Our Team

The professionals at Crystal Smiles dental clinic in Okotoks, Alberta are dedicated to the highest quality of patient service. Your satisfaction is our first priority and we strive to meet the unique needs of every patient.

Our Goal is to provide every patient with the best dental care available through excellence of service, modern technology, and an honest dedication to your dental health.

We are committed to our profession and actively participate in continuing education in the areas of clinical advancements, inter-personal communications and technology. We want to provide the most comfortable dental care that looks great and lasts for years to come.

Emergency appointments for any family member or new patients are always welcome in our Okotoks dental office. We pride ourselves on being able to successfully treat anxious and hard to manage dental patients utilizing advanced and proven techniques.

Our Dentists

I was born and raised in Oyen, Alberta where I attended grades 1 – 12. I continued post secondary education at Medicine Hat College. In 1995, I graduated with distinction from dentistry at the University of Alberta.I have worked in the small towns of Provost and Hanna, Alberta. In addition to owning half of Hanna Dental Clinic, I set up practice in my home town of Oyen in 1997. In 2001, I accepted a position at the High River Dental Centre. In June 2007 I opened Signature Smiles, and enjoyed building lasting relationships within High River and surrounding areas.

Continuing education is an essential aspect of the dental profession. I especially enjoy taking courses in management, occlusion, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, implant surgery and sedation. Supporting local businesses and the community in general is another huge priority to me. It is with great pleasure that I am able to now offer my services to a thriving community like Okotoks.

Here are some fun fact that I thought I would like to share with my patients… I have taken a few Spanish courses, that I would like to do more of so that I can become fluent.  I grew up on a farm, had a pet calf, and learned to drive when I was 12 years old.  While I had my practice in Hanna, Alberta I did dental work on Nickleback members.  Oh, and I cannot live without chocolate and popcorn… Yum!

Dr Jace James was born and raised in Lethbridge.
Dr. James enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his Black Lab Tito and well……all dogs.
His hobbies include running, hiking, cooking, volleyball and golf.
Dr. James played volleyball and golf when he was growing up and continued to play golf on the UBC team.
Dr. James received his Doctor of Dental Medicine at UBC and his undergrad in chemistry.
We have been very lucky to have Dr James, he brings strong values, ethics and a great sense of humor to the office.
Dr. James is excited to build strong relationships with his patients and be a part of the amazing community of Okotoks.
Please be sure to say hi next time you are in!

Dr. Richard Palmer is a native of Alberta who has been practicing dentistry in Calgary for the past 20 years. He received both B.Sc. and D.D.S. degrees from the University of Alberta and also received a degree in medicine from the University of Calgary. As a general dentist he focuses his treatment to primarily endodontic (root canal) treatments.

While putting himself through school, Dr. Palmer worked as a garbage man and as a ‘jug hound’ for a seismic company that worked in the high arctic.
He has a passion for cooking and finding new recipes which he shares with his lovely and devoted wife and the greatest of his accomplishments – his five wonderful children.

Dr. Barter was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador where Canadian charm runs amuck and which explains his magnetism and lust for life! Dr. Barter will make you feel at home in the dental chair and will take the time to answer any questions about the most complex procedure in terms that everyone can understand.

Dr. Barter served in the Canadian Armed Forces until 2010, acting as Dental Detachment Commander and Senior Dental Officer for Europe during his time with the military. The two year AEGD program provided him with advanced training in all specialty fields of dentistry, with an emphasis on surgical procedures.
Sharing knowledge is one of Dr. Barter’s joys. He was a clinical instructor at the University of Alberta from 2007 to 2010, supervising fourth year dental students in comprehensive dental care scenarios and acting as a clinical instructor for the IV sedation course as well.

Dr. Barter limits his practice to surgical procedures at Oasis Family Dental Centre.

His wife, Jill, is a dentist too and they have three wonderful children that keep them busy with extracurricular activities. Taxi!

Meet Dr. Sameer Syed, a dentist who’s never, ever had a cavity.
But, don’t let that intimidate you; It’s not simply because he’s so passionate about dental hygiene. He readily admits there’s a little bit of luck involved in his dental dominance.

