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BRIDGEVIEW DENTAL TEAM!

Dr. Halpin

Our clinic is a family-run practice that my partner Dawn and I started, with a vision to provide amazing care to our community. Our plan was always for me to provide the clinical dentistry and she would manage everything, from patient care to administrative duties, on time and with relative ease. Together we built the practice from the "ground up", only having ourselves and a few family members and friends for patients when first opening back in the fall of 1999. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but now that the practice has grown and developed we are able to see the long-term benefits in our caring, competent staff as well as in our satisfied patients. No advertising we could invest in has provided us with new patients, as much as the positive word of mouth our now established patients have provided and we thank them for that.

Dentists

Dr. Andrew Halpin

Dr. Halpin obtained his bachelor’s degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Upon graduation, he played professional hockey in Europe and traveled extensively before entering dental school. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Dalhousie University in 1995. He won many awards including the Canadian Dental Association Presidents’ Award – an award presented to one fourth year dental student for leadership, scholarship, humanity and general good character. Dr. Halpin and his family lived in Ottawa for four years until an opportunity to establish a practice in Halifax presented itself in October 1999. This office is the result. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Halpin completed a teaching position at Dalhousie University. He has been an Associate Member of the International Association for Orthodontics since 2001 and in 2010, completed an upgrade in his credentials for Advanced Orthodontics. In 2006 he obtained additional training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea through the use of oral appliances, and also became a Certified Invisalign Practioner. In 2007 Dr. Halpin went from placing crowns on implanted teeth, to also surgically placing implants. In 2011 he began offering mini-implants to his patients, especially for denture stabilization. In 2018 Dr. Halpin purchased an iTero scanner to provide digital impressions for our patients and eliminate messy manual impressions. In 2020, Dr. Halpin purchased a 3D digital PAN/Ceph x-ray unit to better service and diagnostics for our patients. He recognizes the importance in providing the most current treatments, thus ongoing continuing education is a priority for all our staff. In his spare time, Andy spends time with his family, plays tennis and guitar, or can be found in a hockey arena coaching his children’s teams.

Dr. Ryan Murphy

Dr. Murphy was born and raised in Halifax, Dr. Murphy graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in 2008 and with his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2012. Following graduation he was one of two dentists selected to the Dalhousie General Practice Residency program. During his residency, Dr. Murphy had an opportunity to treat dental emergencies, gain experience in oral surgery and other hospital based rotations, and travel to Northern Labrador to treat under-served populations.  This one-year program is unique within Atlantic Canada, and one of only seven in the country. Dr. Murphy is able to provide Nitrous Oxide sedation for those patients who require it. He is very proficient in oral surgery procedures including extractions, wisdom teeth and surgical placement of dental implants. He is also a Certified Invisalign Provider. In 2020, Dr. Murphy began the process to complete his certification in straight wire orthodontics. In his free time, Ryan enjoys golfing, playing hockey, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Sarah, puppy Charley and two children.  

Hygienists

Melanie - Clinical & Orthodontic Coordinator

Melanie started work with us upon graduation from Dalhousie University in 2005, and provides excellent oral health care and education to our patients. She obtained her Orthodontic Certification in 2008 through the International Association for Orthodontics and is responsible for many aspects of our patients’ orthodontic care, as well as whitening trays and mouth guards.  She completed the College of Dental Hygiene of Nova Scotia Self-Initiation course in 2010 and in 2011 obtained her Local Anaesthesia, for the Dental Hygienist, Certification. Melanie is a thoughtful and caring practitioner who is excellent in working with patients of all ages, especially children. She does our dental supply ordering along with Melissa. In her spare time Melanie is busy raising her two children with her husband.

In 2020, Melanie took on the role of Orthodontic Clinical Coordinator to assist Dr. Halpin with his many orthodontic and larger clinical cases. In 2021, Melanie will no longer be providing chairside hygiene services. She will be moving into a permanent Clinical Coordinator position, working closely with Dr. Halpin as his right hand for orthodontic and larger clinical cases. 

Roxana - Hygienist & Orthodontics

Roxana filled in as our second dental hygienist while Melanie was on maternity leave in 2012. We liked her so much, we asked her to stay on in a permanent position after Mel returned. Roxana is an honours graduate of the Dental Hygiene program at Cambrain College in Sudbury, Ontario. She has over ten years experience working as a hygienist and also has orthodontic and children’s dentistry experience. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, is friendly and professional and looks forward to providing excellent oral care to our patients. Roxy completed the CD HNS Self-Initiation course in 2010 and in 2015 obtained her Local Anesthesia Certification for the Dental Hygienist. She obtained her Orthodontic Certification in 2016 through the International Association for Orthodontics and collaborates in keeping our orthodontic charts up to date. In her spare time, Roxana enjoys spending time with family and their dog Carly.

Fallon - Hygienist & Orthodontics

Fallon is an honours graduate of the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and moved back to Nova Scotia which is her hometown. She began working for us one day per week in January 2017 and our patients loved her so much, we offered her a full time position. She takes pride in her education and is dedicated to making sure all patients feel comfortable when under her care. Fallon graduated with her CD HNS Self-Initiation course and obtained her Local Anesthesia Certification for the Dental Hygienist in 2017. Fallon obtained her Orthodontic Certification in 2018. Fallon assists the Manager with our social media posts and is slowly becoming famous for her “Fallon’s Fun Friday Fact” on social media every Friday! Fallon is hardworking, friendly and excellent with our patients.

Heather - Hygienist

Heather joined our practice in August 2019, after filling in for a year-long maternity leave at another practice, to replace Pier Anne who moved out of province. Heather completed her Dental Hygiene Diploma at Dalhousie University in 2018, along with her College of Dental Hygienists of NS Self-Initiation Course and her Local Anesthesia Course. In her spare time, Heather enjoys exercising, spending time outside with friends and family and trying out new coffee shops! We are pleased to have Heather as part of the Bridgeview Dental team. She is gentle and kind and we look forward to all our patients getting to know her.

