At Pleasant Valley Dental, our mission goes far beyond just cleaning and fixing teeth. We’re passionate about oral health because we understand the impact it can have on your confidence, your overall health, and your daily quality of life. We promise to provide you and your family with the same level of quality, compassionate care that we do for our own, utilizing the latest technology to make your experience as relaxed, comfortable, and convenient as possible. We want our Vernon community to be happy and healthy!
Dr. Bicknell graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2003 with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dr. Bicknell was actively involved in dental school, including serving as class president, student representative for the 2002 Canadian Dental Association Accreditation Committee, and was the university’s representative at the 2002 North American Dental Student research seminar at the American Dental Association headquarters in Chicago.
Dr. Bicknell pursued educational training in addition to his DMD, and was one of two students to simultaneously complete and receive a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (BSC DENT). His expanded coursework focused on research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and he was privileged and honored to have his study “Frequency of Pharyngoplasty After Primary Repair of Cleft Palate” published in the December 2002 issue of The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association.
Prior to moving to Vernon, Dr. Bicknell worked for Health Canada servicing the remote communities of Northern Manitoba for two years following graduation. He found this to be an amazing experience not only professionally but personally as well—being able to see some extremely isolated parts of the country and meeting some amazing folks along the way!
A major highlight of Dr. Bicknell’s career was his mission trip to Guatemala in 2003. While working out of a little school house in the middle of third-world Guatemala definitely presented its challenges, but being able to help those in need was a feeling and experience he will never forget.
Dr. Bicknell is committed to continuing education, particularly in the area of dental implants. He’s travelled across North America to pursue excellence in dental implant placement and restoration and he is continually amazed and inspired by the positive changes he has seen in his dental implant patients. His passion for dentistry continues to evolve as the technological side of the profession continues to advance, evidenced by the equipment Pleasant Valley Dental invests in. Not only does this allow great patient care, it keeps work fun and interesting for Dr. Bicknell and the Pleasant Valley team!
Dr. Bicknell offers a comprehensive mix of dental services and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. He still can’t decide whether the kids are more excited to see him or to visit his treasure chest in the waiting room. He feels very fortunate to have so many wonderful patients put their trust in him and promises to always do his best to provide you the greatest care possible.
Dr. Bicknell and his wife, Jessie, have been proud to call Vernon home since 2005 when they moved and joined the team at Pleasant Valley Dental. They are proud parents to four children: Anderson (born 2007), Chloe (born 2009), Carys (born 2012), and Sullivan (born 2014). (Needless to say there is never a dull moment around the Bicknell household!) The Bicknells felt Vernon would be the perfect community to raise their family and enjoy a laid-back and simple lifestyle couldn’t be any happier with their choice–they love Vernon and all the extraordinary people they have met here over the years.
The Bicknell family are active outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, and everything else the Okanagan has to offer.
Dr. Alexandra Montian began dreaming of being a dentist she was six years old and living in Belarus. She moved to Toronto when she was ten. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Disease and a Master of Science in Oral Microbiology prior to graduating from University of Toronto with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2017.
While completing her DDS, Dr. Montian was fortunate to participate in two life-changing outreach opportunities, one in Honduras serving kids in need, and one in Toronto where she and another dental school classmate helped establish the Volunteer Dental Outreach (VDO) clinic in Halliburton, Ontario, which provides free dental services to local residents who cannot afford them. She is grateful to Dr. William Kerr, who implemented and ran both outreach programs.
Dr. Montian feels very fortunate to have joined the tight-knit Pleasant Valley Dental team. She feels it is a privilege to work along with talented, knowledgeable mentors like Dr. Bicknell and Dr. Denk. She is passionate about building lasting patient relationships and finds inspiration in patient diversity, unique health care goals, but especially their smiles. She finds dentistry most rewarding when patients are at ease and is very excited about the constantly evolving nature of technology in dentistry, which allow her to offer new techniques, treatment options and procedures to achieve better patient care and successful long-term results.
Dr. Montian moved to Okanagan in February 2018 with her husband, Yuri, in part because they always wanted to live closer to the mountains. They both enjoy anything that gets them outside, including backcountry camping, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving and skiing.The Montians feel they could not have landed in a better community and are very thankful for the warm welcome they have received!
Dr. Hackman attended the University of Alberta for a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, graduating in 2015. He then completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2019. After working for 2 years in Alberta, he decided to move to the beautiful Okanagan in May 2021.
Connecting isolated and underserved communities to dental care is an aspect of dentistry that Dr. Hackman finds great enjoyment in. He’s volunteered care in a small community in Jamaica, the downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and is hoping to find more similar opportunities.
Dr. Hackman is ecstatic to be working with the brilliant Pleasant Valley team and cutting edge technology to deliver top notch care for patients. He loves meeting new people and helping them overcome any fears or barriers that have prevented them from an immaculate oral health.
