Our patients come first and we strive to provide the absolute best of orthodontic care to all our patients in a fun and welcoming environment. We treat all of our patients like we would treat our own family members! We take pride in our friendly, compassionate and highly trained team members. We ensure that each of our team members are extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and fully certified for their positions and that each team member is the kind of person that always has the patient's best interest at heart so that together we can provide the best possible care to each individual. Our patients come first! Always.
We are interested in your feedback and each and every one of us wants to know if there is anything at all we can do to make you feel more comfortable each step of the way to a beautiful new smile.
Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and multiple certifications, and each one of our team members has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We are all trained in the latest orthodontic technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and conferences both locally and across North America.
Sharon – Manager
Sharon brings her many years of experience, her smile and her sense of humor to our office, and her great love of people has made her an asset to our team. She is quick and effective in any task she becomes involved with. She has worked in the Customer Service / Marketing industry for over 25 years and has been managing our office since 2015. Sharon enjoys being part of our team and her main goal is to ensure our patients' experience is the best it can be. Sharon is always happy, here to chat with you and make sure your orthodontic journey is wonderful with us. If there is anything we can do for you, Sharon would love to help! In her spare time, Sharon enjoys activities that include the beach, kayaking, walking, traveling, and baking. More importantly, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Bethany – Registered Dental Hygienist
Bethany is a graduate of Dalhousie Dental Hygiene program and has been with our practice since November 1993. You may see her to have braces placed, Invisalign aligners started, for your adjustment visits and/or to have your braces removed. She is very knowledgeable in clinical orthodontics and is very gentle and compassionate with all our patients. Bethany works with Dr. Erickson and Dr. Barnard and will ensure your clinic visits are comfortable and fun! When she is not at work, she enjoys family time, running, and travelling. She just completed her first full marathon in 2014!
Lisa – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lisa is a graduate of the Dalhousie Dental Hygiene program. She has worked in orthodontics for more than 35 years, and she joined our office in April 2009. You will meet Lisa once your orthodontic treatment begins to have your braces placed, and for your braces or Invisalign adjustment visits. Lisa is known for being very gentle and polite and her knowledge of clinical orthodontics shines through at each visit. Lisa works with Dr. Erickson and Dr. Barnard in the clinic. Lisa is a Mom to Laura and Brett, and Nana to Brooklyn. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, biking and reading.
Shauna – Registered Dental Hygienist
Shauna is originally from Antigonish, Nova Scotia but calls Halifax her home since graduating from the Dalhousie Dental Hygiene program in 2004. She joined our practice in March 2012. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working in many fields of dentistry, including orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and general dentistry. Aside from working at Bedford Orthodontics, Shauna is an instructor at the Dalhousie School of Dental Hygiene. Shauna is highly skilled in clinical orthodontics and will make you very comfortable with her friendly and caring manner. You may see Shauna when you start your orthodontic treatment, and for braces or Invisalign adjustment visits. She loves to travel with her husband, to spend time with family and friends, and to be a part of creating beautiful, healthy smiles!
Kara – Registered Orthodontic Assistant
Kara has been with Bedford Orthodontics since November 2012. She graduated from NSCC-IT in 2010 from the Dental Assisting Level 2 program and has been working full-time as a Registered Dental Assistant since graduation. Kara might be the person who brings you into the clinic for your appointments and the person you will see for your initial photos and x-rays. Additionally you may see Kara for your retainers, or for your Invisalign scan. You will see Kara's clinical and people skills shine through every step of your orthodontic journey with us! Kara is very knowledgeable, friendly and outgoing. Kara grew up in the Halifax area where she currently lives with her dog, a Chihuahua named Khloe. In her spare time, she really enjoys playing with Khloe, going to the movies and is very involved in fitness, competing in fitness shows and going to the gym.
Amy – Administrative Assistant
Amy graduated from Mac Tech Distance Education in 2010, with a Certificate in Administrative Medical Computers. She chose online courses rather than in class so that she could stay at home with her oldest daughter, Ella. Soon after she graduated, she started working at Bedford Orthodontics part-time. Amy's friendly voice may be the one you hear when you call our office. She might also be one of the first persons you meet at the front desk that welcomes you to our clinic. Amy is our head Facebook administrator! She is the person to talk to if you have an achievement, a photo or anything else you would like to post on our fun and informative Facebook site. Amy also runs our office contests. After being off for a year on maternity leave with her second daughter, Audrey, she rejoined our office. Amy lives in Cole Harbour with her husband, Corey, and their two girls.
Paula – Dental Technician
Paula completed a Dental Technician course at NSIT several years ago, and joined our practice in March 2012. She is a perfectionist and she specializes in fabricating orthodontic appliances, including retainers which she custom makes in our office for our patients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and walks with her Golden Doodle, Bailey.
Jane – Treatment Coordinator
Born in England, Jane immigrated to Canada with her family and was raised in Alberta on a cattle ranch. She graduated from S.A.I.T. in Calgary as a dental assistant in 1989. Soon after graduating, she married Peter. They have been together over 25 years. They have twins, Paul and Sarah, and a dog, Max. Jane furthered her education by taking the orthodontic module at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2001. She worked for an orthodontist in Edmonton for five years as well as at the University of Alberta in the Orthodontic Graduate Clinic. She relocated to Halifax in 2006 with her family. She loves spending time with family and friends, travelling, reading and working out. She is very pleased to be the Treatment Coordinator for Bedford Orthodontics, where she has been working since February 2012. You will meet Jane when you come in for an orthodontic consultation. Jane is a very important member of our team– she will be there every step of the way through the consult and beyond. She will answer any treatment and financial questions you may have, she will help with orthodontic estimates that you may need and make sure the entire process is easy and fun!