I work hard to treat my patients with the care and respect they deserve, while delivering high-quality dental treatments and educating my patients in ways that are effective and relatable. For over 20 years, I’ve made it my goal to make my patients feel special, important, and well cared for.
Dentistry is constantly changing, and in order to keep up with the advances being made, I feel that it is important for me to continue my education. I take multiple hours of continuing education in various topics, from restorative treatments and endodontic therapy to cosmetic dentistry, including certification from Invisalign®, to keep abreast of the latest in techniques, technology, and advancements in patient care.
Originally from Thunder Bay, ON, I did my undergraduate work at Lakehead University and obtained my dental degree in 1994 from the University of Western Ontario. I currently reside in North Vancouver with my wife, Jo, our children; Zak, and Zoe, and our dog, Winston. I enjoy the BC outdoors and love camping, kayaking, and trail running. I am also a drummer and have a love of traveling to new places.
Originally from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, I now reside in Vancouver with my wife, Cathy. We have three children, Adam, Casey, and Brook, all who are starting on their own life journeys. Of course, our home wouldn’t be complete without our Golden Retriever, Oscar. My free time is spent staying active, especially outdoors. I enjoy golfing, skiing, hiking, bicycling, and playing tennis. When I get the chance, I also like traveling to new and interesting places.
One of the most memorable places I’ve been is Pueblo, Mexico, where I volunteered my dental services to orphans in need. The children there are truly incredible and one of the most loving groups of kids you’ll ever meet.
After practicing for over 40 years John officially retired at the end of 2015. He had a long and successful career. He was a great dentist, loved by his patients and staff alike. His presence will be missed. Dr. Scott Merkley
Dr. Michael Rivera graduated from the Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle. He practiced general and surgical dentistry for over twenty-five years in Prince George, British Columbia. His love for skiing and the mountains brought him and his family to Whistler, B.C. where he has maintained a part-time practice, limited to Surgical and Implant dentistry, for over 20 years. A natural extension was to beautiful Vancouver where his part-time practice has flourished.
Dr. Emmet Ryan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Dental Science in 2016 and is a registered dentist in BC and in Ireland. After graduating, he was selected from his graduating class to remain as a resident dentist at the Dublin Dental Hospital. During this residency, Emmet was involved in the provision of dental care in an Accident & Emergency setting along with providing care within the Irish Prison Services. Emmet is a previous winner of the RAMI Odontology Award for research with the Irish Dental Association and was awarded the Costello Medal for his final year dissertation.
Emmet has recently relocated to Vancouver and is looking forward to setting up a new life and career here.
Our friendly, dedicated, and energetic team is committed to working with you and your family to create a positive experience every time you visit our practice.
We welcome you with warm smiles to our practice!
Hi There, My Name is Debbie and I have been working for the St.Germain/Merkley team since 1990. I am a certified assistant but tend to take on more of an office manager role in the office. So you will find me almost anywhere and everywhere in the office, depending on where the need is at any given moment. I could be booking patient appointments, deciphering dental insurance information or helping out John and Scott do a dental procedure. Therefore, I do get a lot of variety in the office, which is probably the part of my job I treasure the most. In my free time you will find me hanging out with my husband, Rick, our two amazing creatures, dog Murphy and Victor kitty, quite often at our cottage on Pender Island.
Hello! My name is Anna and at our office you can find me next to Debbie at the front desk as the office receptionist. I completed my dental coordinator program at VCC of spring 2015, completed my practicum here and I have been at the office ever since. I was born and raised here in Vancouver, but currently live in Surrey and in my spare time my husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our families and friends over food and drinks. I also enjoy dancing, shopping, cooking and spending time under the sun!
Hello. My name is Wendy and I am one of the certified dental assistants In the office. I have been a member of this team for many years and have been working with Dr. Merkley and Dr. Rivera for 3 years.
I really enjoy helping patients feel safe and comfortable during their dental visits and endeavour to make their experience in our office a pleasant and informative one.
In my spare time I love to garden, read, do yoga and travel.
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but was raised here in Vancouver where I completed the certified dental assisting program at VCC in 2016. I’ve been working as a certified dental assistant ever since and began working with Dr. Merkley and the team in September of 2018. I enjoy the variety of dentistry and work hard with the team to make sure each and every patient has a positive experience when visiting our office. Some things I love to do include singing, playing the piano, spending time with my friends and family and taking care of my cat, Mysti!
I am proud to say I have been a hygienist with this team since 2001. In 2011 I took 1 year off because of the birth of our beautiful daughter Grace. Then my family and I decided to try out island living where both me and my husband were raised. After only a year and a half we found ourselves back in Vancouver and I am very pleased to be back working part time.
I strive to provide gentle yet quality care and take the time to listen to any problem or concerns of the patient. Being a hygienist has proven to be a very rewarding job for me.
Outside of work life i enjoy golfing, skiing, working out and of course spending time with my family.
My name is Donna and I began my dental career in 1984 and have worked with the team since 2010. Prior to going to hygiene school, I worked as a certified assistant as a dental health educator at a public health unit in Ontario. The favorite part of my job is meeting existing and new patients and helping them identify their dental health needs. I am originally from Peterborough, Ontario and moved to Vancouver in 1993. I live with my husband, Pat, two sons, Sebastian, Jackson and step-daughter Alyssa. In our leisure time we enjoy camping, hiking and swimming.