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14034 - 23 Avenue, Terwillegar Heights Towne Square, Edmonton, AB T6R 3L6

Our Doctors

Dr. Jody Varughese, DDS


Before earning her degree in dentistry from the University of Alberta in 2001, Dr. Jody Varughese spent five years as a dental hygienist. Having practised dentistry since 2001, Dr. Varughese still stresses the importance of hygiene and preventive care to all her patients. She conducts thorough examinations, assessing risk factors for diseases, and educates patients on treatment options and prevention. Her goals as a dental professional include improving the overall health of her patients through proper oral care.

Many of Dr. Varughese’s patients at Petrolia Dental have a long history at the clinic. Multi-generational extended families, including cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, are common patients at our practice. Dr. Varughese upholds a tradition of treating her patients as if they were members of her own family. This attitude toward oral care at Petrolia Dental is what keeps generations of patients coming back.

Dr. Varughese also offers soft-tissue laser treatments as a more precise way to perform procedures such as gum recontouring, biopsies, periodontal treatments, teeth whitening, and more, without damaging surrounding tissues.

Dr. Varughese is also passionate about the role of diabetes in dental disease, and is an active and strong supporter of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Outside of the dental office, Dr. Varughese can be found spending time with her precious young sons and husband. She stays active by practising yoga, reading, and hosting dinner parties for family and friends.

Dr. Rachelle Carson, DDS


Dr. Rachelle Carson is a caring and empathetic dentist whose number one priority is patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Carson graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001, and is also certified to perform Invisalign® treatments.

She enjoys every aspect of her job, particularly administering cosmetic procedures that can beautify smiles such as Invisalign®, porcelain crowns, and veneers. Especially rewarding is witnessing satisfied patients leave her chair, no longer embarrassed to share their beautiful new smiles with the world.

She is also an advocate for dental hygiene and prevention. With two kids of her own, Dr. Carson enjoys communicating the importance of oral health to children, and meeting kids and their families. She’s cared for many children in the past, from toddlers through to their high school years.

Dr. Carson has lived in the South Edmonton area for well over a decade, and sees her valued patients as members of an extended neighbourhood she is proud to serve.

When she’s not at the office treating patients, Dr. Carson enjoys travelling, spending time with her family, and volunteering at her daughter’s school.

Dr. Tim Barter, DDS

Dr. Tim Barter grew up in Labrador, Newfoundland. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University 1990 with a Diploma in Engineering. He continued on to Dalhousie University where in 1994, under the Military Subsidization Program, he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He was then transferred to Goose Bay. In 1995 he married Jill, and then transferred to Geilenkirchen, Germany in 1999. They spent three years there and had three children, Gavin, Lauren, and Bronwen. Back in North America, he spent two years in Kingston, Ontario and two years in Fayetteville, North Carolina attending the Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

From August 26, 2008 through May 3, 2009, Dr. (Major) Barter was deployed to Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan where he ran the hospital-based dental clinic in a MASH-like setting. Dr. Barter retired from the Canadian Forces in 2010 to St. Albert, Alberta.

Dr. Barter’s hobbies include skiing, flying, golf .and hockey.

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