“I inherited some good genes!”

That’s right, developing a cavity now and then shouldn’t get you down. There’s a little more to it than just dedication to tooth greatness. But, of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep brushing and flossing for optimum periodontal health!

Boyhood trips to the dentist sparked Dr. Syed’s love of dentistry. Yes, you read that right — Dr. Syed enjoys going to the dentist. The office was clean, it smelled good, and dental technology really impressed him.
“They were always really nice to me, too. All these things were positives to me, seeing what dentistry was all about. That played a big role in me wanting to become a dentist.”

Dr. Syed is a real knockout, too. No, we don’t mean like that! He’s focused his dental career on sedation. Dr. Syed cares for some of the most anxious patients that come to the office.

“I really want to get them to a place where they’re comfortable, so they actually look forward to coming, like I did. “That’s really gratifying.”
An arsenal of items are unleashed at his hands to ease anxiety, from medication, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and a soothing, calm voice. As well, he’s a super nice guy!

Dr. Syed graduated from a Buffalo, New York, dental school in 2004 and shortly after started practicing in Red Deer. In 2013, he headed north. He’d never been to Leduc, but quickly fell for it and the clinic he works at now. He could have taken an Edmonton position, but Leduc is just that awesome!

“You become part of the community. You care about it. They support you, and you want to give back. It’s more than a job, for sure.”

Recently, he’s taken up cycling, spending a lot of time in Edmonton’s river valley and he’s an avid ball hockey player.
Healthy body, healthy mind!

Our Team

I started my dental career in 1998 after completing the registered dental assisting program at Columbia College.  after working for many years in Airdrie with the same dentist, I took time off to spend with my twins.  With our recent move to High River I had the opportunity to work at Crystal Smiles.  I feel I have gained a new family! In my spare time I enjoy camping with my family, and riding my motorcycle.

My family and I have recently moved to Okotoks.  I have been working in the dental field for 15 years.  I love working with my new team at Crystal Smiles.  I am enjoying being closer to the mountains and seeing them everyday from the wonderful views in Okotoks.

I grew up in the Foothills community and am very thankful to be raising my 3 children along side my husband in the community.
I completed my registered dental assistant program at Columbia College in 2004, and have been working within the community since.
In my spare time you can find me camping, fishing and traveling with my family and friends.
I am very excited to be apart of the fun, caring team at Crystal Smiles and building “relationships” with our wonderful patients each and every day.

I have over 15 years experience in the dental industry and became a Registered Hygienist in 2004.  Having lived and worked in the Okotoks area for all of my career, I am very happy to be part of the hardworking team at Crystal Smiles.  It is very exciting to live and work in such a wonderful community with my growing family.  I look forward to providing you with the best possible dental care in meeting all of your oral hygiene needs.

I have lived in the gorgeous foothills community for 17 years.  My career in dentistry started in 2006.  After working for 6 months in the dental field, I discovered that I truly had a love for dentistry as I learned how important your oral health relates to your overall body health; this made me want to educate & help people understand the importance of proper oral care.  I’ve recently came back into the workforce after staying home with my children for 2.5 years.  I am very grateful and proud to say that I am a part of such an amazing team at Crystal Smiles.

I was born and raised in Nanton, AB. I graduated from KDM Dental College in 2004 receiving my certificate as a Registered Dental Assistant. I have been working with Dr. McMullen since graduation.

I am married to Miles Kiemele; a local livestock dealer and am the proud mom to my sons, Cooper and Logan. In my spare time I like to go to the gym and enjoy making wedding cakes for friends. I think of my co-workers as my extended family and enjoy being around them every day.

I grew up in Millarville and have been living in this area all my life. I have recently moved to High River with my husband Scott and we love the community. I received my registered Dental assistant program at KDM dental in Calgary. In my spare time my Husband and I love Hiking, camping, traveling or anything outdoors. I have a passion for caring for people and working in the dental field. Looking forwards to seeing you at Crystal Smiles!