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 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 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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.