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Our Dental Team

Dr. Anna Tucka, Dentist

Anna was born of Ukrainian parents and raised in Poland. Her elementary school was a sports school where she trained in hurdles and high jump. She dreamed of becoming a watchmaker but her parents “wisely” sent her to an all-academic high school. Although excelling in math she also took art courses and participated in art exhibitions and summer art camps. Later, she went to the Medical Academy of Gdansk, Department of Dentistry.

“It was a tumultuous time, when Poland was trying to free itself from the Soviet Union and of course Gdansk was the epicentre of the changes—life was very interesting.”

After graduating she felt an urge to explore the world and eventually ended up in Canada. “I soon decided that Canada is beautiful, the people friendly and I that I could live here (especially after meeting my husband).”

In 1997, after traveling back to Poland to do an internship at a Military Hospital, she obtained her Canadian License. She then worked as an Associate Dentist in several offices in Toronto, Mississauga and Maple.

In 2008 she was ready to start her own practice and hearing there was one available from Dr. Jocelyn Pearce for sale in Port Hope, she acquired it in August of 2008.

“I love Port Hope, the town, the people, the patients—this is my place on earth and I feel at home here!”

Dr. Tucka’s interests are: contemporary art, sailing, scuba diving and biking. She dreams about having a dental office that incorporates an art gallery and fantasizes about retiring on a sailboat to circumnavigate the world.

“My other passion is helping the less fortunate. That is why I lend money through www.kiva.org; help to buy water filters and build schools through www.adoptavillageinlaos.blogspot.com; help to support an orphanage in Lesotho; buy farm animals, school and medical supplies through and " www.worldvision.ca, and www.charitywater.org. I also support local charities and events: www.capitoltheatre.com, and www.porthoperotary.com, Northumberland United Way.”

Phil Longo, Denturist

Phil completed his Denturist program in 1985 at George Brown College, Toronto. Prior to being licensed he had worked for 10 years as a Dental Technician at Sunnybrook Hospital, servicing Veterans needs for dentures and crown and bridge procedures.

Phil is a member in good standing with the Denturist Association of Ontario, and is committed to continuing education in the field of dentures and implant retained dentures. Phil and his wife Deanne have a daughter, Teresa, and son, Michael, who graduated as a Denturist in 2007.

Jeanette Smith, HygienistJeanette

Jeanette has been in dentistry since 1992. After graduating from George Brown College as a Dental Assistant, she worked for four years and then went back to Durham College for the Dental Hygiene Program. She graduated as a Hygienist in 1997 and worked at a Periodontal office.

Married for 15 years, with a daughter that loves horses (the pictures in Jeanette’s operatory are of her daughter), she is the secretary of the Kawartha Pony Club. She enjoys horseback riding, jogging, reading, biking, chocolates and good food and has been with this office for six years. Her goal is to run a half marathon.

Debi McBride, Preventive Dental AssistantDebi

Born and raised in the Cobourg/Port Hope area, Debi has worked in dentistry since 1991 after graduating from Durham College as a Dental Assistant. In 1993 she upgraded to Preventive Dental Assistant at the University of Western Ontario.

She has been with the office since 2003 and considers herself a “jack-of-all-trades” in the dental office, being an assistant, a receptionist, resident mechanic for the dental equipment and treatment coordinator. She has also worked with a variety of specialists: Endodontist, Periodontist, Oral Surgeon, Pedodontist. She loves her work, and loves working with patients.

She has two daughters: Sawyer and Taylor; and enjoys reading, dancing, high heels (and other shoes).

Michelle Cotter, Dental Assistant/ReceptionistMichelle

Michelle was born in Toronto and raised in the Cobourg area. She has worked in dentistry since 1994 after graduating from the Toronto School of Business as a Dental Assistant. She's been with the office since 2010. Previously, she has worked with a variety of specialists: an Oral Surgeon, and a Pedodontist as well as in general dentistry.

Michelle has two children, Danielle and Kolton. When not busy at the dental office she enjoys reading, gardening and camping.

Catherine MacLeod, HygienistCatharine

Catherine has been in the field of dentistry for 12 years. A graduate of George Brown College and Algonquin College, she has worked as an assistant, a receptionist and for the last 6 years in dental hygiene.

Outside of work, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, playing Ultimate Frisbee and tries to fit in a yoga class when possible.  Against her better judgement, Catherine began ski lessons this last winter and returned from maternity leave in early February after not breaking any bones on the slopes!