Our Team

We have an amazing team!

We have 28 members in our Orthodontic Family who come from all over Canada.  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 Haire - 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 27 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” 11 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!

Amanda Phipps - Initial Exam Coordinator

I have happily been with Hucal & Edwards Orthodontics administrative team since 2011 and I am happy to be your personal guide when booking your first visit at our office.

Additional info about me:

  • I have been in the Orthodontic field since 2002.
  • I am originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, moved to Saskatchewan and  eventually settled in our final destination of Red Deer.
  • I am a wife and a proud mother to 3 amazing children.

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 

Pat Anderson -  Financial/Insurance Coordinator

I am honored to be a part of the team at Hucal & Edwards.  I take pleasure in assisting the Financial Coordinators by preparing documents for financial contracts and insurance.  Organization is one of my favorite things, so this job is right up my alley!

Additional info about me:

  • I’ve lived most of my life in Edmonton, where the majority of my family still resides. In 2012 I moved to Innisfail, where I enjoy the small town atmosphere.
  • I am a proud mom of 2 creative teenage boys. Our 3 cats keep us entertained with their antics.
  • In my spare time I enjoy running, golfing, quilting and making puzzles.

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 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 now call Red Deer home.
  • 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)

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!

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 Smith - 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 Farrow -  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.  

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

Genevieve (Ginger) Powell - Treatment Coordinator & Clinical Asst.

I first started my dental career in an orthodontic office over 25 years ago. After many years in general dentistry, I have returned to this rewarding field in Orthodontics. I am very excited to be a part of the Hucal & Edwards team!

I enjoy acreage living with my husband and our “four legged” friends.

My perfect day starts with waking up in the mountains, practicing yoga, a walk with my dog and of course coffee!

Michael Airth - Lab Technician

I first met Dr. Hucal when I was 11 years old as a patient. Then, during my high school years I worked the summers in the Wet Lab and doing odd jobs around the office. Now I’m back! I look forward to many years working with Dr. Hucal, Dr. Edwards and the entire team, building all of the appliances I know our patients love to wear!   

I’ve been a lab technician for 4 years.

I am an avid golfer.

“Do or Do Not – There is no try” – Yoda

Denise Chapman - Treatment Coordinator & Clinical Asst.

I am so excited to be a part of an amazing team with two amazing orthodontists at Hucal & Edwards. Dental assisting has been my passion for 20yrs and during this time I have also served various volunteer positions within the Central Alberta Dental Assistants Association. 

 In my spare time I am a mom of two boys and one girl...my most favorite children in the world!

You’ll find me golfing, camping, at the gym or starting yet another renovation/design project. 

“Find a reason to smile”


Karen Vanderwal - Financial Assistant

It is a joy for me to be part of the very talented, hardworking and friendly team at Hucal and Edwards. Working behind the scenes is very rewarding for me and I am pleased to have the opportunity to join a dedicated team which genuinely enjoys transforming smiles.

Additional info about me:

I have lived in Canada for more than twenty-five years now, having met and married a Torontonian in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We truly love Red Deer and have lived here for almost five years.

As a thankful mom of four towering sons and one lovely daughter, I am blessed and challenged as I watch them grow and embrace life with optimism and a desire to make a difference in the world.

My husband and I love adventures, including travelling, renovating, exploring new biking trails and especially spending time with family and friends.

Karen Kroetsch - Registered Dental Technician

I am honored to have joined the outstanding Hucal & Edwards team.

Additional info about me:

I graduated from NAIT's Dental Technology program and have been a Registered Lab Technician for over 33 years. I manufacture many different styles of appliances that would be required to keep you smiling at your best.

I moved to Red Deer in 1985 and made it my permanent home after meeting my loving husband of over 30 years. Together we have raised two wonderful sons who are now pursuing careers of their own.

In my spare time I enjoy camping, boating, golfing and spending time with family and friends. When the weather turns cold we turn our attention to the Rebels games and travel to warm destinations.

Rylan Bott – Lab Assistant/Sterilization

I was first introduced to Dr.Hucal in 2010 as a patient. During my high school summers I found myself working the wet lab pouring models and helping wherever I could. I now have the privilege of working full time in the lab and throughout the office with an amazing team and two spectacular orthodontists.

Additional information about me;

  • Born and raised in central Alberta
  • Grew up playing hockey and baseball my passion for both sports still thrives
  • Enjoy being outdoors whether it is hunting, fishing, getting out to the mountains or just taking in some sun.

Kelsey Saari – Receptionist

I graduated from the Dental Assisting program in 2012 and I am honored to be a part of the Hucal & Edwards team. I look forward greeting and assisting everyone that comes into the office.

Additional information about me:

  • I have lived in Central Alberta my whole life
  • I love spending time with my family and friends
  • In my spare time I enjoy a good read
  • Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere! ~Unknown

Chelsea Witthuhn - Orthodontic Assistant

I graduated from SAIT in 2012 for Dental Assisting and have worked in orthodontics for almost four years. I love to help patients achieve their perfect smile! I am very excited to be a part of the Hucal & Edwards team!

Additional information about me:

  • My husband, daughter Aubrey and dog Gibson call Red Deer home. We love going for walks at the dog park, trying new local restaurants and going to the pool!
  • "Everyone smiles in the same language" - Unknown
  • Chelsea Witthuhn- Orthodontic Assistant