By Susan Lowndes
Kelvington is welcoming a new dental therapist to the community, in a position left vacant when Dr. Fouad Abounassar left three years ago. Amelia Swiderski, a registered dental therapist who comes to Kelvington from a clinic she was working at in Saskatoon, practised for seven years in North Battleford.
As a dental therapist, Swiderski is able to execute cleanings, x-rays, emergency and spec exams, fillings and simple extractions. A supervising dentist from Saskatoon, Dr. Edward Mahan, will be at the clinic on Fridays twice a month to complete new patient exams and to oversee her treatment plans.
Swiderski’s previous work experience allowed her to spend a lot of time with children and she is passionate about making the whole dental experience fearless and underwhelming for them. “With kids it’s all about how you treat them. Making them feel safe; that is the biggest thing. Making them feel safe and not overwhelming them.”
With some schooling and an understanding of naturopathy and homeopathy, the Swiderskis are formulating an organic toothpaste and polishing paste for Amelia’s practice.
She and her husband Owen, who works for a Ketchen-area farmer, have one child, four-year-old Jeshuah. They are living on a farm south of Hazel Dell but are looking to rent a place closer to Kelvington. Asked how they made the decision to come to Kelvington, Swiderski didn’t hesitate.
“Kelvington kind of chose us,” she said. “We were looking for a place to start a business and the Town of Kelvington and the municipality really came through, helping us set up the clinic. Ed Feairs was very helpful and the plumbers and the electricians were here to help us almost as soon as we called.”
Owen is originally from Preeceville and wanted to be closer to family so that also played into their decision, but Amelia, who grew up near Christopher Lake, said that both of them wanted to find a farm, a place where they could settle down and plant some roots. “I love nature and animals and the small town life and we are coming here with an understanding that we are here to serve and help people achieve their highest dental health,” Swiderski said. Once they get their feet under them at the clinic, she wants to have her clinic taking part in the different holidays, decorating and getting into the festivities for the kids.