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. Karl Denk graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA and DMD degree in 1983. Originally from Bavaria, Germany, Dr. Denk is fluent in German and received his specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Munich in 1991.
In 1996, Dr. Denk established Pleasant Valley Dental Clinic after practicing for 12 years in West Vancouver. Looking for a slower pace of life, he sold his practice to Dr. Bicknell in 2009, and is presently an associate on the Pleasant Valley Dental team.
Dr. Denk enjoys practicing all aspects of dentistry and is an active participant in organized dentistry in BC. He has served as a Director on the Board of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC for the past four years, presently serving on the Disciplinary Committee.
In his spare time, Dr. Denk revels in the Okanagan outdoors as an avid skier and tennis player.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra was born and raised in Vernon. She graduated from the Certified Dental Assistant program at Okanagan College in 2001. Her favorite part of her job is caring for Pleasant Valley Dental’s awesome patients and watching their dental health improve.
In her leisure time, Sandra enjoys gardening, dancing, and connecting with family and friends.