Marcus is constantly seeking out adventure and the outdoors, enjoying back country hiking, scuba diving, golfing, snowboarding and camping.
Dr. Justin Diamond is a proud member of the Pleasant Valley Dental team. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, he earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) and Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (B.Sc., Dent) from the University of Manitoba in 2017. Dr. Diamond also holds professional training in sedation dentistry and strives to keep up to date with industry best practices, trends, and new technology.
Dr. Diamond previously served patients of all ages while practicing general family dentistry in Winnipeg and is looking forward to cultivating lasting patient relationships in Vernon. Before entering dental school, Dr. Diamond worked for 7 years as a Paramedic in northern Manitoba. During this time, he earned certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. His experience working in emergency situations gave him the opportunity to thoughtfully treat patients and gave him the skills to help people who may feel fear, stress, and anxiety while visiting the dentist. Dr. Diamond believes it is a privilege to provide exceptional patient care with a calming approach to his practice.
Outside of work Dr. Diamond enjoys spending time with his family, wife Kirsten and golden retriever, Atlas. He enjoys playing hockey, scuba diving, golfing, and backcountry camping – especially now that they are living in the mountains!
Marianne grew up in Edmonton, joining the Pleasant Valley team in 2014 after moving to Vernon to be closer to family. She completed the Certified Dental Assistant program at Douglas College in B.C. and went on to earn her Prosthodontics and Orthodontics modules through the University of British Columbia.
Marianne was a Certified Dental Assistant for over 20 years and is now enjoying the administrative side of dentistry. She says that her favorite part of her job is, “Hands down – helping people! It is so rewarding to be part of such a great team where we all work together to make positive changes in our patients’ overall health.”
In her spare time, Marianne loves to garden and spend time at home with her husband and their pets. She also enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah grew up all over the Okanagan. She has a large extended family in and around Vernon. Her favorite part of working at Pleasant Valley Dental is interacting with so many different people throughout each day – she’s a people person.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, going to the beach, spending time with her family and friends and planning her upcoming wedding. She is the proud mom of one daughter, Graycen.
Kim grew up on a small horse farm near Maple Ridge, B.C. She has lived in Vernon since 2003. She attended the University of Calgary and later transferred to the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. She has worked in the finance industry for many years. Her favorite part of her job at Pleasant Valley Dental is helping our patients make informed decisions about their financial and insurance needs.
Kim loves “pretty much any outdoor activity!” That includes skiing, mountain biking, running, camping and spending time at the lake. She and her partner, Ricardo, have three children: Sawyer, Taylor and Ella. They all love spending time together outdoors as a family.
Atarah moved to Vernon from her hometown, Grande Prairie AB in Oct 2018. In addition to over 12 years dental experience, She has an exceptionally friendly attitude that is essential to our team. Atarah loves going for walks with her two cats, Princess Buttercup & Bootsie. She also enjoys soaking up the beautiful Okanagan Sun and spending time outdoors.
Shelby is not new to Vernon but is a new addition to the PVD team. She feels very blessed to be working with such a kind and caring team and even more blessed to be interacting with so many wonderful patients everyday. Shelby enjoys going for runs in the forest, laying on the beach and spending time with her boyfriend Landon and her big, fluffy, orange kitty – Chicken Nugget.
Wendy was born in Toronto. She spent her high school years in Kelowna then moved back east to be closer to family. The Valley was always calling for her to return. She has been living back in the Okanagan for over 5 years now with her hubby Rob, daughter Bronwyn and their 2 yr old pup Boots. She’s very happy to call Vernon home.
Wendy graduated from Dental Assisting at George Brown College in Toronto, She later obtained a certificate in dental office management from the University of Toronto. It was when she was filling in a receptionist’s role she discovered administration was her jam!
She is really grateful to have joined the PVD family. Such a hardworking team of talented and wonderful people. We care for our patients and each other. Just love this vibe!
In her spare time Wendy likes to ski, cycle, camp, take dog walks in Kal Park and is looking forward to trying paddle boarding this summer!
Candace was born on the Coast, but raised in the Okanagan. She spent most of her childhood on her family’s hobby farm in Armstrong, BC.
She is currently attending Okanagan College for her Associates of Arts Degree.
Her favourite part of the job is the family feel of the PVD team.
In her spare time, Candace loves spending time with close friends, weightlifting, painting or cuddling with her cat, Rice.
Tiffany was born and raised in Armstrong. She graduated from College of New Caledonia in Prince George for Certified Dental Assisting in 2004 and joined the Pleasant Valley Dental team in 2007.
Tiffany completed her orthodontic module to better assist our doctors with more procedures and enjoys being part of the amazing Pleasant Valley Team. She also loves getting to know our patients and helping them achieve the best overall dental health possible.
In Tiffany’s free time, she enjoys baseball, hiking, camping, paddle boarding and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have two boys, Finlay and Nixon, and now that they are getting older she looks forward to getting out and exploring the Okanagan more with the family. They also have a sweet boxer cross named Luna that enjoys sharing their adventures.
