Our clinic was founded over 30 years ago by dentist, Dr. Russell D. Ganderton. In 1993, Prairie Dental Centre was born at its present location. In 2012, Dr. Jack Gordon began leading the team as our principal dentist.
Dr. Jack Gordon DDS
Dr. Jack Gordon is the principal dentist here at Prairie Dental Centre. Dr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2006. In 2010, Dr. Gordon received his Doctor of Dental Surgery - also from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Gordon believes in providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment. Dr. Gordon is particularly interested in oral surgery, implants, orthodontics, but also crowns, bridges, and root canals as well. Always eager to learn, Dr. Gordon consistently takes new courses in diverse areas like orthodontics, implants and occlusion. His goal is to help patients achieve healthy smiles so that they can worry about the rest of their lives without bothersome toothaches.
Dr. Gordon joined the team here at Prairie Dental Centre in June 2010. He enjoys the community and patients who visit our clinic. He particularly enjoys hearing stories patients share about themselves and their families, which make every day more interesting than the previous. Additionally, he enjoys being a part of a staff that genuinely cares about the patients and the treatment - making it easier to provide a high quality of care.
In his spare time, Dr. Gordon enjoys staying active playing hockey, with downhill and cross-country skiing, golfing, hiking, and camping. He also plays bass guitar, enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Gordon is dedicated to giving back to Leduc, and volunteers as the Chair of the Leduc Downtown Business Association (DBA). Dr. Gordon and his wife are kept busy with their two happy children and a pair of small dogs.
Dr. Simon Zhu DDS
Dr. Simon Zhu grew up in Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta for his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Graduating in 2015, Dr. Simon has been an integral part of the Prairie Dental team ever since.
Dr. Sahar Abtahi DMD
Dr. Sahar Abtahi grew up in Edmonton and obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University in May of 2012. Currently, she is completing the orthodontic specialty program at the University of Alberta. She stops by monthly to follow up with some of her patients here at Prairie Dental.
In her spare time, Dr. Abtahi enjoys writing, travelling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Russell D. Ganderton DDS- Retired (medical reasons)
Dr. Russell Ganderton has practiced dentistry since 1979 when he opened Prairie Dental Centre. He has been happily serving the people of and around Leduc since that time. Dr. Ganderton's winning personality and friendly nature makes the experience of visiting the dentist an enjoyable one. Dr. Ganderton Graduated from the University of Alberta in the class of 1979.
After 33 years of serving Leduc and its surrounding communities, Dr. Ganderton retired in 2013 due to medical reasons. The principles with which he practiced, and most of the staff with whom he practiced are still at Prairie Dental being led by Dr. Jack Gordon.
Diane - Office Manager
Diane was born and raised in Saskatchewan where she completed her Dental Assisting Program. She moved to Alberta in 1989 and has been working in the dental field for more than 25 years, 12 of those years as a Dental Assistant and for the past 13 years as a Dental Office Administrator. Diane enjoys working with others and meeting new people. She values the time spent relaxing with family and friends and keeps busy volunteering for volleyball and football organizations. Other interests include camping and gardening.
Shelley - Receptionist
Shelley was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan. She relocated to Edmonton and eventually to Leduc. She graduated from SIAST in Regina with a Dental Assisting Diploma. She has been in the dental field for 24 years both as a dental assistant and as a receptionist. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, golfing, curling and traveling.
Karin - Dental Assistant
Karin has relocated from Munich, Germany to the Edmonton area. She has been in the dental field as both a Registered Dental Assistant and Receptionist for more than 20 years and also holds the Orthodontic Module certificate from the U of A. She has been at Prairie Dental since 2001. Karin enjoys working out, gardening, reading and camping.
Janelle - Dental Assistant
Janelle was born in Camrose, AB and raised on an acreage near New Sarepta. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from KDM with a Registered Dental Assistant diploma. Janelle enjoys being outside, playing volleyball, and skiing.
Theresa - Hygienist
"I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) since graduation from the University of Alberta in 1996 and a member of the Prairie Dental team for over fourteen years. In my spare time I enjoy curling and being active outdoors gardening."
Zahra - Hygienist
Zahra has been living in Alberta with her family since 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Alberta in 2005 and has been practicing as a full time hygienist at Prairie Dental since 2007. Zahra has served as a clinical instructor at U of A's Faculty of Dentistry in the past and has been an active member of the Dental Hygiene program's interviewing committee. Zahra is dedicated to providing the best oral care for her patients and enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.