About
Peak Dental

Peak Family Dental Centre Staff

Our friendly staff is our greatest asset. All of our dental assistants & hygienists are licensed professionals who keep up to date on current dental techniques & patient communication. They are dedicated to providing care for you & your family.

Since your comfort & health are our priorities, Peak Family Dental Centre’s staff is glad to assist you in any way. If you have any questions at all, from treatment options & sterilization to insurance concerns & paperwork, we’re here for you! We can assure you that you’ll enjoy your dental visit!

Dr. John Nesbitt, DDS

Dr. Nesbitt received his Bachelor of Science Degree & Dentistry Degree at Western University in London, Ontario. He has practiced in Cranbrook since 1980, when he chose to move to this most beautiful part of Canada. His practice philosophy is centered on providing high quality dental & oral care in a friendly & relaxed environment, with emphasis on cosmetics & excellent overall oral health. His team members are chosen with this in mind & they offer patients a warm welcome in this pleasant & quite informal atmosphere.

Dr. Tahereh Riahi

Dr. Tahereh Riahi, has been practicing general Dentistry since 1985 when she graduated from the Dental University of Mashhad Iran. Dr. Tara is passionate about her work and believes in performing dentistry in the most conservative, functional and cosmetic way possible. She wants her patients to have the best and most up-to-date techniques and options to choose from. This includes Implants and Aesthetic restorations. Her philosophy is: ”Everything begins with a Smile”!

Dr. Tahereh Riahi

Dr. Tahereh Riahi, has been practicing general Dentistry since 1985 when she graduated from the Dental University of Mashhad Iran. Dr. Tara is passionate about her work and believes in performing dentistry in the most conservative, functional and cosmetic way possible. She wants her patients to have the best and most up-to-date techniques and options to choose from. This includes Implants and Aesthetic restorations. Her philosophy is: ”Everything begins with a Smile”!

DR. AKBAR KHAIAT DDS, MSC, FRCD

Dr. Akbar comes to our office each month from Vancouver BC, where he serves as a clinical Associate Professor at UBC instructing endodontics to Dental Students. This saves our Patients the inconvenience of traveling to get specialized root canal treatment.

Sharon S. – Certified Dental Assistant

Sharon graduated from Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. She felt drawn to dentistry from a young age & has had some very rewarding experiences working with a variety of specialists & general dentists. She & her husband moved here in 2014. They have lived in four different provinces but were born & raised in British Columbia & have wanted to return for many years. They love living in Cranbrook & getting to know all the wonderful people here. Sharon’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, sewing & playing her piano. She is so glad to be a part of this team!

Sharon S. – Certified Dental Assistant

Sharon graduated from Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC. She felt drawn to dentistry from a young age & has had some very rewarding experiences working with a variety of specialists & general dentists. She & her husband moved here in 2014. They have lived in four different provinces but were born & raised in British Columbia & have wanted to return for many years. They love living in Cranbrook & getting to know all the wonderful people here. Sharon’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, sewing & playing her piano. She is so glad to be a part of this team!

Lona D. – Certified Dental Assistant

Lona has been a Certified Dental Assistant for over 25 years. For the last ten years she has been brightening the office up with her effervescent personality! Lona grew up in Cranbrook & loves to ride horses, camp & enjoy time with her grandkids.

Nicole – Dental Assistant & Receptionist

Nicole works as a Dental Assistant as well as a receptionist. She grew up here in Cranbrook and graduated from the College of the Rockies Dental Assistant Program in 2008. Nicole has been working in BC ever since, including Fort St. John and Vancouver. After 10 years she has made her way back home to the Kootenays, where she joined the Peak Family Dental team. Nicole spends her free time with her family, who keep her very busy.

Nicole – Dental Assistant & Receptionist

Nicole works as a Dental Assistant as well as a receptionist. She grew up here in Cranbrook and graduated from the College of the Rockies Dental Assistant Program in 2008. Nicole has been working in BC ever since, including Fort St. John and Vancouver. After 10 years she has made her way back home to the Kootenays, where she joined the Peak Family Dental team. Nicole spends her free time with her family, who keep her very busy.

Broolyn – Dental Assistant

Brooklyn joined our team at Peak Family Dental Centre after her graduation from the College of the Rockies Dental Assistant Program. Brooklyn has always called Cranbrook her home, and her bright smile and fresh outlook are much appreciated by our staff and patients. In her free time, she enjoys all that the beautiful outdoors of the Kootenays have to offer.

