Dr. Nathan Kennedy
Dr. Kennedy grew up all around the Lower Mainland, Burnaby and New Westminster mostly. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Pharmacy at UBC and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of Toronto in 2004.
Dr. Kennedy returned to Vancouver to practice immediately after graduating and worked as an Associate with both his father, dad, Dr. E Bruce Kennedy, and other dentists until October 2008, when he opened Smile Solutions Dental Centre.
Dr. Kennedy believes that the best part of his work day is laughter; dentistry isn’t always fun, but he finds that when one is surrounded by great people, it usually is. On his team, there is a lot of humour to brighten up the day.
He has four daughters ranging in age from early elementary to late high school, so most of his free time outside of work is spent with them and cheering them on in their activities, such as soccer, Irish dance and horseback riding. As for his hobbies, he tends to relax with a video game or a good book. He is also pretty involved with his daughter's school, White Rock Christian Academy, and Village Church.
Some interesting, little-known, quirky facts about Dr. Kennedy are that he has unusually stretchy cheeks and that long before he became a dentist, his dream job was to be a punk rocker. The closest he came was playing for the band at a local church for over 10 years. He still plays a bit of bass guitar from time to time.
Dr. Jennifer Hermesmann
Dr. Hermesmann grew up in Tsawwassen. She completed her undergraduate degree (BSc) in Biochemistry at UBC (1997) and received her dental degree (DMD) from UBC in 2005.
The favourite part of her day is coffee time. She loves being active and has run 15+ half-marathons and 2 marathons to date. Dr. Hermesmann also enjoys swimming, camping with her family, cooking, entertaining and working in her garden. An interesting fact about her is that she once worked at Starbucks. “Latté anyone?”
Dr. E Bruce Kennedy
Dr. E Bruce Kennedy has been a dentist since 1974 after graduating from McGill Dental School and, before that, Electrical Engineering (1970). He has been married to Catherine since 1976, and they have four grown-up children. The oldest is Nathan, who owns Smile Solutions Dental Centre.
Dr. Kennedy grew up in Lachine, Quebec, with his three younger brothers and was raised in an evangelical Christian family, and continues in that faith and tradition to the present. He moved to BC, where his father grew up after dental school.
Dr. E Bruce and Catherine Kennedy have had the privilege of working on short-term mission dental clinics in Haiti, Calcutta, Kenya, and Liberia. He practiced dentistry from 1976 to 2016 in partnership with Dr. Terry Coward at 54th and Victoria Drive in Vancouver and has worked part-time as an Associate in his son’s office since it opened in 2008. He enjoys learning new technology and techniques as dentistry continues to change.
He is a grandfather to 7 (so far), a part-time dentist, plays hockey in 70+ and 75+ leagues, golfs occasionally, and enjoys working in his vegetable garden.
Angela grew up in Guildford, Surrey, BC. She has a Community Support Worker Certificate from Kwantlen. She worked for 10 years in the field before going back to school and completing the Certified Dental Assisting program from VCC (Vancouver Community College).
Angela has been a CDA since 2003 and has worked at Smile Solutions Dental Centre since 2013. She got her CDA Prosthodontic Module at UFV (University of the Fraser Valley). She loves getting to know her patients and working with the Smile Solutions family.
When not at work, you can find Angela playing her guitar and singing with her family. She loves to read; it’s not hoarding if it’s books! Her dining room is full of musical instruments, and they can’t fit a table!
Megan grew up in Richmond, BC. She attended the Dental Assisting program at CDI College in 2005. She completed the Orthodontics module and UVF in 2009. She worked in Surrey and Vernon before settling in at Smile Solutions Dental Centre in 2009.
The best part of Megan’s work day includes connecting with patients and helping them reach their smile goals, and she loves the office snacks. Outside of work, she is usually busy shuttling kids around to different activities. When she does have spare time, she tries to fit in a spin class, spend time outside and bake.
Heidi grew up right here in the Lower Mainland. She graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2009.
Her best part of the day is snack time! Heidi loves adventuring outdoors, including climbing up a mountain or foraging at the ocean, kayaking and cycling, and camp hiking. She also loves crafting and reading. She is the mother to a cat named Boris and a dog named Jenny. Fun fact: Heidi was in the Canadian Armed Forces as a military soldier.
Sarah grew up in Abbotsford, BC. She graduated from UFU in 2020 with a CDA diploma. Before graduation, she worked in Surrey as a support worker helping teens with disabilities. Her best part of the working day is laughing with her patients and coworkers. When she is not working, she spends her time at the Yoga/Pilates studio, hiking trails, winery, or the beach in the summer.
Teresa has been a part of the Smile Solutions team from the very beginning. She began working for Dr. Kennedy in November 2008, only one month after the practice opened. However, this was not the first time she had worked with him since she had previously worked for his father, Dr. E.B. Kennedy, where Dr. Nathan Kennedy had been an Associate before opening his own practice.
Teresa has fifteen years of Dental Hygienist experience, eight of those with Dr. E.B. Kennedy. She enjoys keeping up to date with all the latest technologies in dentistry by attending continuing education courses. She has also been a member of the Greater Vancouver Dental Hygiene Seminars Study Club for thirteen years.
Outside of dentistry, Teresa spends most of her time with her family – she and her husband are raising three children: their son Marco and twins Julia and Sienna. She still manages to find time to go to the gym frequently, though, and if she does happen to find any spare time after that, she would spend it on cooking, reading, snowboarding or travelling.
Born and raised in the UK, Manj moved to Canada 27 years ago. Most of her career has been in the dental field. She started out as a Dental Receptionist, then became a Dental Assistant, and then Dental Hygienist.
