Dr. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 1992 at University of Montreal. He then completed a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology. He then obtained a Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Montreal. From there, Dr. Daniel completed a one-year multidisciplinary residency in Dentistry and then started his specialty degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Laval University which he completed in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dental Specialists of Canada. He then established his private practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Moncton and then in Fredericton, specializing in Oral Facial Rehabilitation and Dental Implants.
He has completed advanced training in bone grafting and dental implants (including zygomatic implants) both at the Nobel Biocare Institute in Sweden and the ITI Institute in Switzerland. He currently holds medical staff privileges at the Moncton Hospital where he performs orthognathic and reconstructive surgery as well as treatment of maxillofacial trauma.
He is currently the director of the ECOS Continuing Education Centre providing training in Oral Rehabilitation and Dental Implants. His training facility was recently recognized as one of the North American centers for the All-on-Four technique. In the last 10 years, Dr. Daniel has trained numerous dentist and dental specialist from North America on the All-on-Four technique.
Dr. Daniel is also actively involved in clinical research in collaboration with McGill University and has published numerous scientific articles. Dr. Daniel remains quite involved in the Moncton community and loves to spend time with his family.
Denis joined East Coast Dental Group as the new CEO in September 2020. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the C-suite of medium and large-sized serviced-based companies. Born and raised in Moncton, NB, Denis’ focus will be to grow East Coast Dental Group while maintaining a patient and employee-focused approach. Leveraging his M&A, operations and finance experience, Denis will be looking to identify dental practices that demonstrate a similar patient and employee-centric focus to join the East Coast Dental Group family. Having spent most of his career in the service industry, Denis understands the importance of customer satisfaction and is confident that the East Coast Dental Group team will continue to deliver top-quality customer service to associates, partners and their teams.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew joined the East Coast Dental Group as the Chief Financial Officer in May 2021. Andrew is responsible for providing support for corporate finance, financial modeling, and general strategy for East Coast Dental Group. His responsibilities also include the assessment of organic and acquisition expansion opportunities. Prior to joining East Coast Dental Group, Andrew was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice, focusing on corporate finance and M&A Advisory. Andrew also has previous experience in commercial banking and strategy & operations consulting. Andrew is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (BBA), St. Mary’s University (MBA) and is also a CPA (NS 2011). Andrew lives in Saint John and outside of work loves spending time with family – Kara, Rosie, and Claire.
Chief Accounting Officer
Originally from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland – she graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelors in Commerce, Honors in Economics. She obtained her CPA designation in 2006.
Pam has over 30 years of Accounting experience with the majority of those years in the manufacturing industry. She joined East Coast Dental Group in April 2019 and is looking forward to the challenge of learning more about the dental industry.
She spends time volunteering as Treasurer of the Board of Open Sky, a Non-Profit Cooperative.
Dr. Christian J. Chiasson has been practising dentistry since 2000. In 2004 he established his private practice at the Elmwood Dental Centre in Moncton. Since then, his team has constantly grown and rapidly evolved into a multi-dentist, multi-practice operation. He manages to improve everyone’s career path by finding mutually beneficial ways, while helping to network and build relationships among dentists, dental teams and clinics. He is part of onboarding new dentists and contributes to their integration into the teams. He helps new graduates to find mentors and he allows experienced dentists to transmit their knowledge and thus everyone to develop their full potential.
Dr. Chiasson is experienced in the clinic acquisition process, including due diligence and operational integration for new partnerships. He is well versed in the acquisition process, regulatory matters, risk management, group dynamics and provides guidance in the business
He attended the Université de Moncton where he earned a diploma in Health Sciences, then he obtained a Doctorate in Dentistry from the University Laval in 2000. Dr. Chiasson is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry and regularly attends numerous courses and study clubs on a wide variety of dental topics and management.
He holds privileges at the Moncton Hospital and Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. He is a member of the Moncton Dental Society, the New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS) and the Canadian Dental Association. He has sat on the NBDS Discipline Committee and has been for a long time an active member of the NBDS’s Economic Committee. This committee assist dentists with the economic aspects of their practice, by overseeing the development of the suggested dental fee guide, by analyzing survey and collaborating with consultants.
