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Meet Our Team

Compassionate Dental Care in Hamilton

We take pride in getting to know our patients and their families. We’ve cared for generations of Hamilton families since 1975, and we’ve built many longstanding relationships with our patients and our community. Learn more about our team members.

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Dr Sonia

Dr. Sonia Taranu

Dr. Taranu comes from Romania, where she received her training as a dentist at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Tirgu Mures, Romania in 1995. She worked as a general dentist until 1997 when she began a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Bucharest. In 2001, she completed training as a Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Romanian Ministry of Health and Family. She continued to work in general practice and as a surgeon in Timisoara, Romania, until she moved to Canada in 2004.

In Canada, she worked as a dental assistant while completing her Canadian dental board exams. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and passed her dental board exams in 2009. From 2010 to 2018 she worked in Toronto as an associate dentist before purchasing Gage Park Dental in 2018, where she has been practicing ever since. At Gage Park, Dr. Taranu has continued the tradition of providing dental health care to the community through a growing, vibrant dental practice.

Dr. Taranu lives in Hamilton with her daughter. She enjoys walking on the local trails and listening to classical music. She is fluent in English and Romanian.

The Gage Park Dental Team

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Kenis

Kenis ArauzDental Hygienist

Kenis grew up in Mississauga. He enjoys working with his patients to restore their dental health through cleaning and education. He attended the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Community Sciences, graduating with a diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2020. Kenis also has training in Diagnostically Driven Dentistry, Medical Emergencies in the Dental Practice, and Early Detection of Substance Abuse. He’s a Ontario Dental Hygienists Association member and speaks English and Spanish.

Outside work, Kenis likes to play basketball, try new restaurants, collect watches, and explore investment opportunities. He’s also a loyal Raptors and Leafs fan.

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jennifer

Jennifer SzatkoDental Hygienist

Jennifer joined our practice in 2013. She’s a Hamilton native and a graduate of the Canadian Institute for Dental Hygiene. Jennifer has a love for dentistry that began in childhood, and her playful and fun personality makes her a hit with our young patients. She also travels around Hamilton, teaching children about dental health and proper brushing habits.

Jennifer has extensive experience working in a dental office and has worked in the laboratory and administration. She is certified in First Aid and CPR through St. John Ambulance. She is an active member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys collecting and refurbishing antiques. She also likes being outdoors, reading, listening to music, swimming, and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Hamilton with her husband.

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karissa

Karrissa LaRocheOffice Manager

Karrissa was born and raised in Hamilton and makes her home here. She has a passion for dental office administration and helping people - a perfect match for our office. Before joining us, Karrissa held several positions managing medical offices and retail stores.

In her free time, Karrissa is an active volunteer. She advocates for vulnerable youth through the Street Youth Planning Committee and the Youth Leaders Community. She lives with her partner and three cats.

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Rianna Rowe

Rianne RoweReceptionist

Rianne joined our practice in 2022. She grew up in Cambridge and lives with her husband and their two dogs in Brantford. She particularly enjoys working with children and upgrading her pediatric dentistry skills through continuing education. Rianne is active in animal welfare and she fosters rescue dogs and cats and supports various animal welfare causes. She loves visiting South Africa and has had the privilege to volunteer to work with endangered species such as white rhinos and hyenas. On the weekends, she and her husband love to explore their community and check out local craft breweries.

New Patients Welcome!

We’re proud to be a part of Gage Park, a community we have served since 1975. We’ve earned the trust of generations of families with our commitment to excellence, experience, care, and compassion.

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