About Us | Our Team

We have an amazing team!

We have 25 members in our Orthodontic Family who come from all over Canada as well as overseas.  Each individual has been handpicked for their current role in the office, and each member contributes in their own way to deliver an enjoyable treatment experience. 

We take pride in the relationships we build and the smiles we create!

Denise Rickard - Office Manager

I have been proudly managing the office since 2003.  Apart from looking after the business end of things, I manage the entire team! Balancing both allows Dr. Hucal & Dr. Edwards to do what they do best; provide sound care for you and your family!

Additional info about me:

  • I am a Mom, and as cliché as this sounds, my daughter inspires me each and every day to be the best person I can be!
  • I was born in Oakville, Ontario, raised in St. John's Nfld.  Then, moved (on a whim) to Red Deer about 25 years ago and love it hereI
  • I believe attitudes are contagious - make yours worth catching:)

Tanya Spearman - Financial Coordinator

As the Financial Coordinator, I have the pleasure of meeting with each new family starting treatment in our office.  I got lucky enough to find “my second home” 10 years ago, after moving to Red Deer.  I knew the moment I walked into this office that it is an awesome place to work.  

Additional info about me:

  • I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. 
  • My husband and I moved to Red Deer with our Daugher in hopes of finding a more relaxed life that allowed us more time as a family; Mission accomplished, we love it here!

Jill Spears -  Financial Coordinator

I was born and raised in Red Deer.  I have been involved in the dental field since 2003.  I am so proud to join such a fun and professional team, and I just love being part of giving our patients beautiful smiles!

Additional info about me:

  • My free time is mostly spent with my friends and family
  • I am always looking forward to camping season - Bring on the marshmallows!

Amanda Phipps - Administrative Coordinator

I have happily been with Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics on the administrative team since 2011.  I will be the first smiling face you will see when you enter the door. 

Additional info about me:

  • I have been in the orthodontic field since 2002
  • I am originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and then moved to Saskatchewan in 2007 and eventually settled here in Red Deer.
  • I am a married mother to 3 great kids!
  • When in  doubt, choose red for your new vehicle!

Judy McHattie - Administrative Coordinator

I have been one of the faces behind the front desk since 2013.  I assist our guests with scheduling their visits and answering any question they may have.  I enjoy getting to know each of you during your orthodontic experience!

Additional info about me:

  • I am originally from Saskatchewan, but have lived in Red Deer with my husband for the past 20 years, and cannot imagine living anywhere else!
  • My motto is "Life is short -Go for the burger! "
  • I am a "people person".  I worked in retail for 20 years prior to joining Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics.  I love the opportunity to talk to people every day; It’s the best part of my job!

Bernice Pashley -  Administrative Coordinator

I first experienced the care of the Hucal & Edwards Team through my son's orthodontic journey.  I am now excited to be part of the team and provide that same personal care and attention for you and your family!

Additional info about me:

  • I was born and raised in Calgary #GoFlamesGo
  • Settled in Red Deer in 2002 #GoRebelsGo
  • Blessed to be married, a Mom of two awesome boys and a Nan to a precocious granddaughter #GoKidsGo 

Nadine Adelman - Treatment Coordinator

I joined this outstanding orthodontic team in May of 2012.   As one of the two Treatment Coordinators in the office, my role is to assist Dr. Hucal & Dr. Edwards with patient’s evaluations, and provide supplementary explanations, treatment plan letters and other correspondence regarding any orthodontic treatment.

Additional Info about me: 

  • I have been happily married since 1994 to my best friend, and we have two exceptional and beautiful daughters.
  • I am an Alberta girl through and through - - I spent my “younger years” in the Edmonton area.
  • Although our family loves to camp in the summer, hanging at the beach or poolside with a good book and some music is one of my greatest enjoyments
  • To visit Greece's blue water beaches is high on my bucket list!
  • Purple is my favorite color!

Alicia Marsden - Orthodontic Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Red Deer has been home to me since 2003, I moved here from Newfoundland as a young lady with little experience, I was a new dental assisting graduate and ready for a challenge. I did my orthodontic module at the University of Alberta and shortly after was honored to accept a position at this great office in 2004. Being a part of this team is one of my proudest moments.

Additional info about me: 

  • I have a loving husband and 2 pretty awesome kids; Zachary and Zoey. They keep  me busy and keep me smiling all the time, they are my life!
  • What I enjoy most about what I do is getting to know my patients and their families and building a relationship with them.
  • In my spare but rare time I enjoy camping, scrap-booking and spending time with my family and friends
  • I believe every week should have 2 Saturdays!

Jody Onook-Loughlin -  Treatment Coordinator

I am thrilled to have joined this fantastic team in November of 2016 and have been in the orthodontic profession since 2001.  Being a treatment coordinator is my passion; I truly love what I do!  I enjoy being involved from the very beginning of your orthodontic journey and seeing how it transforms your confidence and self-esteem.  

Additional info about me:

  • I've always lived in Alberta
  • I teach kundalini yoga and have a deep interest in meditation
  • My family is what makes me shine.  I'm married to a great guy and have two awesome teenage boys
  • I have a rescue dog named Scouty.  She's very high energy and always has a toy in her mouth! 

Lynette Carlson - Clinic Coordinator

I have been a registered dental assistant since 1989 and have been employed by Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics since 2002.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this great office!  Orthodontics has been a very rewarding career for me and I love to see our patient's new smiles.

