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meet the team of dentists at our Red Deer Dental Clinic Helping You Achieve a Healthier Smile


Is your smile a source of self-consciousness? Are you worried that your teeth may not be as healthy as you’d like? Looking for a new dental clinic in Red Deer? The dentists and staff at Red Deer’s Parkland Mall Dental Centre are eager to help restore a healthy-looking smile, as well as promote optimal dental hygiene to make sure results last.


Additionally, because we’re conveniently located in Red Deer, our clinic can also serve the needs of surrounding communities, such as Lacombe, Delburne and Blackfalds.

meet our team

Every member of our licensed staff is dedicated to providing you with the dental care necessary in maintaining and improving dental health, as well as achieving a smile you can be proud of. Our four qualified general dentists offer you personalized and appropriate services, based on your unique needs. Drs. Shariff, Zachow, Slywka and Doerksen take pride in using their up-to-date training to benefit your oral health.

Dr. Karim Shariff, D.D.S

“I was born in Tanzania and moved to Canada in 1972. I completed the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at the University of Alberta. After graduating dental school in 1986, my wife Shenaz and I moved to Red Deer in 1987. I’ve operated the dental clinic in Parkland Mall ever since. I’ve been a member of the Alberta Dental Association for 30 years. I enjoy multiple aspects of dentistry and love providing overall care to families.


My hobbies include extensive volunteer service in the local community. I’ve promoted improving general health as the Chairman of the Aga Khan Health Board for Canada for seven years and promoted dental skills and service delivery enhancement for dental clinics in the Aga Khan Health services network in East Africa. I provide strategic inputs in improving care for seniors in assisted living and long-term care communities and have organized large community events, including the golden and diamond jubilee celebrations of the Aga Khan across Canada. I’m also a member of the advisory board of the Center for Peace and Justice at Burman University in Lacombe, Alberta. Hiking in the mountains are a favourite pastime and I speak at church and other civil society organizations on the subject of promoting pluralism in society.

My greatest satisfaction is derived from treating patients who are nervous or who have had bad experiences in the past. By being patient and using all the skills I have in being empathetic and gentle, I am often able to provide care that improves their quality of life. I am confident in having a strong team that shares my passion for providing the best care we can, in the most professional way we know how, to our community. “

Dr. Jenny Doerksen, D.D.S.

“I was born and raised in South Korea, and moved to Canada when I was a middle school student to start a new chapter of my life. I went to W.R. Myers High School in Taber and obtained numerous awards and scholarships for academic achievements and volunteer works. 


I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (Honours Thesis with Distinction) at the University of Lethbridge. During my undergraduate program, I have done numerous types of research ranging from computational chemistry to microbiology. I further expanded my education in Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Alberta. I received research scholarships in Pediatric Dentistry and several outstanding achievement awards during my dental training.

I love doing general dentistry such as restorative, root canal therapy, extraction, diagnosis and pediatric dental work. I was a part of the Dentistry For All team to do a dental mission trip in Nicaragua in 2015. I am motivated to improve people’s smiles, confidence, and esthetics. I am an active member of the Alberta Dental Association & College, and Canadian Dental Association. I put my dedication and heart into offering professional and compassionate dental care to patients.

My primary goal is to focus on patient-centered care and achieving great quality of dentistry. When I am not practising my passion of dentistry, I spend most of my time with my lovely family and friends.”

Dr. Rochelle Zachow, D.M.D.

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Dr. Rochelle Zachow moved to pursue her studies at the University of Saskatoon where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction and then Doctor of Dental Medicine with Great Distinction. Upon graduation, Dr. Zachow was proud to receive the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) President’s Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award. 


Dr. Zachow moved to beautiful Red Deer, Alberta, with her husband shortly after graduation in 2001 and joined the team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre that same year. She finds her work very satisfying in helping people of all ages achieve and maintain good oral health.


Currently, Dr. Zachow is a proud member of the Central Alberta Dental Society as well as the Spear Education Study Group. She has volunteered in Mexico City to provide much needed dental services to underprivileged children in the region.


When she’s not working at the clinic, Dr. Zachow loves to read, travel and spend time with her family. Most of her spare time is spent as a dedicated “hockey mom” cheering on and volunteering for their two children’s teams.

Dr. Kirk Slywka, D.M.D.

Bio coming soon!

At Parkland Mall Dental Centre, your oral health is our top priority, and our Red Deer dental clinic is equipped to offer a variety of services that can be personalized to your individual needs, including:

Don’t worry about paying up front. We’ll directly bill your insurance provider for all services covered. So call our Red Deer dental clinic today, at 403-342-1118, to schedule an appointment at your convenience; and remember, this includes evenings and weekends!

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