Shirley D. – Receptionist/CDA

Shirley has been involved in dentistry for over 35 years. Shirley is enjoying her role as receptionist & loves getting to know our patients & making their experiences at our practice pleasant. When not in the office, Shirley relaxes & enjoys a good book. Along with her family & friends, she is a motorcycle enthusiast. Her husband, daughter & son all ride, but they all agree that her attempt to learn to ride will never be repeated for the safety of one & all!

Shirley D. – Receptionist/CDA

Shirley has been involved in dentistry for over 35 years. Shirley is enjoying her role as receptionist & loves getting to know our patients & making their experiences at our practice pleasant. When not in the office, Shirley relaxes & enjoys a good book. Along with her family & friends, she is a motorcycle enthusiast. Her husband, daughter & son all ride, but they all agree that her attempt to learn to ride will never be repeated for the safety of one & all!

Debbie – Receptionist

Debbie has worked for Dr. Nesbitt as a dental receptionist since 1994. She takes great pride in our practice, especially because it’s known for its friendliness & taking the time to know our patients. When not in the office, Debbie enjoys horseback riding, biking & hiking.

Cherie S. - Receptionist

Cherie is originally from Fernie BC. She has lived in Cranbrook for the last 13 years.  Cherie has a vast and varied background in office administration.  She is a certified accounts payable clerk, and is the office go-to for Microsoft Excel and Word. When in doubt… ask Cherie! Cherie is an avid Kootenay Ice Fan, she shoots 3D archery, and camping at the lake. Cherie has three children and five grandchildren, she is very creative and enjoys crocheting treasures for her family.

Cherie S. - Receptionist

Cherie is originally from Fernie BC. She has lived in Cranbrook for the last 13 years.  Cherie has a vast and varied background in office administration.  She is a certified accounts payable clerk, and is the office go-to for Microsoft Excel and Word. When in doubt… ask Cherie! Cherie is an avid Kootenay Ice Fan, she shoots 3D archery, and camping at the lake. Cherie has three children and five grandchildren, she is very creative and enjoys crocheting treasures for her family.

Julie G. – Receptionist/CDA

Julie is originally from White Rock BC.  She moved here in 2005 and was a stay-at-home Mom. Julie began working as a Residential Care Aid until she graduated from the College of the Rockies Certified Dental Assistant Program in 2015.   For the past 2 years Julie has been working as a Receptionist/ Certified Dental Assistant.  Julie is so excited that she became a Nana to adorable twin boys this winter! They keep her busy when she is not at the office, but not out of trouble, Julie keeps us on our toes at conferences with her practical jokes!

Jan K. – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jan, (Pronounced “Yun”), grew up outside Toronto and received his diploma in Dental Hygiene from Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. His move out West has fulfilled a lifelong dream, and he is thrilled to now call this beautiful region home! Jan is proud to serve the community of Cranbrook through his dental hygiene practice.  His passions include skiing, hiking, arts and film.

Alanna M. – Registered Dental Hygienist

Alanna is a 2012 graduate of Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, where she studied dental hygiene. For two years, she worked in a clinic & as a public health dental hygienist in northern British Columbia, during which she gained experience working on a large number of patients. She loves to reach out to patients & spread her knowledge of oral health & the importance of routine check-ups. Her areas of focus include early detection of diseases (not just in the oral cavity, but overall), gum disease prevention & nutrition for optimal oral health. With her wide range of experience, she has creative ways to promote the longevity of your health! When not helping patients, Alanna enjoys doing yoga, dirt-biking, traveling the world, & delicious food.

Sharon B. – Certified Dental Assistant

Sharon is a Certified Dental Assistant with over 30 years of experience. Sharon loves being a Dental Assistant. She is confident, cheerful & dedicated to the best care of our patients! Sharon was born & raised in Kimberley & loves outdoor sports, camping & running.

Brianna M. – Certified Dental Assistant

Brianna graduated from the College of the Rockies in 2014. She is originally from Lethbridge, she moved to Cranbrook for school and decided to stay in our beautiful city. Brianna’s’ hobbies include travelling/road-trips, camping and golfing.

Sharon H. – Receptionist

Sharon has a degree in office administration & has been a dental receptionist for over 30 years. She is a wife, mother & grandmother, all roles that she cherishes. Her hobbies include reading & gardening—she loves her flowers!

Becky B. – Certified Dental Assistant

Becky completed the Certified Dental Assistant program at the College of the Rockies in 2010. She then worked at a large dental practice in Calgary for six years before returning to her hometown of Kimberley, BC. Becky has been with us at Peak Family Dental Centre for the last year. Becky is knowledgeable, caring, efficient, & absolutely indispensable!