After Dr. Carol Thorpe completed a degree in biology at SFU with an eye to becoming a biologist or naturalist, she took a summer job at bird sanctuary while considering her career options.
“My job was basically swinging a machete and a chainsaw,” she laughs. “Not a particularly good career choice for me.”
Instead, she pursued a degree in dental medicine (DMD) through the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1985. She opened her Coquitlam dental practice, just a block away from her home, straight out of university.
“Dentistry is a good fit for me,” Dr. Thorpe explains, “because it’s a unique profession. You use your brain for diagnosis but you also need good hand-eye coordination, and I enjoy both aspects of the profession.”
A creative person by nature—she paints and plays the piano—Dr. Thorpe operates a family-oriented dental practice with her associate, Dr. Stalinjeet Gill. Together, they offer a broad-range of dental services including check-ups, root canals, bridges, and extractions, and various forms of cosmetic dentistry.
“I love the aesthetic side of dentistry,” confesses Dr. Thorpe, “I love giving people beautiful smiles and I really enjoy working with children. In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Gill also enjoys complex procedures like root canals and extractions, so we make a good team.”
Dr. Thorpe notes that her dental office has the sort of relaxed atmosphere patients really enjoy, and she makes a point of injecting her love of smiles into her practice.
“We’re very friendly and family-oriented,” she says, “We’re very much the old-fashioned, community dentist. We know all our patients and we provide a comfortable environment. People will come in and ask ‘Is Dr. Thorpe not in today? I haven’t heard her laugh yet!’”
For more information on Dr. Carol L. Thorpe and her dentistry practice or to make an appointment, call the office at 604-552-9500, check the website at www.drcarolthorpe.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the office located at #121, 3030 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam.