Today we shine the spotlight on Dr. Carolynn Oleksyn, general dentist at Sutherland Dental Group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We discussed what excites her most about being a dentist, the importance of showing compassion to patients, and the support she receives from fellow Saskatchewanians.
Tell us about your journey into dentistry and how you came into practice at Sutherland Dental?
In my last year of high school, I enrolled in a local dental assisting program. I knew that I could get a job right away and buy some time to determine what career I wanted to pursue. After assisting for a couple years, I decided I wanted to be on “the other side of the chair.” I had gained valuable experience in the field and had a good understanding of what I was getting myself into. Dentistry had become a passion, and I was thrilled to be accepted at the University of Saskatchewan DMD program. Upon graduation, I always believed I would leave Saskatoon, but a great opportunity became available at Sutherland Dental working with Dr. Bernie Olson. I was welcomed into the practice and have never looked back.
What excites you most about practicing dentistry?
I love having the ability to practice all disciplines of dentistry as a general dentist. Early in my career, I decided that I wanted to hone my skills in all areas. With an abundance of continuing education under my belt, I can provide almost all services to my patients.
What’s the best part about being a dentist?
As I approach my 24th year in practice, the best part of my career has been the people I’ve interacted with and the relationships I’ve made. Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan and practicing in Saskatoon, I’m very grateful for the community support,. Saskatchewanians are genuinely great people!
What does excellence in patient care mean to you?
It means listening to your patients and always trying to do your best in the most comfortable and painless way. Patients are often nervous, and being in the dental chair is a vulnerable position. Showing empathy and compassion is extremely important.
What do you think has been the secret to your practice’s sustained success?
I believe Sutherland Dental’s continued success is rooted in always putting the patient first and providing excellence in treatment from the moment they walk in the door to when they leave. Our friendly and caring staff sets us apart, as many have been in our office for 10 to 20 years or more. Our team is highly skilled and always strives to provide the best care. We’ve built lasting relationships as colleagues and with our patients over the years. We truly are a family practice!
What’s the best part about being in the dentalcorp network?
The support and opportunities provided by dentalcorp are second to none. When the pandemic hit, dentalcorp was at the forefront, providing the industry with the most up-to-date information and guidance on a safe return to practicing. Very little was known about COVID-19 when dentistry initially reopened, and the professionals working behind the scenes at dentalcorp went above and beyond to support the practices – with everything from procurement of PPE to administration of the wage subsidy program. Being a part of the network has allowed me to meet many wonderful and like-minded professionals from across the country. dentalcorp’s DC Institute continuing education and development programs are excellent, with many opportunities to stay ahead of the latest technologies and practices.
Tell us some of the ways your practice gives back to your community
Our practice gives back to the community by supporting many local community events and charities.
What advice do you have for emerging dentists?
Try to do your best each day, and continue to learn and seek mentorship in any way you can. Build those patient relationships – that little child in your chair may become your adult patient with a child of their own one day!