Who We Are

The experienced, caring team at our Collingwood dental clinic welcomes you to take a look at the dental treatments we offer & book your appointment today.
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TRUSTED COLLINGWOOD DENTAL CLINIC

About Us

DDS Collingwood Mission Statement:
“Welcoming a partnership as we pursue a healthier life through smiles”
Our goal is to serve the Collingwood community with expert dental care on an ongoing basis. We want to be your provider of oral hygiene and good dental health for many years to come. Doing this means our business is not only about dentistry, but about forging and growing relationships.
Dental health is physical health. We want to earn your trust as a valued member of your health care team. From family dentistry, dental hygiene and cosmetic dentistry to specialized dental treatments such as tooth extraction, orthodontics, dentures and implants, we offer a full range of dental services to residents of (and visitors to) Dufferin and Simcoe counties. To get started, call us or book an appointment online.
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CREATING HAPPY, HEALTHY SMILES

Serving the Community with Superior Dental Care

Your DDS Collingwood team of caring dentists, dental hygienists and dental office staff are here to help and serve your dental health needs. Our training and experience has led us here to this time and place, where we’ve assembled a team that treats one another – and patients – like family. We continue our research and education to stay at the forefront of the dental medicine field, enabling us to serve you better.
That’s how we put our money where our mouths are, and what led to the creation of our tagline:
Making the world a better place, one smile at a time.
To find out more about our Collingwood dental office or to book your next appointment, give us a call or use the online contact form to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you and serving your oral health and dental care needs.
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Our Dental Clinic Team

Your DDS Collingwood team of caring dentists, dental hygienists and dental office staff are here to help and serve your dental health needs.
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Dr. Ben Vangalen DDS

Dentist

A Collingwood local, originally from Orangeville, Dr. Ben travelled far and wide for his education, attending boarding school at St. Andrew’s College, undergraduate at the University of Guelph, and eventually attaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the prestigious New York University in Manhattan. Graduating in the top of his class with OK honours, Dr. Ben is our clinical Swiss Army Knife, with training in orthodontics, Invisalign, Root Canal Therapy, Crown, Bridge and veneer work, oral Surgery, Implantology and more. Still yearning for adventure, Dr. Ben also travels to the Inuit communities of the Arctic several times a year to provide pediatric care and oral surgery to the underserved communities of the north. Growing up in an athletic family participating in boxing, hockey, and lacrosse, Dr. Ben continues to give back as a coach and sponsor to local sports teams and has received numerous awards for his efforts. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his lovable dogs Bella and “Slug” a massive bloodhound, with a face you just can’t help but love.

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Dr. Robert vanGalen

Dentist

Dr. Rob was raised in Orangeville, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and completing a two year associateship in Owen Sound, Ontario Dr. Rob opened a dental office in Orangeville, Ontario. Dr. Rob has practiced in Orangeville, Ontario for over 25 years and in 2017 he opened up DDS dental in Collingwood.

Dr. Rob is very passionate about all the advancements in modern dentistry. He has travelled across Canada and the United States and has a wealth of experience in orthodontics, implant dentistry, surgical procedures, and advanced cosmetic cases.

Dr. Rob and his wife have raised four children in the Orangeville area and have been involved with numerous associations over the years. Most recently Dr. Rob organized a month long Ride for Food fundraising initiative to raise money and food for the Orangeville Food bank.

Dr. Rob became attracted to the Collingwood area because it offers a variety of active living activities. When Dr. Rob isn’t in the office you may find him out on his bicycle or on the Bruce Trail hiking or snowshoeing. Dr. Rob also enjoys bee keeping and currently has 12 hives. His local honey has been a favourite to many patients and friends.

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Dr. Katariina Korhonen

Dentist

Dr. Katariina Korhonen is a native of Finland. She graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Oulu in 1989. After practicing in Finland for several years, Katariina moved to Canada and obtained her Canadian License in 1996.

Katariina continues to expand her knowledge of dentistry by taking continuing education courses in an array of fields including clinical Diagnosis; Medical Emergencies; Nitrous Oxide Sedation; Pediatric and Geriatric dentistry; Endodontic Therapy; and Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry to name a few.

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Dr. Laura Fox

Dentist

Dr. Laura Fox has been practicing dentistry in Collingwood since she graduated from Western University in 1999 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Her academics began with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biology from Queens University, completed in 1995. Dr. Fox has a special interest in performing cosmetic procedures such as bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns to transform patients’ smiles. She is a Certified Invisalign provider and has completed a Mastership in Clear Aligner Therapy.

Especially rewarding to Dr. Fox is working with young children to create a positive experience for a lifetime of good oral health. She helps patients of all ages feel at ease by providing gentle, quality care in a comforting environment.

