Meet Our Dental Team

Dr. Anna Rankin heads up Dr. Anna Rankin Dentistry in Victoria.

Anna Rankin BSc, DMD, Dentist

Bio

Anna Rankin graduated with honours from the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at the University of British Columbia. She soon relocated to Victoria where she worked as an associate before accomplishing her dream of purchasing her own dental practice in downtown Victoria.

Dr. Rankin practices all aspects of general dentistry and enjoys caring for patients of all ages. She actively participates in continuing education courses in all areas of dentistry to ensure her skills remain at the leading edge of her field. Dr. Rankin is a member of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, the Canadian Dental Association, and the American Dental Association, the University of British Columbia Advanced Orthodontics Study Club, the Victoria District Dental Society, the Victoria Composite Study Club, the Saanich RV Tucker Gold Study Club, the Academy of General Dentistry BC Chapter. She finds it gratifying to interact with her patients by employing compassion and a caring chair-side manner while successfully maintaining their oral health.

Dr. Rankin likes to spend her free time horseback riding, exploring the outdoors with her dog, seeing the world through her travels and relaxing with her husband.

Skills

Education
Doctor of Dental Medicine
University of British Columbia 2010
Graduating Awards:

  • Hanau Excellence in Prosthodontics.
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Clinical, Academic Performance and Leadership.
  • Scotiabank Award for Clinical Performance.
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Oustanding Senior Student

Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics with a minor in Psychology
Co-op Student Program Graduate
University of British Columbia 2004

Memberships
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
British Columbia Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
RV Tucker Gold Study Club – Saanich
Victoria District Dental Society

Past Member
UBC Advanced Orthodontic Study Club 2010-2013
Victoria Composite Study Club 2011-2013

Lisa Mann, Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa Mann, Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio

Born and raised on Vancouver Island in Qualicum Beach, Lisa Mann now lives in Oak Bay with her husband, young son, black lab and cat. As a graduate of Camosun Dental Hygiene and UBC BDSc Lisa has a passion for dentistry and more than 15 years of dental experience. She also teaches part time in the Dental Hygiene program at Camosun College.

Some of her hobbies include running half marathons and anything fitness related, and hiking with the family and travelling! Lisa is excited to be a member of Dr. Rankin’s team and looks forward to growing with her practice.

Skills

Overview

Lisa began her career in dentistry as a certified dental assistant graduating from Malaspina College in 1999. Spending most of her career as a CDA in the specialty field of prosthodontics, she furthered her education by completing the Prosthodontic Module at Simon Fraser University enabling her to fabricate chair-side provisional crowns, bridges and veneers.

Her passion for education and working with people encouraged her to pursue her education in dental hygiene. Lisa graduated from Camosun College with honors and was the recipient of the Top Clinician Award and Top Overall Student Award, awarded by the College of Dental Hygienists’ and Sunstar Butler. May 2013 she completed her baccalaureate degree in dental sciences at the University of British Columbia.

As a registered dental hygienist, Lisa specializes in preventive oral health, providing professional treatment and advice to help people prevent or halt existing dental diseases, and to support overall health and wellness. She uses her knowledge and clinical skills to provide optimal, individualized dental hygiene care for each patient. As an integral part of the AR Dentistry team, she works collaboratively with her team to meet the oral health needs of their patients.

Denise Bittner, Certified Dental Assistant

Denise Bittner, Certified Dental Assistant

Bio

Denise is originally from Germany, has lived in Victoria for the past 18 years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

She has a passion for travelling and has still many places on her list to explore. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse and going for hikes with her dachshund, Penny. Denise also recently became a jazzercise instructor.

After graduating from the Certified Dental Assistant program at Camosun College in 2010, Denise worked at a practice in Broadmead for three years before joining Dr. Rankin’s team. She enjoys going to work everyday because of the great people and positive environment at her clinic.

Skills

Education

Graduated with a certificate in dental assisting from Camosun College in 2010 in the top 5 of the class. Also listed on the Dean’s Honour Roll that year.

Passed the National Dental Assisting Examination Board exam in the summer of 2010.

Registered and licensed through the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and a member of the Certified Dental Assistants of BC.

