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Meet The Staff


Clinical Trainer/Marketing Coordinator

Sarah started with Oasis Orthodontics in August 2011. She is currently working here as a Clinical Trainer, Orthodontic Assistant and Marketing Coordinator. She has a combined 12 years of clinical experience in both general dentistry and orthodontics.  Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she moved to Edmonton in 2009. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Confederation College in 2005 and started her career working in Pediatric Dentistry. Completing her Orthodontics Module upon moving to Edmonton at SAIT she started a new chapter in orthodontics. In her spare time she enjoys, cooking, travelling, going to the gym and starting endless home renovations/improvements that her husband has to assist in. They are loving parents to their three fur babies Diesel, Olivia and Molly.


Clinical Trainer/Marketing Coordinator

Samara started with Oasis Orthodontics in May 2012. She is currently working here as a Clinical Trainer, Orthodontic Assistant and Marketing Coordinator. She has 6 years of orthodontic experience. She graduated from Spruce Grove Composite High School in 2008 and from there took some time off to decide her career path. In 2011, she graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting Program. Samara and her husband are parents to their beautiful baby girl born in November 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, running and reading.


Treatment Coordinator/Orthodontic Assistant

Renee has been a Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator at Oasis Orthodontics since February 2013. She is fluent in both French and English. Renee grew up in New Brunswick where she graduated from Oulton’s College with honors in 2005. She then attended Holland College to obtain her Orthodontic Module, as well as, Vancouver Community College for additional training in chair side skills. Prior to working in orthodontics, Renee was also an assistant in remote Fort Nelson, BC. Renee enjoys crocheting, painting and sewing in her spare time. She likes to spend time outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting and camping with her husband and 3 dogs.


Orthodontic Assistant

Tenille began working at Oasis Orthodontics in May 2016 as an Orthodontic Assistant. She loves to learn, so she loves her job! She graduated from Onoway Jr/Sr High School in 2012. She then received her Dental Assisting Certificate from NAIT in 2013. After working in General Dentistry for 2 years, she received her Orthodontic Module in 2015. When she is not in the office, she enjoys reading, creating chocolaty desserts, volunteering with local youth groups and spending time with her husband.


Orthodontic Assistant

Tejada started at Oasis Orthodontics in August 2017. She was a wonderful addition to the team with her fun positive attitude! Tejada and her daughter moved out west to Edmonton in 2016. She was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, MB. Tejada graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Red River College in 2016. She started her career in general dentistry before figuring out that she loves: the world of orthodontics. She spends the days outdoors with her daughter or visiting her family in Manitoba.


Orthodontic Assistant

Kawther started here at Oasis Orthodontics in January 2017.She was born and raised in Calgary, AB.  She graduated from Ernest Manning High School in 2012.  In 2014 she graduated from SAIT.  She recently moved to Edmonton in 2016, shortly after getting married. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.  In her spare time she enjoys baking, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.  She also loves traveling with her husband.


Orthodontic Assistant

Heather started with oasis orthodontics in November 2018. She has 9 years of combined experience in orthodontic and general dentistry. She graduated from the Dental assisting program at Nait in 2010. She has two fur babies; Stella & Archer. She spends the evenings watching horror movies with her husband or binge watching real housewives. Heather enjoys quilting, reading and crocheting in her spare time.


Orthodontic Assistant

Anahi lived in Mexico for 16 years, moved to Edmonton and finished high school. I worked as a hairstylist/aesthetician for 10 years and loved working with people but it was time for a change. Did upgrading and went to Nait where I graduated from Dental Assisting May 2018. Started at Oasis Sept. 18th. When I'm not at Oasis or the hair salon I work out with my mom and finacè, I love to relax with my family plus 2 chihuahuas and watch TV series/movies, as well as spend time with family and friends.

Orthodontic Assistants


Marketing Coordinator

Jacqi started with Oasis in November of 2018 as the Marketing Coordinator. She will be taking the dental assisting program in March 2020. Jacqi is also a certified group fitness leader as has been teaching classes for over 15 years. She loves spending time with her family and two children, Liv & Kash.



Orthodontic Lab Technician

Linda is a Registered Dental Technician and has been a part of Dr. Knoefel’s team since 2005. She graduated from Ross Sheppard High School in 2000. She attended NAIT in 2003 and proceeded to graduate from the Dental Lab Technician Program in 2005. Linda is the proud mother of two beautiful sons Emmett and Elliott. Linda loves spending every waking moment with her family. She loves travelling and trying new foods and restaurants. She also has a passion for baking.

Lab Technicians


Clinic Operations Manager

Jennifer moved to Alberta from Montreal in 1972. She attended Jasper Place Composite High School followed by the NAIT Dental Assisting Program in 1985. She has an interest in travel ad completed a Certified Travel Agent course in 1988. Jennifer started her career with Empire Orthodontics, and has been working with Dr. Knoefel ever since he started practicing in 1999. She has over 30 years of experience involving clinical assisting, treatment coordinating and implementation of digital orthodontics. She is married with two very active boys who both play hockey and keep mom and dad very busy. Her other hobbies include walking, cycling and travelling.


Office Manager

Irene has been with our office since August 2010. After graduating high school, she took her Dental Assisting course at University College of the Fraser Valley in BC and completed her orthodontic module at the University of British Columbia. She has also taken many accounting courses through NAIT and online through the CGA programs. Irene enjoys scrapbooking, doing endless home renovations, spending time with her family and as of recent crafting homemade rustic wooden signs/clocks.


Scheduling Coordinator

Julie began her career with Oasis Orthodontics in February 2017. The Oasis world has not been the same since! Julie moved from Matapedia QC in 1995 on an adventure with her husband and 13 friends. They settled in Stony Plain where they began their life story. Julie has 2 daughters, Kasandra, her eldest, is completing her Master degree in French. Her youngest daughter, Sarah, is completing High School. Julie and her family have a lifelong love of volleyball. She keeps herself busy watching her daughters battle on the courts. She is an avid camper and loves taking advantage of the summer by setting up camp and having a good time with her loved ones. Julie makes it her mission to make others feel warm, welcomed and happy!


New Patient Care Coordinator

Dani started with Oasis Orthodontics in February 2017 as the New Patient Coordinator. Dani was born in Edmonton but lived throughout Alberta before her family settled in St. Albert when she was 13. She graduated from Bellerose Composite High School. Dani has two children. Her daughter, Mya, is completing her Education degree at Concordia University College. Her son, Marcus, is in Junior High School. Dani loves spending time with her family, and she keeps busy attending many sporting events with her children. You can catch her either watching her daughter play soccer or cheering on her son at the endless hockey events and school sports he participates in. She enjoys keeping busy! On her down time you can find her in her PJ’s with a Chai Tea Latte either watching reruns of Friends or a new movie! She loves travelling, taking walks, crafting and baking. Watch out for her as she has been known to be a bit of a prankster!!


Financial Coordinator

Cathlene was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and is a mom to two hyper boys. She is also a mom to three furry babies; two dogs and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys coaching soccer and spending time outdoors with her family. 


Scheduling Coordinator

Holly is a wonderful addition to our Oasis Orthodontic family. She began her career here in March 2018.  Holly was born and raised in Leamington, Ontario. Poor economy forced Holly to head out west to Edmonton with her long time boyfriend Randy and their two cats, Tris and Vito. Holly loves her cats, they are her children! In her spare time Holly enjoys playing with her cats, going to movies, her favourite movie is Rainman, and playing board games. Her favourite hobby is tracking and chasing storms. With her growing up beside the U.S. border she was lucky to be able to watch her team, the Detroit Red Wings.