Treatment Coordinator & Assistants

Tanya - Treatment Coordinator

Tanya joined us in 2020 as our Treatment Coordinator, to replace Carrie who decided to pull away from the dental field to spend more time with her family. Tanya graduated from NSCC Dental assisting in 2004 and had a great career working as a Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant for 10 years. In 2014 Tanya decided to move into the administrative aspect of dentistry, bringing with her a wealth of clinical dental knowledge. Tanya is organized and very knowledgeable in dealing with dental insurance companies. She is dedicated to her position, believes everyone deserves to smile big and because of that she works extra hard to get each patient the bright smile they deserve. Tanya spends her spare time with her partner, two sons Nicholas and Lucas, and their beloved French Bulldog Tucker. Her other passions include kickboxing, hockey, and gathering with her family and friends.

Melissa - Dental Assistant & Front Desk

Melissa our Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant, graduated in 2001 from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. She has worked with us since 2002 and has the best memory in the clinic for faces and names. Melissa’s knowledge and experience allow her to address questions and concerns you may have about any dental procedures. Melissa works chairside with mainly Dr. Murphy and sometimes with Dr. Halpin. You will also see her working at the front desk as she is cross-trained to work both chairside and front desk tasks. Her kind approach and friendly smile always make our patients feel welcome and relaxed.

Haley - Dental Assistant

Haley graduated from Level 2 Dental Assisting at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology in 1999. Within a few months she moved to Ottawa where she practiced in both Orthodontics and General Dentistry. She also got married to her best friend. After 15 years Haley and her husband decided to come home to be closer to family and the ocean. As a dental assistant Haley enjoys helping people understand dental procedures and feel comfortable and relaxed. She is organized, intelligent and experienced. Sharing in volunteer work as well as spending time with friends and family are an important part of how she spends her downtime. In addition to working chairside, Haley handles our dental supply inventory system and all our ordering. We are blessed to have her as part of the Bridgeview Dental team!

Ting - Dental Assistant

Ting joined us in 2020 as a Level 2 Registered Dental Assistant, to work chairside with Dr. Halpin and Dr. Murphy. She graduated in 2019 from the Dental Assisting program at NSCC. Ting also has a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting and six years of working experience in customer service.

Ting moved to Canada with her parents in 2014 and has spent the past six years improving herself in this new environment. She has been steadfast in her educational pursuits and was able to persist through many challenges. Through much hard work, she was able to complete her dental assisting education successfully in Canada and settle into her new life.

Ting is able to effectively communicate in English and Mandarin and also speaks some French. She enjoys assisting patients by translating when they have questions about their teeth. Ting works part-time in our clinic on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She is an excellent chairside assistant who is extremely hardworking, always smiling and a huge team player. We are thrilled to work with her and excited to see her grow in her new role with us. In her spare time, Ting enjoys doing yoga, reading and spending time with her partner.

 

Office Manager & Support Staff

Dawn Halpin, Office Manager

Dawn was initially trained at Dalhousie University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse in renal dialysis and transplant from 1991-2000. She was responsible for aspects of human resources during her nursing career and when Dr. Halpin wanted to start his own practice in 1999, she was drawn into working with him to handle all business aspects of the clinic.

Dawn does it all, HR & payroll, bookkeeping, A/R, A/P, social media and all marketing for the clinic. She jumps in wherever she’s needed to support our team. She is our resident IT support too!

In addition to managing the dental office, Dawn is a choreographer for Dartmouth Dance Academy’s competitive dance team Fusion and is busy raising her and Andy’s four children.

She truly believes we have the best dental staff anywhere and feels that they are her second family.

Amy, Orthodontic Financial Coordinator

Amy joined us in the fall of 2017. She has a background of working in administration. She graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2005 and spent some time working at a radio station reading the weekend news on-air.

In 2018, Amy was promoted to Orthodontic Financial Coordinator after demonstrating her stellar organizational skills.

Amy is happy to be part of the team delivering exceptional customer service and in her spare time making “the best chocolate chip muffins,” at least according to her kids.

Amy is easygoing and very hardworking. She keeps our front desk on task. We love having Amy as part of our Bridgeview Dental front desk team!

 

Mary, Dental Receptionist

Mary moved to the east coast from Port Perry, Ontario in 2019 and quickly settled into our practice. She replaced Kathryn who returned to university for her dental degree.

Mary became a Certified Level 2 Dental Assistant in 2004 and has spent the past 15 years working in the dental field. She has lots of experience in dental administration.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, six chickens, dog, and snake!

Trina, Dental Receptionist

Trina became a part of our team in June 2020, when we reopened after our mandatory COVID closure. The clinic was so busy, we needed the extra assistance at our front desk.

She brings with her more than 25 years of business administrative experience, with 14 years of experience being in dental administration. Trina is responsible for scheduling patient appointments, assisting with payments and answering any inquiries patients may have during their treatment journey. Trina also has experience as a sterilization technician at her previous positions.

In her spare time, Trina and her partner Jeff enjoy travelling, golf, kayaking, hiking, curling, biking and skiing. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and snuggling with her two cats Charlie and Google.

 

Sharen, Accounts Receivable

Sharen assists patients at our front desk and assists the manager with A/R. She brings over 25 years of experience running a business and working in the dental field!

Sharen is usually the one to contact patients after an appointment if there is an issue with their insurance or for any outstanding balances.

Sharen is hardworking – we have to try and force her to take a break – and always has the best, positive attitude. We love having her as part of our team.

In her spare time, Sharen is busy with her grandchildren.