Meet Dr. Rita Nijjer
Experience & Practice Focus
Dr. Rita was an associate dentist in Edmonton until 2009, when she founded Galerie Dental Care so she could serve the family dental needs of Beaumont and the surrounding communities. Passionate about general dentistry and the many ways she can help every member of your family smile with confidence, Dr. Rita consistently pursues knowledge about the latest improvements in dental technologies and techniques. When asked about her dental interests, Dr. Rita said, “I particularly enjoy orthodontic treatments – especially early treatment using Myofunctional Therapy to help your child’s growth and development to minimize the future need for more extensive management.”
Meet Dr. Mahesh Kalia
Meet Our Team
Erin is a long-time smiling star managing the front desk team at Galerie Dental Care. She is a NAIT graduate from the Dental Laboratory program and brings great administrative and clinical perspective to the team. Her vast dental experience and calm, caring manner helps patients with their scheduling, insurance, and financial questions and concerns.
“I feel fortunate to be part of such a dedicated and caring team. Having lived in the beautiful town of Beaumont since 1990, it is a pleasure to greet familiar faces and welcome new patients to our office. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, acreage living, coffee, and a good book.”
Mariel has been with Galerie Dental Care since we opened the doors in 2009. She started as Registered Dental Assistant and has grown into an administrative position where she provides day-to-day business support.
Mariel has had a lifelong career in dentistry and brings this wealth of knowledge and experiences each day to Galerie. Outside of her Galerie Dental Care family, you will find Mariel enjoying reading, sewing, summer camping, and most of all spending time with her family.
Jessika has been a fantastic addition to the Galerie Dental Care family. She brings with her a wealth of customer service and life experience. When you first meet Jessika, you can immediately tell she loves meeting and working with the great patients and families that choose Galerie for their dental care. You will recognize her sincere welcoming smile and effervescent personality. At Galerie Dental Care, we are all about, fun, smiles, and exceptional patient service in everything we do. Jessika reflects and exudes these core values to perfection.
Outside the office, Jessika is passionate about dogs and shopping. She is an outdoors woman … swimming, skiing, and hiking. She is also a student in the Design Studies Program at MacEwan University.
Registered Dental Assistants
Sarah has been part of the Galerie Dental Care team since 2011. She enjoys the constant learning she does as a dental assistant working with highly skilled dentists and is great with our family of patients. She is also certified in “scaling” which allows her to provide the children in our office with a relaxed and gentle cleaning while their parent or parents are having their teeth cleaned by one of our hygienists. This special skill provides families at Galerie Dental Care greater flexibility and scheduling options. Sarah is also certified in orthodontics. “I love helping patients obtain their perfect smiles and a healthy mouth.”
Outside the office, Sarah enjoys time with her husband and young family.
Charmaine is a Registered Dental Assistant at Galerie Dental Care. She also regularly helps at the front desk. A people person through and through, Charmaine is truly passionate about helping patients to understand their dental health needs and how best to achieve their goals for oral health.
Charmaine thrives on variety and appreciates the fact that every patient is a unique individual with his or her own specific wants, needs and desires. “It is a position that allows me to be constantly learning and challenging myself and it is certainly never boring!”
Away from the office, Charmaine and her husband are raising a baby and a busy, already-hockey-loving boy. They like to be outdoors as much as possible in the summer and can usually be found on a ball diamond; in winter it’s volleyball.
Kari is another Registered Dental Assistant at Galerie Dental Care. She is certified in orthodontics and helps facilitate the care of our orthodontic patients and has been a part of this amazing team since 2009. “I am so proud to be able to provide our patients with a high level of healthcare in an extremely fun and comfortable environment. I believe it is important to have fun at home and in the workplace. That is why I am so lucky to be a part of the Galerie Dental Care team.”
When not enjoying her work at Galerie, Kari enjoys spending time with her young son and husband. They love running around outside and being active. She has a passion for yoga, loves baking for others, and enjoys playing family games.
A Registered Dental Assistant at Galerie Dental Care, Katelynn had a background in Animal Health before making the transition into dental assisting. She really loves working with people who help her learn something new every single day while in the clinic. The staff and patients all feel like family to her since she is far away from her small home town in Saskatchewan. “Working in Beaumont feels like home and I’m excited for my future getting to know the town and all of the wonderful people who live here!”
When Katelynn isn’t at the clinic, you might find her with her friends at a concert, laughing at her nieces’ and nephews’ silly jokes, or walking through the river valley. She is excited to be part of a team that helps you achieve the smile of your dreams!
Registered Dental Hygienists
Nancy is one of our great Registered Dental Hygienists at Galerie Dental Care and has been an integral part of the team since we opened our doors in 2009. She has been a hygienist for more than 10 years, graduating from the U of A with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Dental Hygiene. Nancy possesses a calm and caring manner that our patients really enjoy.
Nancy has the unique ability to communicate with adults and children alike and has established long-term relationships with many of the great families that come to Galerie Dental. “I really pride myself on delivering very gentle, but thorough, dental hygiene care. Every day I feel rewarded when we, as a team at Galerie Dental, help motivate and empower people to improve and maintain their oral health!”
Outside of the office, Nancy enjoys time with her husband and two daughters, family outings, and travel.
Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist and Dental Hygienist, Rebecca graduated from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene in 2012. She has a passion for working with patients and helping them achieve optimal dental health. Shortly after joining the Galerie family, Rebecca became interested in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and learned the positive impact that it can have on the oral and facial development of children. Rebecca pursued this interest and received extensive formal Orofacial Myology training in 2016 and became Edmonton and surrounding area’s second Certified Orofacial Myologist with the International Association of Orofacial Myology in 2017.
At Galerie, we are very proud to have Rebecca provide Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy to those children and adults in need of this fantastic new option in preventive and functional care. “Often, providing therapy can prevent the need for more extensive and expensive treatments later in your child’s growth and development process. I am completely focused on helping every dental hygiene and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy patient to minimize the need for treatment of dental disease in the future.” Rebecca is all about prevention!
Raelene joined the Galerie Dental Care Hygiene Team in the fall of 2017. She brings 15 years of dental hygiene experience and a true passion for patient care. When you meet her, you experience her genuine commitment to help patients achieve optimal oral health, which in turn helps them achieve better overall health. Raelene’s career has been spent working in general practice focused in dental implantology, taking care of and maintaining dental implant health as well as helping patients maintain oral health in complex circumstances. The greatest satisfaction for Raelene comes from patients feeling comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair and getting to know them and their families on a personal level.
Raelene graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2003. Prior to that, she practised as a Dental Assistant after graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1999 with her dental assistant certificate.
Outside of work Raelene enjoys spending time with her husband and two very active boys. (Preferably on a beach in Mexico or in the mountains hiking and enjoying the views.) She is as passionate about the joys of family and life in everything she does personally and professionally.