Certified in level 1 first aid through St. John’s Ambulance and certified level HCP CPR/AED through the Canadian Red Cross.

Christina Handrak, Dental Office Manager at Dr. Anna Rankin Dentistry

Christina Handrak, Office Manager

Bio

Christina moved to Victoria in January 2011 from Toronto, Ontario, searching for a West Coast lifestyle. She fell in love with the beauty of the city and loves spending time outdoors.

When not managing Dr. Rankin’s clinic, Christina trains in martial arts, focusing on Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai boxing. She’s also an avid reader and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.

After several years of dental administration and management roles, Christina joined Dr. Rankin’s office summer of 2012, which was a happy reunion after working together in the past.

Her education includes a specialized honors degree in psychology and a degree in education. She is delighted to be part of Dr. Rankin’s team, working closely with her valued patients and contributing to the well-being of the practice.

Skills

Overview

With a specialized honors Degree in Psychology, a Degree in Education, and several years of experience working in various dental offices, I have developed a passion for working in a team enviornment while supporting others and maintaing a sense of accountability and responsbility for myself.

The importance of social contact and personable connections and the need for clear communication is imperative in the management, administrative and business side of dentistry. My career in dentistry has been quite a rewarding experience for me, allowing me the opportunity to fully utilize my educational background and apply my knowledge of human development and behaviour to my daily tasks and interactions with people.

My experience with teaching in the education system in combination with my background in customer service has encouraged me to focus on remaining genuine, understanding, and attentive to patient needs or concerns. My goal is to contribute to the overall patient care in Dr. Rankin’s office by helping to create an environment that is supportive, informative and positive. I am excited to see where the future takes me within dentistry, always embracing my experiences as positive and an opportunity for growth.

Education

Specialized Honors Degree in Psychology – York University 2007 – Toronto, Ont.

Dean’s Honor Roll York University – 2005-2007

Education Degree – University of Windsor 2010 – Windsor, Ont.

Honor Roll Graduate – University of Windsor

Teaching in the Primary/Junior levels in Toronto, Ont. – Grades 2, 4 and 6

Volunteer for Literacy Program – Grade 2/3 split – 2011 Toronto, Ont.

Dental Reception/ Administration, and Management roles both in Toronto Ont., and Victoria BC

Carrie Browne, Registered Dental Hygienist at Dr. Anna Rankin Dentistry in Victoria B.C.

Carrie Browne, Registered Dental Hygienist

Bio

Carrie was born in Vancouver and raised in Coquitlam. Vancouver Island has been her home since 1995, living in Nanaimo, Victoria and Campbell River. After a few attempts at returning to the Mainland, she realized Island life was for her.

Prior to her career in dentistry, Carrie spent 18 years working and managing in the restaurant industry, in both Vancouver and Victoria. She loves everything to do with food, but leaves cooking to her partner, a chef here Victoria. She spent three years at Camosun College studying general sciences, before switching to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Carrie spent two years working at a large dental practice in Campbell River that also serviced patients from the surrounding Discovery Islands and many small North Island communities. She worked closely with three different dentists, as well as a periodontist, and had the privilege of observing multiple periodontal therapies: sinus lifts, soft tissue grafting, and implant surgeries; as well as assisting the periodontist with delivering local anesthetic.

Carrie and her partner moved back to Victoria to be closer to friends and family. Their son, Levi, was born May 17, 2013. As a family, they love to eat, listen to music, and to be outdoors doing almost anything — skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and camping are all favorite activities. Levi had his first camping trip when he was just six weeks old, and to this day only sleeps through the night when he is in a tent.

Carrie is both excited and honored to work with Dr. Anna Rankin’s team and look forward to meeting and working with you all this next year.

Skills

Education:

High School Diploma 1998, Wellington Secondary, Nanaimo, BC

First and second year General Sciences 2003 – 2006, Camosun College, Victoria, BC

Diploma in Dental Hygiene 2009-2011 (Dean’s List), Camosun College, Victoria, BC

Certification:

Standard first aid, and CPR/AED re-certified 2014

Invisalign 2012

Registered with the CDHBC