Goska Nowak, DDS
I am proud to have helped my patients with their dental needs for over 20 years. Dentistry has always been a joy and passion for me. Although the science of dentistry has changed tremendously over the time and continues to evolve, my philosophy and approach to helping patients remains the same at its core. It has always been about getting to know the person as a whole, helping them to see the big picture, identifying their own health goals, discovering their needs and finally working together to achieve those goals.
I truly believe that by having invested a great deal of time attending clinical excellence workshops and personal growth development seminars I have become a very competent clinician and a strong, empathetic listener. Most of my patients now see me as their advocate rather than just a tooth doctor. As Aristotle said: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I have learned the importance of starting with “why” questions before deciding on what and how. This is a critical step in helping people to understand their risk factors, identifying the reason a condition appeared in the first place, developing a treatment plan to reduce the risk and intervening at the early stages. All of these elements allow me to give our patients more predictable treatments and to try to minimize the amount of dental work they will need over their lives.
I am a strong believer in presenting my patients with different options for treatment and helping them understand the conditions and implications of each option so they feel empowered to choose what is best for them at the time. I have been fortunate to love what I do and I am committed to continuing to learn and grow. In my pursuit of clinical excellence in dentistry I have been privileged to be trained and mentored by elite dentists in North America. Both myself and my amazing team are proud to provide the highest level of expertise and patient care . We strive to address our patients’ individual needs and improve their health through a holistic, mouth-body connection approach and deliver predictable, evidence-based dentistry that can improve our patients’ lives. My professional motto is to maintain health rather than treat illness.
I graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and moved to Calgary where I have been practicing ever since. I have been closely affiliated with Kois Centre for Advanced Dental Learning and Spear Education Centre. I am active in numerous study clubs and hope to become a mentor and teacher in the near future.
I have a 20 year old son. In my free time I enjoy RV camping together with my husband in Canadian wilderness. I am an avid fitness and health enthusiast. I enjoy reading and meditating on daily basis. My special interests are skin care and facial aesthetics and their impacts on healthy aging in women.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team at 9th Avenue Dental is committed to helping you enjoy excellent oral health and a beautiful smile. We take the time to get to know you and understand your needs in order to provide you with individualized treatments, and we work diligently to give you the highest standard of care and the most comfortable experience possible. Give us a call today at (403) 768-0300 to learn more about dental care in Calgary, Alberta, and set up your appointment with our experienced dentist.
Darci – Office Administrator
Darci started in the dental field as a dental assistant. She graduated from SAIT in 1983. After 13 years she decided to transition to administration and joined the practice. Twenty-two years later she is still here to welcome you when you enter the practice and assist you with all your administrative needs.
Darci has a second career as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Being active has always been a big part of her life. She enjoys golf, yoga, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Kristi – Hygiene Coordinator
Born and raised in Calgary, Kristi has been with Dr. Nowak’s practice for 16 years. She is very passionate about her position in the clinic as our Hygiene Coordinator/Administrator. She enjoys the interaction with the patients and making sure that their needs and expectations are met and exceeded.
Away from the clinic, Kristi enjoys spending time with her husband and two active boys, their dog, family and friends. Together they love to spend time camping, hiking and cheering on the boys at their hockey games.
Yvette – Registered Dental Assistant
Yvette is our senior level 2 RDA who has worked alongside Dr. Nowak for 15 years Yvette enjoys working with Dr. Nowak because of her innovative approach to today’s dentistry. Yvette has a diverse set of skills in the dental field and loves to share her vast knowledge with her patients while giving them a great dental experience.
When not at work, Yvette enjoys adventures in the great outdoors with her amazing daughter. They both enjoy their relaxing weekly visits to the stables to spend time with the horses.
Michal – Office Manager
Michal oversees the operations of the practice and makes sure that the outcomes including clinical care, individual patient needs and business matters are meeting the expectations of all stakeholders. Michal is responsible for ensuring that the practice operates in a safe and efficient manner and that all staff members have the necessary tools and high motivation levels to provide only the best to our patients. Being the husband of Dr Nowak, Michal understands Dr Nowak’s treatment philosophy and vision of care very well and is an active participant in implementation of the core practice values. Michal graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 1998 with an MBA and has experience in business strategy planing, which he obtained by working closely with real estate planners and in the home building industry in Calgary.
In his spare time, Michal enjoys practicing Shotokan Karate, lifting weights, hiking and spending time outdoors. He has a keen interest in history and likes to study philosophy and its impact on shaping our life values. He likes to challenge himself and is always looking for self-improvement.
Ronnie – Registered Dental Assistant
Ronnie has lived in Calgary most of her life. She received her RDA Level 2 from K.D.M. Dental College. She enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children. What Ronnie loves most about working at Dr. Novak and Associates are the great team atmosphere and the loving family environment.
Stephanie – Dental Hygienist
Stephanie started working with Dr Nowak in 2017. She grew up in southwestern Ontario and completed her dental hygiene education in 2009. Stephanie has been in clinical practice for over 9 years and is passionate about educating her patients regarding the link between periodontal disease and systemic health.
Stephanie enjoys staying active by hiking, swimming, rowing and bootcamp classes. In her spare time, she loves to garden, bake and travel with her husband.
Katie – Dental Hygienist
Katie earned her dental hygiene diploma from the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene in Hamilton, Ontario. She joined our office in January of 2014. She appreciates the high quality of dental care that we provide to our patients and the great opportunities she has to further her education at our office. In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling, working out, hiking and spending time with family and friends.