Chief Operations Officer
Julie joined East Coast Dental Group as the Chief Operations Officer in August 2022. She brings with her 22+ years of experience in leading operational teams. Her passion is creating a culture where her team feels empowered to do their best every day enabling the best patient care and best employee and associate experience.
Her background is an Industrial Engineer with a Masters in Business Administration. Leveraging her experience, Julie is committed to looking for ways to improve the clinical operations and the group as whole. As the group continues to grow and evolve, Julie will be responsible for ensuring the proper support systems and processes are in place enabling continued high-quality service and care.
In her personal time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, usually at one of their sporting events, their cottage, the outdoors or traveling.
Director of New Partnerships
Originally from the Fredericton area, she moved to Ontario and graduated as a dental assistant in 1996. After 1 year of assisting, she made the jump on the administration side of dentistry and had the opportunity to work in Ontario for several large group practices. Over the years, she has done the roles of reception, hygiene co-ordinator, treatment co-ordinator and office manager.
In 2005, she decided to move back to her home province of New Brunswick and started working for Dr. Suzanne Drapeau-McNally in 2010 as Office Manager.
Outside of the workplace, she enjoys spending time with her horse and dog. She also love spending time outdoors and reading.
Director of People and Culture
Kimberly Ritchie is an experienced human resource professional specializing in talent acquisition and leadership development. She believes that a supportive and inclusive corporate culture that recognizes the value of employee development is fundamental for operational excellence and growth.
In addition to leading novel approaches to talent attraction, she enjoys building and delivering learning and development programs that create measurable change.
Kimberly holds a business degree (BBA) from UNB and has attained certifications in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and various behavioral and communication models. In addition, she recently completed all academic requirements for her Master’s in Arts, Counselling Psychology (MACP) through Yorkville University.
Acknowledged for outstanding performance throughout her career, she has been selected for and has completed various leadership programs and has attended multiple leadership recognition events.
Kimberly lives in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, with her husband, Bruce. They have six university-aged children, and like many other couples at this stage of life, the reality of becoming empty nesters comes and goes. They play music together and enjoy an active lifestyle that includes golf, snowmobiling, and travel.
Senior Project Manager
Laurie is a Senior Project Manager at ECDG, bringing over 30 years of unique dental industry education and experience. She began working with Dr. Daniel in 2013 and was part of the initial development and early success of our East Coast Dental Group family.
Her focus is to facilitate specific projects within the group as a team lead and support the development of specific markets as we continue our strategic growth plan for Atlantic Canada. Her diverse experience in leadership roles has proven vital; from the fit up of clinics, acquisitions, operational management, to succession planning. Having lived the day-to-day of working in a dental clinic as a dental assistant, office admin and manager, she gets it!!
Laurie approaches each team and projects true to her core values; act with integrity, respect the opinions of others and create an environment where people can grow and focus on exceptional patient care. She enjoys life in the Maritimes, growing up and living in Nova Scotia with her family.
Payroll and Benefits Specialist
Amanda is a Certified Payroll Practitioner and will work toward obtaining her Payroll Management certification.
In 2017, she decided to move back to the East Coast to be closer to family. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family.
J-F has worked with some national and international brands throughout his career. He has a strong understanding of branding, advertising, and marketing in big and small markets. He is responsible for practice development/growth and implementing strategies that will benefit our clinics but also making the patient experience more enjoyable. He is also responsible for organizing all our events company-wide.
Urvi joined East Coast Dental Group in late 2021 as a controller. She obtained her CPA designation in 2017 and is a Chartered Accountant (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ACAI). She also holds a master’s degree (M. Com) with a major in accounting from Mumbai University.
Urvi has got more than 10 years of experience in Accounting and Auditing. Having worked in a multitude of roles across different countries, this has allowed her to gain valuable experience and develop her skills.
