Our Mission

We at the Sackville Dental Centre would like to provide a friendly and caring atmosphere with the highest standards of today’s dental care while understanding each person as an individual and working together as a team.


Dr. John MacPherson, DDS

Dr. John, as he likes to be called, is originally from East Bay, Cape Breton. He received his BSC (Hons) from Acadia University, and his dental degree (DDS) from Dalhousie University. After working for two years with Dr. Bill Camp, he became Dr. Camp’s dental partner and has worked here at the Sackville Dental Centre for 28 years. In 2007 he purchased the whole practice and now heads the dental centre. Dr. John is involved in both endodontic (root canals) and orthodontic (braces) study clubs. To this day, Dr. John loves treating patients and practicing dentistry in general.

Dr. Michael Lo, DDS

Born and raised in Halifax, Dr. Mike was drawn to the science and craftsmanship of dentistry from a young age. He is a strong proponent of taking preventative measures to achieve optimal oral health in order to provide the best dental care he can to his patients.

Mike studied at McGill University where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012 from the Dalhousie dental school. Furthermore, he is committed to enhancing his dental skills and expertise through continuing education courses. His keen interests include dental implantology, endodontics, prosthodontics and Invisalign®. Mike is currently a member of the Halifax County Dental Society and the Atlantic Canada Seattle Study Club.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He also loves music, playing guitar, as well as leading an active lifestyle, whether it's going to the gym, spending time outdoors or playing basketball, ultimate frisbee or golf.

Dr. Lance Shaefer

Dr. Schaefer wanted to become a dentist since childhood. He has a deep passion for dentistry and great compassion for his patients. He offers sedation dentistry to help make his patients more comfortable with their dental treatment. Dr. Schaefer’s calm and patient demeanor makes him personable to all ages, including children and the elderly. He takes great pride in providing honest and quality family dentistry. Dr. Schaefer is a dedicated husband and father who enjoys spending most of his spare time with his family.

Office Manager

Debbie Kemp, Office Manager

Debbie is from Halifax and has been in the dental profession for more than 30 years. She graduated from NSIT in 1977 as a Registered Dental Assistant and has been at Sackville Dental Centre since 1989. She started as an assistant with Dr. Camp and has been office manager since 1997. Debbie also represents as Sackville Dental Centre’s Privacy Officer.

Dental Hygienists

Olu Brown, RDH

Olu Brown graduated with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009. She then went on to finish her BDH in 2011, where she made it to the Dean's List. She has been awarded several awards for demonstrating excellence in the field of Dental Hygiene and she instructed at the Dalhousie University in 2012. Olu joined our team in the August of 2014 and is an excellent addition to our practice.

Erica Chiasson

Erica was born and raised here in Sackville, Nova Scotia. She graduated with a diploma in Dental Hygiene from Dalhousie University in 2015. Erica joined our team in October 2015 and says she can't wait to meet you.

Brittany Crawford, RDH

Brittany was born and raised in Halifax and achieved a BA at Saint Mary's University in 2009 before graduating from Dalhousie University in 2012 with a diploma in Dental Hygiene. Brittany joined Sackville Dental Centre in January 2015. She enjoys educating her patients about their oral health and looks forward to meeting you and your smile.

Dental Assistants

Jocelyn Perkins, RDA

  • Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Graduated Dental Assisting from NSCC in 1981
  • Team member at Sackville Dental since 1987

Cindy Young, RDA

  • Originally from Halifax, NS 
  • Graduated from NSIT Dental Assisting Program in 1987
  • Has joined our team in 2017
  • Enjoys her job and makes the patients feel comfortable and at ease

Susan Shupe, RDA

  • Originally from Sackville, Nova Scotia
  • Graduated from NSCC Dental Assisting Program in 1995
  • Rejoined our team in June 2016. So glad to have her back with us.

Dental Receptionists

Karen Greedy — Treatment Coordinator/Receptionist

  • Originally from Bristol, England
  • Graduated from Cooks School of Business in 1982
  • Team member at Sackville Dental since 1991

Donna Stevens — Treatment Coordinator/Receptionist

  • Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Team member at Sackville Dental since 2001

Beverley Thurbide — Hygiene Coordinator/Receptionist

  • Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Graduated Dental Assisting from NSIT 1982
  • Team Member at Sackville Dental since 2007

Alicia Walsh – Receptionist

  • Originally from Sackville, Nova Scotia 
  • Graduated from Success College in 2009
  • Team Member at Sackville Dental since July, 2016

Meaghan Naugle – Receptionist

  • Originally from Fall River, Nova Scotia
  • Graduated from Success College in 2017
  • Completed her training here and then stayed on as a valued team member
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