Meet the Team
Our Registered Dental Hygienists have a combined total of over 40 years of clinical experience.
Leah Verstraete R.D.H.
With more than 10 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Leah has honed her skills and passion for dental hygiene. After receiving her Diploma from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries, Leah went onto additional training in the dental field of Neuromuscular Dentistry, Laser Therapy for Periodontal Applications, Guided Biofilm Therapy, and Ozone Therapy. As a teeth whitening practitioner, Leah has been able to combine her dental hygiene experience with dental aesthetics thus creating Smile Blanc. Leah is passionate about healthy living which for her includes a love of healthy cooking, juicing, running, and yoga. A fun fact about Leah is that she used to be a Senior Dancer with the Young Canadians.
Elaina Rigoni R.D.H.
Elaina has always been passionate about teeth, knowing she wanted to pursue a career in the dental field from a young age. With over 6 years working as a hygienist, that passion has continued to grow. She is fully certified in Guided Biofilm Therapy and a local partner with Oral Science. Elaina will leave your teeth sparkling clean bringing you all the tools you need to keep your teeth feeling wonderful both in the clinic, and at home! A fun fact about Elaina is she has two dental implants!
Meet Nada. She is a registered Dental Hygienist, certified laser and orofacial myology provider. Over her 28 years in dentistry, Nada has contracted her skill set for clinics throughout Calgary and the surrounding area. She has been in many different dental settings but especially loves honing in on treating periodontal disease, improving facial esthetics without surgery and
focusing on prevention for overall health. Nada diversified her skills to include practice management and consulting, as well as inspiring clinical teams. She is a passionate dental healthcare provider and an incredible addition to our
dental hygiene team! Fun fact, Nada is a busy mother of two. She and her family enjoy skiing, hockey and mountain
biking. She can also be found teaching indoor cycling classes in Calgary.
What’s Powering Smile Blanc
Thank you for your interest in Smile Blanc. For those of you whom I have not yet met, my name is Leah Verstraete and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist, and the Owner of Smile Blanc.
My passion in dental hygiene grew from an enjoyment of visiting the dentist as a child, but I would never have thought that my career path would be based on something so simple.
In 2010, I attended the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries; I remember being a fresh High School graduate crying at the airport, apprehensive of attending school away from home, and branching out towards a goal almost unattainable to me at the time. I often look back at this time in my life as a reminder of how far I have come – from a young 18-year-old with fears about the future, to 10 years later, opening my first hygiene location, Smile Blanc.
My time at school taught me patient compassion; one my favourite memories was cleaning the teeth of people faced with homelessness. This experience provided me with Smile Blanc’s guiding principles; to always treat people with kindness, empathy and dignity. Our new clinic will focus on ensuring patients feel comfortable with their services such as comfortable hygiene and patient confidentiality.
Smile Blanc was first conceptualized when I found myself becoming interested in the natural side of teeth whitening. The clinic I was working with at the time did not provide teeth whitening services to patients and I took the initiative to pitch the idea of after hour whitening services. Because of my motivation to provide clients with the ultimate experience with regards to teeth whitening, Smile Blanc saw an increase of over 200 patients. This demand made me realize the needs of the services I could provide, and the potential of a privatized dental hygiene clinic.
Starting February 2021, Smile Blanch will offer patients a full-hygiene service without the additional costs associated with seeing a licensed dentist. Dr. Mostafa who is a licensed dentist and orthodontist will be providing overarching support to the clinic with affordable Invisalign, and Dr. Palmer providing Injectables. Should you require any restorative dental work, Smile Blanc can refer you to one of our partners to ensure you are getting the care required or you can seek the dentist of your choice.
I would like to thank my existing clients for their positive feedback over the years and encouraging me to take this leap into the next phase of my career.
Contact Smile Blanc
It’s easy to get in touch and book an appointment. Please email us below to request an appointment time.
We are located on the retail level of the SODO residences in downtown Calgary. Street parking is available on 10th Street, please let us reimburse you if you choose to do so. Parking lot available under Marriot Residences Hotel via INDIGO. Text or call us today!