Dr. Christopher J. Ciriello

Dentist and Team Leader

Dr. Christopher J. Ciriello is a skilled and experienced dental practitioner who is passionate about providing his patients with the utmost care and comfort. Dr. Ciriello is also committed to building the best professional dental team you’ll find in the Kootenays.

His path to excellence in dentistry began when Dr. Ciriello graduated in the top 1 percent of his class in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program at Western University in London, Ontario. In 2007 he graduated from the Western University School of Dentistry with numerous awards, and then mentored with one of the North America’s top lecturers in orthodontics and TMJ disorders. After more than 500 hours of continuing education Dr. Ciriello joined the North American lecture circuit, where he discovered his passion in mentoring high-performing dentists to serve in our small communities.

Further seeing the need for dentists in even the most remote places of the globe, Dr. Ciriello has done dental outreach work in Northern Canada and various developing countries around the world, including remote areas like the jungles of central Jamaica.

A lover of the active, outdoor lifestyle, Dr. Ciriello discovered all the Kootenays have to offer. In 2014 Dr. Ciriello made the move to Castlegar, where he transitioned Dr. Ellis’ family practice into Kootenay Family Dental – a leading-edge dental clinic with an uncompromising approach to customer care. At the heart of the quality of service and care at Kootenay Family Dental is Dr. Ciriello’s continued commitment to bringing some of the world’s finest dental talents to Castlegar. He’s committed to building, training and investing in the best dental team you will find in the Kootenays.

Dr. Ciriello loves:

  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Learning
  • Skiing
  • Fitness
  • Robotics and computers

Dr. Andre Audet


Dr. Andre Audet has recently joined the excellent team at Kootenay Family Dentistry.  He was born and raised in Castlegar and is excited to be able to practice dentistry back in the Kootenays. After attending Selkirk College he achieved a  BSc. Biochemistry Medical (University of British Columbia), and then a Doctor of Dental Medicine (University of Sydney).

Andre loves:

  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Running
  • Mountain Biking

Shana Johnstone

Office Manager

Originally from Alberta, Shana moved to Castlegar 13 years ago and has been making clients feel welcome at the Kootenay Family Dental office for the past three years. A certified dental assistant since 2008 with previous experience as a customer service manager, Shana brings a significant skill set, as well as her bright smile and advanced dental knowledge to the front desk at Kootenay Family Dental. Along with her work keeping the day-to-day operations running smoothly, Shana is constantly upgrading her knowledge in an effort to better serve the clients she has grown to love like family.

Shana loves:

  • Running
  • Gardening
  • Spending time with her family
  • Her three dogs


Dental Hygienist

A native of Castlegar, Daniel travelled to far-flung places like Denmark and England before returning home to work in his profession and enjoy the incredible surroundings of the place he grew up. Daniel helped out in various dental offices, both in Vancouver and the Kootenays before going to Selkirk College and later to dental hygiene school. After graduating in 2012, he came to work as a hygienist at Kootenay Family Dental – where he enjoys helping patients and working with the team. He believes strongly in empowering his patients through education and encouraging proper home care.

Daniel loves:

  • Swimming
  • Going to the beach
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Gardening
  • Fermentation


Dental Assistant

Known around the office and loved by her patients for her kind, gentle nature, Kim is a native of Castlegar who loves working at Kootenay Family Dental — in the community where her heart is. A certified dental assistant, with previous chairside experience assisting an endodontist in Edmonton, Kim has a keen interest in preventative dentistry, which she imparts to her patients every day. It was her desire to learn the latest advancements in dentistry care and technology that first drew Kim to work at Kootenay Family Dental. She also loves interacting with so many different people, and working side-by-side with dentists to provide top-quality patient care. Outside the office, she can be regularly found adventuring in the outdoors with her dogs.

Kim loves:

  • Dogs
  • Adventuring
  • The outdoors


Dental Hygienist

A Castlegar resident since birth, Sandra’s career the field of dentistry began early, when she started working in a dental clinic as a teenager. She enjoyed the work so much that upon graduation from high school, she studied to become a certified dental assistant (CDA). After working as a CDA for two years, Sandra decided she wanted to further her knowledge of dentistry – so she went on to become a registered dental hygienist.  She loves working at Kootenay Family Dental, and the part of her job she likes best is working with patients to help them achieve better oral health. Sandra also loves life in Castlegar, surrounded by her friends and family – as well as the incredible mountains, lakes and outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Sandra loves:

  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Camping


Dental Assistant

Kootenay Family Dental welcomed Courtney in February 2017. Courtney moved here from Kelowna to be with her fiancée. The couple married in October. Courtney is highly organized and strives to make your dental visit a positive one. Courtney is getting familiar with the slower-paced Kootenays and is thrilled with the change.

Courtney loves:

  • Her dog, Molly
  • Entertaining
  • Hiking
  • Dancing
  • Music


Dental Assistant

Growing up in Trail, Kelsea knew she wanted to stay in the area close to family and the activities she loves. Kelsea has worked as a Certified Dental Assistant and at the front desk as well, which makes her even more valuable. Her genuine, caring approach is appreciated by clients and fellow staff members.

Kelsea loves:

  • Quadding
  • Camping
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Animals


Dental Hygienist

Originally from Castlegar, Jessica moved to Vancouver shortly after doing her schooling in Ontario. She recently moved back to Castlegar to be closer to her family and friends. Jessica is new to the Kootenay Family Dental team but shares the same passion for patient care and education as the rest of the staff.

Jessica loves:

  • Fitness
  • Reading
  • Travelling
  • Sports

Lori Tennant


Lori moved from her hometown of Nakusp to Castlegar to work at Kootenay Family Dental. With a background in restaurant management and a diploma in business administration and accounting under her belt, Lori helps keep the front desk operating smoothly and smiles on the faces of patients every day. When she’s not enjoying the continuous learning opportunities, friendly customers and supportive staff at her workplace, she’s out enjoying the great Kootenay vibes found in the outdoors and communities of the region.

Lori loves:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Gardening