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Kaitlyn Morrison

CDA II/Office Manager

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Collingwood, ON and graduated in 2008 as a Certified Dental Assistant Level II at Cambrian College in Sudbury. After graduating Kaitlyn moved up to Red Lake, ON, with a population of 4000, and worked in the only dental office there for six years. She then moved back to Collingwood to be closer to family and has been working in the dental field for sixteen years as both a dental assistant and a receptionist and now as the office manager at DDS dental.

She has a loving fiancé Callem and two wonderful boys, Parker who is 13 years old, Abbott who is 6 years old, two cats Bella and Mia, and one dog Lola. They are a huge sports family, especially hockey and lacrosse. When not at work they spend a lot of their time together as a family, at the arena, travelling for hockey or just simply going outside to enjoy the fresh air.

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Kendra Verbeek

CDA II/Administration

Kendra graduated as a Certified Level II Dental Assistant from the Dental Assisting program at Niagara College in 2000. Her first placement was at Fifth Avenue Dental in the Orangeville, ON office. After her son Kylie was born in 2008, Kendra decided to stay at home and raise her family. Kendra returned to the dental field as a receptionist for DDS Collingwood in 2018.

Kendra has a loving husband, Zeke and three amazing kids. Carter is 16, Brody is 14 and Kylie is almost 12 years old. When she is not at work, she loves spending as much time as she can with her family and her two furbabies – her golden retrievers. She spends a lot of time at the rinks because all three kids play hockey. As a family they love to be outside hiking and exploring as much as they can and going up to Sauble Beach to their seasonal trailer to have some relaxing downtime with family and friends.

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Lorna Visser

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lorna is a registered dental hygienist with 40 years of experience. She graduated from Seneca College in 1980 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene. Throughout the years she has worked in a variety of dental offices, including 10 years with a Periodontist.

As a practicing dental hygienist, she has been involved as an executive for both provincial and local dental hygienist associations. Lorna has a keen interest in continuing education and in-office learning.

Lorna is a passionate outdoor enthusiast, who takes full advantage of the beautiful Collingwood area. In the winter she can be found on the ski hills or snowshoeing the trails. In the summer, she cycles and hikes. A lifetime runner, who starts every day with a run around town with her dog.

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Emma Galati

Dental Assistant

Emma Galati is a Level II Dental Assistant who has been working in the dental field for eight years.
She grew up in Collingwood and loves it there and is excited to raise her newborn son in the area.

Emma enjoys walks and spending time on the beach with her friends and family.

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Jenna Smith

CDA II/Clinical Manager

Jenna Smith is a CDA II/Clinical Manager who graduated with honours from the Level II Dental Assistant Program at Fanshawe College in London, ON in 2007.

She enjoys working with children and assisting with more complex dental treatment including oral surgery and implant procedures. Over the years of gaining experience she remains a Dental Assistant with the office as well as meeting with different dental representatives who keep her updated and informed of continuing education on new dental technology, as well as overseeing the clinic as the Clinical Manager.

When not at the office, she is married to the love of my life, her husband Cory and they share our family home with their dog Harley. They enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors, travelling and visiting family and friends.

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Denise Ross

CDA Level II

Denise is a certified level II Dental assistant with 17 years experience. She is a mother of 4 boys and an active member of the Collingwood community. When Denise is not at work she enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her family

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Peyton Weir

Treatment Coordinator

After spending most of her life in the hills surrounding Georgian Bay, in the fall of 2018 Payton decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the dental field. After graduating from Georgian College in the spring, Payton spent a short time assisting before deciding to move to the administrative side of the profession.

Payton enjoys spending time on her family farm and soaking up all that Collingwood has to offer in the bustling summer months.

As an integral part of our team, Payton is here to help patients understand the risks and benefits and alternatives of certain dental procedures, organise financial planning for larger more complex treatment plans, as well as to act as a liaison for patients seeking insurance coverage.

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Raven Foley

Admin

Raven graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management. Over the years, Raven’s interests have shifted further into the dental field, but she has found that she enjoys more of the “behind the scenes” aspects of the dental environment.

Raven has recently located to Collingwood from Orangeville with her partner and their two dogs. She likes to take advantage of the many hiking trails the area has to offer and always looks forward to hitting up one of the many local restaurants for a bite to eat.

As one of our cherished admin, you’ll find Raven greeting patients with a smile at the front desk along with helping patients feel welcome and taken care of during their visit.

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Tori Hughson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tori was born and raised in the Collingwood area. In 2021Tori graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Georgian College in Barrie with honours. Straight out of school, Tori started working at DDS Dental and absolutely loves working here! On her spare time, she enjoys skiing, golfing, and adventures with her dog Mya. I chose the dental hygiene profession as I am extremely passionate about oral health and providing education and prevention methods to members of my community!

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