Today, Manj has overall 23 years in the dental field. She believes that the best part of her day is working with great people and serving the wonderful community of White Rock.
Fun Fact: Manj loves yoga and meditation and wants to explore as much of the world as possible before she retires. She enjoys spending time with her family and close circle of friends.
Of mixed nationality (Taiwanese and Korean), Cynthia was born in Vancouver and grew up mainly in Canada, spending her middle childhood in Taiwan. She graduated from the UBC Dental Hygiene Degree program in 2018 and joined Dr. Kennedy’s practice in August 2018 after her graduation.
Smile Solutions Dental Centre is the first workplace of Cynthia’s career as a Dental Hygienist. She enjoys working collaboratively with her amazing team members in the practice, and she finds that this encourages her personal growth and experience as a healthcare professional. She is also passionate about providing effective patient-centred hygiene care with her up-to-date knowledge and skills, along with establishing a good rapport with her patients.
Outside of the office, Cynthia likes to go exercise at the gym or jog and walk along the beach. She also enjoys spending time watching movies, listening to music, and travelling to new places. Besides English, she can speak other languages fluently, including Mandarin and Korean.
Shanica joined the Smile Solutions team in 2018.
She grew up in Surrey, BC, and started her dental career as a Dental Assistant in 2010. Shanica pursued her Dental Hygiene career in 2013. Over the past 13 years in dentistry, Shanica has managed to build strong professional relationships with her patients and colleagues.
Shanica is very passionate about her work. Her favourite part of the work day is being able to make patients feel at ease when they are in her chair and helping them meet their goals for their oral health needs.
Outside of the office, you can find Shanica and her husband supporting local restaurants and breweries. She loves to cook, travel and spend time with her family and friends.
Fun fact: Shanica has lived in Toronto and Winnipeg, but there is definitely no place like home!
Harjeet was born and raised in BC and has been involved in the dental field for over 25 years. Initially, she practiced as a Certified Dental Assistant with her Orthodontic module for five years, during which time she learned to build and very much enjoy one-on-one connections with patients.
Consequently, Harjeet decided to become a Dental Hygienist and has had the pleasure of growing as a Hygienist for about twenty years. After several years of practicing Dental Hygiene, her passion grew, and she obtained her credentials as a college instructor and taught at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene.
Harjeet is a lifelong learner and, therefore, actively participates in continuing education courses, study clubs and conferences for ongoing professional development. She believes that it is a privilege to be engaged in serving the community, and she treats all patients like family with love and care.
Harjeet looks forward to helping patients achieve their dental goals with the latest cutting-edge technology in a respectful, friendly and caring environment. She is very excited and honoured to be a part of the successful team at Smile Solutions Dental Centre.
In her spare time, Harjeet enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, volunteering, hiking, skiing, yoga, and more recently, photography. If you ask her what her dance move of choice is, it would be the moonwalk.
Born in India, Visman moved to Canada with her family at the age of 10 and grew up in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene (BDSc) from the University of British Columbia in 2021. The best part of Visman’s work day is interacting with patients and helping them improve their oral health.
She likes trying new restaurants to dine at (her favourite cuisines are Italian and Indian), working out, travelling and spending time with family and friends. Visman is trilingual; she is fluent in speaking, reading and writing Hindi, English and Punjabi.
Kianna grew up locally, living in Brookswood and Cloverdale, and also spent a lot of time in White Rock as she graduated from Earl Marriott Secondary. Kianna became a Certified Dental Assistant in 2014 and has worked in Family Practice, Oral Surgery and Endodontics.
She received her Canadian Dental Anesthesia Assistant Certification (CDAAC) in 2015, which allowed her to assist with procedures requiring sedation. After five years of being a CDA, she decided to transition into dental hygiene and continued to work throughout her studies.
She was awarded for "overall highest achievement" in her graduating dental hygiene class.
She believes that the best part of her working day is interacting with all her patients. She loves talking to people and learning about their Iives. She also loves being outdoors when the weather is nice. She enjoys camping, paddle boarding and swimming. In the winter months, she loves curling up with a book and a cozy blanket.
Fun fact: Kianna loves watching B-rated horror movies. She describes them as sometimes so bad that they actually end up being good.
Meet the Team
Cheyenne joined the Smile Solutions Dental team a year after its opening in 2009. Born and raised in White Rock, she wanted to work in an awesome office as it was close to her home. She graduated from Vancouver Community College as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2000. With her strong work ethics, loyalty and warm personality, she has transitioned to the front end, where she helps to make the day go smoothly.
Outside of the office, Cheyenne lives in South Surrey with her two daughters and their Boxer.
Sharon was born in London, England and moved to White Rock when she was a baby. She grew up in Surrey, BC.
Sharon was a personal trainer and fitness instructor for more than 25 years. She then ventured off into the salon and spa industry and owned her own business in the Okanagan before moving back to White Rock in 2016. She has worked in the dental industry for the last 6 years.
The best part of her day is hearing the laughter amongst her peers, which shows they all love working here!
Outside of the office, you can find Sharon at the beach - she describes herself as a bit of a sun worshipper! She loves walking, working out, biking and spending time with her 3 beautiful children, granddaughter and her beloved friends.
In her words, she is a true “Limey”!
Jerine was born in Northern BC but grew up locally in Lower Mainland. She graduated Grade 12 from Semiahmoo Senior Secondary when it was located at 5 Corners. She also did a Tech 45+ course at Sprott Shaw Community College and a Dental Reception Course at Discovery Community College.
Jerine jokingly describes her best part of the day as when she gets something right.
She loves shopping.
Fun fact: Many would not know that Jerine was very flexible; she took acrobatics, doing a wide range of stunts from summersaults to back handsprings. Her favourite pastime was walking on her hands around the house!