Additional info about me:

  • I was born and raised in Innisfail and have called Red Deer home for about 19 years
  • I love to travel and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Becky Blumhagen - Diagnostic Records

I graduated from the NAIT Dental Assisting program way back in 1981and have been working in the dental field ever since. I came to Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics in 2007 and am proud to be a part of this great team!

Additional info about me:

  • I live in Lacombe, where my husband and I have raised our three daughters.
  • We love to camp. Our camp weekends start off so much better when my husband is able to back in without my guidance!
  • I was born in Castor, a little town in Eastern Alberta and one that I still call home.
  • Travelling leaves you speechless and in the end turns you into a storyteller. I have some stories to tell, but am hoping to create many more.

Melanie Bott - Orthodontic Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

I joined this dynamic team in 2009 after 9 years in General Dentistry and I have never looked back! I look forward to meeting and getting to know you.  I strive to provide you and your family with high quality care while you experience your journey with us.

Additional info about me:

  • My husband Brent and I raised our 2 boys in Central Alberta and now call Red Deer home.
  • Their love of hockey and baseball has rubbed off on me, nothing better than a good game!
  • I have a passion for travel and always look forward to the next big adventure.
  • One day I will go on a Dental Mission.

Tara Ruchkall - Orthodontic Assistant

I have been with Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics since 2003 helping in the clinic to make beautiful smiles. I enjoy being part of the great team and treasure the many friendships I have made along the way.

Additional info about me:

  • I grew up in Stettler, but have lived in almost every corner of Alberta.
  • I enjoy spending time with my family and friends doing many outdoor activities. (weather permitting of course)

Kim Langager - Orthodontic Assistant

I have worked at Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics for 6 years doing, among other things, my favourite thing: taking off braces. I love sharing that moment of joy with the people who have worked hard to get there. I have been in the dental field for 40 yrs.

Additional info about me:

  • I have raised three sons
  • I love gardening and cooking

Diane Chadwick - Orthodontic Assistant

I am a native ofRed Deer who defected to the big city of Edmonton for 25 years, then found my way back to this city that is comfortably home and where I belong.   While in Edmonton I found my dental assisting passion in the Orthodontic specialty and have spent more than a few decades and seen many changes in this field. I have been an Orthodontic Assistant at this great office since 2011 and after all these years I still enjoy the technical work as well as the personal side of interacting with patients and parents. The greatest reward is the beautiful smiles at the end of treatment.

Additional info about me:

  • My husband and I have two grown daughters, one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way!
  • Quilting and gardening take up much of my spare time and I really don't mind our long winters as it just prolongs the quilting season!

Michelle Tremblay - Orthodontic Assistant

I am originally from Bjorkdale, Sask, and moved to Sylvan Lake in 2006. I have worked in general dentistry for 16 years and completed my orthodontic module in 2009. I realized when working in general dentistry that orthodontics was something that I really enjoyed and there is nothing more rewarding than helping give someone that perfect smile! I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join this amazing team in Oct 2014.

Additional info about me:

  • I like to keep myself busy with family and friends
  • I enjoy travelling, the outdoors and keeping active
  • A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear!

Leslie Lokos - Orthodontic Assistant

I joined this practice January 2015. Before then I worked in General Dentistry since 1983. All 4 of my children had braces at this office before I started working here. Each time I brought them to their appointments I told myself that one day I would like to work here. Well, here I am and I’m happy to be here!

Additional info about me:

  • Saskatchewan born and raised
  • I grew up on a farm just outside of a very small town named Kenaston, SK.
  • I am married and have 4 children and a dog.
  • I love to spend as much time camping in the summer as possible.

Leane Elder - Orthodontic Assistant

I'm back..! After moving away in 2009, I am happy to be back in Central Alberta working once again with this amazing team.  

Additional info about me:

  • I am a proud mom of 3 boys, they keep me active!
  • I enjoy lifting weights and doing a boxing circuit
  • My motto is to "dig deep and never give up"!

Ruby Beck -  Orthodontic Assistant

I graduated from Dental Assisting in 2009 from SAIT, and I was fortunate to join the Hucal & Edwards Team in 2016.

Additional info about me:

  • I was raised on a farm out by Delburne, but now live in Sylvan Lake with my boyfriend.
  • In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, travelling and spending time with my nieces.  

Janet Schaefer - Sterilization

I have worked at this office since 2011.   I make sure all instruments are sterile. 

Additional info about me:

  • I am a Mom and a Grandma! My kids are great but my Grandkids are even greater!
  • My husband and I have lived in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Edmonton and now Red Deer.
  • I have assembled mechanical heart valves and worked in the bio-tech industry, but Orthodontics is where it's at!!

Shayla Eisler -  Sterilization

I was a patient of Dr. Hucal's as a teenager and now I am so excited to be part of this great team!

Additional info about me:

  • I grew up in Sylvan Lake and now live here in Red Deer
  • I love ALL animals (but my cat the most!)
  • In my spare time, you'll find me out in the mountains quadding, camping or just hanging out

Elmer and Pinky Villas - Laboratory Technicians

We pour up your dental models and make the customized appliances to help you achieve the best smile possible.

Additional info about us:

  • We are married
  • We are originally from the Philippines
  • We have a son, who keeps us really busy!