Meet Our Team

Dr. Dan Kobi, Dr. Ryan Bigelow, Dr. Chad Peterson and Dr. Sandy Crocker are very proud of the team at Acorn Dental. We are all here to help our patients grow great smiles. Your comfort and trust in our abilities and expertise are our primary concern. Choose a link below to learn more about each of us!

Our Dental Team

Dr. Dan Kobi
Dr. Dan KobiDentist
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Dr. Dan Kobi received his degree in dentistry from the University of Alberta in 1994. He relocated to Salmon Arm where he opened his first practice. In May 2010, Dr. Kobi opened Acorn Dental, a state-of-the-art dental practice founded on the principle of uncompromised patient care delivered by top-notch professionals.

Dr. Ryan Bigelow
Dr. Ryan BigelowDentist
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Dr. Ryan Bigelow is a Canadian graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia. He brings to Acorn dental a passion for dentistry and restorative work. His previous career as a teacher makes him the ideal dentist for your kids.

Dr.Chad Peterson
Dr.Chad PetersonDentist
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Dr. Chad Peterson received his undergraduate Degree in Biology followed by his Doctorate in Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan. During his eight years of post-secondary education he filled his summers with trips to the Arctic where he pursued his love for conservation biology.

Dr. Sandy Crocker
Dr. Sandy CrockerDentist
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Dr. Crocker attended Dalhousie University, graduating in 2005 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has completed two, three month internships at VGH hospital in Oral Maxillofacial surgery. He also completed a one year hospital based residency program at the University of Western Ontario, focusing on sedation, surgery, pediatrics, and medically compromised patients.

AndreaCertified Dental Assistant & Business Manager
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Andrea has been working alongside Dan since 2002. With 20 years of dental assisting experience, Andrea’s patients benefit from both her exceptional knowledge base and her unparalleled confidence.

BevFinancial Administrator
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Bev has worked alongside Dan in an administrative capacity since 2002. Her trademark friendly nature and warm smile set the stage for positive patient experiences at Acorn Dental.

BarbOffice Administrator
Barb’s customer service and administrative experience stems from many years as an adventure guide and small business entrepreneur. She has a keen interest in the medical field, and has also worked as an animal health technician. Barb thoroughly delights in helping people and being a part of the skilled and friendly team at Acorn Dental.
JaimeOffice Administrator
Jaime joins Acorn Dental with years of dental administrative experience. Jaime takes pride in providing a positive and happy connection with all of our patients. She enjoys hiking running and yoga as well as spending quality time with her husband and two young children.
JenaOffice Administrator
Jena moved from Vancouver Island to Salmon Arm with her family in 2018. She completed her Dental Receptionist course in 2005, but worked at a long-term care facility in Victoria for 10 years. She has experience in both the medical and dental fields and appreciates the opportunity to meet people in our community every day. Jena loves her job at Acorn Dental and is an integral part of our diverse and fun-loving team.
MandyOffice Administrator
After spending nearly a decade in the financial industry and moving all around BC, Mandy has come back to her home to set down roots and make a professional change. Mandy takes pride in her ability to provide friendly, efficient service to all our clients. During her time away from the office, Mandy enjoys reading, writing, playing video games and traveling the globe with her husband.
JennicaDental Hygienist
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Jennica’s enthusiasm for dental health saw her return to school after five years spent working as a Certified Dental Assistant to further her education, graduating as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2011. Jennica’s broad experience and education make her a very knowledgeable and valuable addition to the Acorn Dental team.

MirandaDental Hygienist
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Miranda grew up in the Grindrod area, and graduated from Prince George’s Dental Hygiene program in 2005. After having moved back to the Shuswap region in 2005, Miranda gained considerable experience working in dental practices in Salmon Arm and Chase, prior to joining the Acorn Dental team in 2010.

AndreaDental Hygienist
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Andrea grew up in Calgary, but spent all of her summers on Mara Lake in Sicamous. After five years spent in Smithers, BC, Andrea is pleased to call Salmon Arm home. She joins the Acorn Dental team with considerable experience, having started her career as a CDA prior to furthering her education to become a Dental Hygienist.

JamieDental Hygienist
Jamie has recently joined the team at Acorn Dental.
MegCertified Dental Assistant, Clinical Manager
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Meg grew up in Salmon Arm, and returned to the area after having completed her Certified Dental Assisting accreditation in Victoria, BC in 2010. Her infectious smile and vivacious personality are the heart of the Acorn Dental team.

JoannaCertified Dental Assistant
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Joanna Pepin, born and raised in Salmon Arm, and completed her Certified Dental Assisting accreditation in Kelowna, BC in 2014. Joanna’s enthusiastic personality and warm manner is a welcome addition to our clinical team. She is Dr. Bigelows main chair-side assistant.

AnnaCertified Dental Assistant
Anna spent the majority of her growing up years in Grand Forks BC, until moving to the Shuswap two years ago.

She completed her Certified Dental Assisting Program in Kelowna in 2017, and has been with us ever since! Patients love her friendly smile and demeanor.

JaylynCertified Dental Assistant
Jaylyn is the newest member of Acorn Dental. She grew up in Salmon Arm, moved away for school but came back home after completing the Certified Dental Assisting program in Cranbrook, BC in 2015. She is a positive, knowledgable and caring individual which makes her a great office addition. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, boyfriend and English Bulldog, Banks.
AlyssaCertified Dental Assistant
ZoeChair Side Assistant
Zoe was born and raised in Salmon Arm BC and has been working as a chair side assistant and sterilization girl for over two years now. Zoe joined the Acorn Dental team at the start of 2019 and enjoys keeping things clean and organized – and greeting our patients. When not working, Zoe enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, and traveling.
LaurenCertified Dental Assistant
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Lauren was born and raised in Salmon Arm and completed her Certified Dental Assisting accreditation in Kelowna, BC in 2016. When not at work, Lauren enjoys riding her horses, competing in showjumping events and spending time with friends and family.