Scheduling your first visit
At your first visit
Your initial consultation will be led by one of our two Treatment Coordinators, Christi or Loretta. During this consultation, we will:
Your initial consultation will be led by one of our two Treatment Coordinators, Christi or Loretta. During this consultation, we will:
I graduated from the Business Administration Program at Okanagan College in December 2020, and joined Shuswap Orthodontics in the following spring as the Financial Coordinator. I am responsible for finances, and administrative tasks while working alongside Melissa at the reception desk. My position here has been a great opportunity to highlight my schooling credentials, take on new challenges, and develop my skills both in and out of the office. I am grateful to be a part of such a dynamic team; I’m happy to play a role in keeping the workplace a positive, efficient, proactive, and purposeful place.
Although I was born and raised in the Greater Vancouver Area, I have grown to adore it here and admire Shuswap Orthodontics’ continuous effort of supporting locally and contributing to the community. When I’m not at the workplace I enjoy cooking, baking, playing games with friends, and going on drives to appreciate good music and the beautiful scenery the Shuswap has to offer.
I am new to the dental field and am absolutely loving it and being a part of the Shuswap Ortho team! Dr. Broadwell is exceptional at what he does and always has the patient’s best interest at heart. I am proud to be working with such a great group of people who make coming to work fun!
At the office you will find me assisting Dr. Broadwell during patient appointments, sterilizing, and running our in-house lab, which includes 3D printing. Currently I am studying to become a Certified Dental Assistant. I am enjoying the challenge and am never bored! There is always something new to learn.
My husband George and I have two awesome kids, Gemma and Austin. We love living in the Shuswap and enjoy the outdoors. Our favorite past times are camping, quading, fishing and gardening. There is no other place we would rather be!
I am usually the first and last person you see when you come to our office. I greet our patients and parents when they come in for appointments, and help coordinate their next appointment. I’m also the one who generally answers your questions over the phone and helps with your insurance. The most exciting thing I do is plan fun events, like our Halloween Candy Buy Back and our Easter Egg Hunt! Above all, however, I love my job because, between my coworkers and all our patient families, I have gotten to know so many amazing people. So, when you come in, I truly hope that you love our office as much as I do.
I grew up in the Lower Mainland and the Philippines—I even lived in the middle of the rainforest, where my school was surrounded by fields of rice. After graduating high school in Manila, I moved back to Vancouver, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Psychology. I then spent a year in Fort McMurray, before finally settling in Blind Bay, where my partner, Trevor, and I now have a house and cat named Garth.
I earned my dental assisting certificate from Okanagan University College in 1996 and completed my Orthodontic Module in 2002 from the University of British Columbia. As a member of our assisting team, I work hard to ensure that all patients feel comfortable and valued, whether they are just starting out with records or getting their braces removed. It is so gratifying to see how a beautiful smile can improve the self-esteem of our patients.
Our office is proud to be a positive part of our community. Dr. Broadwell strives for perfection; he cares about his patients and his results are amazing. Our team accomplishes so much in a day and has time for everyone who passes through our doors. We constantly work to provide the best care for each and every patient.
My husband Brent and I have two sons, Ethan and Isaac, as well as three crazy cats. As a family, we spend our time dirt biking and playing lacrosse. When I have free time, I enjoy the many hikes in the Shuswap area thanks to the local Trail Alliance, the many beaches, and all that makes this the most beautiful place on earth.
My journey into orthodontics began as a clinical assistant and I was hooked right away, I loved being a part of a team that worked together to create perfect smiles. I then became a certified dental assistant at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2014 and took the orthodontic module at UBC in 2015. I worked in an orthodontic practice in Abbotsford for 4 years before my husband and I moved to the beautiful Shuswap and I was lucky enough to join the team here. My job is so rewarding as I get to form relationships with patients and see them through every step of their journey to a beautiful smile!
I live in Blind Bay with my husband, Matt, and our two cats. We are so thankful to be able to call the Shuswap home. Outside of work I love spending time camping, hiking and enjoying the lake!
I am here to assist patients and parents during their initial office visit and ensure their experience is both pleasant and informative, and that when they leave the office, they have all the information they need to proceed and feel confident in the decision they are making. I started working in our office in 1989 as a non-certified assistant, then took my Orthodontic Module at UBC in 1992. I have truly worked in every single position in the office from sterilizing, assisting, reception, financial, and now treatment coordinator and office manager.
We have an amazing team in that we truly all enjoy each other and really do have fun each and every day we come in to work. I have been so fortunate to work with two doctors that do incredible work and are passionate about their profession, and a staff that all strive to make every patient feel comfortable and well cared for.
My daughter, Kasey, and I are fortunate to be living in the county and enjoy camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and gardening. When we are not off exploring, we can be found spending time with family or playing around with the horses, always with our dog, Mischief, in tow.
As an orthodontist, I am able to make my patients’ lives better by improving their bite and smile. This is a life-changing experience for so many, and one that has changed my life as well. I can’t imagine the thought of not coming in to work each day to see so many smiling faces, let alone retirement! Orthodontics has truly been a wonderful profession.
