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Sylvan Smiles is committed to providing the highest quality clinical care and personalized dental service to individuals in a warm and compassionate atmosphere.

Dr. Henry Der, Dr. Mike Zuk, Dr. Hussien Bapoo, and our staff enjoy getting to know each patient and their families and love creating strong relationships with clients that last multiple generations. Learn a little more about our dental team here:


Dr. Der graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1988. He has been a dedicated dentist in the Red Deer area, providing his patients with excellent knowledge and education about dentistry and oral health. Dr. Der is able to perform a wide range of dental services. Many other dentists refer their patients to him for root canal therapy and surgical extractions, that would otherwise require a specialist. The Sleepy Smile™ program is Dr. Der’s sedation system which offers nervous patients a way to relax while having their dental treatment completed.


Dr. Zuk graduated from Pacific Dugoni in San Francisco for dentistry. He is an undergrad at the University of Oregon. His hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding, ice fishing, and ATV-ing. Anything outdoors, Dr. Zuk enjoys! He has grown up in Red Deer and excited to be a part of the growing community of Sylvan Lake to provide top-notch dentistry.


Dr. Bapoo graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2012. Providing the best dental care to his patients with thoroughness, patience, gentleness, and care is his goal. Dr. Bapoo's passion lies in all aspects of dentistry, with working on children being very close to his heart. Dr. Bapoo is a proud father to a cute 3-year-old daughter. In his free time, he loves watching Disney movies with his daughter. He enjoys playing badminton and playing video games.

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Dr. Mah graduated from University of Alberta in 1986. As a general dentist, Dr. Mah has developed his main focus on orthodontics. With over 25 years’ experience, he has helped hundreds of people to create a nicer smiles. He enjoys gardening in his spare time and sharing memories with his daughter. He’s excited to offer orthodontics to the Sylvan Lake community.



Dr. Ellerby graduated from the University of Alberta in 2023. He was born and raised in Sylvan Lake and excited to begin his career in the community that he grew up in. Dr. Ellerby is committed to providing individualized and comprehensive care for each of his patients in a comfortable and professional manner. His goal is to create a relaxing  environment that his patients feel heard, respected and thoroughly cared for. He loves working with all ages and spending time getting to know his patients. Outside of work, you will find him spending time with his wife and 2 kids enjoying everything that Sylvan Lake has to offer. He is passionate about sports (especially golf) and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, etc. Dr. Ellerby is excited to be joining our team and serving the community of Sylvan Lake.



Dr. Shakira graduated with a Master of Public Health degree, followed by her dental degree from Western University. She recently just moved to Red Deer from London, Ontario to join her brother, Dr. Hussein Bapoo, at his practice.  Dr. Shakira places focus on providing dental care in a gentle, compassionate, empathetic, and thorough manner. With her multitudes of nieces and nephews, children hold a special place in her heart. She is currently an undefeated champion at “Guess the Disney Song”. Dr. Shakira is very passionate about giving back to the community. In 2022, she participated in a pilot dental outreach program with her school and helped provide oral healthcare to locals in Rwanda. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles Starts Here!

Our dental team is dedicated to helping you maintain your health and your beautiful smile for many years to come. Here are the things that help us stand out in the region:

We believe in providing optimal treatment results, but recognize that the overall dental experience is crucial, too. That’s why we customize our treatment plans to meet your individual goals and expectations.
Being clinically competent and providing advanced infection control are standards that we strive to exceed with the newest technology and techniques.
We are especially attentive to your individual needs and do our best to be helpful with insurance, flexible scheduling, flexible payment options, and any special needs that families and patients have.
Our patients feel reassured by the level of expertise our friendly and highly experienced staff has.

We look forward to getting to know you and your family. Please contact our Sylvan Smiles practice to learn more about the dental care we provide and to schedule an appointment.


We understand your need to receive treatment in a practice that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and welcome. Feel free to schedule an appointment or stop by for a complete tour of our practice. You will get to meet our team, walk through our office and treatment areas, and learn more about the treatments we provide!


We guide you on your dental routine and help keep your teeth healthy!

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