Krystal was born in Vernon, grew up in Edmonton and has also lived in Calgary and Pemberton before returning to Vernon. She has had a passion for dentistry since she was a small child, eventually graduating from Okanagan University College Kelowna’s Dental Assistant Program in 2004.
Krystal joined the Pleasant Valley Dental team in 2008. She has completed her prosthodontics module to better assist our doctors with more duties and procedures. Her favorite part of her job is helping people and seeing their lives change for the better through our exceptional dentistry. She says, “I have been Dr. Bicknell’s assistant for the past 10 years, absolutely love all of the people at the office and look forward to many more years!”
Krystal has been married for 12 years, has a beautiful daughter and fantastic pets. She loves the outdoors, dancing in the kitchen, spending time with friends and family and “escaping reality” by participating in Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) medieval reenactment events.
Faith was born and raised in Vernon, BC. Faith has always loved the dentist from a young age leading her into her dental the career. She graduated from the Certified Dental Assistant Program in 2019. In her free time faith loves to downhill mountain bike and snowboard at Silverstar Mountain resort as well as hike, swim and of course dance! Faiths favourite part of her job is interacting with her hometown community and creating a comfortable environment for all.
Caley is one of our newest “PV Dental Family members”, as she joined our team in June 2020.
Caley was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. She attended Columbia College and received her Certified Dental Assistant Degree in 2019. She recently decided to move to BC to be closer to her family and to enjoy the Okanagan life…..Alberta’s loss is definitely our gain!
Caley enjoys many sports but especially likes Volleyball and golf. She is truly a lovely, friendly person, who enjoys visiting with her dental clients, and fellow staff members.
Kema is one of the newer additions to PV Dental and loves interacting with patients and gets satisfaction from achieving a great smile. With her recent move from Vancouver to Vernon, Kema is loving the lake life.
On her days off she enjoys entertaining company with new found recipes. She also loves travelling.
In her spare time, she runs an Airbnb and enjoys meeting her guests from all around the world.
Nikki is originally from Chilliwack and has been a resident of the Okanagan for most of her life. She became a Certified Dental Assistant in 2004 and graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2012 from the University of Fraser Valley.
Nikki’s favorite part of her job is seeing positive changes in her patients. She feels blessed to work with the awesome Pleasant Valley team each day.
When she is away from the office, Nikki enjoys many outdoor pursuits, including snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and paddling. She spends most of her spare time with her husband and two sons.
Sasha was born and raised in Collingwood, Ontario until moving to the greater Toronto area to pursue her post-secondary studies. First, she completed general science studies from University of Ontario Institute of Technology and received a dental assisting diploma from Durham College. She earned her Registered Dental Hygienist Certification from Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries in 2007.
Sasha has been practicing dental hygiene in Okanagan Valley since 2008. She completed a local anesthetic certification in 2008 at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. She loves assisting Pleasant Valley Dental patients with establishing and maintaining favorable oral health, knowing it will improve their well-being.
Sasha is married to Ryan and they have two children, Oliver and Annika. They love spending time together at the beach in summer and skiing Silver Star Mountain in winter.
Elysha was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She pursued her Dental Assistant career at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2002. She returned to Thunder Bay to complete her Registered Dental Hygiene diploma in 2005 and relocated to Vernon upon graduation.
Elysha has been practicing Dental Hygiene in the Okanagan Valley since 2005 and continued with education and practice in various dental specialties such as pedodontics and periodontal practices. She enjoys sharing and teaching great oral self care strategies to help her patients achieve optimal dental health and beautiful smiles!
Elysha lives in Lake Country with her three children, and various pets. In the summer months she enjoys travel to various summer festivals teaching hula hooping and fire spinning as well as hosting sound meditations with yoga studios in the Okanagan.
Together, her and her children enjoy skiing at both Silver Star and Big White.
Stephanie was born and raised in Kelowna. She spent 2 years completing the university transfer science program at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George before moving to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where she received her diploma in dental hygiene in 2003.
Stephanie dedicated her first 4 years practicing dental hygiene in Alberta before coming back home to the Okanogan in 2007.
What Stephanie loves best about her role as a dental hygienist is the great relationships she develops with her patients and making their visit comfortable all while helping them achieve optimal health.
In her free time, Stephanie is busy with her 3 daughters usually with camping and beach days in the summer and staying warm in the winter.
Tonya was born and raised in the Caribou Mountain region. After college, she spent her 20’s moving between Central Alberta and the Okanagan, eventually settling in Vernon with her now husband J and daughter Mya.
Tonya is a big animal lover and proud fur Mom to a number of critters. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, travel, and adventure; anything outdoors such as hiking, paddling, skiing, and camping.
Tonya’s loves the truly caring, family feeling of being a member of PVD, and how we include our patients into that family and genuinely care about their well-being.