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Esther Schwenning

Denturist, Owner

Northern Lights Denture Clinic

Age: 38

The whole community is smiling about Esther Schwenning’s business. She was born and raised in Prince George, went away for her education, but always said she wanted to return. It wasn’t just lip service. She opened Northern Lights Denture Clinic in 2011, starting with just one employee to help get her enterprise underway.

“I am very proud that we have grown our business to an amazing team of six women,” she said. “We also employ local students each summer to give them a taste of what the dental field is like.”

All told, her staff is provided with more than 75 combined hours of continuing education each year “to support us both personally and professionally,” she said.

A significant portion of her clientele is made up of elders. She reciprocates by volunteering on an advisory committee for the Council of Seniors, a group advocating and supporting for services to seniors in our community.

Schwenning also volunteers within her profession. For the past four years, she has been on the executive board of the Denturist Association of BC.

“Giving back is one of the core values for my company,” she said. “Each year we donate our services to help those less fortunate. In 2012 we had the privilege of travelling to a remote village in Peru and were able to restore over 30 smiles! The last couple of years we have focused more on our local community.”

She has received a lot of focus in return, not just for her philanthropy but for her professional abilities. She has won the esteem of her industry in a big way, winning the Denturist of the Year Award and given the Ingens Doctrum Sodalitas Award of Excellence for being the top of her field in the province of B.C.

That would put a genuine smile on anyone’s face.

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