level 1 Dental Assistant Diploma. In 2002, Michelle returned to school and graduated from Medix College with her Level 2 Dental Assistant Diploma. She brings over 18 years of dental experience to the practice. Michelle is always eager to learn something new and continues to further her career through continuing education courses. Michelle looks forward to meeting with our patients and sharing her warm friendly smile while offering them a relaxed dental experience.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family at their home in the country. She enjoys arts and crafts with her children, especially face painting. As well, she always enjoys good times with great friends.

Michelle Michalak

 

Frequently Asked

Questions

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.