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About Us

Meet our team of friendly dental professionals led by Dr. Derek Thiessen. Our mission is to provide the latest in dental services and innovations for our patients and to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for all ages.

Dr. Derrek Thiessen

Dr. Derek Thiessen was born and raised up on a mixed grain and cattle farm a few minutes south of Swift Current. He graduated from the Swift Current Comprehensive High School in 2007 and moved to Saskatoon to pursue his university education. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College Of Dentistry in 2013 and has been practicing dentistry in Swift Current since.

Dr. Thiessen is married to his lovely wife Jillian and they have three children, two boys, and a little girl. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching minor hockey, woodworking, helping on the family farm, playing trumpet, and traveling.

Recently Dr. Thiessen joined the part-time faculty at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry where he supervises and educates third and fourth-year dental students. Dr. Thiessen is currently the President of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. He has served as Chair for several CDSS committees including the Advertising Review, Finance, Governance, and Quality Assurance committees. He is also the former president of the Southwest Dental Society. Dr. Thiessen is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, a Pre-Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, an associate member of the International Association for Orthodontics, and is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Thiessen’s favorite dental procedures are wisdom tooth extractions and implant placements with IV sedation.

Dr. Alison Phillips was born and raised in Regina and attended the University of Regina where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Following this, she moved to Saskatoon to attend the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Phillips is currently a member of the Canadian Dental Association and the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan. In her spare time, Dr. Phillips enjoys staying active through running and traveling, tackling amateur art projects, and spending time with family and friends at the lake during the summer.

Please join us in welcoming Swift Current’s newest resident. Dr. Phillips is accepting new patients and dental emergencies. Call the office to schedule your appointment today!

Cara is from Gull Lake and completed her Dental Assisting Certificate in 2000 at SAIT in Calgary. She then proceeded to work in Alberta until 2016 when she relocated to Swift Current with her family. Cara spent her first four years at First Ave as a receptionist and treatment coordinator but has made the jump back to chair-side assisting with Dr. Thiessen. She enjoys her work in the dental field and when not working, she spends time with her husband and three children. Cara also enjoys spending time at their family cabin in Cypress Hills.

Dental Assistant

Alisha was born and raised in a small town north of Swift Current. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program in 2011. Outside of work, Alisha enjoys working on her family farm, riding her horse, traveling and spending time with her family.

Dental Assistant

Taylor was raised here in Swift Current. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Dental Assisting program in 2021. She first worked in our office during her practicum, but we liked her so much that we hired her as soon as she finished her education. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys riding horses, creating jewelry, and spending time with the people she loves!

Dental Assistant

Cara is from Gull Lake and completed her Dental Assisting Certificate in 2000 at SAIT in Calgary. She then proceeded to work in Alberta until 2016 when she relocated to Swift Current with her family. Cara spent her first four years at First Ave as a receptionist and treatment coordinator but has made the jump back to chair-side assisting with Dr. Thiessen. She enjoys her work in the dental field and when not working, she spends time with her husband and three children. Cara also enjoys spending time at their family cabin in Cypress Hills.

Dental Assistant

Alisha was born and raised in a small town north of Swift Current. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program in 2011. Outside of work, Alisha enjoys working on her family farm, riding her horse, traveling and spending time with her family.

Dental Assistant

Kass was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK. She completed her Dental Assistant program in 2011. After working for several years, she decided to continue her dental knowledge by completing her Dental Hygiene program in 2017. She enjoys spending time on her ranch with her hubby, her son, and their dogs, as well as hunting, fishing, and making custom cakes.

Dental Hygienist

Taylor was raised here in Swift Current. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Dental Assisting program in 2021. She first worked in our office during her practicum, but we liked her so much that we hired her as soon as she finished her education. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys riding horses, creating jewelry, and spending time with the people she loves!

Dental Assistant

Cori is from Battleford, SK. She completed her dental assisting certificate in 2015 at SIAST in Regina. After working a few years in Saskatoon, she and her husband now call Swift Current home. Cori enjoys keeping active; whether that’s doing a workout at home or going for a walk outside. When she’s not in the office she likes to travel with her husband and daughter or spend time with friends and family.

Dental Assistant

Shelly grew up in Quispamsis, NB. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax and completed a Bachelor of Science degree as well as the Dental Hygiene program in 1998. After working several years in the Maritimes, she relocated to Saskatchewan with her husband and two kids. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play sports, and traveling.

Dental Hygienist

Kass was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK. She completed her Dental Assistant program in 2011. After working for several years, she decided to continue her dental knowledge by completing her Dental Hygiene program in 2017. She enjoys spending time on her ranch with her hubby, her son, and their dogs, as well as hunting, fishing, and making custom cakes.