Our team is exceptional; they really care about our patients, and I can tell it’s not just a job for them. We have a lot of fun working together! Their combined years of working together averages over 25 years each. I think that is amazing and says so much about their dedication to our profession and caring for patients.
I also feel so fortunate to have Dr. Brian Broadwell join our practice. He is very exceptional and brings a new dimension of orthodontic care to our community. I feel the Shuswap area is very fortunate to have him and his family join our community.
I first became interested in a healthcare career when I was quite young. My grandmother had two brothers who were specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and medicine was talked about a lot. I was further influenced when I was in high school and a close friend had orthodontic treatment. He was a cleft palate patient and orthodontic treatment dramatically changed his personality and his life. It’s a change I’ve seen many times in my own patients.
After earning my BSc in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1966, I continued on to receive my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, in 1970. In order to specialize in orthodontics, I earned my Graduate Degree in Orthodontics in Oregon in 1976.
I have always had a passion for learning, and that didn’t stop after my formal education was complete. I graduated from the FACE Foundation/Roth-Williams in 1984 and I am still active in the Roth Williams Study Club in San Francisco. I have also attended a Roth Study Group in Vancouver for 25 years. A typical day there is an intense meeting were we forget about food and drink for eight to nine hours and come away exhausted but revitalized.
Every day that goes by leaves me feeling blessed to have lived in the Salmon Arm or Shuswap area on a large acreage or farm for the last 44 years. I feel fortunate to have travelled the world but no matter where I go, Salmon Arm remains, in my opinion, the best place in the world to live. It’s interesting for me to hear from so many people in our community who say the same thing about the Shuswap region.
My wife of 45 years, Judy, has made my wonderful life possible. Not only did I find heaven on earth but also being able to spend it with my best friend and kindred spirit. How could it get any better? In addition, I have two amazing children, one of whom, Jamie, lives just down road with his family and two children, Toby and Rose. My daughter Laurie lives in the Vancouver area with her husband Rod and daughter Neve. Pets are many and include horses, dogs, and several cows and calves. We live on the outskirts of Salmon Arm with an amazing wildlife area and corridor crossing our property.
You will likely find me farming or ranching when I am not at the office. Judy and I have recently started The Marionette Winery with our son and his wife, so we will be busy out in the vines or in the winery for the next few years.
I am passionate about so many things and am so lucky to have a life full of so many things I love: helping my kids with building or fixing up their homes and properties; traveling and golfing with my wife; horses and riding in the mountains; spending time with my grandchildren; playing a game of pool with a couple of good friends.
For me, being an orthodontist is the best job in the world! I get to help people look better and improve their confidence. We also take great pride in our ability to create a healthy and stable bite, which is just as important as a fantastic smile! Our patients are happy to be here, and that makes for a fun work environment. We are serious about orthodontics…but we don’t take ourselves too seriously!
The team here at Shuswap Orthodontics is the core of the practice. I am the architect of your smile, and they are the contractors. I could not do this without them, and I consider the team as my partners on a mission to enhance lives.
Ok, here is where I brag about myself a bit!
After completing my undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University, I attended dental school at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. I went on to practice general dentistry for 7 years while earning two fellowships along the way. I was then accepted to a five-year combined residency program in Orthodontics (tooth movement) and Prosthodontics (tooth replacement) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where I was chief resident and recipient of the Patel Award in Orthodontics. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and am one of the few dual-certified orthodontist / prosthodontists in the United States.
I typically acquire over 100 hours of continuing education per year. My wife would call it an obsession, but I have always enjoyed learning and teaching. Throughout my career, I have been awarded four different fellowships in dentistry and have successfully challenged five different boards. I have given several presentations to various dental associations in North America and abroad.
At this time, my efforts in continuing education focus on contemporary orthodontic techniques, temporomandibular joint disorders, and growth modification for the purposes of facial balance and airway improvement. Knowledge is truly power, and in healthcare, power translates into helping people. The more you know, the more you can leverage information to improve lives. And improving lives feels pretty cool!
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Fellow, Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Orthodontics)
Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
American Association of Orthodontists
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
American College of Prosthodontists
American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
American Dental Association
Canadian Dental Association
British Columbia Dental Association
I was born waaaay down in Louisiana, but I spent much of my childhood growing up in central Wyoming, playing hockey, soccer and doing a bit of skiing. It was during that time in my life when I fell in love with the mountains and snow (the wind, not so much!). I migrated back down south for educational purposes but always had a longing to get back to a cooler climate with four seasons.
I have been fortunate to be married to my lovely wife, Jennifer, since 2002. We have two very active children, Estelle and Oliver. We all enjoy spending time outdoors, biking and boating in the summer, and skiing at Revelstoke all winter. My family and I feel extremely fortunate to call Salmon Arm home. Every day in the Shuswap feels like we are on vacation. This is truly an outdoor paradise!
Thanks so much for your interest in our practice, and we look forward to meeting you in person!