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.
Dr. Varughese is passionate about screening patients for signs of sleep disordered breathing (Upper Airway Resistance and Sleep Apnea) and love helping improve sleep with appliance therapy and referrals to other professionals for CPAP and other sleep help. She 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, especially watching her older son play as a hockey goalie. Both she and her husband are big Edmonton Oilers fans. Dr. Varughese stays active by practising pilates and yoga, reading, and hosting dinner parties for family and friends.
She is also an advocate for dental hygiene and prevention. With two daughters of her own, Dr. Carson enjoys communicating the importance of oral health to children and teenagers, 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 Terwillegar for over 20 years, 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. She and her husband also enjoy cheering on the Edmonton Oilers.
Dr. Tim Barter, DDS
Dr. Tim Barter is our visiting associate dentist. He provides surgical treatments such as wisdom tooth extractions, implants and gingival grafts. He is able to provide these treatments with his anaesthetic nurse and dental assistant team using intravenous conscious sedation for patients that prefer this form of sedation.
Dr. Barter grew up in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. After high school he attended and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia in 1990 with a Diploma in engineering. He continued on to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he graduated in 1994 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and joined the military. His military career spanned 20 years and included stints in Germany working for NATO, North Carolina for advanced surgical training, and culminated with a nine month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked in a multinational field hospital treating wounded soldiers. Dr. Barter retired from active military service in 2010, settling in to Edmonton and has since been providing dental surgical care to Albertans throughout the province. He enjoys golf, hockey, travel and aviation.