About Us

We look forward to exceeding your expectations.

Pacific Pearl Dental Hygiene Clinic is here to provide you with the highest standards of care. Our approachability and communication skills will enable the people of central Vancouver Island who are struggling with dental uncertainties, to have a comfortable experience in a very caring atmosphere.

Our mission is to bring high quality dental hygiene therapy treatment to all our patients in a professional, safe, compassionate and accessible way.

Ricki Weissbach

The founder of Pacific Pearl Dental Hygiene Clinic, Ricki Weissbach, was born and raised in the Okanagan. She has been a registered dental hygienist since 2012 and was certified in Prince George and has completed a program through Thompson River University to become an independent hygiene clinic owner. She spent the first 7 years of her career working in private practice under several amazing dentists from Fort St. John to our beautiful Island. During this time working in private practice, she noticed a need that was not being met. People want more affordable and easier access to dental hygiene therapy.

Ricki became an independent hygiene practitioner to set a new bar on what to expect from your dental hygienist, while making dental hygiene accessible to everyone.

Denise Vanderlee

Now an independent dental hygienist, Denise brings dynamic care to her clients with a decade of experience. She is Vancouver Island born and raised in Port Alberni and a mom of two boys. Certified in Prince George, she has worked in private dentistry for valued dentists who specialize in procedures under IV sedation as well as prosthetics.

Denise has broadened her career by volunteering in Tanzania, learning about socioeconomic trends and dental presentations within the region. To promote the best possible client care, she completed the Thompson River University program to become a Dental Hygiene Practitioner. Her passion is to work one on one with clients to achieve optimal oral health outcomes.

Denise is thrilled to collaborate with Pacific Pearl to exceed hygiene expectations. “Its a pleasure to generate a warm and professional atmosphere for everyone we meet.”

Carmen Stauffer

Carmen has been in the dental field since 1997 when she graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant. We are honored to have her as our amazing receptionist!
Carmen enjoys travelling, golfing, walking Diego (her puppy), and trying new recipes. She enjoys relaxing with family and friends.

Natalie Cuthbert

Born and raised right here in Ladysmith, Natalie has joined our team after practicing dental hygiene for six years in Saskatchewan.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, she completed her hygiene diploma in Vancouver then returned to the prairies where she worked in private practice. She gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the dental industry. She is kind, light-handed and also left-handed! She is most passionate about reducing fear around dental cleanings and creating a comfortable environment for all her patients. She says that being at Pacific Pearl is “the right fit for providing optimal hygiene focused care.” In her spare time, Natalie enjoys golfing, the outdoors, farm life and hanging with her pal Cora the golden retriever.