She currently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick with her husband and two sons. She is excited to be a part of the ECDG family and looks forward to learning and contributing to the company’s growth.
Jessica is responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations and support for all the dental clinics as well as doing the financial reporting. She works hand in hand with the CFO to ensure the efficiency of processes and compliance with accounting principles.
Jessica obtained her Accounting diploma in 2009 and had the opportunity to work in various industries such as automotive, pharmaceuticals and logistics. Always being the main source of accounting in all her roles, she gained several types of knowledge and experiences throughout her 10+ years in the field.
In her free time, she enjoys being active and spending time outdoors.
Senior Account Manager
Shelley works closely with the CAO and accounting team to prepare and review the financial statements for the clinics as well as support for the day-to-day accounting operations.
Shelley has over 36 years of experience in accounting, working in various roles within finance and business administration. She is a graduate of the NBCC Business Technology program specializing in Accounting. She began her career in accounting with Co-op Atlantic in 1985 and worked in various roles within the finance department for the next 18 years. In 2003, she left for the position of Accountant and Office Manager for Stantec Architecture (formerly Architecture 2000 Inc).
Shelley joined East Coast Dental Group in April 2021 and is looking forward to learning about the dental industry and ECDG’s exciting, fast-paced growth within this industry.
Vickie is responsible for financial reporting and accounting support for various holdings of East Coast Dental Group.
Vickie obtained her Accounting diploma from Oulton’s Business College and began her accounting career at the offices of Edward R. Fowler, Chartered Accountants. Working in public and private accounting for many years, she gained valuable experience and a solid knowledge base in all aspects of accounting.
Her first love is accounting, her second is hockey. It was through her association with a Jr. A Hockey team that she met Dr. Daniel. She began working for Dr. Daniel in March 2015 and her adventure in accounting for Dentistry began. She learned a lot about this industry in the first couple years and as the dental network grew, so did the Accounting and Finance Team. Vickie is proud to have been a key member in the formation and structuring of East Coast Dental Group and is excited for the growth opportunities available within ECDG.
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Rachel obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2010 from Paulista UNIP University in Brazil and has more than 5 years of experience working in insurance companies in different roles that allowed her to develop my skills. She joined East Coast Dental Group in April 2022 and is excited to be part of the ECDG family and looking forward to learning about the dental industry.
She enjoys spending time outdoors, meeting new people, and exploring new places in her free time.
Accounts Payable Clerk
Allison joined East Coast Dental Group in June 2022 as an Accounts Payable Clerk. A graduate of NBCC Moncton, she developed an interest in manual accounting and completed the Accounting and Payroll Administration course before entering the workforce. East Coast Dental Group has allowed her to continue the pursuit of that interest and acquire new skills and firsthand knowledge while managing accounts payable. She particularly enjoys the excellent rapport and ease of communication with her colleagues at every level of the organization, and she is excited to contribute to the growth of East Coast Dental Group.
When not working, Allison appreciates the company of her friends and family, spontaneous road trips across Atlantic Canada, and caring for her garden and houseplants.
After graduation, she worked as a personal banking officer at RBC Royal Bank from 1996-2009 managing personal banking portfolios. She has since worked in orthodontic and oral surgery offices as an office administrator.
In addition to her duties as Executive Assistant, Carmen also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family.
Office Manager & Project Coordinator
Anarella Medina is a former Teacher (B.Ed) originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to Canada in 2005. Anarella worked in schools for 20 years teaching English as a Second Language and ventured into the corporate world 8 years ago when she moved with her family to Moncton.
Anarella is very personable and had an opportunity to grow and develop her people skills while performing as a Team Lead, Supervisor and Manager when working for ExxonMobil. She also had a chance to participate in several recruitment processes and to coach her teams in career development and through mentoring programs. She always focuses in using her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard.
Anarella is inspired daily by her husband Alejandro and their two kids. She is a busy mom who spends most of her days in basketball courts or driving kids back and forth to practices, but whenever there is a chance, she likes to go for outdoor family or solo walks and listening to music.