Dental Hygienist

Cori is from Battleford, SK. She completed her dental assisting certificate in 2015 at SIAST in Regina. After working a few years in Saskatoon, she and her husband now call Swift Current home. Cori enjoys keeping active; whether that’s doing a workout at home or going for a walk outside. When she’s not in the office she likes to travel with her husband and daughter or spend time with friends and family.

Dental Assistant

Shelly grew up in Quispamsis, NB. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax and completed a Bachelor of Science degree as well as the Dental Hygiene program in 1998. After working several years in the Maritimes, she relocated to Saskatchewan with her husband and two kids. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play sports, and traveling.

Dental Hygienist

Stephanie is from Meyronne, SK. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at SIAST in Regina in 2008 and the dental assisting program before that in 2002. She has spent the last 13 years as a hygienist right here in Swift Current serving our wonderful community. In her spare time, Stephanie loves spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play sports and volunteering for many different organizations.

Dental Hygienist

Tara was a dental assistant for 15 years before taking some time off to raise her 5 kids. She was born and raised here in Swift Current. After high school, she went straight to Sask Poly in Regina to pursue Dental Assisting. In her time off she can be found chasing her kiddos to their many activities. We are so excited to have her join the First Ave team!

Dental Assistant

Sasha was born and raised in Swift Current, SK. She completed her dental assistant program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, snowboarding, hiking, and traveling.

Dental Assistant

Kelsey is from Bengough, SK which she called home for 18 years. She grew up on a mixed farm where she enjoyed spending her time with the cows. After high school, Kelsey moved to Regina to pursue her Hairdressing Diploma. Upon graduation, she moved to Swift Current and worked as a journeyman Hairdresser for twelve years. She made her switch to the dental scene in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. Kelsey spends her spare time running her two daughters to their various activities or traveling back to her family farm.

Administrative Assistant

Jenna was born and raised right here in Swift Current. She enjoys staying active by playing hockey, snowboarding in the mountains and doing watersports in the summer. She also enjoys spending time at their family cabin at Lac Pelletier, her grandma’s farm and travelling. She plans to further her education in Dental Assisting in the near future.

Administrative Assistant

Cass was born and raised in Swift Current. She completed her nursing degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. After graduating, she returned home and has worked at the Cypress Regional Hospital for 11 years. For the last 3 years, she has been working in the emergency department and intensive care unit. On her days off, Cass spends her time on her acreage with her hubby, two kids and boxer. At First Avenue Dental, Cass assists Dr. Thiessen during IV sedation appointments.

Registered Nurse

Stephanie is from Meyronne, SK. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at SIAST in Regina in 2008 and the dental assisting program before that in 2002. She has spent the last 13 years as a hygienist right here in Swift Current serving our wonderful community. In her spare time, Stephanie loves spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play sports and volunteering for many different organizations.

Dental Hygienist

Tara was a dental assistant for 15 years before taking some time off to raise her 5 kids. She was born and raised here in Swift Current. After high school, she went straight to Sask Poly in Regina to pursue Dental Assisting. In her time off she can be found chasing her kiddos to their many activities. We are so excited to have her join the First Ave team!

Dental Assistant

Sasha was born and raised in Swift Current, SK. She completed her dental assistant program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, snowboarding, hiking, and traveling.

Dental Assistant

Kelsey is from Bengough, SK which she called home for 18 years. She grew up on a mixed farm where she enjoyed spending her time with the cows. After high school, Kelsey moved to Regina to pursue her Hairdressing Diploma. Upon graduation, she moved to Swift Current and worked as a journeyman Hairdresser for twelve years. She made her switch to the dental scene in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. Kelsey spends her spare time running her two daughters to their various activities or traveling back to her family farm.

Administrative Assistant

Jenna was born and raised right here in Swift Current. She enjoys staying active by playing hockey, snowboarding in the mountains and doing watersports in the summer. She also enjoys spending time at their family cabin at Lac Pelletier, her grandma’s farm and travelling. She plans to further her education in Dental Assisting in the near future.

Administrative Assistant

Cass was born and raised in Swift Current. She completed her nursing degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. After graduating, she returned home and has worked at the Cypress Regional Hospital for 11 years. For the last 3 years, she has been working in the emergency department and intensive care unit. On her days off, Cass spends her time on her acreage with her hubby, two kids and boxer. At First Avenue Dental, Cass assists Dr. Thiessen during IV sedation appointments.

Registered Nurse

Jenna grew up in Hodgeville, SK. She attended Medicine Hat College where she obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree through U of C. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 11 years and is very passionate about helping others. She worked in Saskatoon before relocating to Swift Current with her husband and three children. Jenna enjoys camping, and spending time with friends and family. Jenna monitors our patients while Dr. Thiessen performs IV sedation.

Registered Nurse

First Avenue Dental - Swift Current, SK

Registered Nurse