Our Team at The Pines Dental Office


Ashley, Krystal, Elizabeth, Nancy, Vanessa, Sandra

Dr. David Pampena


Dr. Adrian Palencar 


Dr. Palencar graduated from Komensky University in Slovakia with the degree Doctor of Universal Medicine, He immigrated to Canada in 1970. In 1975, Dr. Palencar founded Brock Dental and has since dedicated his life to providing exceptional service to the dental community. He is well versed in all aspects of dentistry from Implant Prosthetics, Crowns and Bridges, to his passion Orthodontics. Dr. Palencar is an accomplished keynote speaker and continues to lecture for Rondeau Seminar, and orthodontic course aimed at educating and mentoring dentists who are interested in their practice.

Dr. Palencar was awarded a Master of Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) in 1997 and received a Pinkster Award from the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) in 2003. He is an IBO Board Diplomate and received his certification as a Master Senior Instructor.

Dr. Palencar is a past President of the IAO Ontario Section, past Treasurer of the Regional Niagara AGD, a peer reviewer for the IJO and an Examiner for the IBO.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Palencar spends his time with his loving wife, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Palencar holds a second degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys running, skiing, and travelling. 

Dr. Harjit Gill 


A 2001 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan, Dr. Gill enjoys all aspects of dentistry, from basic restorative treatment to more complex procedures such as crowns, veneers and root canal therapy. She has a special interest in pediatric care and focuses on preventative care by emphasizing on educating and raising awareness about dental health.

As a member of Canadian Dental Association (CDA), Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and Niagara Peninsula Dental Association (NPDA), Dr. Gill enjoys participating in many continuing education courses and keeping current on developing treatments and technologies. She is part of the executive committee of the NPDA since 2015 and has been actively serving as an ODA councillor since 2016. Outside of dentistry, she enjoys reading, travelling, cooking and spending time with her five children.

Ashley Lowry (Hygienist) 


Ashley graduated with honours as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Niagara College in 2011 and has been working at the Pines Dental Office since 2012. She finds her job to be a very rewarding experience, as she is able to improve and maintain the oral health of each patient.

Ashley was born and raised in Welland and enjoys giving back to her community. She finds it an honour to connect with patients on both a professional and personal level. When not working, Ashley enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family

Elizabeth Ticknovich ( Hygienist) 


Liz has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1989. She attended Niagara College where she received a Certificate in Dental Assisting, she then attended Eric Community College where she worked towards her Associates Degree in Applied Science of Dental Hygiene.

Liz has been working at The Pines Dental Office since 1990. She entered the dental field because of her passion for promoting nutrition and good dental health.

Liz enjoys working with people and finds her career very fulfilling.Outside of work, Liz is happily married and takes pride in raising her two wonderful daughters.

Vanessa Lambert (Office Administrator/Receptionist)


Vanessa graduated from Niagara College in 2009 as a Level II Dental Assistant and has been working at The Pines Dental Office ever since. She loves working with people on a daily basis and now works at the front reception as an administrator as well assisting patients with all of their treatment planning needs. She is very passionate about ensuring that every patient has a pleasant experience at the office.

Sandra Pummell (Certified Level I Dental Assistant)


Sandra graduated from Niagara College as a Certified Dental assistant and has been working diligently here at the Pines Dental Office since 1994. She takes great pleasure in socializing and providing excellent care to the many patients that she has grown to know over the years and welcomes all new patients to the practice with her comforting and friendly demeanour.

When not working, Sandra is kept busy by her family and her two son’s hockey schedules.

Nancy Inman (Office Manager)


Nancy started working in the office since its inception in 1974 as Dental Assistant and Receptionist. As the years progressed she obtained her degree in Psychology and completed courses of study in Marketing and Accounting. Her role transitioned into Office Manager a position well suited for her attention to detail, ability to multitask and her excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. She is extremely dedicated to the practice, patients and the exceptional team of staff that she works with. Nancy maintains an open door policy with everyone, mainly because she has no door on her office.

Nancy is a wife of many years, proud mother of 3 sons, happy grandmother of a grandson and a Breast Cancer survivor.

Krystal Stevens (Receptionist/Hygiene Co-ordinator/Certified Level II Dental )


Krystal graduated from Niagara College in 2006 as a Certified Level II Dental Assistant. During her career as a dental assistant, she completed additional courses to qualify her to accept additional responsibilities as hygiene/treatment co-ordinator and front reception. Krystal takes pride in providing excellent patient care and ensuring every patient has a comfortable and pleasant experience while in our office. When not at work, Krystal is very busy chasing around an energetic toddler!