Our Team

Dr. Acia Rizvi, D.D.S.

Clinic Owner

Dr. Acia Rizvi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology, graduating with distinction and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from the University of Saskatchewan. Since completing her dental degree, Dr. Rizvi has pursued hundreds of hours of continuing education in general dentistry to provide patients with a wide variety of dental services including dental sedation, implants, and orthodontics.

Dr. Rizvi’s passion for the field of dentistry and dedication to her patients’ dental education, smile and oral wellness helps patients achieve their most optimal dental health. She provides IV sedation and oral and nitrous sedation to help anxious adults and children overcome their dental fears by providing a more pleasant dental experience which helps patients progress towards a healthier smile. She is very gentle and her compassionate nature helps make both children and their parents feel at ease during procedures.

Truly passionate about her craft, Dr. Rizvi’s special interests in general dentistry include complex smile reconstruction, cosmetic smile reconstruction involving orthodontics, veneers and crowns, root canal therapy, surgical extractions of wisdom teeth, implant dentistry, children’s dentistry and dental sedation.

Dr. Rizvi and her husband are proud parents to three busy and growing boys. In her free time, Dr. Rizvi enjoys outdoor activities including biking, hiking, fishing and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys the arts, music, and cuisine and pursuing her culinary ventures at home by trying new dishes out on her family and friends.

Dr. Rizvi is an active member of the Alberta Dental Association, College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Dental Association.

Dr. Ravi Patel, BDS Mas.

Associate Dentist

It’s been an absolute pleasure having Dr. Patel at Courtside Dental. He graduated in 2010 from the Karnavati School of Dentistry in India and in 2018 passed his National Dental Examination Board of Canada examination with flying colours and has been practicing his passion for a total of 11 years.

Dr. Patel realizes that a great smile can be very important to many and he loves being able to give patients back their confidence to smile.

Outside of work, he has been learning to play the keyboard and spends time with his lovely wife, Dr. Palak Solanki who also is a practicing dentist! They both are fond of travelling, and during their trips he can practice his love of photography!

Dr. Patel and Dr. Solanki also welcomed a baby girl, Manasvi into their lives in November 2020.

Lindsay Middleton

Office Manager, Certified Dental Assistant

Lindsay is the Office Manager at Courtside Dental and is a jack of all trades when it comes to dental!

She graduated from SIAST in 2016 from the Dental Assisting program and actually was assisting before she even went to school! Her favourite thing about dentistry is seeing how dedicated each team member is to create the best experience for our patients.

She enjoys gardening and everything about being outdoors which includes her one true love and favourite hobby, cutting the grass. She is an animal lover and enjoys time with her two cats and dog.

Lindsay is not afraid of a heated game of Tupperware bingo – her obsession!

Mercedes Dutchak

Lead Receptionist, Certified Dental Assistant

Mercedes is the first smiling face you will see when visiting Courtside Dental.

Mercedes graduated from the Dental Assisting program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in 2013 and has experience in general dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontics. She brings her dental knowledge to her current position at Courtside Dental as a treatment plan coordinator.

She goes above and beyond to help patients understand their treatment and assist them with the financial details.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Matt and their three dogs, Navi, Kida, and Sarge. She is a dedicated gym goer and loves hitting the slopes every winter in Alberta and British Columbia.

She loves a good pen and if she catches you with one of them, it’s game over!

Kathryn Bermudez

Administrative Assistant, Social Media Coordinator

Coming soon!

Jessica Nicholas

Certified Dental Assistant

Coming soon!

Mataya Brooks

Certified Dental Assistant

Coming soon!

Shannon Varner

Registered Dental Hygienist

Shannon graduated from the dental hygiene program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology in 2002 and had been actively practicing as a dental hygienist for 20 years. She has experience working in periodontist offices and offices that offer IV sedation and she welcomes the challenge as she truly enjoys learning from all the dentists and specialists she has worked with.

She was born and raised in Saskatchewan but has practiced in Alberta and British Columbia and now finds herself back in her home province. Shannon prides herself on providing optimal dental care in relaxed environments where everyone feels welcome. She enjoys helping people improve their oral and overall health by educating with current information and research.

Her little sidekick is her Pomma Poo dog named L, who accompanies Shannon on road trips to visit family in Swift Current, runs at the dog park, and on leisurely walks.

Shannon is a sports fanatic and she would love to one day be able to attend a baseball game in every MLB stadium! You might catch her at hockey, football, volleyball, baseball, or a lacrosse game.

Susan Vogt

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sue brings to Courtside Dental 37 years of dental experience! She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at the Wascana Institute of Applied Sciences in 1987. She also has her dental therapy license and graduated from that course in 1985.

She really appreciates that she can utilize her entire scope of practice at Courtside Dental and she loves interacting with all the different patients she gets to see in her chair.

You would never expect it, but you can catch Sue as part of her husband Dan’s drag racing crew which travels all over Canada and the United States! Travelling is a big part of her life and she loves spending quality time with her family and friends.