Kootenay Family Dental has been keeping local smiles looking great for more than 40 years. Whether you’ve been coming to our Castlegar dental centre for decades or are brand new to the clinic, we offer only the best in dentistry and customer service to all our patients.


Shortly after moving to Castlegar from Vancouver in 1976, Dr. Donald Ellis established his dental practice with the goal of providing quality, patient-centered dentistry services to Kootenay residents. Originally located at 1000 3rd Street, Dr. Ellis relocated his Castlegar dental office to its current location at 663 Columbia Avenue in 1981, where he expanded the clinic to serve more patients.

In 2015, after nearly 40 years of practicing dentistry in Castlegar, Dr. Ellis transitioned his practice to Dr. Chris Ciriello. An experienced and dedicated dentist who is originally from Ontario, Dr. Ciriello rebranded the clinic as Kootenay Family Dental. While it might have a new name, our clinic continues the tradition of patient-focused, leading-edge dental care established by Dr. Ellis. Dr. Ciriello also continues to offer the same comprehensive array of dental services you’ve come to expect.

Our clinic has been recently renovated to include the most advanced dental technology and modern amenities available – with the goal of offering our patients the best treatments available, combined with the utmost in comfort.

Many of our friendly staff have been working at Kootenay Family Dental for decades, while other highly skilled professionals have recently joined the team. They all work together to provide you with a welcoming environment and some of the best dental services you will find in the Kootenays


Our commitment to you means we will always:

  • Use only the latest technology to provide effective treatments delivered with maximum comfort;
  • Take a patient-centered approach and work together with you to co-create a long-term plan for your best dental health;
  • Provide a team of high-performing dentists and hygienists who are committed to keeping their skills on the leading edge of modern dentistry;
  • Offer a comfortable and welcoming environment, staffed by a team of friendly dental professionals who go the extra mile to make your visit enjoyable.


Each of our dental professionals holds certifications from respected dental schools, combined with significant experience in their field. Under the leadership of Dr. Christopher J. Ciriello, our staff regularly undertake continuing education and professional development to ensure their skills match up to the latest standards of modern dentistry. Working alongside our dentists and hygienists, our dedicated and experienced office staff work to simplify your experience with short wait times, predictable pricing and a commitment to customer service.